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Forum: Baseball Tue Jul 17, 2012, 10:00pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,965
Posted By John Robertson
awarding bases

Hypothetical situation...

Runner at first base. Nobody out. Batter hits a long fly to right field. Runner on first assumes the ball is going to drop in for a hit and runs full tilt. He has...
Forum: Softball Sun May 23, 2010, 10:43pm
Replies: 21
Views: 1,693
Posted By John Robertson
Softball Canada rules were used--where only the...

Softball Canada rules were used--where only the starters may re-enter.

The coach (who would never be mistaken for Sparky Anderson, Joe Torre or Casey Stengel) didn't dispute the substitution rule...
Forum: Softball Fri May 21, 2010, 11:37pm
Replies: 21
Views: 1,693
Posted By John Robertson
Thanks for all the comments so far--and their...

Thanks for all the comments so far--and their unanimity.

Softball Canada's rules are pretty much the same rules used in international competition--and yes, some of the dimensions of the diamond...
Forum: Softball Fri May 21, 2010, 02:15pm
Replies: 21
Views: 1,693
Posted By John Robertson
Please help settle a dispute

Hi, everyone:

An umpiring colleague and I are having a dispute about how a situation was handled by me in a tournament game here in Canada several years ago. It all depends upon one's...
Forum: Softball Thu Jul 17, 2008, 08:55pm
Replies: 25
Views: 1,796
Posted By John Robertson
I umpire in Canada. Unless I'm mistaken, the...

I umpire in Canada. Unless I'm mistaken, the rule of thumb here is to always call out the person who is responsible for creating the interference unless he/she has already scored or been put out. ...
Forum: Softball Thu Jul 17, 2008, 08:29pm
Replies: 25
Views: 1,796
Posted By John Robertson
On-Deck Batter interferes with ball four

Here's one that happened tonight:

Runner on third base. Batter up with a 3-0 count. Pitch comes in low for ball four. It bounces off the catcher's shin guard and rolls toward the on-deck...
Forum: Softball Mon Jul 16, 2007, 11:24am
Replies: 1
Views: 610
Posted By John Robertson
I'd never had to call this before...

I was working the plate in a girls' novice game this past Saturday and I had a new call--at least it was new for me.

Runner on third base. Nobody out. Batter hits a ground ball to the shortstop....
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 25, 2006, 01:25pm
Replies: 21
Views: 1,502
Posted By John Robertson
It's been years since I travelled more than an...

It's been years since I travelled more than an hour's drive to umpire a game. Obviously if you are chosen for a national or a provincial championship here in Canada, it will likely require...
Forum: Hockey Sun Sep 24, 2006, 09:42pm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,710
Posted By John Robertson
Batting the puck into the net off an opponent

I'm not a referee, just a fan. Here's my question:

Wild scramble in front of the Team A's net. The puck pops into the air. A player from Team B swats the puck with his hand. The puck hits Team...
Forum: Softball Tue Sep 19, 2006, 10:08pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,431
Posted By John Robertson
The advent of instant replay in sports has put...

The advent of instant replay in sports has put far more pressure on replay officials to be "perfect" than on the on-field officials. The expectation is that now every call should eventually be 100%...
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 18, 2006, 02:50pm
Replies: 60
Views: 2,925
Posted By John Robertson
Wow! I created a monster with this post! Thanks...

Wow! I created a monster with this post! Thanks for all your passionate and thoughtful replies. Personally I'm going to call it foul ball but hold my nose. (I also find it difficult to penalize...
Forum: Softball Thu Sep 14, 2006, 10:13pm
Replies: 60
Views: 2,925
Posted By John Robertson
Batter prevents ball from rolling fair

I've never had to rule on this play, but I'd like everyone's thoughts anyway:

Nobody on base. Lefthanded hitter up. He swings and barely makes contact. The ball is rolling in foul territory...
Forum: Softball Thu Sep 14, 2006, 10:01pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,177
Posted By John Robertson
In my experience, most of the batters who want to...

In my experience, most of the batters who want to change bats in "midstream" seem to be doing it for reasons of comfort. They don't like the grip; they want a heavier bat or a lighter bat, etc. ...
Forum: Softball Wed Sep 13, 2006, 11:07am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,177
Posted By John Robertson
Allowing batters to change bats

This season I noticed quite a few batters, after being up for a pitch or two, deciding they want to switch bats.

When I played in the 1970s, it was standard protocol for the batters to tell the...
Forum: Softball Wed Sep 13, 2006, 10:50am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,183
Posted By John Robertson
Didn't mean to aggravate your blood pressure,...

Didn't mean to aggravate your blood pressure, bkbjones.

I'd say the prevailing opinion here is to eject regardless of the importance of the game or the consequences of having just nine players. ...
Forum: Softball Wed Sep 13, 2006, 10:25am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,106
Posted By John Robertson
Kind of a tough break for the team at bat, but...

Kind of a tough break for the team at bat, but you have to wonder about the alertness of the coaching staff of the offensive team. Someone on that team ought to know that baserunners advance one...
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 11, 2006, 09:21am
Replies: 20
Views: 1,652
Posted By John Robertson
A few random thoughts... If this play is to...

A few random thoughts...

If this play is to be ruled a foul ball, then we obviously have no interference on a potential steal situation because runners can't attempt a steal on a foul ball.

One...
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 11, 2006, 07:32am
Replies: 20
Views: 1,652
Posted By John Robertson
I'm assuming when you wrote "backswing" you meant...

I'm assuming when you wrote "backswing" you meant the action of a player who has already swung at a pitch and is now bringing the bat back.

If this is the case, I can't call it a foul ball. It's...
Forum: Softball Sun Sep 10, 2006, 11:25pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,183
Posted By John Robertson
Sometimes I wonder why I umpire

Excuse me while I rant...

Ever have one of those nights when you've put up with more than your fair share of abuse from a whining, losing team and wonder why you ever took up umpiring as an...
Forum: Softball Sun Sep 10, 2006, 11:23pm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,652
Posted By John Robertson
I'd call it a dead ball. Once the batter swung...

I'd call it a dead ball. Once the batter swung and missed, it's a strike. When It was hit on the backswing, it's a dead ball.
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 04, 2006, 05:56pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,178
Posted By John Robertson
I stand corrected. Thanks.

I stand corrected. Thanks.
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 04, 2006, 02:39pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,178
Posted By John Robertson
I thought the poster was referring to the ISF...

I thought the poster was referring to the ISF world club championship tournament that was recently played in Kitchener, Ontario. Maybe he was?
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 04, 2006, 10:13am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,259
Posted By John Robertson
These one-umpire tales remind me of a situation...

These one-umpire tales remind me of a situation where I once actually did ask a coach to help me with a call.

I was the sole umpire in a girls' fastball game. Two outs. Runner at second. Batter...
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 04, 2006, 09:54am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,178
Posted By John Robertson
The tourney was played in my area. I know there...

The tourney was played in my area. I know there were television trucks, so I suspect there will be a broadcast somewhere sometime.
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 04, 2006, 09:32am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,259
Posted By John Robertson
Am I the only one who would be miffed at a coach...

Am I the only one who would be miffed at a coach interrupting the game to question a swing-or-no-swing situation in a one-umpire system? My succinct reply would be, "Coach, I have no partner to ask....
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