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Pitcher shoulder movement


ScottM

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As I'm envisioning this, it's almost certainly a start/stop balk in pro ball.

For amateur baseball, it would depend on the age level. Sub-varsity, it's almost certainly nothing (though I'd mention it to the coach). HS varsity, he should know better, and 50-50 it's a balk (depending on how pronounced it is).

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16 hours ago, maven said:

As I'm envisioning this, it's almost certainly a start/stop balk in pro ball.

For amateur baseball, it would depend on the age level. Sub-varsity, it's almost certainly nothing (though I'd mention it to the coach). HS varsity, he should know better, and 50-50 it's a balk (depending on how pronounced it is).

I'd call it for sub-varsity too, personally.

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Mr. ScottM, what you described is most definitely a balk. The following text is taken from umpirebible and Dan Blewett websites

Once the pitcher comes set, a new set of restrictions apply. He can no longer turn to look at runners on base. He can turn his head but cannot turn his shoulders or body. If he does, it's a balk.

Body movements and flinches count as starting and stopping. When a pitcher is on the rubber and has come set, he can only move his body if it is part of doing one of these things:  deliver the pitch, step off the rubber or pick off to a base. Any other body movements when set that are not part of one of these three is a balk.

This is especially true for NFHS where the pitcher may not turn his shoulders during or after the stretch. And no exception is listed for just shrugging a shoulder!

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