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  1. NFHS Rules - Summer HSDL - Sub Varsity Level. The pitcher brought his hands together down low, raised them about shoulder height and finally came to complete stop around about the chest area. He kind of stopped at different points however the motion fairly continuous, and he did finally stopped at the end. Did, he balk?
  2. chalen

    Balk Award

    R1 and R2 (on 1B and 2B, of course). The pitcher balks with a feint to 1B, then throws the ball past 1B. R2 scores, but R1 (who dove back to 1B and was slow to advance), is tagged out while attempting to reach 2B. So we enforce the balk. Obviously R1 gets 2B. Is R2 returned to 3B?
  3. OBR Rule Set: Runner on First, outs don't matter. Pitcher rolls through coming set, delivers ball (count was 2-1). Umpires call "Balk". Batter takes pitch without swinging. R1 stealing on the pitch. Catcher throws it into centerfield. R1 rounds second and heads for third. I think there was an error when the "Time" was called and the runner was placed back at second. R1 should have been allowed to advance at his own jeopardy. If he made third, then bonus for him. If he was thrown out, then under OBR-he is out. We would nullify the pitch and play on, correct? ______________
  4. Hi all ... I'm losing my mind .... (at least I think I am) but .... A dropped ball by a pitcher is a balk (that doesn't cross the foul line) ONLY if he's touching the pitchers plate, yes? Why do I think I remember seeing "either on the rubber or straddling" ?? All I'm finding is 6-2-4a Help! Thanks!
  5. chalen

    Balk Award II

    OBR. R1, stealing on the pitch. The pitcher using the set position balks by failing to come to a discernible stop but delivers the pitch. The batter lays down a bunt. F2 fields the batted ball and throws out the batter-runner at 1B. Obviously we have a no-pitch and we will enforce the balk. Because the batter did not achieve 1B, do we kill the play immediately when the out is recorded at 1B, regardless the location of R1? If R1 was already on 3B when the out was recorded, is R1 still returned to 2B?
  6. 10U Travel ball. At this age you see some weird things! RHP with runner on first. F1 lifts left leg (knee up), pivots, steps toward first and throws to F3 on the bag. Pivot foot stays on/near the rubber. Would this be a balk or legal play? My thinking at the time is that he is doing the same thing a LHP would do. Namely lifting the non-pivot leg and then stepping directly toward first. On reflection, I could see this as illegal, as he started his normal pitching motion (left leg lift) and did not complete the pitch. But then why doesn't this apply to LHP?
  7. My apologies if this was posted before, but I can't find it. What is the violation here?
  8. If a pitcher's Windup position is very similar to a set position with runner/s on bases he has to announce this windup pitching to umpires under rule 5.07(a)(2) Comment. Is there a balk if he announces Windup and uses the set motion?
  9. This happened during a game one of my fellow umpires was working. I was asked the question on whether this is a balk or not. Hopefully I can describe it well enough for you all to give me your thoughts. I wasn't there, so this is based on how it was described to me. NFHS: F1 starts in the stretch, leaning in to get his signs. Once he does, he begins to come set. During his motion to come set, his non pivot foot comes to a complete stop, but the F1 continued to bounce his hands (still together) up and down in front of his body from about navel to sternum. After a couple of bounces, he
  10. Fed rules. RHP. R1 and R2 with one out. F3 is playing behind runner at 1st (F1). F1 steps and throws to 1B. Throw is not to F3, but is straight at the bag. F3 does not catch the pick-off, but does is quickly into possession after ball hits wall close to 1B. Is this a balk in the FED book?
  11. Had 2 different situations in our game tonight I want to ask the group and see if we did it right. FED Varsity. Situation 1 Visiting Team is batting. #12 is up to bat with a 3-0 count. Home team coach comes and out and mentions "The lineup says #19 is supposed to be at bat, they don't have a #12 on the lineup anywhere." The coach wanted an out which was incorrect no matter what since even if it was an incorrect batter, the correct batter would take over the count. I ruled that he had the proper name of the player written even if he had written the wrong number down and therefor
  12. Oh my God, my ears are bleeding profusely!!!!!!!!! http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v1151858783/?query=balk
  13. I love the reaction from a pitcher, as if to say ..."what? what did I do"??? I also love watching Laz Diaz work http://m.mlb.com/video/v1161936183/?query=balk
  14. big double knee pop .... http://m.mlb.com/video/v1139672683/?query=balk
  15. I do believe this is the second time this year a balk has been reversed and in my feeble mind, .... both reversals have been incorrect.... I called this one while watching the game .... http://m.mlb.com/video/v1150337883/?query=umpire
  16. Thunderheads


    Subtle move, but TR saw it and it scores a run. what I don't understand is, why look at the pitcher after awarding R3 home? http://m.mlb.com/video/v1120742283/?query=balk
  17. .....One very obvious, ....one, VERY slight front knee movement .... http://m.mlb.com/video/v1077366783/?query=balk http://m.mlb.com/video/v1077812083/?query=balk
  18. Garden variety of course, but ....I just always like seeing these! Question, .... do you call this at the levels you umpire? (just for conversations sake ) http://m.mlb.com/video/v1057965383/?query=balk
  19. LL Junior. R2 breaks stupid-early, while the RHP is set. Pitcher does a jump/turn and throws to 3B for the out. (Obviously not a violation of OBR 6.02 (4) because the throw is for the purpose of making a play.) What ways could a pitcher balk on this? What are you watching for? Anything different than a jump/turn to 1B?
  20. http://m.mlb.com/video/v836244483/?query=balk http://m.mlb.com/video/v834310883/?query=balk http://m.mlb.com/video/v834500983/?query=balk
  21. R1, 1st Base Coach loudly speaks out, "That's a balk," before the pitcher delivers. How should this be handled under FED and OBR rulesets? We told the coach to knock it off and let us make that call. There was no balk to be called. Fortunately, we had no more problems in the game with this coach trying to "help us out." I recall reading somewhere that the offender could be ejected if they were warned and continued, but I can't seem to find the correct references. Any reference(s) would be appreciated.
  22. So last night, for the first time ever, I called the "both hands moving then stopped" balk. What happened next left me in shock and awe. R2/R3, pitcher takes the rubber with hands down at his side in the windup. I'm VERY lenient on any movement to bring the hands together as 'assuming his initial position' if it's even remotely close. This, however, was not. He stood there with both hands at his side, looked in at the catcher for a bit, then brought both hands together in front of him. And stopped. I waited a sec, thinking 'is he going to keep going, however slowly?'...but nope, he
  23. I love how Joe calls this ........ Kershaw has been doing this for a while and ....in my eyes, it's a balk and he does it everytime. He's pissed because no one else call it on him but Joe! He moves forward torward home .... Kershaw is also a cry-baby ...look at him "not even close!" I'm surprised Joe kept him in the game, lol http://m.mlb.com/video/v776806583/?query=balk
  24. This came from a friend and I can't find anything on it: NFHS, R2 & R3, Outs don't matter, after a pitch, F2 throws to F6 who is in his regular position. Is this anything? Balk? Delay of game? What, if anything, is the penalty?
  25. Kevin_K


    A friend asked me this the other night. R3. F1 is in the windup position with both hands at his side. He raises both hands simultaneously and brings them together chest high and pauses while he takes the signs from F2. Once he receives his signs, he begins a rocker step and continues with the pitch with no stop. Our chapter interpreter said balk and I disagreed. Interpreter said it would not be a balk if F1 started with glove hand at chest height and brought his hands together, but because he moved both hands it simulated the start of the pitching motion. My thought is that bringing
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