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  1. Really, this has zero to do with an infield fly call. You have a fielder with the ball tagging a runner that is off base. That's out every time (as long as the ball is live, that is). No need to go farther down the rabbit hole of "what about if...". Not that complicated, really. From your description in the OP and your supplemental info, the correct call was made.
  2. When an infield fly is declared, basically all that happens is the batter-runner is out and it removes any force plays. The ball remains live and, if caught, the runners are responsible to return to "tag up" an base left before the first touch of the batted ball. Nothing else fancy or complicated about an infield fly. So to answer your initial question - if the runner was off the base on the initial touch of the batted ball (likely the catch by F6) and the ball was returned to F3 and they tagged the runner or the base before the runner returned to first, you have an out. If the runner was on the base at the first touch and then came off, the runner must be tagged with the ball to be declared out. And an appeal on a runner having to retouch a base left early is never, ever, ever, ever, ever a "force".
  3. Welcome aboard. I echo what the others have said. Don't dwell on a missed call. Reset and get ready for the next one. Dwelling on it will take you on a downward spiral in the game and have you questioning every call in your mind. Don't even think about a "make up call". We are all human. Be confident and work your mechanics and rules knowledge. Hustle (with purpose) to get the right angle and trust your judgement.
  4. Been lurking a while, decided to register. I'm a softball ump from PA doing mostly youth FP but will dabble in adult SP games as well. I also regularly officiate at the PA Summer Games for the Special Olympics. I am a volunteer fire police officer in my local community (we set up detours and keep traffic off the scene so the "smoke eaters" can do their jobs) and am active in my local church. This is where I give my resume, right? Started umpiring in 2012 when my kids were old enough that I wasn't coaching them anymore. I gave enough blues a hard time over the years, I figured it was my turn in the barrel. Only current registration is with USA softball, but I have done Pony and USSSA in the past. I have been approached by multiple people around here to start doing NFHS (PIAA is the state org) because of the usual shortage of umpires. I am considering that for next season, but that remains to be seen still. Anyway, I love to talk about rules, game situations, and just shoot the bull. I'm a bit terse sometimes, so please don't take that as arrogance. Just the facts, ma'am. See you around the empire. Ed
  5. One of my good friends who does both softball and baseball had a hip replacement in the last couple of years. He has modified his game enough that he still does an excellent job both on the bases and at the dish. I recently watched one of his games (a league championship game) where he was on the plate. Other than a larger effort to get low to clean the plate, you couldn't tell he was hampered in any way. I'm in my 50's now (young by umpire standards around here) and I make modifications when I need to. Sometimes I'll take a break from the field if something is bothering me too much, other times, I "cheat" as noted above and do my best to get to the right angle above anything. I was always taught "angle over distance" so I try to get an optimal angle and close the distance as much as I can before I stop to make my call. As noted above, with the shortage of qualified umpires, I'm sure your assignors will work with you to give you the leeway you need to still be able to be an effective official. As for the sneeze thing - I broke a rib when I had a big sneeze while trying to put my then-toddler into a shopping basket. 40 pounds held at arms length and violent sneeze was enough (I turned my head as to not shower them with anything but my affection).
  6. I also had to look it up. FTX means "Field Training eXercise" to me.
  7. I have this one. The spiky ball is awesome on my feet and the rolling pin is great for the calves - especially the one that took the line drive. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HMLLC7R
  8. Exactly. I gauge any day I plan to run based on how I feel and how hard I may have gone the day before. Sometimes I will take the day off, others I will make a slower/flatter/shorter route. Biggest gauge for me is pain vs discomfort. I'll workout when sore. I won't workout when it hurts. Running (for me) is as much about my mental health as about my physical health. If the running is taking too big a toll on my physical, it's not helping the mental.
  9. I run but not on game days. Depending on how I feel the day after a game I may or may not run. I don't have a "regime", just lace up the shoes and go pound the pavement, so I'm not worried about a schedule. I just go with how I feel that day. May be 2 miles, may be 7. I'm slightly younger than you (50) so I'm getting slower as I go also :) I actually just got back on the road after taking several weeks off from running after taking a line drive to my calf when on the bases. That was my fault. Three came my way from that batter. I avoided the first two. Third one got me.
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