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1 By: Alvin Lam Danny Yang Y-S Columbus Leo Last update May 5, 2013
2013 TCSA Umpire Clinic By: Alvin Lam Danny Yang Y-S Columbus Leo Last update May 5, 2013

2 Basic Information See http://tcsasports.org for rules, news..
A team must have at least two (2) persons that passed the umpire test (i.e. are carded umpires) For each game, an umpiring team must have at least two (2) persons with at least one carded umpire. The Home Plate Umpire must be a carded umpire Each umpiring team are being scored (by both teams) for each game – Points determine Lords Cup Winner and will determine season seeding

3 Christian League TCSA is a Christian league: Christian spirit
Softball Canada rules, and ASA bat rules. TCSA add-on rules over-ride.  Full game consists of 7 innings In the event that a game is stopped due to hazardous weather (i.e. rain, lightening, etc), a complete game is considered to be 5 innings (41/2 if home team is winning)

4 Pre-Game Timing of Game Keep Track of Score 15 minute Grace Period
Do not start another inning 15 min prior to start of next game if there is a game afterwards Keep Track of Score Check with scorekeeper of both teams after every ½ inning 7-run mercy rule except for the last inning and extra innings

5 Beginning of Game Check:
Bases, straps and spikes, pylon position; Hot Dot balls (at least one new) Home team responsible to supply full equipment* Home team to conduct post-game devotion Proper Uniform (deduct points by opposing team) Mandatory Helmets for players 18 or under (identify on line up, and intro) Blood rule: no blood on body or uniform; must cover up or change

6 Beginning of Game Ump calls both teams together and explain rules
Define Lines; Foul & Dead Ball Territories (Warning) Jewellery (caught when batters steps into batter’s box) Includes non-metal jewellery (e.g. rubber/string wristbands) (Warning) Swearing (Warning) Thrown Bat, helmets No Metal spike shoes etc…(i.e. dented or non-ASA bats, smoking, drinking) Intros by visiting team, then home team; opening prayer by home team; handshakes, start game..

7 Players & Lineups Each team needs minimum 8 players to start the game at least 3 of which are females no players can be added after the 1st inning and/or if team has already gone through batting lineup 3:1 ratio – no more than 3 males can bat consecutively in the lineup Both teams check lineup before game to avoid scenarios like the one below if ratio is found to be upset during game, lineup must be corrected immediately Defensive team can have 8, 9 or 10 fielders 8 fielders – 0 rover, at least 3 females 9 fielders – 1 rover, at least 3 females 10 fielders – 2 rovers, at least 4 females

8 Players & Lineups (continued)
Ghost Girl rule Used to satisfy the 3:1 ratio when there is excess number of males only Designated batting slots where girls rotate No ghost guys Injured player Injured player taken out of the line-up (cannot return this game) shall not result in penalty (No outs) Turn-at-bat is skipped If it upsets the 3:1 ratio => Ghost Girl Rule If less than minimum (8 players w/ at least 3 females), game is forfeited.

9 TSCA Diamond (lines) Lines Player’s line Pitcher’s line (min. 30’)
Commitment line Safe line 150’ defence line, with a cone at each line Fixed pitching mount is 46’

10 TSCA Diamond (positions, note 2B for correction)
Pitcher Catcher 1st baseman 2nd baseman 3rd baseman Shortstop Left fielder Centre fielder Right fielder Rover(s)

11 150 feet Defence Line An arc 150 feet from home plate
Rovers and outfielders cannot be positioned inside this line at the start of the play They may only move into the infield after the pitched ball is hit If violated: Obstruction will be called and a delay dead ball will be signalled; award one base No outfielder may make a direct throw for force out on the batter-runner at 1B, on initial play.

12 Player’s Line Imaginary line from 1B to 3B
No fielder can cross the line until the pitched ball is hit If violated: Obstruction will be called and a delay dead ball will be signalled

13 Commitment Line When a runner crosses this line (as soon as any part of the runner is on the ground and passes or touches the line) but does not reach the safe line, s/he is called out when an defensive player has the ball and is in contact with home plate Runner who have crossed the line may not return to third base (even to tag up on fly ball). Obstruction: Tagging of runners between commitment and safe line, or more than 2 fielders at home

14 Safe Line This line is drawn from the front corner of the home plate closest to 3B. Perpendicular to 3B line A runner scores as soon as any part of the runner is on the ground and it passes or touches the safe line The runner will be called out for touching home plate Sliding is prohibited at home plate, and will be called interference if done (out)

15 Game Situation – In game
Helmet: All batter/runners and on-deck, 18yr or under must wear a helmet; no helmet –> out; Foul Tips behind Home Plate (7.5) Foul tips caught behind home plate do not need to reach any height. Regardless of height, if a ball is hit back and the catcher makes a legal catch, the batter is out. Leadoffs Runners may not leave their bases until a pitched ball is hit (bat must make contact with ball) If caught, runner is OUT, play is dead and all runners return to last base and ball is re-pitched ONLY if batter has not made an attempt to hit the ball Multiple leadoffs, only one (first leadoff) runner is out

16 Infield Fly Less than 2 outs with runners at (1B & 2B ) or (1B, 2B & 3B) Must be a catchable ball with “ordinary” effort Batter is automatically out IF ball is fair If foul, treat it like a foul ball Live ball, runners may advance at their own discretion (i.e. not dead ball) Ump yells “Infield fly ball if fair, batter is out”

17 1B and Safety Bag 1B (White in fair territory, Orange in foul territory) On initial play to 1B: Fielder must touch white Batter-runner must touch orange Batter-runners may touch any part of 1B when ball is hit to outfield. No tagging on B/R to 1B After initial play, only white in use No more than 1 fielder for 1B; if more -> obstruction

18 Obstruction Defence Obstructs (DO)
Fielders obstructing runners progress Delayed dead ball – play continues Umpires will award the base(s), in umpire’s judgement that should be awarded to the runner had the runner not been obstructed, after the play is over/dead If the obstructed runner is put out after passing the base he would have reached had there not been obstruction, the obstructed runner will be called OUT Give warning to fielder(s)

19 Interference Offence Interferes (OI)
Batter or runners interferes with ball or fielder Dead ball and runner is OUT If the interference is to deliberately break up a double play, 2 OUTS will be awarded. Batter & all runner(s) return to the base last occupied at the time of the pitch. Ball is NOT re-pitched and a strike is counted

20 Overthrows When the ball is in play and is overthrown out of play (beyond boundary lines) or is blocked, all runners will be awarded two bases (from the last touched base) and the award will be governed by the position of the runners when the ball left the fielder’s hand. Note: If the fielder loses possession of the ball, such as an attempted tag, and the ball enters the dead ball area, all runners are awarded one base.

21 OFHR Limit; 2+ There is a limit of 2+, for Over the Fence Home Runs (OFHR). That is, each team can have two (2) more OFHR than the other team, at any time. If a team has 2 more OFHR than the other team, any other OFHR hit beyond the 2+ limit, will be considered a single. E.g. If team A hits 2 OFHR more than the other team, then any other OFHRs team A hits are all singles – until if team B hits a OFHR (team A becomes +1), team A can hit another OFHR for a HR. If team A has hit +2 OFHRs, team B can next hit 4 OFHRs (i.e. +2) before the next OFHR will be a single. If a fielder knocks a fly ball over the HR fence, it is a 4- base award, not counted toward the OFHR limit.

22 Courtesy Runners, for any base:
Thrown bats one warning for both teams. Next thrown bat -> OUT Bunt Contact between bat and ball which does not involve a full swing. A STRIKE is called Chopped ball Motion of the bat determines if the ball is chopped, no the motion of the ball. STRIKE is called Courtesy Runners, for any base: Allow 3/game, run once per game; M for M, F for F

23 Signals Safe Out Fair (point, no sound) Foul (yell)
Time (including ball thrown to IF, to pitcher) Trapped Ball – no catch, also call out Infield Fly Obstruction (no sound) Don’t pitch

24 Quick Summary (after warning)
Incident Situation Resulting call Obstruction (Defence) Delayed dead ball Award base(s) if necessary 150 feet defence line Result of play or 1 base Player’s Line Swearing Warning then ejection No helmet (18 or under) Dead ball Out Interference (Offence) Leadoff Thrown bat Jewellery Batter’s Box Batted ball hits pitcher Strike Bunt Chopped ball Overthrows into dead ball territory Infield Fly Live ball Batter Out if fair

25 Positioning of Umpires
(Refer to diagram in other file) Use clicker; If in doubt, never ask players; signal your umpiring partner(s) or call for a conference Do not over-call, ump who made call can reverse Be professional and respectful Assume the ball will be dropped, wait then make the call

26 Bases

27 Straps 2 spikes for Each base

28 Post Game All players who participated in the softball game must attend devotions. No exceptions Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the game.

29 Softball Canada/ASA bats
All bats must be ASA Approved.  The bat must have the 2000 or 2004 ASA stamp, and is NOT in the non-approved list with certification stamp. 

30 Softball Canada/ASA bats
The bats with new ASA 2013 stamp are NOT allowed as they are only available in US For 2013, TCSA uses yellow Worth SPN Hot Dot balls. Please see this link: pment.asp


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