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Blue’s News On-Line Official Australian Softball Umpire’s Magazine
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Our future Blues
Plenty of Blues: Queensland State Director, Darren Sibraa recently conducted a Level One clinic in Marlborough which was attended by a number of young umpires. Darren said he was pleased with the turn out considering the size of the local association. Darren has been traveling the State to spread the word on umpiring and conducting clinics. Queensland ranks should see a number of new Level 1 umpires coming through this year. Well Done Darren.
NATIONAL UMPIRES EXAMINATION
THE NATIONAL UMPIRE’S EXAMINATION WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 29.
BY NOW YOUR LOCAL ASSOCIATION
SHOULD HAVE ORDERED EXAMINATION PAPERS.
IF THERE ARE ANY CONCERNS REGARDING THE EXAMINATION
UMPIRES HOLDING LEVEL 1 TO LEVEL 8 SHOULD CONTACT YOUR RESPECTIVE
STATE DIRECTOR OF UMPIRING.
REMEMBER YOU CAN ONLY SIT THE EXAMINATION ON MAY 29, SO SET THE
IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY GET TOGETHER WITH OTHER UMPIRES FOR
Hi Bob, I am pleased to see that you enjoyed the article on the Scoring of Runs and that it has encouraged you to reconsider your interpretation of when runs score. It is for the very reason that many new and aspiring umpires over many years have misinterpreted the rule that the article has been written. You are correct in your statement "It appears that the third out ruling with runs not counting applies to the entire play in question which may include multiple outs, not just the last bit of the play, i.e. the part of the play after the second out is made." Timing of when a run scores before the second out when multiple outs are achieved has no bearing on the final decision of allowing runs to score. The official interpretation of Rule 5 Section 7b is that no runs score, regardless of what may have happened prior to the third out, when the third out falls into one of the 5 categories listed in the rule. I trust this goes some way in assisting you to better understand the rule and I wish you well in the forthcoming exam. Regards, Alan McAuliffe National Rules Interpreter Softball Australia
Looking at Rules with Alan McAuliffe Last month Blue’s News On-Line received a response to the February edition of Looking at the rules. BNOL has printed this letter and asked the Australian Rules Interpreter to address it in this section this month. I really enjoyed the article Looking at Rules with Alan McAuliffe. I have had some of those situations arise and I now realise that I may have misinterpreted the third out ruling for not allowing runs to score. It is easy if two outs have already occurred. However, I can see how I had problems when there was only one out when the batter was in the box. I always thought that the rule was to be enforced as follows: a. any runs scored before the second out would count (timing issue of when
the second out happened),
b. but that any runs made after the second out would not count if the third out was a force out etc.
I was particularly interested in his Play 1 situation. I thought the run was scored before the second out was made and conse- quently it should stand. Any runs that would have been made after the second out would not have counted as the third out was a force or the batter/runner out at first. I always thought it was a timing issue to determine when the second out was made and then determine how the third out was made to see if runs scored. I also saw Play 7 as a timing issue. I would have counted any run scored prior to the second out but not afterwards as the third out was the result of a force. I could have been the rookie umpire who was hard to convince that no run had counted. It appears that the third out ruling with runs not counting applies to the entire play in question which may include multiple outs, not just the last bit of the play ie the part of the play after the second out is made. I would really appreciate if someone would confirm this for me (especially as exams are coming up in the not too distant future). Regards Bob Miles
National Umpire Appointments Tasman Exchange (NZ Men’s National Club, Hawkes Bay, 22 to 26 March) Scott Rindfleish Steelers Tour of Japan for the Pacific Series (28 April to 6 May) Bruce McCahon Australia v Japan Women’s Test Series (Sydney, 17 to 19 March) Darrell Shephard, Sue Itzstein, Scott Rindfleish, Greg Baker Grand Prix 3 (Sydney, Easter weekend) Deb Grove, Sue Itzstein, Greg Baker, Greg Zucchetti, Ken Culpitt, Warren Duff. Darren Sibraa, Di Waller
ISF PRESIDENT: SOFTBALL PEKING
Despite 2012 Olympic Vote, High-ranking Officials Supportive Too International Softball Federation (ISF) President Don Porter said today that in- terest is very high in the upcoming XI Women’s World Championship, despite what could have been perceived as otherwise as a result of the lack of support by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Members last month to keep women’s softball on the program of the 2012 Games in London. “The popularity of our sport is right up there with many of the others that, like softball, have been successful on the world’s stage,” the ISF President said. “Of course, this was all detailed in the IOC’s own Evaluation Report that they were quick to point to when pressed on trying to provide a reason why Softball was taken off the 2012 program. “For the Women’s World Championship alone, not only do we have our 16 teams, but there’s even a waiting list of other countries that had expressed in- terest in having their team compete if a spot opened up. We also are confident that television will be involved in this event. Softball is a great sport being played competitively all around the world, even if the IOC failed to acknowledge that with regards to the 2012 program vote.” Mr. Porter added that, “Certainly the spectator support is sure to be great as well. Softball is very big in China and the people there turn out in great num- bers for events like a world championship.” The ISF XI Women’s World Championship, to be held in Beijing from August 27 – September 5, is not only one of the qualifiers for the 2008 Olympic Softball competition that will be held in the same new stadium that will open this sum- mer, but is an Olympic Test Event as well. “We’re going to do great in Beijing,” the ISF President said, “both this summer and in 2008.” Mr. Porter indicated that since last month’s IOC Session in Torino when a vote on whether or not to reconsider softball’s 2012 Olympic status went (47-43) against taking such action, he has still received communications from various sporting officials, including IOC Members, who have indicated that the sport de- served to be in the Games in London. Furthermore, the venue that would’ve been built for the 2012 competition is still being considered despite last July’s 52-52 vote being upheld by last month’s result.
Letter to the editor I would just like to take this opportunity to recognised a Level 2 umpire from the Toowoomba Softball Association in Queensland. Her name s Naomi Busiko and she was given the task of Umpiring co-ordinator for the local association this year. Never having to do anything like this before she took on the task and through all of the ups and downs that a season may throw at you she came through with flying colours. Toowoomba have its Grand Finals on April 1 and the quality of umpires that will do the games is a reflection on Naomi’s organisational and people’s skills and pleasant manner. The Blues who will take part in Toowoomba’s premier Day include, Mark Toft (Level 6), Vicky Markey (Level 3), Paul Gierke (Level 3), Jason Russ (Level 2), Chris Edards (Level 2), Naomi Busiko (Level 2), Eric Eyre (Level 2), Jamiee Milsom (Level 1), Katrina Gierke (Level 1), Sarah Gierke (Level 1). The player umpires who assisted to get to the grand final are a valuable asset to the association and with more umpiring clinics (similar to the one conducted by Darren Sibraa) Toowoomba will have a new bred of umpires flowing through the ranks in years to come.
More chalk drawings from Julian Beever. Incredible!!!!! Julian Beever is an English artist who's famous for his art on the pavement of England, France, Ger- many, USA, Australia and Belgium . Beever gives to his drawings an amazing
When after a sun delay he was about to resume play with Cheesy pitching with- out a mask. As usual, we came to his aid (it’s just the type of guys we are). The only other memorable moment was having to request a high chair for Gary Pitman after he ordered a kids meal at the pub for tea. The rest of the night was pretty uneventful, just as well as the heat had made everyone pretty tired. Day 3 There was never any trouble knowing what time it was in the morning. 8am every morning you could hear the splash of water as Leigh Evans dived into the pool at the motel. (I think it must be some sort of spiritual healing or