Category: ABUA
Published on Thursday, 01 December 2011

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If you have always been interested to continuously learn more about a game so you can improve your skills and knowledge, whether it is reading gaming tips on OnlinePoker.com, or reading up on the latest sports news in a baseball magazine, you might find this article very useful and informative. Here you will learn some interesting baseball facts which you can share with your friends, or other umpires.

Did you know?

That the first five players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (situated in Cooperstown, New York) were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson? Since their entry in 1936, almost 300 people have been entered. These not only include expectational players, but also umpires, pioneers, executives and managers.

The French did what?

It is thought that it was in fact the French who came up with the concept of baseball. A manuscript, dating back to 1344, shows illustrations of clerics who seem to be playing a game very similar to baseball. Other old French games, including théque, la balle au bâton and la balle empoisonée, show clear similarities to baseball.

A whole new meaning to 'stumped'....

The false wooden leg of General Santa Anna was used as a baseball bat by American soldiers in 1847, just a couple of days after the Battle of Cerro Gordo. The leg was seized by the Fourth Illinois regiment and was thought to be the first baseball game ever played in Mexico at Parque Los Berros in Xalapa, Veracruz.

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NCAA Rule Changes for 2015

NCAA Rule Changes for 2015

The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee made a variety of changes and editorial revisions for the 2015 season. Here they are in the approximate order of significance. Video review. Umpires may now conference or use video evidence to change a call of “catch” to “no catch” and vice versa. That change is an effort to keep the game current and emphasize “getting the call right.” The conferences may request through the rules committee to use the video instant replay rule and its limitations. Conferences will 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 World Series since 2012 and is expected to last another two seasons. The...
Batting Order

Batting Order

Probably the most significant ASA 2015 rule change applies for umpires working Girls Fast Pitch Championship play. In pool play games, teams will be permitted to bat more than nine players and can bat up to all players present (often called roster bat). The intent of the rules change was clear and now allows all players present to bat during pool play games if a team wishes to take advantage of this provision. The rule passed added a clause for how the shorthanded rule would be handled. The new rules involved read as follows: Rule 4, Section 1D[2A] Exception: In all Junior Olympic Fast Pitch Pool Play Only; When a team elects to bat more than nine batters the game will continue with the skipped batter being recorded as an out whenever a player leaves the game for any reason other than an...
Rules Challenge

Rules Challenge

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Interesting Rules Situations of 2014

Interesting Rules Situations of 2014

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Points of Emphasis Importance

Points of Emphasis Importance

Last month we covered the ASA and NFHS rules changes for 2015. All of these are relatively minimal but as is often the case the Points of Emphasis can be more important to umpires and the game than the actual rules changes. Let’s remember that the POEs are items that the rules makers have identified as needing attention. For those who have to take an annual NFHS rules test you can count on being asked about these items. The points come from issues brought up from those involved in the game all across the country. For 2015, the NFHS has three emphasis items: Electronic Devices, Interference and Obstruction. Of course, there were changes in the Federation rules last year that permitted additional use of electronic devices. As a result there were many questions that arose during the course of...
The Windup Position

The Windup Position

The activity of the pitcher is one of the most regulated aspects of a baseball game. The rules state how the pitcher must stand, and how he can move both his hands and feet. The rules differ based on the position the pitcher starts from. Depending on how he places his feet, he may be in either the windup or set position or an illegal position. Here are the nuances of the windup position. Except where noted, the material applies equally to NFHS, NCAA and pro rules. Although either the windup or set position can be used at any time, the windup position is usually used when there are no runners on base or there is no (or a very limited) possibility of a steal. The latter translates to a lone runner on third, the bases loaded or runners on second and third. Foot position. Generally, when the...
Tagging-Up

Tagging-Up

Base runners by instinct and tradition are accustomed to tagging-up on fly balls. However, line drives create a different dimension and can catch umpires, coaches and runners by surprise. Take the following hypothetical setting. There is a runner on first base and no outs when the batter hits a line drive to the shortstop for the out. The runner, who was on first base, takes off with the pitch and is between first and second base when the shortstop air mails the throw to first base into dead ball territory. The runner, who is between first and second base, knows that he will be sent to third so he continues to touch second base and reaches third base. The base umpire reinforces the award by barking to the runner, “Go to third base.” When the ball is put back in play, the defensive team alertly...
NFHS and ASA Rules Changes for 2015

NFHS and ASA Rules Changes for 2015

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