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    Default Umpire would NOT call strikes

    DD"s team played their final showcase this past weekend.
    while it was good DD's team went 5-1, one umpire just would not call strikes!

    when DD"s catcher asked, why, he said:

    "You're not catching the ball out in front so i'm not going to call it"

    huh? what the heck does that mean?
    anyone?

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    I'm not sure either but it seems that there are some good and some bad. The bad ones are really frustrating. This weekend, ump not calling outside in the river nor over the corner. Catcher told coach it's on the outside corner and in the river but he's not calling it. Pitching coaches teach girls to live on the corners. If they can't then they get frustrated and make mistakes, like throwing fat and get one hit back in the facemask. Just venting.....

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    DD2 had an ump Sat. nite that would not or didn't know how to call a change up for a strike. HC almost got tossed for getting after him.

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    DD ended up throwing something closer to center (FAT) that got hit. but i still don't understand what the heck the UMP meant by "Not catching it in front"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastPitchCat View Post
    DD ended up throwing something closer to center (FAT) that got hit. but i still don't understand what the heck the UMP meant by "Not catching it in front"?
    "In front" means the catcher's arm extended is forward (towards the pitcher) when the pitch is received, instead of letting the ball travel farther and catching it closer to the body. This comment by the ump tells me that he's paying more attention to where the ball is caught than where it passes through the strike zone.
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    We had an umpire that refused to call a strike when DD pitched, no one including TD had any clue why. We had to pull her which was no big deal.

    Showcase tourney it would have became an Issue.

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    yep. it was a showcase tourny. but, considering that we got assigned to a less-than-desirable venue in Myrtle beach, it didn't matter much.

    honestly, i don't know how assigning of venues happens. we pay the same amount, but the 'more visible, popular or whatever adjective' teams get assigned to the better venues like Cal Ripken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
    "In front" means the catcher's arm extended is forward (towards the pitcher) when the pitch is received, instead of letting the ball travel farther and catching it closer to the body. This comment by the ump tells me that he's paying more attention to where the ball is caught than where it passes through the strike zone.
    which i think, is wrong, right?

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    Of course it is wrong, if your pitcher can move the ball the batter should not have a chance once they figure it out. ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastPitchCat View Post
    which i think, is wrong, right?
    Correct pitch calling by the umpire should be uninfluenced by where/how/if the ball is caught. That said, umpires are human (most of the time, anyway), and perceptions can sometimes be influenced, which is why good catchers put a ton of time into improving their receiving skills.
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