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You are invited to attend the 2nd annual New York Umpire
Clinic to be held on Saturday January 11, 2014. The clinic
will be at The Edge Sports Complex, 2220 Vestal Road, Vestal NY.
This will be a “working” umpire clinic aimed at providing
personal instruction on how to improve your ability. Six
instructors, including Ted Barrett and Rob Drake (MLB Staff)
along with Lance Barrett (MLB Reserve and former chief
instructor at Jim Evans Academy) will provide instruction over
the day long clinic.
Attention Chapter Secretary/Treasurers and Presidents: Don Volk has mailed order forms for 2014 Rule Books and Case Books. Don has a new address to return the form and payment to. Please respond before December 23.
Need a copy of the order form? ...click here!
Minutes from the October 6, 2013 Business Meeting
No changes to our uniform this year, however all chapters are reminded that the NEW pullover approved in 2012 is now required for all chapters and members.
Any other questions from the meeting ... click here!
Ira Stewart Levine of Patchogue, LI
A nice piece in Newsday is available... click here!
Congratulations to all the umpires that
Just in (9/13) some pics from the 2013 State Tournament! click here!
Bats - Currently there are three (3) BBCOR labelled bats have been decertified for HS.
The Marucci CAT 5squared 33" length bat and the Reebok Vector
TLS 32" and 33" has been decertified for HS use.
Upstate NY Umpires Clinic
The clinic was an absolute success! Great tips and hints for
all levels.... from first year to old timers!
2013 New York Umpire Clinic Staff
Uniform information follows:
2012 TONY DEVIVO AWARD WINNER
Jim Guise of Western Suffolk is the 2012 Tony DeVivo Award winner!
for some pics... click here!
2012 Federation Test
What follows are the eight questions that we as a group missed most. The number of the question will appear first, followed by the percentage of the group that missed the question.
#32 - 62% - Bases loaded, one out. The batter hits a line drive to the right-field fence. The runners from third and second score, but the runner from first is thrown out at home. The batter safely arrives at third base, but is declared out for missing first base. The plate umpire properly indicates:
A. Two runs will score.
B. One runs will score.
C. No runs will score.
The correct answer is C. 9-1-1d. The only rule from Rule 9 we test on. Isn't the third out at first? A run can never score if the third out is made by the batter-runner failing to reach first base. Definitely protestable if you score both runs here.
#1 - 59% - A balk will be called when the pitcher delivers a ball:
A. That is detected to have a foreign substance he applied to the ball.
B. While wearing a bandage on the index finger of his pitching hand.
C. While using a glove that included the color white.
D. When his entire pivot foot did not pass behind the perpendicular plane of the back edge of the pitcher's plate.
The only balk call here is A. Applying and then throwing a ball with a foreign substance on it is an illegal pitch, (6-2-1a). An illegal pitch is considered a balk, (6-4c). Let me know when you see it.
#49 - 50% - If two runners are on the same base at the same time in a force situation and both are tagged:
A. The runner who is forced to advance shall be declared out.
B. The following runner shall be declared out.
A is correct, 8-2-8.
#16 - 32% - A runner is awarded one base when:
A. A foul fly is caught by the left fielder who then leaves the field of play by stepping with both feet into a dead ball area.
B. Attempting to advance at the time a ball becomes lodged in an offensive player's uniform.
C. Both A & B.
D. Neither A or B.
A is the obvious answer. Unfortunately, B is also a one base award, (8-3-3f). That makes C the correct answer.
#75 - 32% - The runner from first base is off with the pitch, which is hit to deep left field and is caught. On his way back to re-tag, he misses second base and arrives at first. The throw gets by the first baseman and goes into the dugout. The runner is awarded third base and touches second and third. After he stops at third, the defense appeals that he missed second base when he returned to first.
A. The runner is declared out.
B. The appeal is denied. The runner touched second while advancing to third on the award and touching corrected the previous infraction.
New rule instituted last year - 'Last time by'. Did he touch the base the last time by? If so, no out is called. 8-2-6l. Answer B.
#55 - 30% - On ball four, the pitch gets by the catcher who throws his helmet to stop the ball from rolling into the dugout.
A. All runners and the batter-runner are awarded two bases.
B. All runners are awarded two bases and the batter-runner is awarded first base.
C. All runners and the batter-runner are awarded one base.
D. All runners and the batter-runner are awarded three bases.
I would think that those of you that missed this question didn't pick up on the fact that this infraction was off a 'pitch' and not a batted ball.
Therefore, according to rule 8-3-3c-1, only two bases are awarded, not three. A is the correct response.
#69 - 27% - The penalty for the use of an illegal bat that is discovered before the next pitch is:
A. The batter is out.
B. Other runners return to the base occupied at the time of the pitch.
C. The defense has the option of taking the penalty or the result of the play.
D. All of the above.
Correct response is D, (7-4-1a, 5-1-1b).
#14 - 25% - A pitcher may turn his shoulders to check runners while in contact with the pitcher's plate and in the:
A. Windup position.
B. Set position.
C. Both A & B.
D. Neither A or B. It is always illegal for a pitcher to turn his shoulders to check a runner.
Correct answer is: B, (6-1-1). All of the incorrect responses were C.
Hope this is helpful - see you on the field.
Jack Guinan a longtime officer of the state lost his battle with cancer and other health issues August 15.
Following is from his niece, Pat Archambault: This is difficult news - Jack lost his long struggle last evening - he fought harder than anyone could possibly imagine but in the end, his body just gave up. We don't know any details of calling hours or services yet - apparently Jack made all arrangements with the funeral home before he went in for his first surgery - so like him to do so!!! Jack touched so many lives and I know many will be as sad as we are at this time - hard to imagine life without this wonderful man.
An obituary detailing ome of Jack's wonderful life is online at The Ithaca Journal or just click here!
This is a message from the Covert Funeral
Home, Main St., Ovid about Jack's funeral arrangements:
State Interpreter Ron Gabriel has some of the toughest problems from the National Federation Exam!... to see them click here! Come on, you know you should go see them... of course you didn't miss them, but see the ones your partners missed! ... click here!
Some possible discussion points for chapter meetings this year.
Jamestown is the latest to go online!
More are being added each year! What a great way to make info available to members. Take a look at these chapters and what they have done. Most of these websites cost chapters nothing at all, or less than $100 annually.
If your chapter isn't on board, isn't it about time?
The updated By-Laws and Constitution are now online.