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Have you started handling/holding balls yet


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HS baseball has been normal ball handling since the season started. HS softball has been each team has 4 balls and they are the only ones that touch them. They will continue through state playoffs. These are NJSIAA standards.

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Seattle area - HS baseballs supplied by defensive dugout.  Select/Club/Rec - umpire choice.  Did my first game handling baseballs last night and it took a couple foul balls before I got back into the rhythm.

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Aside from the 3 adult-league games I called... solo... from behind the mound in April 2020, I have called every game since from behind the plate, and with all balls in my possession. 

COVID wasn’t and isn’t on the baseballs.

1 hour ago, beerguy55 said:

Every morning and several times a day.

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On 6/10/2021 at 12:10 PM, ArchAngel72 said:

With things beginning to loosen up a lot more  Myself as well as the UiC have both gone back to holding balls during our games.

Have you done this also?

We never stopped here.

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In Michigan, umpires had the option of handling balls or letting the home team be responsible for them this year.

In the first game I umpired this season, I opted to let the home team handle them. In all subsequent games, my partners always chose to handle game balls, so I eventually did the same for the rest of the season because I felt like I was the odd person out. In those games, I sanitized my hands between games, after games, and even between half-innings when I was able after putting a different ball into play.

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