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Forum: Softball Tue Aug 18, 2020, 08:11pm
Replies: 5
Views: 384
Posted By tcannizzo
Covid Protocol

Something happened in a high school game today that causes me to wonder about the umpire’s role in this pandemic. (yes GA plays in the fall)

When this thing first came out, I was discussing it...
Forum: Softball Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:19am
Replies: 69
Views: 5,108
Posted By tcannizzo
My guess is that you have never been at an NFHS...

My guess is that you have never been at an NFHS swim meet.

While those who are actively swimming at any point in time, may not be in perilously close proximity, the pool deck is a completely...
Forum: Softball Tue May 28, 2019, 09:07pm
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By tcannizzo
Could have hit both the knob and the hand. If...

Could have hit both the knob and the hand.
If it hit the knob first, then not HBP, foul ball.
Forum: Softball Sat Oct 06, 2018, 12:32pm
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By tcannizzo
The umpires were not disqualified as individuals....

The umpires were not disqualified as individuals.
It was the local association that was not going to get any games to assign.
But I understand your question, if rhetorical.
Forum: Softball Sat Oct 06, 2018, 08:31am
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By tcannizzo
What's it going to look like in 5 years?

For years, we have all noticed, and commented on, the general shortage of good umpires. But now, based on a recent event locally, I am wondering if we are approaching a crisis.

An established and...
Forum: Softball Tue Sep 11, 2018, 06:46pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,100
Posted By tcannizzo
OK, I'm not going down the Jim Joyce rabbit hole....

OK, I'm not going down the Jim Joyce rabbit hole.
And maybe I have an 0-2 count on the message board.
One more swing, then that's it.

It has always been my understanding that judgement calls...
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 10, 2018, 06:14pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,100
Posted By tcannizzo
Maybe I don't understand this question. ...

Maybe I don't understand this question.

Assuming I do, let's use an extreme well-known example.
Jim Joyce, MLB Umpire who kicked a call that cost a pitcher a perfect game.

He knew he kicked...
Forum: Softball Sun Sep 09, 2018, 02:59pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,100
Posted By tcannizzo
I'm not so sure it was handled correctly by the...

I'm not so sure it was handled correctly by the umpires.

I would love to know what the umpires discussed.
BU: Did I miss the call? (Not the question to ask)
PU: Yes, you did. (Not the...
Forum: Softball Mon Mar 05, 2018, 09:49pm
Replies: 29
Views: 1,671
Posted By tcannizzo
While this may true in some cases, fact of the...

While this may true in some cases, fact of the matter is that they have already been "shown up" prior to the dominant team showing "mercy".

The "act" of pretending to be shown up is merely an...
Forum: Softball Wed Jul 19, 2017, 09:18pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,200
Posted By tcannizzo
Spirits of ammonia is hard to come by in certain...

Spirits of ammonia is hard to come by in certain places that no longer sell it over the counter.

If you are in an area where this is so, then try the next best alternative, called "Sea Breeze",...
Forum: Softball Wed Jul 12, 2017, 07:29pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,162
Posted By tcannizzo
U-trip requires both.

U-trip requires both.
Forum: Softball Thu Jun 22, 2017, 09:18pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,076
Posted By tcannizzo
Just because batters request time, does not mean...

Just because batters request time, does not mean they are going to get it.

What was it, 6-7 yrs ago when we were instructed NOT to automatically grant time . . . that P has 20 seconds (USA/ASA, et...
Forum: Softball Sun May 14, 2017, 09:29am
Replies: 4
Views: 608
Posted By tcannizzo
I saw that too. One foot was almost on the back...

I saw that too.
One foot was almost on the back line of the batter's box, the other was almost touching the back line of the catcher's box. Nice and wide too.
Forum: Softball Fri Mar 31, 2017, 08:42am
Replies: 7
Views: 818
Posted By tcannizzo
PU was basically 3BL extended, seemingly facing...

PU was basically 3BL extended, seemingly facing towards the approaching coach.
No stop sign.
All action on the field had stopped for several seconds, as coach was approaching; AND some of the...
Forum: Softball Thu Mar 30, 2017, 08:00am
Replies: 7
Views: 818
Posted By tcannizzo
TD allowed the run to score.:( Although I heard...

TD allowed the run to score.:(
Although I heard and saw PU signal SAFE, I would have preferred that he really sold it with "OFF THE BASE - SAFE" to eliminate any possible confusion.
Forum: Softball Tue Mar 21, 2017, 09:06am
Replies: 7
Views: 818
Posted By tcannizzo
Time not called, but . . .

Bases loaded, 1 out.

Ground ball to F1 who throws to F2 who apparently misses HP, and then throws to F3 to retire BR. PU signaled and verbaled "SAFE" on the play at the plate. To those out of...
Forum: Softball Sun Jun 12, 2016, 09:12pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,241
Posted By tcannizzo
give them a call

give them a call
Forum: Softball Fri Jun 10, 2016, 09:25am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,241
Posted By tcannizzo
1. For my frog tog, I add a few squirts of Sea...

1. For my frog tog, I add a few squirts of Sea Breeze to the ice water. It is an astringent that somewhat resembles spirits of ammonia. You can get Sea Breeze at Wal-Mart in the skin care section. It...
Forum: Softball Sun May 29, 2016, 09:39am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,108
Posted By tcannizzo
As we get older things like this happen to all of...

As we get older things like this happen to all of us.
My two favorite remedies are good old-fashioned ice treatments for more immediate relief; and a great little product called Blue Emu that...
Forum: Softball Wed May 18, 2016, 08:49am
Replies: 28
Views: 1,769
Posted By tcannizzo
Here's one. R1 on 1B steals on pitch, with no...

Here's one.
R1 on 1B steals on pitch, with no throw from F2, except back to F1.
F6 tells R1 that it was a foul ball causing R1 to leave the base.
The pitch was not fouled.
Forum: Softball Tue May 10, 2016, 08:54am
Replies: 28
Views: 1,957
Posted By tcannizzo
I've been selling enterprise software since the...

I've been selling enterprise software since the mid-70's.
One of my customers took his old IBM 360/30 and made a dog house out of it; the panel with the lights, dials and switches went behind his...
Forum: Softball Thu Apr 14, 2016, 10:27am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,490
Posted By tcannizzo
This brings to mind that the LBR is not in effect...

This brings to mind that the LBR is not in effect until BR reaches 1B. :D
Forum: Softball Thu Apr 14, 2016, 10:23am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,635
Posted By tcannizzo
As written, the runner was only protected between...

As written, the runner was only protected between 2nd and 3rd, so out at home would be the call.

Remember, at the time of OBS you judge what base the runner would have achieved. If that judgement...
Forum: Softball Thu Apr 14, 2016, 10:17am
Replies: 28
Views: 2,080
Posted By tcannizzo
If it is a judgement call, it stands. If you...

If it is a judgement call, it stands.

If you absolutely know that you got it wrong (with or without input from your partner), you can say, "Coach, I just kicked that call from here to kingdom...
Forum: Softball Mon Mar 07, 2016, 11:52am
Replies: 11
Views: 870
Posted By tcannizzo
Message board fodder, nothing else.

Message board fodder, nothing else.
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