No Right or Wrong Call?

  As college softball umpires, we study the rule book, case book and other resources in the hopes of getting all of our rule decisions correct. We do not just read the rule book; we study the rules, learn complex situations, review video, and get feedback from our fellow umpires. All that work does not ensure perfection. Nor does it

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Rules Related to Ejections

This article discusses only the rules related to ejections. There are articles in the other Corners which cover the how to deal with ejections: Mechanics – The Mechanics for Ejections Game Management – Handling Ejections Protocols Corner – The Protocols for Ejections ADMINSTRATION INFORMATION Types of ejections There are two categories of ejections in college softball: • An administrative ejection

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The Intent of the Rules

Some of this material taken from Umpire.com 8/13/19 When studying the rules, make sure you consider the spirit and intent of the rule. It would be easier if every rule was black and white and there is no “wiggle room.” We either have a look-back rule violation or we do not. The pitch was either legal or it was not.

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Valuable Rules for Unusual Problems

The plate umpire has the authority to make decisions on any situations not specifically covered in the rules. (15.3.4) The umpire shall not impose an effect on a team for any infractions of a rule when imposing the effect would be an advantage to the offending team. (15.2.14) The plate umpire is empowered to rectify any situations in which a

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Scoring Runs

Can you score a run after the 3rd out? Play 1: Bases loaded, two outs, batter takes ball four. R3 walks slowly to the plate as R2 aggressively advances to 3b, rounds the base and is tagged out. The out on R2 happens before R3 touches the plate.  Ruling: Score the run on the live-ball award Play 2: With two outs

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