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  1. I don't know the answer here, but, I am sure a lot of us have seen the whole damn team out there swinging their bats. WTBS, I have restricted them to the upcoming three batters but I don't have any rule backing on this. I have also restricted the batters to stay on their side (seen mostly in lower aged tournaments) where they go across to see the pitcher from their side of the plate. I reason that they won't be allowed to go across in high school, might as well have them learn that now.
  2. Fair enough. But I wasn't saying dismiss the advice. There comes a time when you have to be yourself and accept that fact. There are often times 85% of the advice matches across the opinions given in these threads. For example, hollering across the infield or the amount of jabbering/jockeying one will allow or tactics used to get a point across. How many times has a thread here stated, in part, "I would have done this"? I will duly note the example, but, at the end, I have got to be comfortable in doing those actions. Me being me. As a eleven month umpire I know I don't have the experience of most of you, but, I have experienced a lot of what crosses these threads - some before I have read the advice and some after. I have even gotten feedback from an evaluator (so real time eval) that said I should have dumped a guy but I didn't because what they said didn't bother me in real time as much as it did the evaluator afterwards. I am still iffy whether I should have or not, but, I am ok that I didn't. More to learn here.
  3. To hopefully add on to what the others have said here, more distinctly by Thunderheads. The question that came to mind was do you want to be liked as a person or as an umpire? From what I have read, you are trying to be liked as a person. Nothing wrong with that. And your actions are such that you are accomplishing that goal. However, the coaches don't seem to be giving a rat's butt if you are a liked person or not in the situation you are describing. They are disrespecting you. No way am I going to truly be 'liked' by a coach that I have only seen for 2 hours, I am judging the actions of his or his players, and all of the calls went against his team. If they subconsciously liked you or liked the color of your ball bags or weren't POS themselves, they wouldn't be disrespecting you. In other words, you be you. You can't please everyone. If you mature as an umpire to have a slightly harder edge for the situation, that is not necessarily a bad thing.
  4. <feeble attempt for joke about a strike mechanic.>
  5. Nice pics! But, who do you keep pointing to? 😀
  6. True story. At a camp and doing 3-man for the first time (3rd game over the weekend - all 3 games in 3-man) First time at 3U. R3, I am in 'D'. Out of the corner of my eye, I notice something dropping out of the sky and landing behind me to the right. When I found it, it was a 'bat' of the mammal variety laying on the ground in foul territory. It was twitching. Not really a stop all action type of situation, so I radioed the evaluator, since I didn't know the hand signals for bat removal, that I needed a towel to carry the bat off. 3BC, R3, and F5 are all distracted in between pitches looking at the bat on the ground. It keeps twitching. I thought it was in the last moments of its life. Maybe 15 minutes later when the inning ends and field maintenance (FM) comes out to remove the bat, FM touches the bat with a extension claw. Turns out, there were two bats lying on the ground. I can only assume that they were procreating. Who knew? Surprisingly, the bat lasted a whole half inning... longer than what I could...
  7. Let it be known, I did not derail or hijack this thread. (I do have a true live 'bat' story that did happen in one of my last games though. But, I will save it for another day.)
  8. I just wanted to add that determining if a ball hits the hands or the knob of the bat or both is a difficult call as well. I had about three of them... I think I will just start calling HBP and send the batter on his way to first.
  9. Sorry, the weekend cant come fast enough.
  10. Well, I did and that is why I asked. Both had a slightly different mechanic. But go with the Lentz mechanic. Got it. Thanks.
  11. OK, so what is the actual mechanic here? I know pointing out the obstruction and letting the play continue. Now, lets say the play is at the plate on the obstructed runner at another base, when that play is finished and there are no secondary plays (the ball being thrown to another base), does the umpire (a) give the safe/out call on the play and then wait for the play to end to call time and award per the obstruction? (b) give no call on the play and then wait for the play to end to call time and award per the obstruction? I had a play at the plate that I called obstruction on the catcher. I made the safe out call, waited for the play to end, and then called time and awarded the base. My thinking was/is call the obvious play so there is no question to what I saw and so that the play can continue but once the play stopped, immediately call time and make the award. I was told by my partner (who I wouldn't say was a veteran) to call time when the play at the plate happened and award the base with no waiting for a secondary play.
  12. Dude, you are cooked now. Might want to give out your height, hammer or point, third strike and IFF mechanics to leave no doubt who you are... 🤣
  13. BLWizzRanger

    Fair or foul

    Hits the bag is hitting the bag. I've got it and I would have called it correctly. But since I asked it, my mind started wondering thinking about this where the ball bounces over the front corner of the base (IOW, the front edge of the base) from fair to foul (fair ball!) and the responsibilities of the BU on fair/foul being the front of the base. Both demarcation points being the front of the bag. I was even thinking about the imaginary line between first and third that if a ball contacts the ground after that line but with hella back spin, it is a fair ball. Again, hits the base means just that. Thanks.
  14. BLWizzRanger

    Fair or foul

    it doesn't matter that it is rolling in foul territory and hits the back edge of the base, right? IOW, nothing about having to be past the front edge or hitting the front edge or top of the base...
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