BC BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION
LEVEL 3 EXAM 2013
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Many times during a game we deal with plays that involve more than one rule or interpretation. In this
exam the 1st 20 questions will be True/False and for the remainder you will be given a situation or a
play and be asked several questions about that play. All the answers are available in the rule book or
the Baseball Canada 3 man mechanics manual (available on the BBC website) or the Advanced
Manual issued by the BCBUA. DO NOT INSERT ANY INFORMATION (WHAT IFS) OR YOU
WILL ALTER THE GIVEN SITUATION OR PLAY. Each question is worth 2 marks. Place your
answers on the answer sheet provided and:
Mail to: Bill MacMillan 1429 4th ave. Trail, BC V1R 1S5 or
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This exam is due by December 31, 2012.
These questions are True or false. Read the question carefully and choose the
correct answer. Enter your answer on the answer sheet provided.
1. 1out, runner @2nd. The batter bunts the ball in front of home plate, he drops the bat which
strikes the ball in fair territory. The ball is alive and in play.
2. R1 is running on the pitch. The batter hits a long fly ball to deep center field. R1 is almost to
3rd base when the ball is caught. The center fielder throws the ball to the 2nd baseman who
steps on 2nd base for the out.
3. With R1 stealing the batter hits a slow ground ball to the short stop who throws the ball wild to
1st base. The throw ends up in the stands. At the time of the throw R1 was past 2nd and the
batter had not reached 1st base. The umpire awards the batter 2nd base and scores R1 on the
4. With a runner at 3rd the 3rd base coach causes the pitcher to balk by yelling "Time". The balk is
nullified and the coach is warned.
5. With 2 out and runners at 1st and 2nd the batter hits a triple but is called out on appeal for
missing 2nd, 3 out. Both preceding runners scored and those runs still count.
6. With 2 out and runners at 1st and 2nd the 2nd baseman intentionally drops a line drive. The
umpire rules the batter is out and the ball is alive.
7. The pitcher balks while attempting to pick off R1 but throws the ball away. R1 goes to 3rd but
misses 2nd base. The defense appeals and R1 is called out.
8. With a runner on 2nd the defense tries the hidden ball trick. The umpire should call a balk as
soon as the pitcher enters the 18' dirt circle without the ball.
9. When a batter becomes a runner on a 3rd strike that is not caught he may advance to 1st base at
any time before he enters the dugout.
10. In the bottom of the 5th inning with 0 outs the home team scores 1 run to tie the score. The
bases are loaded when a downpour renders the field unplayable. This becomes a tie game.
11. With a runner on 1st the pitcher uncorks a wild pitch that rolls up the slanted part of the screen.
The runner has advanced to 3rd base by the time the ball rolls back down. The umpire sends R1
back to 2nd ruling that the ball passed over the backstop.
12. With a runner attempting to score on a squeeze play the catcher interferes with the batter. The
batter lays down the bunt anyway and is thrown out at 1st. R3 scores. The offensive manager
has the right to take the result of the play rather than the interference call.
13. With runners on base it is a balk if the pitcher throws to 1st base without coming to a complete
and discernable stop.
14. With a runner at 2nd and a count of 3 and 2 the pitcher does not pause in his delivery to the
plate. The pitch is ball four. The umpire calls a balk and sends R2 to 3rd and the batter remains
at the plate.
15. The batter hits a home run over the fence. As the batter rounds 3rd base his coach tells him he
missed 2nd base. The batter retouches 3rd and returns to 2nd base and then proceeds back around
third to home. The defense appeals and the umpire calls him out for missing 2nd base.
16. With a runner on 1st and 2 out the batter has a count of 1 and 2. R1 breaks on the pitch as the
batter attempts to check his swing. The catcher throws through and retires R1 at 2nd. After the
play the defense asks for the plate umpire to check on the swing because they would rather
have a different batter lead off the next inning. The umpire denies the request because the 4th
out is not allowed in this situation.
17. With bases empty the left fielder deflects a fair fly ball over the fence in foul territory. The
batter should be awarded 2 bases.
18. With runners at 1st and 3rd and 2 out the runners attempt a double steal. The batter interferes
with the catcher. The umpire declares R3 out.
19. With runners at 1st and 2nd the batter hits a sinking line drive to shallow center field. R2 goes
halfway to 3rd and then returns to 2nd believing the ball is caught. The umpire rules no catch
and R1 slides safely into 2nd base.. There are now two runners on 2nd and since R1 is the
following runner he would be out when tagged.
20. During an infield fly situation the short stop intentionally drops a line drive. The batter is out
and the ball is dead.
Read the following situations and answer the questions. All situations occur
during a 3 umpire system.
With a runner on 1st base only the pitcher picks off R1 who gets in a rundown between 1st and 2nd. As
R1 is diving back into 1st base he is obstructed by the 1st baseman without the ball. The throw from the
2nd baseman goes awry and ends up in the dugout.
21. What is the 1st action by U1 when he sees the obstruction?
22. Does the overthrow count?
23. Where does the plate umpire go and why?
24. Where does the umpire place the runner?
25. Which umpire is responsible for the overthrow and awards?
With runners on 1st and 3rd and 1 out in the bottom of the 5th inning Baker (who is not in the batting
order), comes up to bat for Able. He does not inform the Plate umpire and promptly hits the ball into
short right field. The right fielder comes up throwing and gets R1 at 2nd for the force and R3 scores.
Baker is at 1st base. The defensive manager comes out and appeals the Baker is batting out of order
and he wants a double play.
26. What rule would help you make your decision in this situation?
27. Does the run score?
28. Is Baker or Able out?
In the bottom of the 3rd inning with runners on 1st and 3rd and only 1 out the batter hits a sinking line
drive to right field. The right fielder makes a diving attempt at the catch and deflects the ball into the
air off his glove. He bare hands the ball which did not touch the ground and jumps to his feet to throw
home. The throw is late. The runner at 3rd tagged up and advanced after the fielder touched the ball
but before he controlled it. He was safe at home and the defense appeals that he left too early.
29 & 30 Which 2 rules would you use to decide this play?
31. Which umpire has the call on the catch?
32. Which umpire is responsible for R3 tagging up?
33. What other major component do the umpires need to be aware of in this situation?
With the bases loaded and only 1 out the batter hits a high shallow fly ball to left field near the foul
line. The short stop is in position to make the catch but the left fielder calls him off. All 3 runners tag
up ready to run.
34. What is the umpire's initial call?
35. Now the outfielder is making the catch, what changes?
36. Which umpire is responsible for the catch?
37. Who has the play @ 3rd if all runners advance?
38. Who has the appeal @ 2nd should R2 leave early?
The score in the game is 5-2 for the home team after 6 innings. In the top of the 7th the visitors score 2
runs while playing in a light rain. The bases are loaded with 1 out when the lights fail. After 45
minutes the lights come back on but the field is no longer playable. The game is called.
39. This is a suspended game to be replayed a future time. T/F
40. The home teams wins 5-2 because they revert to last completed inning. T/F
41. This is a called game won by the home team 5-4. T/F
42. How would the result change if the field was too wet first and then the lights failed?
43. How would the result change if there were just a light failure and the game could not be
44. Has this ever happened to you?
With runners at 2nd and 3rd and only 1out the pitcher delivers an altered ball. The batter hits the ball to
deep center field and the ball is caught. Both runners tagged up and advanced safely. The umpire
returns a runner to 2nd and 3rd respectively, ejects the pitcher and the batter remains at bat. However
the offensive manager said he would rather have the result of the play.
45. Does the manager have such an option?
46. Assuming a count of 1-1 at the time of the pitch, what would the count be now?
47. Does the pitcher still get ejected if the manager chooses the option?
48. If the fly ball is not caught and the batter reaches 1st base and R2 is thrown out at home during
the play is there still an option available?
49. If the field is wet is the pitcher allowed to have a rosin bag in his pocket?
50. If another defensive player alters the ball should they be ejected also?
BC BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION
2013 LEVEL 3 EXAM ANSWER SHEET
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