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  1. That could describe almost all umpires, whether in their second year or their twenty-second year
  2. I I'm not sure what the U14 softball rules say, and I respect those who might have a more strict reading of them, but I would look for a way to NOT call anyone out.. R3 helped, not hindered, No hindrance, no INT. That said, I would instruct R3 not to do this again.
  3. Some of this is going to be level-dependent, but: 1) Balk 2) The pitcher is allowed to "make himself comfortable" on the rubber, and if the actions you describe are momentary and part of that, I'd allow it. If they are extensive or after that action, I'd call it. I suspect you are describing the latter, especially the part about throwing the ball in the glove. 3) Not a balk if the shoulder movement is slight and only what is needed to move the head.
  4. All correct (well, it's a time play, no ta timing play, so a few points off for that)as long as you wait for an appeal before having R3 out. And, since there's still B4, you need time before granting a verbal appeal.
  5. noumpere

    Passing Runners

    If the ball is caught, there's no passing and nothing to enforce. I think the name of that rule should be "common sense."
  6. No reduce it. Force the pitchers to throw at 90% to get a strike and give the batter's a smaller area to "protect" in order to hit the ball.
  7. In FED, the runner must be given a chance to finish his award before any appeal can be made. I don't have the rule book on this computer for an exact cite. The only difference when "intentionally" throwing the ball out of play is when a runner is beyond his advance base -- in that instance, the runner is still allowed to correct the error.
  8. Truthfully, it's a superfluous signal that (95% of the time) doesn't mean anything -- the pitch is just a "swing and a miss" -- we don't say / signal "yes he did" on every swing.
  9. noumpere

    Balk conundrum

    Who caused the problem in the first place? The defense for balking. Make the 9.01(c) ruling that reflects that.
  10. Semi-serious suggestions: 1) Reduce the count for 4ball-3 strikes to 3-2 or 2-2 2) Reduce the size of the strike zone. 3) Reduce the flight of the ball Combined, this will put more balls in play sooner, which leads to more "action" as perceived by the fans.
  11. Soccer is the sport for kids who aren't coordinated enough to use their hands.
  12. The umpire will signal catch as soon as he can. Choosing to signal fair / foul after the catch / no catch will only delay that signal, it won't make the catch/no catch determination come any earlier.
  13. Situation 1: From MLBUM (an old version, but the concept remains; emphasis added)): 6.10 BATTER INTERFERES WITH CATCHER'S THROW BACK TO PITCHER If the batter interferes with the catcher's throw back to the pitcher by stepping out of the batter's box while at bat (no runners attempting to advance), it shall not be considered interference under Official Baseball Rule 6.06(c). In such cases, the umpire shall call "Time" only (no interference). The ball is dead and no runner shall advance on the play. This interpretation does not, of course, give the batter license to interfere intentionally with the catcher's throw back to the pitcher, and in such cases the batter shall be called out. If the batter becomes a runner on ball four and the catcher's throw strikes him or his bat, the ball remains alive and in play (provided no intentional interference by the batter-runner). If the batter interferes with the catcher's throw to retire a runner by stepping out of the batter's box, interference shall be called on the batter under Official Baseball Rule 6.06(c). (See Section 6.8.) However, if the batter is standing in the batter's box and he or his bat is struck by the catcher's throw back to the pitcher (or throw in attempting to retire a runner) and, in the umpire's judgment, there is no intent on the part of the batter to interfere with the throw, the ball is alive and in play. Situation 2: Coach, address it; parent, ignore it (except maybe a quiet work to F2 about what an a$$ the parent is)
  14. For one, it's hard (maybe impossible at any level HS frosh or above) to cross the plate between the time the ball is released and the time the ball reaches the plate. For two, a RH batter can be of more legal assistance to his runner by standing in the RH batter's box.
  15. You're not being misunderstood. We all grant the appeal and go to our partner in B or C. It's a perfectly valid view.
  16. You say that (or I read that) as if it were something unusual
  17. 1) There might be a "game management" reason it happened. 2) Just because Joe West gets away with it doesn't mean any of us should try it. 3) You might be mistaken on what you saw.
  18. Optional (but a good idea 99 and 44/100 percent of the time) in FED; required in OBR.
  19. Use the batter's box lines. If those aren't there, make an unobtrusive mark / line with your foot as you brush off the plate before each inning. On the OPs: Eject the batter. Talk to the coach about the swearing.
  20. The rule on "Soaking the runner" to get an out was changed recently -- about 150 years ago
  21. Two bases on a pitch in FED (unless they've changed it in the past several years)
  22. On FPSR -- it doesn't matter if a DP was possible. On other INT -- it does matter
  23. Return the runner. I hope the umpire learned (a painful) lesson.
  24. I'll take the crap for the 1-in-a-million trick play to avid the crap for the 1-in-a-hundred times everybody expected time.
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