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  1. Today: NJ (NJSIAA) "doubled-down on its stance of a desire to play spring sports in some capacity this season — even if that meant extending the season — though it acknowledged that obstacles could ultimately prevent pushing the season beyond June." https://www.nj.com/highschoolsports/2020/04/njsiaa-is-discussing-extending-the-hs-sports-season-if-thats-what-is-required.html
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  5. NJ umpire here: lawump's quote above is what our interpreter explained to us: Rather than the balls being safer (although perhaps they may be) the NOCSAE standard re balls is to ensure more performance consistency across manufacturers.
  6. I spray my gear with a mixture of about 1/3 white vinegar 2/3 water. Vinegar is a natural anti-fungal/bacterial agent. And, no, I don't end up smelling like a salad.
  7. There's less than 3/1000 of second between ball touches/smacks (figure a 90mph throw = 1584 inches/second, three inches between touch/smack). Realistically, even with slo-mo replay, that's pretty hard to detect.
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    No fence

    OBR 5.09(a)(1) comment: A fielder, in order to make a catch on a foul ball nearing a dugout or other out-of-play area (such as the stands), must have one or both feet on or over the playing surface (including the lip of the dugout) and neither foot on the ground inside the dugout or in any other out-of-play area. Ball is in play, unless the fielder, after making a legal catch, steps or falls into a dugout or other out-of-play area, in which case the ball is dead. OBR 5.06(b)(3)(C) Comment: If a fielder, after having made a legal catch, should step or fall into any out-of-play area, the ball is dead and each runner shall advance one base, without liability to be put out, from his last legally touched base at the time the fielder entered such out-of-play area.
  9. OP was for OBR, but just a note re rule differences (from my dated - 2015 - BRD): Fed: A fielder need have only one foot touching fair territory - which seems to imply even that one foot need need not be entirely in). Penalty, if both feet are out: illegal pitch (ball/balk). NCAA: Same except BRD states "in" fair territory - which probably means same as above. Penalty: none, unless play benefits defense in which case play is nullified. OBR: All must be in fair territory. Penalty: Pretty much same as NCAA. Interestingly, most of the examples cited in BRD are for F7/F9 sneaking in/around to make some kind of play.
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    FED Pitcher's Feet

    How about in the windup position, only the heel of the pivot foot in contact with the rubber (foot in the hole in front of rubber)? Legal position? Rules seem to stipulate only "pivot foot contact."
  11. I feel your pain. I had the first "revised" question you posted above. Unfortunately, because I had "locked in" the test questions/answers, I was only able to access the responses for a and b - c and d simply do not appear. No way to select the revised answers. I'm confident my answer of b was graded incorrect.
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  13. Thanks for the football shoulder pad thought, storm13. I've tried to find these for a while. A Google using "t-hook football shoulder pad hardware" turns up a number of sellers, including Amazon. Unfortunately, they're sold in packs of 50 - LOL. kylejt, If you'd like to sell me a few please PM.
  14. I'm thinking there's a difference between a quick pitch and no stop from the stretch. The former impacts the batter more, "before the batter is reasonably set in the batter's box" - but, can't say I've QPs in the LLWS so far. The no stop clearly impacts runners more - but, with no leads and allowable by rule - it's a moot point.
  15. By rule LL Majors and below need not come to a complete stop in the set position (8.01 (b) Note).
  16. Seller: Majordave - Item: mask frame. As advertised. Good transaction.
  17. My loops, all Honigs of various types, measure 1 3/4 to 2. The belt I own measures 1 1/2. You need some extra room to account for the thickness of the belt. Also, I think some belts are measured like lumber: 2x4 is really 1 1/2 X 3 1/2. As others have noted, that's certainly the case with waist size.
  18. Hank's: Saw this on some umpire site, maybe this one. Probably the best piece of gear I own. Unfortunately, all it does is hold up my pants. Expensive, but full grain, thick leather that'll hold up your ball bags and your pants for years. http://www.hanksclothing.com/hanks_amish_belts_ccw_the_gunner.html FYI - Matte is my preference.
  19. Looks great. But wondering if the heat applied has any effect on the metal or the welds. I'd guess there won't be any catastrophic failure, but you never know.
  20. Your handle belies your knowledge, dumbdumb. Thanks! Any knowledge of how they're selected? Obviously, all are AAA officials.
  21. I was just on vacation, caught three AFL games, with the three different crews that are working. All were excellent, and the last game I attended was the first IR game as noted in another thread. Wondering if anyone knows how the crews are selected, and which league(s)/level(s) they come from. FYI: Here is the umpire roster: Crew A: Trip Gibson (CC); Sean Barber; Jeff Gosney; Pat Hoberg. Crew F: Seth Buckminster (CC); Marcus Pattilo; Stu Shuerwater; Thomas Woodring. Crew L: Jon Byrne (CC); Anthony Johnson; Gabe Morales; Jeff Morrow.
  22. 1. CodyLoe15 2. Bam 3. Larry in TN 4. Typhoon 5. Elares and many thanks to KLAH 6. BRUMP 7. rcjhyman
  23. Rabbit: I'm missing ACLs in both knees. I'm as recovered as I'm going to be - the injuries were some years ago, I rehabbed and continue to work out. I wear only neoprene knee warmer/supports. I've worked well over 100 games each of the last ten years - a majority of them plate. From my experience and observing current athletes with similar injuries, it'll take upwards of a year to get your muscles toned to do the work of the ACL, and to get the confidence in your knee and body to do umpire activities. Take it slow on the field, but work your butt off on the prescribed rehab exercises. Keep working, plan on a comeback. Good luck. FYI - Now, most likely due to the ACL and associated injuries and cartilage tear/wear, I'm looking at dual knee replacements - SOON. But, I'm still planning on working ball games.
  24. I noted in another post (not sure this site or not) that some users had gotten some painful toe shots with these shoes. I had an opportunity to look them over tonight and, while the shoes look nice and are very light, the toe just seems to be padded rather than having even a plastic toe piece/protector. I could press on the toe on the outside and feel it on the inside.
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