The Correct Call!

I am always in pursuit of the perfect game. Not as a pitcher striking out every batter. Not as a batter hitting for a cycle including a grand-slam home run. But as an umpire calling a perfect game, while handling every disputed call with poise and confidence.
Michael Leavitt is a long time official in basketball, baseball, and softball. Michael is currently a member of USA Softball of Utah as an umpire and also enjoys officiating NFHS High School games. So whether it is building codes by day as a home inspector, or high school, MLB, USA Softball rules by night, Michael is always striving to make the...
Michael Leavitt is a long time official in basketball, baseball, and softball. Michael is currently a member of USA Softball of Utah as an umpire and also enjoys officiating NFHS High School games. So whether it is building codes by day as a home inspector, or high school, MLB, USA Softball rules by night, Michael is always striving to make the right calls.
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Out, Safe, or Obstruction - I Know, Just Kick Her In The Ribs!

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Out, Safe, or Obstruction - I Know, Just Kick Her In The Ribs! AUGUST 10, 2019 - This is an awesome learning lesson video for plate umpires. It seems ...
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OBSTRUCTION - FORCE PLAY AT 2ND BASE

Obstruction At 2nd Base
Michael Leavitt 160
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JULY 25, 2019 - I shared a video online regarding a play at second base in a recent USA Softball tournament game with older high school varsity aged g...
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Looks like a double steal. Runner assumed play would go to 1st and was going to 3rd every time. I kind of disagree there was con... Read More
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 07:28
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Proactive vs. Reactive - Which are You?

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Michael Leavitt 160
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APRIL 8, 2019 We just had a great USA Softball of Utah tournament in St. George for the 10U, 12U and 14U's. The older girls are all busy with their hi...
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TRAINWRECK OR EJECTION???

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Michael Leavitt 160
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TRAINWRECK OR EJECTION??? - This video is from Vincent Samperio and shows harsh contact at first base. Put yourself as U1 and consider exactly what yo...
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I haven't checked what the rule is but this is what I have for the call as I see it "real time"...Base runner is outside the base ... Read More
Monday, 01 April 2019 13:48
Guest — Justin
Usssa runner must attempt to avoid a fielder who is making a direct play on her. 1B is attempting a tag. Runner trucks her. Ejec... Read More
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 06:48
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#25 - Dead Ball Appeals - Why I Hate The USA Softball Rulebook

#25 - Dead Ball Appeals - Why I Hate The USA Softball Rulebook
Michael Leavitt 160
WHY I HATE THE USA SOFTBALL RULEBOOK The 2019 USA Softball Umpire Exam is now available... LINK. WARNING: THIS IS A RANT... I AM SICK, GRUMPY, & F...
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The rules committee members treat their writing as technical illustrators instead of educators trying to explain to their audience... Read More
Monday, 08 April 2019 11:46
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Portable Hanger Stand

Portable Hanger Stand
Michael Leavitt 160
NOVEMBER 7, 2018 - As I travel to various softball tournaments in the Wester States, I am repeatedly asked where I purchased my portable hanger stand ...
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Collision At First

Collision At First
Michael Leavitt 160
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SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 The play that is always so frustrating is when the infielders botch their assignments and instead of a routine out at first, you end...
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Didn’t use safety base. Play was not from foul territory. Runner out.
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 07:04
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Ball Hit Bat - Or - Bat Hit Ball

Ball Hit Bat - Or - Bat Hit Ball
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Michael Leavitt 160
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 Enjoy this video..... It was a beautiful Saturday evening when the following play happened. Nobody on base and the batter tries to l...
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Unusual Calls - Get Both Coaches Together

Unusual Calls - Get Both Coaches Together
Michael Leavitt 160
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One of my great baseball umpiring mentors, Carl Childress, drilled into my head the concept, "Never explain an unusual call to one coach only!" This c...
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Struck At Second - How To Rule?

Struck At Second - How To Rule?
Michael Leavitt 160
2018 USA Rules 600
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Gus J Sopeña shared on Facebook yesterday afternoon... Good day fellow umpires. First, let me preface this by saying that I am by far one of the most ...
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Ralph Andersen Sr. Passes Away

Ralph Andersen Sr. Passes Away
JUNE 18, 2018 - It is with great sadness that we alert our fellow umpires to the passing of the Father of Ralph Andersen. Here are the important detai...
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Utah Jazz - New Uniforms

Utah Jazz - New Uniforms
Michael Leavitt 160
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APRIL 12, 2018 - The regular season has ended for the Utah Jazz, but what a season it turned out to be. Heading into the playoffs in the 4th seed posi...
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MYTH - Hands are part of the bat!

MYTH - Hands are part of the bat!
Michael Leavitt 160
APRIL 4, 2018 * MYTH - The hands are part of the bat Yesterday afternoon the Varsity Coach asked, "But Blue, aren't her hands part of the bat?" I resp...
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UHSAA Logo Wear - FIRST IMPRESSIONS!

UHSAA Logo Wear - FIRST IMPRESSIONS!
Michael Leavitt 160
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APRIL 3, 2018 - I was excited about the news that Utah High School officials were going to get the chance to wear a unique uniform. I also realize tha...
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"That One's For You Blue!"

"That One's For You Blue!"
Michael Leavitt 160
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ST. GEORGE, UTAH * March 10, 2018 * UHSAA Tournament Saturday morning March 10, 2018 I found myself behind the plate for the Pleasant Grove, Utah and ...
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What a great moment!
Thursday, 22 March 2018 20:46
Guest — Eileen Brown
What a great moment!
Thursday, 22 March 2018 20:48
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TOP 10 TIPS - St. George 2018 - Under Construction

TOP 10 TIPS - St. George 2018 - Under Construction
Michael Leavitt 160
Top 1 List - St. George - The Canyons Complex 2018 The first USA Softball tournament in St. George is done, but many others are on the horizon. Weathe...
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DP/Flex Strategies * #1 - Fast Runner Weak Hitter

DP/Flex Strategies * #1 - Fast Runner Weak Hitter
Michael Leavitt 160
DP/Flex Strategies * 1 - Fast Runner Weak Hitter FEBRUARY 8, 2018 - One of the most important rules for umpires to understand is the DP/Flex. I will s...
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Looking forward to more dp/flex strategies
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 07:16
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To Bind Or Not To Bind...

To Bind Or Not To Bind...
Michael Leavitt 160
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... That is the question FEBRUARY 7, 2018 - We are always told that we should invest in ourselves. Well today I will share a way to splurge and spoil ...
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A Sharp Dressed Man! - The New White Uniform

A Sharp Dressed Man! - The New White Uniform
Michael Leavitt 160
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FEBRUARY 5, 2018 - "Cuz every girl's crazy for a sharp dressed man!"  So what do you think of the new white uniform shirt for USA Softball? I ord...
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Charlie Fletcher - Lived The Dream

Charlie Fletcher - Lived The Dream
Charlie Fletcher
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CHARLIE FLETCHER DIED FROM CANCER NEWSFLASH! - On January 14, 2018, fellow USA Softball umpire Charlie Fletcher ended his battle with cancer. Charlie ...
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