I took the plunge. I work on lots of field with tight backstops and have taken more than one rebound to the top of the head. I just can’t imagine that the protection isn’t better than a traditional mask – especially when it comes to an unusual bounce or something that causes me to change my position. And now that more guys are wearing them, I won’t feel so silly. I was going to pull the trigger a few years ago, but my wife bought me a new traditional mask for Christmas that year, so I’ve used it. I can’t wait to get it, and then try it out. I may hate it.
I’ve mentioned before that I actively participate in the great forum umpire-empire.com. The guys and ladies over at ump-emp (as I call it, for short) are a real nice group, and show a full degree of respect for each other and for the umpiring avocation. The site is a daily part of my life, and the screen names become real, honest personalities One of the most active and respected members passed away this week, and I figured I’d share this tribute to Michael Taylor, of Salisbury, MD:
So everyone is talking about the new “no collision” rule in MLB – rule 7.13, which is quoted below. The REALLY cool thing is that Little League rule 7.13 deals with runners leaving early, and that rule (based on my blog traffic analytics), is a highly searched term – in fact, it accounts for the majority of traffic to my site*.
Here is the official wording from the rulebook on the new rule, which is Rule 7.13:
(1) A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate). If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball). In such circumstances, the Umpire shall call the ball dead, and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision.
Rule 7.13 Comment: The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 7.13. If the runner slides into the plate in an appropriate manner, he shall not be adjudged to have violated Rule 7.13. A slide shall be deemed appropriate, in the case of a feet first slide, if the runner’s buttocks and legs should hit the ground before contact with the catcher. In the case of a head first slide, a runner shall be deemed to have slid appropriately if his body should hit the ground before contact with the catcher.
(2) Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score. If, in the judgment of the Umpire, the catcher without possession of the ball blocks the pathway of the runner, the Umpire shall call or signal the runner safe. Notwithstanding the above, it shall not be considered a violation of this Rule 7.13 if the catcher blocks the pathway of the runner in order to field a throw, and the Umpire determines that the catcher could not have fielded the ball without blocking the pathway of the runner and that contact with the runner was unavoidable.
* All time site visits by keyword search:
little league rule 7.13 91 paul simko umpire 43 batter’s interference 40 little league runner leaves early 31 little league rule leaving base early 27 little league rules leaving base early 18 softball umpire blog 16 umpire blog 16 runner leaves early in little league 15 batters interference 14
OK. I think I have solidified a small but important point in my brain. Here’s the legal set up for the set position:
For the set position, the pitcher shall have the ball in either his gloved hand or his pitching hand. His pitching hand shall be down at his side or behind his back. Before starting his delivery, he shall stand with his entire non-pivot foot in front of a line extending through the front edge of the pitcher’s plate and with his entire pivot foot in contact with or directly in front of and parallel the pitcher’s plate
So now I think I have locked in that the PIVOT foot has to be in contact with or directly in front of AND parallel the rubber, while the front foot just has to be in front of the rubber and CAN be open to 1st.
Here are a few things that do actually come up and that I definitely want to know as well as any coach out there.
This is FED 1-4-2
For individual players, uniform sleeve lengths may vary. However, sleeves of each individual player shall be approximately the same length and shall not be ragged, frayed or slit. If the pitcher’s undershirt sleeves are exposed, they shall not be white or gray. A pitcher shall not wear any item on his hands, wrists or arms which may be distracting to the batter. A pitcher shall not wear white or gray exposed undershirt sleeves or any white or gray sleeve that extends below the elbow. A vest and coordinating shirt that is worn underneath is viewed as a type of uniform top.
and from the casebook:
1.4.2 SITUATION A:
Team A wears the new vest-type jersey. The school’s colors are red and white. Its road uniform top is red, with a white undershirt. The pitcher is wearing this uniform. (a) The sleeve of the white shirt does not extend beyond his elbow or (b) He is wearing a long-sleeved, white-compression shirt that extends beyond the elbow.
RULING: Legal in (a), illegal in (b).
1.4.2 SITUATION B:
Team A wears its gray road traditional sleeved jerseys. The sleeves of the jersey extend beyond the pitcher’s elbow.
RULING: This is an illegal jersey for the pitcher.
OBR – I could not find a rule addressing, specifically, pitchers sleeve colors – other than 1.11:
(2) Any part of an undershirt exposed to view shall be of a uniform solid color for all players on a team. Any player other than the pitcher may have numbers, letters, insignia attached to the sleeve of the undershirt
I have to check the BRD on this one.
* Pitcher can’t wear white or grey below the elbow (FED) and I should remove anything “distracting” . I guess, in OBR, that white or grey is OK if the whole team is wearing it.
And this is FED 1-3-6
Gloves/mitts made of leather shall be worn by all fielders and not be altered to create an adhesive, sticky, and/or tacky surface. The glove/mitt worn by the catcher may be any size. The glove/mitt worn by the pitcher that includes the colors white and/or gray shall be removed from the game upon discovery by either team and/or umpire.
Here’s OBR 1.15
(a) The pitchers glove may not, exclusive of piping, be white, gray, nor, in the judgment of an umpire, distracting in any manner
* No white or grey on pitchers glove
* In FED, any fielder shall wear a glove or mitt. In OBR, catcher and F3 may wear a glove or a mitt; all other fielders may use a glove (so, by rule, required in FED and permitted in OBR I guess)
New for 2014, NJSIAA has approved black as an optional uniform color for baseball:
An optional uniform may consist of a black umpire’s pullover style shirt, with white trim, the NJSIAA emblem
worn on the left sleeve, a black undershirt, if worn, any shade of charcoal gray slacks, black shoes, black socks, and a black cap. The belt must be black, the ball bag black or gray, and an outer garment, if worn, must be black with the NJSIAA emblem on the left sleeve, and white trim on the pullover is acceptable. On any color shirt or pullover an optional American flag patch may be worn on the yoke of the shirt.
As Carl Childress says in Inside The Books, “unreported substitutes are not necessarily illegal substitutes”. As the rule reads:
Should there be no announcement of substitutions, a substitute has entered the game when the ball is live and:
a. a runner takes the place of a runner he has replaced,
b. a pitcher takes his place on the pitcher’s plate,
c. a fielder reaches the position usually occupied by the fielder he has replaced, or
d. a batter takes his place in the batter’s box.
No penalty. An illegal substitution, on the other hand, is a whole different thing: Continue reading →
FED Rule 7-3-1 – Batter delays the game by failing to take his position in the box. Must keep one foot in the box throughout the at bat.
I have never thought about enforcing it, and I’m going to try to put it into my games this year. Why not, right?
ART. 1 . . . Delay the game by failing to take his position promptly in the batter’s box within 20 seconds. The batter must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box throughout the time at bat.
EXCEPTION: A batter may leave the batter’s box when:
a. the batter swings at a pitch,
b. the batter is forced out of the box by the pitch,
c. the batter attempts a “drag bunt,”
d. the pitcher or catcher feints or attempts a play at any base,
e. the pitcher leaves the dirt area of the pitching mound or takes a position more than five feet from the pitcher’s plate after receiving the ball,
f. a member of either team requests and is granted “Time,”
g. the catcher leaves the catcher’s box to adjust his equipment or give defensive signals, or
h. the catcher does not catch the pitched ball.
PENALTY: For failure of the batter to be ready within 20 seconds after the ball has been returned to the pitcher, the umpire shall call a strike. If the batter leaves the batter’s box, delays the game, and none of the above exceptions apply, the plate umpire shall charge a strike to the batter. The pitcher need not pitch, and the ball remains live.