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Forum: Softball Fri Sep 05, 2008, 03:31am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,281
Posted By cpa
Weak partner

First of all, why are they weak? Are they a brand new umpire - a newbie who is very teachable and soaks things up like a sponge? Or are they a broken down horse -- a 30 year veteran who hit their...
Forum: Softball Wed Aug 27, 2008, 02:53am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,949
Posted By cpa

I work for an assigner who had picked up a roster of umpires from another assigner. Went to camp w/ the "inherited" folks and they all wanted to know what the new assigner was like, what her pet...
Forum: Softball Sat Aug 23, 2008, 06:03am
Replies: 33
Views: 2,465
Posted By cpa
HS fall ball

In our 2nd week of HS ball -- started Aug 15 and runs thru last week in October
Forum: Softball Sun Jul 13, 2008, 12:17am
Replies: 25
Views: 1,681
Posted By cpa
Foul tip

There is every reason in the world to give a foul tip signal on a caught ball -- especially if you have base runners stealing or just off base when it occurs. A foul tip imposes no tag up...
Forum: Softball Wed Jul 09, 2008, 11:30am
Replies: 23
Views: 2,054
Posted By cpa
Angry coach ruling

Actually, it makes all the differerence in the world as to whether the pitch is a strike or a ball:

1) If a strike, then you have a batter-runner who is awarded !B and they must fulfill their...
Forum: Softball Tue Jul 08, 2008, 08:56pm
Replies: 23
Views: 2,054
Posted By cpa
Walk off ruling

Dead ball -- BR is awarded first base (if pitch is a strike -- called or swinging), runner on third is awarded home. Unless bases not touched (and a proper appeal) then game over.
Forum: Softball Sun Jun 29, 2008, 07:39pm
Replies: 37
Views: 3,177
Posted By cpa
Where is this in the umpire manual?

Wanted to get your opinion on these mechanics --

14 U -- got called to work some organization on Sunday morning I've never worked for

I'm on the plate and as I'm starting the game I glance down...
Forum: Softball Mon Jun 16, 2008, 10:18pm
Replies: 67
Views: 4,376
Posted By cpa
National Anthem

I have had this happen to me before -- in fact a couple of times -- on complexes where they had a 2 story house surrounded by 4 softball fields

On many of these complexes the PA system is not set...
Forum: Softball Sat Jun 14, 2008, 09:33am
Replies: 19
Views: 1,610
Posted By cpa
2 pitches -- 3 outs

How about ITB -- then out for runner leaving base early (no pitch!) and then 2 first pitch ground outs or fly balls?
Forum: Softball Tue May 27, 2008, 10:30pm
Replies: 28
Views: 1,620
Posted By cpa
Burma Shave

Ironic you guys should mention this

Tonight I was on the way to a game in the little town of Social Circle, Georgia. Just before entering the Social Circle city limits there was a old-timey set...
Forum: Softball Thu May 15, 2008, 03:10am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,219
Posted By cpa
Slap hitting!!

10 U FP --

Can tell it's gonna be bad while walking on the field -- home team has barely graduated from coach pitch, the other team has a handful of travel ball dropouts

Visitors' first 3...
Forum: Softball Wed May 07, 2008, 09:38am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,541
Posted By cpa
This play

I had this exact play earlier this year in exactly the same situation except it was only the runner from first to second who failed to advance properly. I called the runner out (without waiting for...
Forum: Softball Wed Apr 30, 2008, 12:25pm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,537
Posted By cpa
Passed runner question

I have a different way of looking at this question of whether or not a runner has passed another

If I understand this correctly, we have a "front" runner who has retreated toward 3rd, which is now...
Forum: Softball Thu Feb 28, 2008, 12:38pm
Replies: 56
Views: 3,045
Posted By cpa

Folks -- I'm not talking about Fed ball, college ball or even well run rec ball -- hell, that's the easiest ball to call because you do have outside controls and sanctions available to restrain...
Forum: Softball Thu Feb 28, 2008, 10:10am
Replies: 56
Views: 3,045
Posted By cpa

Well, this is gonna be my last word on this -- but my wife is a school teacher and I am a parent w/ 3 kids who have all played ball growing up. I believe I have a pretty good feel for what parents...
Forum: Softball Thu Feb 28, 2008, 04:27am
Replies: 56
Views: 3,045
Posted By cpa
Fan ejections

Well, I've got a couple of examples that led to the same bottom line:

14U game -- one team has blown a 7 run lead in the top of the 5th and time is running out -- after the 5th error of the inning...
Forum: Softball Thu Feb 28, 2008, 03:45am
Replies: 8
Views: 858
Posted By cpa
Dugout question

This brings up an interesting point about underage kids in question.

In a 12U rec ball game late last season, a rather young looking female coach came to the home plate meeting. Coach "Suzy"...
Forum: Softball Wed Feb 13, 2008, 08:14pm
Replies: 26
Views: 8,508
Posted By cpa
Look back rule

I agree that the ASA rule book could certainly be more explanatory. I know it's a different rule set, but for a much superior, EXPLANATORY version of the Look back rule, look at the rule #12.21...
Forum: Softball Mon Feb 04, 2008, 07:18am
Replies: 23
Views: 2,184
Posted By cpa
Metal cleats

I can think of one issue that is a big problem here in the South -- and it is the same problem we face w/ pitching.

Fast pitch in the South is only one generation old -- our game down here is not...
Forum: Softball Wed Dec 05, 2007, 09:16pm
Replies: 20
Views: 3,545
Posted By cpa
New ASA mechanic

Here another .02 worth --

1. The higher level ball, I absolutely like the NCAA mechanic

2. Low level ball, including 10-16 rec ball -- I won't use it unless I get an inning or two worth of...
Forum: Softball Mon Nov 26, 2007, 01:16am
Replies: 32
Views: 3,800
Posted By cpa
I've been thinking about going to the NC one or...

I've been thinking about going to the NC one or the one in Plant City, FL -- Where is Cary? Is is closer to Georgia or Virginia?

That would have some bearing on whether I go or not
Forum: Softball Fri Oct 19, 2007, 12:59pm
Replies: 15
Views: 2,983
Posted By cpa
Cusic tourney

Neither the phone # nor the 2 web addresses listed above for this event seem to be working -- Lee County's website appears to be some dead end tourist web page

Anyone got better info on how to...
Forum: Baseball Tue Sep 18, 2007, 11:25am
Replies: 35
Views: 3,732
Posted By cpa
Senior officials

Being a senior official working with a younger (less experienced) person can be very rewarding and fun, if you approach it with the right attitude -- and the younger person does also. One of your...
Forum: Softball Wed Aug 08, 2007, 06:06am
Replies: 23
Views: 1,933
Posted By cpa
Let's follow this thru to the absurb After...

Let's follow this thru to the absurb

After the #9 batter bats, the FLEX comes up and bats and completes her turn at bat as an illegal offensive sub for #1.

At that point, I've got #1 out of the...
Forum: Softball Tue Aug 07, 2007, 10:34am
Replies: 23
Views: 1,933
Posted By cpa
Clarification of above

To clarify my initial scenario -- the #1 hitter is not the DP -- that would be too easy

My main question is -- since we have an offensive sub for the #1 hitter, albeit an illegal one, does the #1...
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