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Time Play Opening Day 2017

The 2017 baseball season wasn’t quite two days old when we had our first “Time Play” confusion. When the third out of an inning is not the result of a force play and it happens about the same time a runner is crossing the plate, the plate umpire must decide “in time,” what occurred first-the […]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

NCAA 8-7a

When there is a collision between a runner and a fielder who is in clear possession of the ball, the umpire shall judge: If the defensive player blocks the base (plate) or base line with clear possession of the ball, the runner may slide into to make contact with the fielder as long as the […]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

NCAA 3-6k

Umpire jurisdiction in regard to personal confrontations and unsportsmanlike conduct directed toward them begins when the umpires enter the game site and ends when the umpires have left the game site. [OBR 4.03e: As soon as the home team’s batting order is handed to the umpire-in-chief the umpires are in charge of the playing field.]

Official Rules of NCAA-Level Baseball

NCAA 3-6d

Any umpire may eject a participant for misconduct or violation of the Code of Ethics. Misconduct is specifically defined. [OBR 8.01d: Each umpire may disqualify a participant for unsportsmanlike conduct which is not specifically defined. No Code of Ethics.]

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Rule of the Week: Baseball Lifespan

Hold a baseball in your hand. Feel its solid weight and smooth surface. Count its 108 careful stitches. Major League baseballs are hand-sewn in Costa Rica at a Rawlings factory that produces millions of baseballs a year. What happens to those baseballs? “The ball,” Rule 3.01 proclaims, “shall be a sphere formed by yarn wound […]

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Rule of the Week – Catcher Interference Won’t Always Stop the Show

How should an umpire respond to catcher interference? Watch the video!   This week we’re discussing catcher interference. Catcher interference is when a batter swings and touches the catcher’s glove. The umpire points and calls out, “that’s catcher interference” – but the ball remains alive and the play develops! If the batter gets a base […]

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Rule of the Week: The Best Quick Pitch Advice for Coaches and Players

What does a quick pitch look like? Watch the video! This week’s official baseball rule is all about the quick pitch. If the pitcher throws the ball on purpose to surprise the batter, it is a quick pitch. In the set position, according to Rule 5.07(a)(2), the pitcher must pause after the stretch, holding the […]

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Runner Ducks Under Tag

A “Time Play” occurred on May 1, 2016 that was kept alive by clever running by a runner going to second base which created time for a preceding runner to score. The play occurred at Wrigley Field where the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves played. This one affected the outcome of the game since the […]