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Forum: Softball Fri Feb 02, 2018, 11:22am
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By Andy
This is the problem right here...You aren't...

This is the problem right here...You aren't working with other "umps", you are working with part time workers whose only concern is picking up a paycheck for doing the minimum amount of work...
Forum: Softball Wed Jan 17, 2018, 02:16pm
Replies: 5
Views: 262
Posted By Andy
I will be there as a staff assisstant

I will be there as a staff assisstant
Forum: Softball Mon Dec 18, 2017, 10:45am
Replies: 40
Views: 2,040
Posted By Andy
I just took a quick look at the 2017 manual...two...

I just took a quick look at the 2017 manual...two umpire system, in either game, there is no option for the base umpire with no runners on base.

FP starts on the line, SP starts behind F4.

I...
Forum: Softball Fri Nov 17, 2017, 10:42am
Replies: 26
Views: 830
Posted By Andy
The real problem here...at least in the JO game,...

The real problem here...at least in the JO game, is the proliferation of teams due to "daddy ball" and everybody thinking their kid is going to have college paid for by softball. Too many teams, not...
Forum: Softball Thu Nov 16, 2017, 11:32am
Replies: 14
Views: 396
Posted By Andy
I have no doubt they are legit...I just haven't...

I have no doubt they are legit...I just haven't seen anything published from USA SB yet regarding the approved rule/code changes.
Forum: Softball Thu Nov 16, 2017, 10:47am
Replies: 14
Views: 396
Posted By Andy
Cecil....May I inquire as to where you are...

Cecil....May I inquire as to where you are getting the information that these are the approved changes?
Forum: Softball Tue Oct 31, 2017, 11:49am
Replies: 13
Views: 761
Posted By Andy
Nothing earth shattering....like removing the...

Nothing earth shattering....like removing the base advance on an illegal pitch.

Here are some of the significant (IMO) proposals:

If a base distance or pitching distance is found to be...
Forum: Softball Mon Oct 30, 2017, 03:31pm
Replies: 13
Views: 761
Posted By Andy
Due to some changes in my neighborhood, I did not...

Due to some changes in my neighborhood, I did not go to Council Meeting this year.

I got wind of some of the proposed rule changes, but no word on any outcome of the vote. I guess I'll just have...
Forum: Softball Fri Oct 20, 2017, 11:26am
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By Andy
As has been stated...once your partner came to...

As has been stated...once your partner came to you for help on the count, TIME is assumed and play is suspended.

Had you both conferred and agreed that it was strike 3, you do your best to...
Forum: Softball Thu Oct 19, 2017, 10:45am
Replies: 18
Views: 585
Posted By Andy
The clarification helps me alot. I was...

The clarification helps me alot.

I was having a hard time justifying an out for passing R2 if B/R (R3) was still standing on first base. However, once BR/R3 takes off for second, now I can call...
Forum: Softball Thu Oct 19, 2017, 10:34am
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By Andy
I have heard that the 16" game is still popular...

I have heard that the 16" game is still popular in the Chicago area and some other pockets in the midwest. The City of Yuma, AZ hosts a 16" SP tournament on Memorial Day weekend every year...I think...
Forum: Softball Tue Oct 17, 2017, 11:30am
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By Andy
As a side note.... One of the prevalent...

As a side note....

One of the prevalent plays in 16" SP is the hit and run. Because the rules allow the runner to lead off, if the batter likes the look of the pitch coming in, s/he will yell at...
Forum: Softball Wed Oct 11, 2017, 11:07am
Replies: 52
Views: 1,425
Posted By Andy
Here is my thought that I apply with regards to...

Here is my thought that I apply with regards to obstruction in several of these scenarios:

The defense violated by obstructing. Why do umpires look for ways to give the defense a break and ending...
Forum: Softball Tue Oct 10, 2017, 03:23pm
Replies: 32
Views: 1,141
Posted By Andy
My question to these guys is: When you call...

My question to these guys is:

When you call a strike, do you tell everybody where the pitch was?
STRIKE...on the corner!

I usually get a "why the hell would I do that" look, so I ask them why...
Forum: Softball Mon Oct 02, 2017, 03:33pm
Replies: 5
Views: 306
Posted By Andy
The rule that RKB references applies to the...

The rule that RKB references applies to the runner.

The part of this that I am struggling with is the player in question is a BATTER-RUNNER. Under that section of Rule 8, the situation with a...
Forum: Softball Wed Sep 27, 2017, 10:51am
Replies: 15
Views: 615
Posted By Andy
Smile The play the Teebob and I had was a tag play at...

The play the Teebob and I had was a tag play at third.

I (PU) had a great angle and look at the play right up the third baseline. I saw where Teebob was when he made the call and cringed a bit...
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 18, 2017, 10:54am
Replies: 5
Views: 556
Posted By Andy
Like Cecil said....timing is everything here. ...

Like Cecil said....timing is everything here.

How often have we had a batter HBP, s/he makes it down to first base, then needs to "walk it off"? Any violation here...of course not, it's a dead...
Forum: Softball Thu Aug 17, 2017, 11:10am
Replies: 5
Views: 436
Posted By Andy
I have had situations much as you describe where...

I have had situations much as you describe where the batter, who is trying to avoid the pitched ball, has the bat come around and look like a swing, but it is more of a defensive move. It's one of...
Forum: Softball Tue Aug 08, 2017, 11:05am
Replies: 25
Views: 794
Posted By Andy
That sounds familiar....

That sounds familiar....
Forum: Softball Mon Aug 07, 2017, 10:40am
Replies: 25
Views: 794
Posted By Andy
The issue is that the local rules are enacted in...

The issue is that the local rules are enacted in good faith and seem to be what people want, but the groups making the local rules don't have enough of a grasp of the entire rule book and don't...
Forum: Softball Thu Jul 20, 2017, 10:39am
Replies: 41
Views: 1,656
Posted By Andy
Does this mean that Dad can twist some wires...

Does this mean that Dad can twist some wires together and weld them in his garage, attach an elastic strap and call that a mask?

Without a standard or definition of the requirement, this is what...
Forum: Softball Wed Jul 19, 2017, 05:50pm
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By Andy
When I've used it, we had some towels in a bucket...

When I've used it, we had some towels in a bucket with ice and water and the spirits of ammonia. Use as often as you need to.

A wipe of your arms and the back of your neck refreshes and cools...
Forum: Softball Wed Jul 19, 2017, 04:50pm
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By Andy
Yes....I have used it. Works very well. A google...

Yes....I have used it. Works very well. A google search should find several references to how to mix the spirits of ammonia, ice , and water in the correct amounts to be most effective.

One thing...
Forum: Softball Mon Jul 17, 2017, 11:09am
Replies: 25
Views: 801
Posted By Andy
The BOO situation in the OP is pretty...

The BOO situation in the OP is pretty straightforward, as far as some BOO occurrences go.

The correct answer as to what should have happened has been posted, I'm curious as to what piece you were...
Forum: Softball Fri Jul 14, 2017, 11:41am
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By Andy
You are correct in that Baker is batting in the...

You are correct in that Baker is batting in the proper slot (2) in the order.
As previously explained, once a pitch was thrown to Baker, The PREVIOUS batter became the proper batter (Charles). This...
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