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Old Sat Apr 01, 2006, 08:48pm
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Question NCAA Rules help

I don't really have a question but would like some comments from some of the NCAA umps on this board.

My daughter plays 1st base at a DIII School. At today's game, the opponent changed pitchers in the fourth inning and this is where my quetion comes in. The pitcher began her motion with her heel against the pitchers plate. At no time in her delivery was any part of her foot on top of the pitchers plate. Also, she took that little 8"-10" step forward with her pivot foot before delivering the ball to the plate. Both my daughter and her coach brought this to the attention of the BU but he refused to call an illegal pitch that inning . When this pitcher came out for warmups at the start of the next inning, the BU walked over to her and warned her about her motion. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Needless to say, my daughters coach went to speak with him (in a very civil tone). The umpire explained that he was just trying to do a little preventative officiating. I call it coaching and giving an advantage to one team over another. Any thoughts?
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Old Sat Apr 01, 2006, 08:56pm
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From your description, I'd have to agree with you.
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Old Sat Apr 01, 2006, 10:00pm
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Preventive officiating? Bull.

See a blatant violation, make the call.

I nailed a pitcher on the first pitch of the game today. WHaddaya know, she was perfectly legal for the rest of the game - at least, as long as I was in the A position. Her illegal pitch was from moving the pivot foot forward about 6-8 inches.
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Old Sat Apr 01, 2006, 10:49pm
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If the game was already out of hand, maybe okay. If it was competitive, that was inappropriate; call the game like it matters.

I stop warning at about 14B. Make the call, unless, as I said, it was already out of hand.
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Old Sun Apr 02, 2006, 08:51am
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Something that is obvious, especially at the collegiate level, should be called.

If not sure, or seen in warm-ups, yeah, I could understand an umpire saying something to the pitcher while cleaning the PP, but not outright discussion which smacks of "coaching".

OTOH, shouldn't an NCAA rules questions be posted on a "Coach's Board"?

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Old Mon Apr 03, 2006, 09:56am
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I agree with the others who have chimed in that the call should have been made.
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