2015 USSSA Umpire Test - Part 1
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1) Youth batters are required to wear NOCSAE approved batting helmets with chinstraps
2) Subsequent violations of removal of batting helmet includes coach ejection
3) Coach wristbands are legal for pitchers only
4) Stud earrings covered with tape are legal
5) A bat must have any of the USSSA BPF 1.20 markings to be legal
6) Optic yellow manufacturer's logo on the pitcher's glove is legal
7) Use of an altered bat by a Youth player can lead to suspension of the parents.
8) It is legal to warm up with a bat with a donut securely attached
9) The batter is out if discovered in the batter's box with an illegal bat
10) With a 3 ball - 2 strike count Cathy hits a foul ground ball. The next pitch is a ball. Before Cathy reaches first base it is discovered that Cathy used an illegal bat. Cathy is awarded first base.
It is not a catch when...
11) ...the ball first touches the player's uniform
12) ...the player has one foot on the out of play line
13) ...the ball first hits an umpire
14) ...the player collides with a teammate and loses possession
15) ...the player is standing on a fence that is lying on the ground
A ball is fair if...
16) ...it stops on home plate
17) ...it hits in fair territory, bounces over third base and lands in foul territory
18) ...it touches first base and rolls back into foul territory
19) ...the batter(in the batter's box) hits the ball a second time and the ball rolls into fair territory
20) ...the fielder's feet are in fair territory when a fly ball is first touched
A fielder can not be charged with obstructing a runner...
21) ...if the act is accidental
22) ...if they are fielding a batted ball
23) ...if they have possession of the ball
24) ...if they are about to receive a thrown ball
25) ...unless contact occurs
Lines of the playing field - straddle (be on both sides of)
26)The pitcher can land straddling the 24 inch length of the pitcher's plate
27) The catcher can start straddling the lines of the catcher's box.
28) Prior to the pitch, the batter may be straddling the lines of the batter's box
29) The batter can hit the ball with their foot straddling the lines of the batter's box
30) The pitcher is in the pitching circle if their feet are straddling the lines of the circle
31) The batter/runner may not be straddling the 3-foot running lane when a play is being made at first base
32) The out of play line is in play
33) A fly ball that first hits past 3rd base on the left side of the foul line is fair
34) A caught fly ball is fair or foul depending on the position of the fielder's feet
35) A caught fly ball is live or dead depending on the position of the fielder's feet
36) The DP and FLEX are listed in the same spot on your line up card
37) If the FLEX player has re-entered and is out of the game again, the FLEX positions can not be re-established
38) The DP must be listed as one of the offensive players and is out of the game if not playing on offense
39) The DP and FLEX may not play defense at the same time
40) The FLEX may run for a player other than the DP if the player is injured and there are no available substitutes
It is an illegal pitch if the pitcher...
41) ...starts with only one foot in contact with the pitcher's plate
42) ...takes a signal from the dugout
43) ...slides their foot on the pitcher's plate
44) ...steps backward once the pitch begins
45) ...continues to windup after the ball is released
46) ...the ball slips out of the hand during the back swing
47) ...a runner leaves base early
48) ...the pitcher quick pitches
49) ...the catcher is outside the catcher's box when the pitch is released
50) The effect of a "No Pitch" is the ball is dead and no further action
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