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    NCAA rule set - I know the rule changed for 2018 from any part of the foot on the chalk as legal to any part of the foot out now being an out. Just watched my DD play 16 games in Florida and I saw it called multiple times so also seems to be a point of emphasis. Worked in our favor a number of times. Just curious what others are seeing?
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    I have seen it called repeatedly in NCAA games this spring already. Some have clearly been out of the batters box (even on the plate) but some have not. And once there are no lines left to see the batter's box, I have a problem with the umpire "guessing" that they were out of the box. If she is on the plate or extremely close to it then it isn't hard to deduce she is out of the box. But if it is further toward the front of the box and no lines are left, I don't see how they can call it. I saw Auburn argue it more than once in the past week or so.
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    Weíve seen it called a lot too. Itís clearly a point of emphasis. I think itís fine to enforce a new rule - I am just not sure how any umpire can call balls and strikes while at the same time watch for feet being fully on a rough chalk line or slightly over it.

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    Definitely a point of emphasis early on this season...especially in the initial tournys and non-conf games. I didn't notice it as much this past weekend in the conference games I caught online, but it was still being called.

    btw, congrats on the NCAC PiOW award last week. It's feels weird that Kenyon has played 16 games already, while Denison has played 0...darn those late Spring Breaks!

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    A umpire chief told my pitching coach that there is almost no way to call it properly once the lines are gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMD View Post
    Definitely a point of emphasis early on this season...especially in the initial tournys and non-conf games. I didn't notice it as much this past weekend in the conference games I caught online, but it was still being called.

    btw, congrats on the NCAC PiOW award last week. It's feels weird that Kenyon has played 16 games already, while Denison has played 0...darn those late Spring Breaks!
    Thank you and as my DD said the key is to pitch/play well early when not all the teams are playing to maximize your shot at an award. Good luck to your DD this year!

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    I do not know if it was this site or a different site but a recent line I liked.

    My DD is a slapper and got called out in 2nd inning for stepping outside the frount line of batter's box.
    Someone answered .. If the front line of box existed, your DD is not a slapper.

    As far as I can figure 1st rule of slapping is to erase front line of batter's box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCSteeler43 View Post
    We’ve seen it called a lot too. It’s clearly a point of emphasis. I think it’s fine to enforce a new rule - I am just not sure how any umpire can call balls and strikes while at the same time watch for feet being fully on a rough chalk line or slightly over it.
    That was the exact point the opposing coach was making in our last game yesterday. The discussion was loud enough for all to hear. Umpire said I can call both because I have been trained to drop my eyes to the feet as soon as contact is made and I gave your batter the benefit of the doubt due to the condition of the chalk. I honestly did not watch the feet so I have no clue.

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    We once played a game where the lines were gone, and the ump kept warning our girls. He then took one of the batter's bats and drew a makeshift box in the dirt. Ever see this? Is it legal? Can you ask an ump to do that? Just wondering for future reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeBW View Post
    We once played a game where the lines were gone, and the ump kept warning our girls. He then took one of the batter's bats and drew a makeshift box in the dirt. Ever see this? Is it legal? Can you ask an ump to do that? Just wondering for future reference.
    I don't know if you can request it but I can tell you if you draw it in for them they let you watch the rest of the game from the bus.

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