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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
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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
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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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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 SopeƱa 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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Uniforms - How Often Do You Buy New?

Uniforms - How Often Do You Buy New?
Michael Leavitt 160
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I have posed the question to many umpires over the years, "How often do you plan on buying a new uniform?" The answers have been very interesting, as ...
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LIGHTNING! - When Do We Suspend The Game?

LIGHTNING! - When Do We Suspend The Game?
Michael Leavitt 160
2017 Umpire Manual
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WHAT ARE THE LIGHTNING GUIDELINES? As USA Softball of Utah umpires, when do we call a game due to lightning? And once suspended, when can we safely re...
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Hey Blue, We Still Have 2 Minutes Left!

Hey Blue, We Still Have 2 Minutes Left!
Michael Leavitt 160
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STOPWATCH As umpires we are often involved in timed games. Some fields proudly display the time on the scoreboard for all to see. But most of the time...
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Catchers Obstruction - Are You Ready To Rule?

Catchers Obstruction - Are You Ready To Rule?
Michael Leavitt 160
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I found my reflexes slow on a play that happened behind the plate as I stood out behind the shortstop. I watched my partner's reactions behind the pla...
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Nice work, Michael. Thorough and articulate.
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:08
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Home Run or Ground Rule Double? That is the question!

Home Run or Ground Rule Double? That is the question!
Michael Leavitt 160
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In a recent UHSAA Varsity softball game in St. George a deep ball was hit and the center fielder went back towards the temporary fence and the fly bal...
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I have to tell you that I am glad I went through the mental exercise to rehearse all that could happen during deep hits to the out... Read More
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Dropped Third Strike - Timing Play?

Dropped Third Strike - Timing Play?
Michael Leavitt 160
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What Is The Ruling? SCENARIO - Bases were loaded with a full count in a high school JV tournament girl's softball game with two outs. The pitch was re...
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