Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MLB Strike Zone Rule Changes

By Kayla F. Kordus

The Strike Zone in Major League Baseball is usually an exciting subject of discussion. It's most likely the one rule most susceptible to human error within all professional sports and also it is the section of the game that we all like to share our own opinions about; "that was outside", or even "that looked good to me" ring through baseball stadiums across America.

This particular controversy isn't something totally new on the sport. Major league baseball has altered the Strike Zone rules many times over. Here's a history of some of those changes.

In 1876, the Strike Zone rule read this way:

"The batsman, on taking his position, must call for a 'low,' 'high,' or 'fair' pitch, and the umpire shall inform the pitcher to deliver the ball as required; such a call can't be altered after the first pitch is supplied."

However, in 1887 this rule was shut down plus it began to look a lot more like the rule we're familiar with today.

"A (strike) is defined as a pitch that 'passes over home plate not lower than the batsman's knee, nor above his shoulders.'"

In between 1887 and 1949 there have been numerous rule adjustments that additionally described what a strike was and just what a ball was but the next significant rule change happened in 1950 when the Strike Zone changed from the top of the shoulders and also bottom of the knees to the armpits and also top of the knees.

"The Strike Zone is always that space over home plate which is between the batter's armpits and the top of his knees as he assumes his natural stance."

In 1963 the rule altered again to read,

"The Strike Zone is that space over home plate which can be between the top of the batter's shoulders and the knees as he assumes his natural stance. The umpire shall figure out the Strike Zone according to the batter's usual stance when he swings in a pitch."

Nevertheless, this didn't last long plus it altered right back in 1969. "The Strike Zone is always that space over home plate which can be between the batter's armpits and also the top of his knees when he assumes a natural stance. The umpire should determine the Strike Zone according to the batter's usual stance when he swings in a pitch."

In 1988 we had, maybe, the most significant Strike Zone rule change since 1950. The top Strike Zone was lowered.

"The Strike Zone is always that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line in the midpoint in between the top of the shoulders and also the top of the uniform pants, and also the lower level is often a line towards the top of the knees. The Strike Zone shall be decided from the batter's stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball."

The newest rule change occurred in 1996. This was also a considerable Strike Zone rule change because it lowered the bottom of the Strike Zone to the bottom of the knees again.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Umpire School Price Tag

By Sariah U. Nisbet

While the price of attending a professional umpire school is not extravagant, it is also not trivial. The financial value and also time spent is well worth the experience you will have but it's essential to know what you are engaging in when embarking on any new experience. Financial planning is a part of being a responsible adult.

Below you'll locate some fundamental information on what to anticipate when attending one of the most well-liked umpire schools. Hopefully this information will get you started on your own path to being a pro umpire by moving you toward obtaining the training all umpires require.

The Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School rates $2950 US in tuition for their Five week program. $600 per week, when you break it down, is really a reasonable cost for an umpire school that may change your life. This charge included room rent (you will share a room with another student), insurance to protect you and the school, course materials including rulebooks and a t-shirt, taxes, and also food during meal times.

Upon registration they ask you pay $150 US upfront as a deposit when finishing your application. This leaves $2800 US due just before completing registration. Other expenses you have to think about while in school are the price of laundry, snack foods, of course, if you wish to buy additional clothing or even collectibles to remember you experience. They don't take personal checks but most major credit cards are usually accepted.

Unfortunately the school can't accept veterans under the G.I. Bill due to latest alterations in the law and the school doesn't provide scholarships or even student education loans. With that said, there is a program for disabled military people whom you should investigate if you severed in the force. $3000 can seem like a major expense to some people but if you are serious about changing your life and becoming an umpire the very first place to start is to find training and a professional umpire school is the best method to advance.

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