Publisher’s Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.
Robert B. Gardner, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2016
SITUATION 1: A head coach uses vulgar and profane language when addressing the base umpire. The base umpire ejects the head coach without first issuing a warning. RULING: When an unsportsmanlike act using profane language directed at an umpire is judged to be a major violation, the penalty is an immediate ejection. No warning is necessary. (3-3-1f2 Penalty)
Over 50 umpires from across New York State attended the clinic held on January 9, 2016. This year’s staff was led by MLB instructors Rob Drake (#30), Chris Segal (#96) and Ben May (#97). Supporting them were former minor league umpires Matt Arcovio, Ryan Bealo and Andy Draper.
Attendees trained for an entire day which included plate and base mechanics and game management techniques. All attendees had their plate work in the batting cages videotaped for future training and reference.
The clinic again this year partnered with Umps Care to raise money in support of MLB Umpire charities outreach effort. Through donations and raffles a total of $450.00 was collected.
Please order Certificates of Liability with the following procedure:
- Sport. (Baseball)
- Name of the local chapter.
- Title of the requester.
- Complete name/address of entity the certificate will be issued.
The NFHS Baseball Rules Committee and the NFHS Board of Directors believes there are areas of the game of interscholastic baseball that need to be addressed and given special attention. These areas of concern are often cyclical, some areas need more attention than others, and that is why they might appear in the rules book for consecutive editions. These concerns are identified as “Points of Emphasis.” For the 2016 high school baseball season, attention is being called to: intermediate penalties/restriction to the bench/dugout, proper catcher’s equipment, and sportsmanship-celebrations around or near home plate. When a topic is included in the Points of Emphasis, these topics are important enough to reinforce throughout the academic year because they are not being given the proper attention.
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