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Aug. 22, 2013
stick8
1238 posts
SSUSA Staff or anyone else who knows for certain
I will be umpiring in Lansing this weekend. I may be mistaken but as I recall they don't use the second home plate, they use a scoring line runners must cross. Questions are:
1)does the runners foot have to be in CONTACT with the line (or CONTACT on the ground past the line)to score? Or has he not scored if only his foot is in the air over the line (not his body)?
2) What if the runners body is leaning over the line but his foot has not touched or crossed the line? Is he considered to have scored?
I realize this is technical but in case this comes up I want to be sure and get it right.
Thanks in advance
Aug. 22, 2013
SSUSA Staff
1006 posts
stick8 ... This one is simple ...

Runner must either have his foot DOWN on the scoring line or DOWN past the scoring line ... He does not have to stomp on the line ...
This is not track and field ... Leaning "into to the tape" is not good enough to score the run ... (Think rugby for the analogy, where the runner has to "down the ball" in the end zone, not just break the plane of the goal line!)

Good luck and have fun!
Aug. 22, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4248 posts
Stick8,
You must be wanting the safe by proxy call like a runners foot on top of the base mans foot or a blocked runner from reaching the bag with a part of his body.
You should know those.
Have fun doing it.
Aug. 22, 2013
stick8
1238 posts
Thanks staff. I wasn't 100% sure on that one.
Taits, I guess i'm a hypocrite in this vein. When I play I want every call to go our teams way right or wrong. When I ump I always try to get it right (although I'm not always right). Maybe it's a split personality I have? lol
Aug. 22, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4248 posts
Stick8,
I doubt the split part, but in a way you need one to be a good ump. Needing to put aside the personal feelings and concentrate on the play\call.
Just giving ya a bad time...
As for being right all the time...NO one is.
Aug. 22, 2013
stick8
1238 posts
Most definitely true Taits!!
Aug. 22, 2013
Michigan Vet
Men's 55
226 posts
Stick

You at Potterville or East Lansing? Hope you are at East Lansing!!

Chuck
Aug. 22, 2013
stick8
1238 posts
Chuck I wish I was at East Lansing (closer to home and nicer place) but I'm assigned to Potterville. BTW, two guys I officiate hs basketball with will be at East Lansing. Don't be too rough on them!! lol
Good luck to your team!
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