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LET THEM PLAY - Events That Allow Play to Continue - Part IV

LET THEM PLAY - Events That Allow Play to Continue - Part IV

Almost all interference results in an immediate dead ball, but for some acts though, play continues until action ceases – the so-called delayed dead ball. Additionally, there are other events which cause umpires to stop play after action ceases and take action. Umpires must know which acts keep the ball live as well as how to enforce the penalty. There are 14 such acts among the three codes. Acts where the ball is not immediately dead and the umpire must allow play to continue. Here is the last of four installments. Except where noted, the material applies equally to NFHS, NCAA and pro rules. Balk. Under NFHS rules, the ball is always immediately dead when a balk occurs. In the two upper levels of play though, the ball remains live of a pitch or throw follows the balk. If a pitch is batted...
Avoid Lineup Problems – Pay Attention To The Cards

Avoid Lineup Problems – Pay Attention To The Cards

There is an old saying “what’s in the cards?” In the game of softball the answer is that there are plenty of things that can happen with lineup cards – and unfortunately many of them are bad. Umpires can only get themselves in trouble when they don’t pay close attention to the content of the cards and to the substitution rules associated with the game. Let’s review what umpires are required to do in regard to lineups – keep in mind that this is a responsibility of the plate umpire and it is initially spelled out in NFHS Rule 3-1-3 and ASA Rule 4-1-A-1. Lineups must be submitted to the plate umpire at the pregame conference. In the game of softball lineups do not become official until they have been submitted, verified, and accepted or approved by the umpire at this meeting. As softball is...
Infield Fly Rule

Infield Fly Rule

For a batter to be ruled out when the Infield Fly Rule is invoked, the ball must be fair. An interesting situation involving that aspect of the rule occurred in the top of the sixth inning on Sept. 7 at the “Trop” where the Rays hosted the Orioles. The Orioles had the bases loaded with one out when Ryan Flaherty, facing Jeff Beliveau, popped-up between Rays’ catcher Jose Molina and third baseman Evan Longoria. The ball dropped to the ground untouched clearly in fair territory about 10-15 feet to the left of home plate. Molina then reached out and appeared to have gloved it on the foul side of the third base line while his feet were planted on the fair side. But plate umpire Greg Gibson ruled the ball fair. If his ruling was based on his judgment that Molina touched the ball in fair territory,...
NCAA baseball expansion of video replay among rule changes

NCAA baseball expansion of video replay among rule changes

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a rules change in baseball that allows umpires to conference in order to confirm or overturn an original call on whether a fielder caught a ball hit to the outfield. Current NCAA baseball rules allow umpires to conference on certain close plays in order to get calls right. Catches in the outfield  now have been added to that list of plays. Panel members, who met via conference call Tuesday, also approved expanding the experimental video replay rule to include “catch” and “no catch” plays. Starting in 2015, conferences will also be able to request through the rules committee to use the experimental video replay rule in regular season games in addition to conference tournament games. The video replay rule has been in effect at the Men’s College...
LET THEM PLAY Events That Allow Play to Continue - Part III

LET THEM PLAY Events That Allow Play to Continue - Part III

Almost all interference results in an immediate dead ball, but for some acts though, play continues until action ceases – the so-called delayed dead ball. Additionally, there are other events which cause umpires to stop play after action ceases and take action. Umpires must know which acts keep the ball live as well as how to enforce the penalty. There are 14 such acts among the three codes. Acts where the ball is not immediately dead and the umpire must allow play to continue. Here is the third of four installments. Except where noted, the material applies equally to NFHS, NCAA and pro rules. Umpire interferes. If an umpire hinders the catcher’s throw, it is most likely interference. If the hindrance occurs while the catcher is attempting to prevent a stolen base or pick off a runner, the...
Sparrows Fourth Out Appeal

Sparrows Fourth Out Appeal

Did you ever think you would see an inning or a resumption of a game start with three outs? It’s supposed to be the other way around. Strange but true, this baseball anomaly almost occurred because of a bizarre scenario that took place during a Rock River Baseball League game in Wisconsin in late June. And yours truly wound up in the middle of it since the league solicited my opinion. The dispute centered around an inning-ending “Time Play” and the rare “fourth out” appeal rule. Let’s call the two teams the Robins and the Sparrows. In the top of the seventh the Robins had runners on first and third and one out trailing, 3-2. The batter hit a shot to deep left center where the left fielder and center fielder collided. The ball was caught and the runner on first base, who never tagged-up, was...
Keep the Game Moving

Keep the Game Moving

Championship Play for ASA/USA Softball is in full swing during the month of August. This season, umpires had the added opportunity (and responsibility) to deal with a new challenge as Rule 5-10C and Code Section 310-P-03 added a time limit for elimination bracket championship games in nearly all divisions of Junior Olympic (Youth) play. This change imposed a one hour and forty minute time limit on bracket games prior to the Winner’s Bracket final. This limit matched the time frame that had existed many years for pool play games. No inning may start after that time and an inning is deemed to have started at the moment the third out in the bottom half of the previous inning has been made. The big difference for 2014 was the existence of the “clock” in games that really meant the most. Many umpires...
Let Them Play - Events that Allow Play to Continue - Part II

Let Them Play - Events that Allow Play to Continue - Part II

Almost all interference results in an immediate dead ball, but for some acts though, play continues until action ceases – the so-called delayed dead ball. Additionally, there are other events which cause umpires to stop play after action ceases and take action. Umpires must know which acts keep the ball live as well as how to enforce the penalty. There are 14 such acts among the three codes. Acts where the ball is not immediately dead and the umpire must allow play to continue. Here is the second of four installments. Except where noted, the material applies equally to NFHS, NCAA and pro rules. Detached equipment. A fielder may not throw his glove at a ball, nor may he use his cap, mask or any part of his uniform detached from its proper place on his person to touch the ball. The ball remains...