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    A thread for the umps...what would you do’s, oddball plays, war stories

    Had a play at the plate last night. Catcher leaps for a high throw from F5, makes blind swipe tag - I clearly see and hear the tip of the glove get a fold of the jersey on the runners back. Sold big out call "tag, on the jersey, out!" Hear runner say "no, she never tagged me", and the catcher...
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    Base position

    My unscientifically measured observation is that 60% of coaches and 87% of parks departments have no idea how to correctly set or mark a field. Things like it’s 60ft from the apex to the back of first base...and 60 feet from the back corner of first to the middle of second...or the circle is...
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    Is bunting considered "old softball"

    Sac bunts by HR hitters: Player HR SH Mel Ott 511 63 Babe Ruth 714 54 Ernie Banks 512 45 Eddie Mathews 512 36 Jimmie Foxx 534 22 Hank Aaron 755 21 Sammy Sosa 609 17 Frank Robinson 586 17 Alex Rodriguez 696 16 Mike Schmidt 548 16 Rafael Palmeiro 569...
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    A thread for the umps...what would you do’s, oddball plays, war stories

    Depending on your relationship with him, I'd probably shoot him a note (or call), saying "hey Steve, I see you put me on the 3pm game in Nowheresburg. My DD is actually playing at that time, and I'd like to watch her if I can. If there's any chance for a switch, let me know." I wouldn't be...
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    BR retreats from 1B by mistake, is force re-established?

    Good to know for when I get the call to do a college game...;) Still need a definitive call for the kids though.
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    BR retreats from 1B by mistake, is force re-established?

    8.2.H she is out if she steps back to avoid or delay a tag by a fielder, which wasn't the case here. Also, she hadn't entered the team area (8.2.D)
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    BR retreats from 1B by mistake, is force re-established?

    I posted this scenario that happened in a game I did this weekend in a softball umpires FB group, but didn't really receive a satisfactory answer. Maybe some of you can weigh in: "USA, 16u, 0 outs, no runners on base. Batter hits a towering pop up to F6, runs to first and touches the base...
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    A thread for the umps...what would you do’s, oddball plays, war stories

    heh. I did DH today, home HC paid the total. Gave me a $20 and a $100, and said “you don’t have a black light to check that hundo do you?...eh, better use it at the Cumberland to get your six pack as soon as we’re done”
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    Hate 3rd base

    Yeah, any dad/mom who doubts...shag bp from 55 ft at F5 for a few minutes. Talk about Fear Factor.
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    A thread for the umps...what would you do’s, oddball plays, war stories

    Got to watch my assignor ump my DD’s game last night. True professional, so was great to see (even though our team crapped the bed). Had a runner interference, a foul ball behind the head, and a banger at the plate on an amazing throw from CF.
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    Add Favorite Catching Picture

    The catcher in this picture isn’t my DD...(she’s the batter). Just found the size difference amusing. The catcher was not only huge in comparison but excellent as well. My kid could fit in her pocket though....
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    A thread for the umps...what would you do’s, oddball plays, war stories

    Also, had the good fortune of having an evaluator at my sat night game, which was super helpful. I definitely need to hold my out calls longer (confirm possession), and was getting into bad habit of leaning with outside pitches. Great to have some honest and helpful feedback.
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    A thread for the umps...what would you do’s, oddball plays, war stories

    When your last game of the weekend is a 5pm 10u, no new inning after 1:45, and the 5th ends at 1:44:20...arrrrgh..... I will enjoy this well deserved beer (or 3)...
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    Another "fun" tournament-Wildness ensued!

    It's only 9:30 and the craziness has already begun today...team that could have easily beat us without her ended up forfeiting after first inning when "discovered" that they were playing with an un-rostered player (or really, a player on another roster). It was kind of obvious since she was...
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    I’m at a loss... help !

    An aside...most of the baseball parts of the book were decent, or even good. The rest of it is a dumpster fire of bad writing and ridiculous characters. (in my opinion, of course).
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