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...
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...
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...
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...
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."
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.
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...