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Unread 04-04-2012, 07:53 PM   #1
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Got a great tip from a recent transplant to our Hui here in Hawaii...If you do it already than you know...If not, it helps...

When I got my NHFS rule book I razor cut out the three pages referencing the Dead Ball & Delayed Dead Ball Table (activity / awards or penalties) and the base running awars table (three pages total)...

They are quite small and when laminated and clipped together fit in the ball bag or back pocket quite nicely...

I never enter the diamond with a rule book (wish I had it sometimes)...But this serves to help me and my partners know we apply a / the rule properly...Quick, easy reference and helps me avoid protestable issues better...

Just thought I would share...Sometimes the easy stuff is way over my head!!!

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Unread 04-04-2012, 08:17 PM   #2
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Got a great tip from a recent transplant to our Hui here in Hawaii...If you do it already than you know...If not, it helps...

When I got my NHFS rule book I razor cut out the three pages referencing the Dead Ball & Delayed Dead Ball Table (activity / awards or penalties) and the base running awars table (three pages total)...

They are quite small and when laminated and clipped together fit in the ball bag or back pocket quite nicely...

I never enter the diamond with a rule book (wish I had it sometimes)...But this serves to help me and my partners know we apply a / the rule properly...Quick, easy reference and helps me avoid protestable issues better...

Just thought I would share...Sometimes the easy stuff is way over my head!!!

Aloha,
Mike
I have an easier method. Just learn that stuff then there's no risk of razor cuts. Seriously, its really not that hard.
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Unread 04-04-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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I have an easier method. Just learn that stuff then there's no risk of razor cuts. Seriously, its really not that hard.
Yeah I know Rich I read every day brother...

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Yeah I know Rich I read every day brother...

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In all seriousness, I see you're enthused about this "tool." But its not a tool. Its a crutch. When umpires are seen pulling out note cards on the field to check a rule or even to verifiy that they made the right call it conveys an appearance that you're not sure of yourself and you don't know the rules well. It sets the wrong tone and can burn you in the future. Later in the game you call a runner out for going out of the basepath, (a rule you know quite well). The HC comes out and says, "Hey Mike, do you have note card to check that call? I think you got this one wrong!" Coaches see things and they don't forget.

There is a lot of underlying logic to base awards, dead balls and DDBs. Learn the logic and the rules will follow.
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Please don't tell me that you pull this "tool" out in the middle of a game.... and if you do not, it doesn't belong in your ball bag. Keep it in the trunk with your CCA manual so you can review your stuff when you arrive an hour before game time.
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In all seriousness, I see you're enthused about this "tool." But its not a tool. Its a crutch. When umpires are seen pulling out note cards on the field to check a rule or even to verifiy that they made the right call it conveys an appearance that you're not sure of yourself and you don't know the rules well. It sets the wrong tone and can burn you in the future. Later in the game you call a runner out for going out of the basepath, (a rule you know quite well). The HC comes out and says, "Hey Mike, do you have note card to check that call? I think you got this one wrong!" Coaches see things and they don't forget.

There is a lot of underlying logic to base awards, dead balls and DDBs. Learn the logic and the rules will follow.
Rich,

I hear you...I have not yet used this "tool" and in light of the comment, can readily see why this is not a good idea afterall...I will heed the voice of wisdom and refrain...

Admittedly, when the guy shared this info there was some enthusiasm by many about it...But I get it

Thanks for sticking with this and helping me to see the light...

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Rich,

I hear you...I have not yet used this "tool" and in light of the comment, can readily see why this is not a good idea afterall...I will heed the voice of wisdom and refrain...

Admittedly, when the guy shared this info there was some enthusiasm by many about it...But I get it

Thanks for sticking with this and helping me to see the light...

Aloha,
Mike
One of the best things to do is go to a place like Kinko's, and they will spiral bind your rule book for you. Makes them so much easier to read, and look through. Then get a highlighter, and highlight rule changes.

As for the laminated cards, there are colleges officials that do this for the NCAA designated hitter rule.
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As for the laminated cards, there are colleges officials that do this for the NCAA designated hitter rule.
I see their reasoning. I have yet to meet anyone that can explain that rule properly. They didn't make it too complicated or anything.
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One of the best things to do is go to a place like Kinko's, and they will spiral bind your rule book for you. Makes them so much easier to read, and look through. Then get a highlighter, and highlight rule changes.

As for the laminated cards, there are colleges officials that do this for the NCAA designated hitter rule.
In fact, one of the most recent NCAA videos "suggests" (I forget the exact word used) than at least one of the umpires carry this rule onto the field.
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I see their reasoning. I have yet to meet anyone that can explain that rule properly. They didn't make it too complicated or anything.
No, the NCAA DH rule isn't complicated at all.
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No, the NCAA DH rule isn't complicated at all.
Once you read it a few times and have to do changes on the field in real game situations it really isn't that hard to comprehend.
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Once you read it a few times and have to do changes on the field in real game situations it really isn't that hard to comprehend.
95% of the time, the actual changes that are made aren't difficult. But, there's that 5% that can get you in trouble because of the rule's complexity.
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95% of the time, the actual changes that are made aren't difficult. But, there's that 5% that can get you in trouble because of the rule's complexity.
What I mean is that it helps to have had these complex situations come up in an actual game instead of doing the hypotheticals in a case book or rule book. You get a better understanding of how it actually works and applies when it comes up in a real game.
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