November 2020 Test Quiz

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  1. If you do not call obstruction but have doubt about possibly missing it at one of the bases for which you are responsible, you should ask yourself – was there another umpire with a good angle to see these elements of the play?10
  2. If you do not call obstruction but have doubt about possibly missing it at one of the bases for which you are responsible, and you feel confident that another umpire can give assistance, then call all umpires together.10
  3. U3 is often in a position to provide help for the blocking of the plate or base path on a play at the plate. If U3 sees obstruction but the plate umpire does not call obstruction at the plate, U3 should come in unsolicited and tell the plate umpire that there was obstruction.10
  4. The play at the plate is close and there might have been obstruction. The plate umpire was focusing on the tag and calls the runner out but has doubt on whether he/she missed an obvious obstruction. Once the play is completely over, he/she may seek help from their crew to “Get the Call Right.”10
  5. Obstruction is called by one umpire (we will call him/her Uobs) and a subsequent play on that runner is made in a different umpire’s area of responsibility. Another umpire is preparing to make the final call (Ucall) on the obstructed runner. But Ucall saw Uobs’ obstruction call, so Ucall should not make that final call but immediately call time and call the crew together.10
  6. Obstruction is called by one umpire (we will call him/her Uobs) and a subsequent play on that runner is made in a different umpire’s area of responsibility. If the obstructed runner is called out and is not beyond the base she would have reached, in Uobs’ judgment, or she is between the two bases where she was obstructed, Uobs must immediately call dead ball, move aggressively toward the play, announce the obstruction and make the appropriate base award.10
  7. Since it is a dead ball immediately when a batter is hit with a pitch, the plate umpire may keep the mask on, point to first base, then stay behind the catcher to prepare for the next batter.10
  8. A good mechanic which must be used whenever a batter is hit with a pitch –get your mask off, come out quickly from behind the plate and get between the batter going to first and the circle.10
  9. In a recent video posted to the Locker Room, a double-call was made on a batted ball which might or might not have hit a runner. The video voice-over instruction states that we must be very sure before using the No Violation signal. (Hint: the Dashboard shows the most recent postings).10
  10. In a recent video posted to the Locker Room, U3 gives a signal which looks like the Foul Tip signal.10