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    Intimidation Unsportsmanlike Disqualification

    And that's the beauty (flaw?!) of judgement calls. Every umpire has their parameters/checks. As the rule is written, there is a gray area open for an interpretation. Some coaches in this thread describe an aggressive spin by the pitcher as an intimidation tactic. I don't know about that, but...
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    Intimidation Unsportsmanlike Disqualification

    When I see that they have stopped the action and aren't doing anything else causing the runner to react. That's why, as a dad of a pitcher, I've talked to my daughter about knowing the rules. Why do anything that can be construed as causing the runner to react? Especially in games with only...
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    Intimidation Unsportsmanlike Disqualification

    I make no judgment on personality. Again, the rule clearly states that if the action by the pitcher illicits a reaction by the base runner(s), it MAY be judged to be making a play on the runner(s). Go ahead and spin quickly around to face a base runner if you think it's going to intimidate...
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    Intimidation Unsportsmanlike Disqualification

    I responded to Rick M stating that his DD aggressively spins around to face base runners. His contention is that since she doesn't raise the ball the look back rule is still in play. That's not necessarily the case. It's a judgment call. In my judgement, a pitcher doing that is making a play on...
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    A thread for the umps...what would you do’s, oddball plays, war stories

    Not having a partner to go to for help isn't fun! I work a fair amount of solo games and at the plate meeting I tell the coaches I can only call what I see. Is what it is, accept my judgement calls.
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    Intimidation Unsportsmanlike Disqualification

    I believe Rick M mentioned his daughter making an aggressive spin towards the runner once she had the ball. Look back rule is off for me at that point. Other umpires may disagree.
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    Intimidation Unsportsmanlike Disqualification

    Not a made up rule: USA Rules Supplement 34, J, page 138: "While in the circle and in possession of the ball, any act by the pitcher that, in the umpire's judgment, causes the runner to react is considered making a play."
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    Intimidation Unsportsmanlike Disqualification

    That could still be interpreted as making a play on the runner(s). Hand with ball does not need to be raised, no fake throw needed.
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    Intimidation Unsportsmanlike Disqualification

    Video would be helpful. Rule sets and codes of conduct do have sections on unsportsmanlike conduct and derogatory actions. Judgement call.
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    Legal step back or not?

    That's my take, too. While the rules are in the rule book, they need to be enforced.
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    Legal step back or not?

    What I've noticed here in New England regarding illegal pitches for no pause or even stepping onto the pitching plate with the hands together, is that some umpires just won't call it.
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    Legal step back or not?

    If you look at 10.2.2, the NCAA rule used to be a pause of at least 2 seconds. I like that, it's defined.
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    Illegal pitch or not?

    Yes, I also think the rules can be written clearer; I hate having to decipher what is and isn't said. The pause to take a sign or appear to take a sign is a great example. Define the length of time for the pause. I believe the NCAA rule set had a time, but removed it.
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    Legal step back or not?

    Yeah, not sure why a lot of umpires won't call for no pause. I say "fast" in my mind, which takes the same amount of time as a catcher putting the sign down. Figure that's the minimum pause time.
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    Illegal pitch or not?

    Yep, page 142, rules supplement. Wish they would have it all in one place.
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    Legal step back or not?

    Legal step back using USA rules? "If the pitcher wants to step back with the non-pivot foot, they may do so prior to separating the hands."
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    Look Back Rule

    Videos would be great!
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    Illegal pitch or not?

    I asked a couple of umpires in my area about. Their take is that they would not call an illegal pitch in the situation described, as they don’t see the pitcher getting any competitive advantage if they step back at the same time as the hands are splitting. I don’t agree with that take, as the...
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    Illegal pitch or not?

    Thanks! I saw a pitcher whose step back started right when she split her hands. Illegal pitch wasn’t being called.
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    The brutal consequences of drop dead time...

    A game on Wednesday and a game on Saturday. No more pool play Saturdays.

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