2019 UEFL Rules Summit
The following matters have been proposed during the Rules Summit discussion this past week and are now ready for a membership vote. Please consider your options and vote prudently: upon Commissioner approval, all passing proposals will become rules next season.
Rule 1 - Selection of Umpires
The following proposals concern Rule 1.
Prop 1-4: Live Secondary Draft
Proposes elimination of the entire Rule 1-4-b language of the Live Secondary Draft. PRESENT RULE: A process for the live secondary draft exists as Rule 1-4-b. [Note: There is no longer a live secondary draft and, therefore, this rule is no longer applicable.]
Yes, eliminate the Live Secondary Draft rule
No, maintain the Live Secondary Draft rule
Rule 3 - Crew Division
The following proposals concern Rule 3.
Prop 3-6: Bonus Points for Postseason Chiefs
Proposes the addition of bonus points to Crew Division for postseason Crew Chief assignments (+1 for Wild Card Game Crew Chief, +2 for Division Series Crew Chief, +3 for League Championship Series Crew Chief, +4 for World Series Crew Chief). PRESENT RULE: No rule. [NOTE: Does not affect bonus points in Primary/Secondary Division for postseason Crew Chief assignments.]
Yes, incorporate postseason crew chiefs in Crew Division (+1/2/3/4).
No, maintain the present rule (no bonus points in Crew Division).
Rule 4 - League Scoring
The following proposals concern Rule 4
Prop 4-2 A: Ejection by Non-Calling Umpire
Proposes that an ejection by a non-calling umpire should not be assigned QOC points whatsoever. PRESENT RULE: All ejectors receive +2 base points (reg season) or +3 base points (postseason) for every ejection. In addition to these base points, the QOC component awards +2 points for a correct call by the ejector (2+2 = 4 total), +1 points for a correct call by a crewmate of the ejector (2+1 = 3 total), -2 points for an incorrect call by a crewmate of the ejector (2-2 = 0 total), or -4 points for an incorrect call by the ejector (2-4 = -2 total). [NOTE: Proposal effectively would apply only base points for every crewmate ejection, +2 reg season or +3 postseason.]
Yes, eliminate QOC component for all ejections on behalf of a crewmate
No, maintain the present rule (QOC component laddered as prescribed)
Prop 4-2 B: Replay-Oriented Ejection QOC Points
Proposes awarding QOC points for ejections based on the most probable Replay Review outcome of the play (if the play did not go to replay). +2 for a call confirmed via replay whether the calling umpire is the ejector (ejecting umpire). +1 for a call stands by the ejecting umpire. +1 for a call confirmed by a crewmate of the ejector. +0 for a call stands by a crewmate of the ejector. PRESENT RULE: QOC points are either Correct, Irrecusable, or Incorrect. No differentiation between Confirmed/Stands. +2 for QOC Correct by the ejecting umpire, +1 for QOC Correct by a crewmate of the ejector. [NOTE: Proposal does not affect QOC-Incorrect calls.]
Yes, apply ejection points based on Replay's Confirmed/Stands framework instead of QOC Y/N
No, maintain the present rule (QOC dictates points for ejections)
Prop 4-7: Replay-Oriented Replay QOC Points
Proposes awarding QOC points for Replay Reviews based on Replay Review outcomes. +2 for an umpire whose call is confirmed via Replay Review and +1 for an umpire whose call stands via Replay Review. PRESENT RULE: Umpires receive +1 points for any call upheld via Replay Review. [NOTE: Proposal does not affect overturned calls.]
Yes, establish a +2/1 points system
No, maintain present rule (do not treat confirmed/stands differently)
Prop 4-3: Postseason Incorrect Crewmate Ejections
Proposes modifying postseason ejection QOC points for an incorrect call by a crewmate of the ejector to apply minus three (-3) points. Present Rule: A QOCN crewmate ejection during the postseason receives minus two (-2) points. [NOTE: During the regular season, umpires receive +2 base points for each ejection. Thus, when an ejection occurs as the result of an incorrect call by a crewmate of the ejector, the net sum of points is zero (+2 base points + -2 QOCN/crewmate = 0). During the postseason, because umpires receive +3 base points for each ejection, this rule change would keep the net sum of a crewmate QOCN ejection at zero (+3 base points + -3 QOCN/crewmate = 0).]
Yes, change postseason QOCN/crewmate ejection points to minus three (-3)
No, maintain present rule (postseason QOCN/crewmate ejections as minus two [-2])
Prop 4-4: Defining Start and End of Season
Proposes defining "throughout the season" to begin at the start of the umpire's first on-field appearance during the preseason and to conclude at the end of the umpire's final on-field appearance during the regular or postseason. PRESENT RULE: The season is defined by the Baseball calendar and not by any individual umpire's personal start/end dates. [NOTE: This effectively prohibits consideration of an off-the-field event that occurs after an individual umpire's personal season has concluded, even if the MLB season is still taking place.]
Yes, add a rule declaring that an individual umpire's season begins with the first on-field appearance and concludes with the final on-field appearance
No, maintain present rule (seasons subject to the baseball calendar, not an individual umpire's work schedule)
Prop 4-4 AR: Fill-Ins Eligibility for Ejection of Year Award
Proposes rule change to allow all umpires with an ejection during the season/postseason to be eligible to receive the Best Ejection of the Year Award, even if the umpire is not full-time MLBU. PRESENT RULE: Fill-in umpires that work a minimum of 115 games over the course of the season shall be eligible to receive, amongst others, the Best Ejection of the Year Award.
Yes, add language to rule allowing any umpire with an ejection to receive this award
No, maintain present rule (minimum games officiated requirement is 115)
Rule 6 - Challenges and Appeals
The following proposals concern Rule 6
Prop 6-2-a: Elimination of Margin of Error
Proposes elimination of all references to Margin of Error. PRESENT RULE: Margin of error exists in multiple locations within the rules (e.g., Kulpa Rule, Miller Rule) to acknowledge the various errata that exist with pitch-tracking systems, such as those errors indicated by the manufacturer and acknowledged by Major League Baseball. For instance, calibration error, vertical zone error, 2D vs 3D zone error, tracking error, modeling error, capture error, etc. [NOTE: This rule would propose a zero-error model for ball/strike evaluation.]
Yes, eliminate all references to Margin of Error
No, maintain present rule (Margin of Error used to create borderline ranges)
Prop 6-2-b: Ball/Strike QOC Delay
Proposes that all ball/strike ejections are not assigned a QOC value until adjusted numbers are released (generally the next day) or until 24 hours after the end of the game. PRESENT RULE: QOC is assigned based upon real-time numbers metered with margin of error allowances. [NOTE: Effectively eliminates QOC for ball/strike ejections from the real-time ejection report.]
Yes, delay ball/strike QOC until adjustment/24 hours after the game
No, maintain present rule (QOC applied in real-time pursuant to UEFL rules)
UEFL Appeals Board
The following section concerns the UEFL Appeals Board. Pursuant to UEFL 6-4-a-4, Board members may sit for re-election during the Rules Summit. By Rule, Commissioners Gil, Jeremy, and tmac are ex officio members of the Appeals Board. RichMSN by virtue of charter membership is a permanent appointee. The following At-Large members may be re-elected to next year's UEFL Appeals Board during this Rules Summit.
Shall Arik G be re-elected to the UEFL Appeals Board?
Shall cyclone14 be re-elected to the UEFL Appeals Board?
Shall jvick2017 be re-elected to the UEFL Appeals Board?
Shall MarkCanada be re-elected to the UEFL Appeals Board?
Shall MLBUmpireObserver be re-elected to the UEFL Appeals Board?
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