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Forum: Rules 03-10-2012, 04:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,845
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Forum: Mechanics 03-08-2012, 03:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,333
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Time! or Dead Ball!

bbump,

I believe that what Wayne is alluding to is that in FED a fielder with "one foot in and one foot out" (i.e., straddling the line) is considered IN fair territory, while under OBR (at least...
Forum: High School 03-06-2012, 02:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,254
Posted By CoachJM
Re: Curiousty Question.

bob,

Why does making it to first matter?

On a HBP the ball is dead. The CR rule says "at any time".

I think of the CR as a special type of substitution that simply does not affect the...
Forum: Rules 02-26-2012, 06:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,179
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Another Balk Question.

JPichat,

Not a balk under any rule code.

The only base where it is required there be a fielder in a position to make a play or at the base on an "engaged" pick-off attempt is 1B - also the only...
Forum: Rules 10-21-2011, 07:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,294
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Pitcher Taking Signals From The Catcher While Not On The Rubber

dnorthen,

If you read the rule carefully, you will see that it does NOT prohibit the pitcher from taking signs - or doing anything else, really - while he is not on the rubber.

It does require,...
Forum: General 10-19-2011, 03:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,502
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: is it obstruction?

Apparently, he felt it important to demonstrate how little he understands about obstruction and found it a convenient vehicle.

JM
Forum: General 10-19-2011, 04:44 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,214
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Balk warning SUCK...Here's another reason why

I have, from time to time, come across leagues with a "balk warning" provision in their "league rules".

Until Richard's post earlier on this thread, I have NEVER come across ANY that went beyond...
Forum: Rules 10-18-2011, 09:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,898
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Balk? No Balk? Windup? Set? WTH?

wayne,

I'm sure you think you have a point.

What is it?

Are you suggesting the rule IS different under OBR because the wording is different? :roll:

JM
Forum: Rules 10-18-2011, 08:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,703
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Timeout/Disengage Stretch

typikon,

If I'm the PU you do!

You will not find any language that says "If the umpire calls time after the pitcher has come set, the pitcher must...." - but it's clearly implicit in the rules....
Forum: Newbies (NO flaming allowed!) 10-15-2011, 09:57 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,427
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Foul Tip vs Caught Foul

When I was first learning the rules, and experiencing difficulties similar to those expressed by darronwlsn in the OP in trying to grasp this basic concept, it finally dawned on me that "Foul Tip" is...
Forum: Mechanics 10-14-2011, 10:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,278
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: how to call 7.08(a)(3)

ElFordo,

I don't "do" LL, but I imagine I'd do something along the lines of....

"TIME! (Hands up.) The runner is OUT! (Hammer.) No attempt to avoid!"

I don't believe the violation is in...
Forum: Health & Vision 10-12-2011, 02:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,700
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Does a HSM provide more protection?

spokane_blue,

Other than the protection afforded to the back and sides of the head by the HSM, I have never seen any scientifically credible study that suggests one or the other provides "better"...
Forum: Rules 10-10-2011, 04:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,459
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Balk

rkeller,

The most explicit rule that supports your position is OBR 8.01(c).

Having been in a similar situation back when I was still coaching, I can also forward you e-mails from Rick Roder and...
Forum: Rules 10-10-2011, 02:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,306
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: out or safe

71ump,

No need for a "heated argument" over this - it's "black letter law". In addition to the new 7.03(b) cited by Rich, as mt73 suggests it is "A Force Play":



and 7.01...
Forum: Newbies (NO flaming allowed!) 10-04-2011, 12:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,783
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Rule Memorizing

+1

I pretty much concur with Dash.

Memorizing rule numbers is a waste of time and the last thing you should spend any time on in the interest of improving your umpiring.

While I don't...
Forum: Newbies (NO flaming allowed!) 10-03-2011, 06:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,135
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: balk or no balk

darron,

De nada.

Yes, a RH F1 can step directly with his free foot toward 1B and throw without first disengaging.

My opinion is that one often sees RHPs disengage because they are poorly...
Forum: Newbies (NO flaming allowed!) 10-03-2011, 04:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,135
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: balk or no balk

darron,

That's a balk.

If an "in contact" RHP wishes to make a pick-off to 1B, his free foot must go "the short way" (i.e., to his left or counter-clockwise).

If he goes "the long way" (i.e....
Forum: General 09-27-2011, 04:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,078
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Knotty Problem

ump_24,

I concur with Solsaa.

There is no requirement, technical or otherwise, that limits the BR's award to 1B on a Type A call when he is obstructed prior to reaching 1B.

The award of 1B...
Forum: Situations 09-23-2011, 08:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,362
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Physics

Pete,

1. NCAA changed their Obstruction rule this year to be more in line with OBR, and it now includes the "in the act of fielding" exemption.

2. Under FED rules (which still do NOT include...
Forum: General 09-20-2011, 03:10 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,946
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Why do school tell umpires not to drink water?

indianablue,

Sometimes I bring water to the field with me, sometimes I don't.

Sometimes I don't care how it "looks", sometimes I do.

Depends on "context".

JM
Forum: Newbies (NO flaming allowed!) 09-19-2011, 04:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,576
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Rule Book

pluggy,

Never on the field.

I have in the past, on a handful of occasions, followed up with a coach via e-mail if there was something "weird" that happened and he wasn't a jerk about it during...
Forum: Rules 09-19-2011, 04:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,548
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Obstruction Question

DIX,

I may have "made that up" while preparing my session on base awards for one of the pre-season rule meetings this year at a local HS.

I don't think I've ever read/seen it anywhere else, but...
Forum: Rules 09-19-2011, 02:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,548
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Obstruction Question

DIX,



Unless it's an obstruction award. Then you award the obstructed runner first and see if you need to award any other runners.

JM
Forum: Situations 09-19-2011, 12:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,362
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Physics

Yes.

JM
Forum: General 09-15-2011, 05:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,946
Posted By CoachJM
Cool Re: Why do school tell umpires not to drink water?

Hulcap,

No, they do not.

Where on earth did you come by such a ridiculous notion?

JM
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