Apr 1

2021 Umpire Exam


2021 MSF Umpire Exam


Umpire Exam 2021

This exam is based on the rules/definitions found in the NSF/MSF Softball Rulebook, 4th Edition.

Select the most correct answer. Read the question, and all selections carefully and completely.

If abbreviations or acronyms are used in this exam, F = fielder, B = batter and R = runner.  FP is for fastpitch; MP refers to Modified

The following questions may be applicable for Slowpitch, Fastpitch, and Modified Pitch.
If the rules differ for the three, the first set of questions default to Slowpitch rules.

If you fail to receive a passing score on this test you must retake it by going to the right–hand side of the MSF Umpires page on www.msf1.org and click on 2021 Umpire Exam and take a new random one.

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1 / 50

The correct pitching distance for Men’s or Women’s Adult slowpitch is:

2 / 50

If a runner dislodges a base while sliding, they are required to follow the base and remain in contact with it, to avoid being tagged out.

3 / 50

Bases are loaded with two outs. Batter hits a fly ball that lands in left-center field. Runner tries to score from first base. Which of the following timing play statements are applied correctly?

4 / 50

Which statements about bats are correct?

5 / 50

In Slowpitch, On a fair batted ball hit over the outfield fence without being touched, the batter

6 / 50

Runner is caught in a rundown between second and third base. As Runner is attempting to return to second base, he/she is obstructed by Fielder and subsequently tagged while off the base by another Fielder. What does the umpire call?:

7 / 50

Concussion symptoms typically include:

8 / 50

Which of the following are NOT appealable plays?

9 / 50

Players from either team may warm up in the opposing team’s on-deck circle.

10 / 50

The batter is called out, if any coach or member of the offensive team, except a runner, interferes with a fielder attempting to catch a fly ball in foul territory.

11 / 50

A slide is illegal if:

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If the ball is thrown out of play by an infielder, with a runner between 2nd and 3rd and the batter-runner not yet to 1st base, the umpire should award:

13 / 50

If the courtesy runner’s time to bat comes when they are on base:

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A base runner establishes their own base path if they are not being played upon.

15 / 50

In FP, a No Pitch is called if the pitcher attempts a quick return of the ball before the batter has taken a position in the batter’s box or if the batter is off-balance.

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A fair batted ball rolls or bounces through a hole in the outfield fence. The umpire should:

17 / 50

A verbal or physical act by an offensive player to hinder or confuse a defensive player is:

18 / 50

The Flop Rule can be invoked if any of the following occur, EXCEPT:

19 / 50

Any player showing signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the game and shall not return to play until cleared by the umpire.

20 / 50

A runner, while not in contact with a base, is struck with a fair untouched batted ball that a fielder could have made a play on. An OUT is called.

21 / 50

In youth FP, a batting helmet shall be worn by offensive personnel while:

22 / 50

If there is reasonable doubt as to the interpretation of a rule by an umpire, the managers from either team may:

23 / 50

For MP, Which of the following is true for a legal delivery:

24 / 50

Which situation is not a possible appeal play?

25 / 50

A runner is on first base when Batter hits a ground ball. Runner stays in the base path and crashes into Fielder, as they are attempting to gain control of the batted ball in the base path.

26 / 50

If a pitched ball passes through the strike zone and strikes the plate

27 / 50

An umpire is required to review video on a close call, if either team offers a recording.

28 / 50

In FP, Which of the following would be an illegal pitch?

29 / 50

All Youth FP batting helmets must be affixed with a NOCSAE approved face protector.

30 / 50

If a defensive player attempts a fake tag on a runner they should be called out.

31 / 50

All of the following are true regarding the catcher's box, EXCEPT:

32 / 50

When a coach makes a substitution during a game, the home plate umpire should report the substitution to:

33 / 50

A runner must always slide to avoid contact at home plate.

34 / 50

Interference is committed by the team at bat (offense) and may be either physical or verbal.

35 / 50

In the top half of the third inning with two outs, it is discovered that the pitcher's plate is set at the wrong distance. 

36 / 50

A pitcher must do all of the following prior to delivering a legal pitch in slowpitch, EXCEPT:

37 / 50

For a foul ball to be caught by the catcher for an out it must travel above the batter's head.

38 / 50

For obstruction to be called on the fielding team (defense) there must be the contact of some kind.

39 / 50

At the time of the pitch, all defensive players must be in fair territory.

40 / 50

In slowpitch, 1 pitch must be thrown before the batter can be awarded an intentional walk by the defense.

41 / 50

In FP, A team may use a FLEX/DP option only if they have made it known in the pre-game conference before play has begun.

42 / 50

A team may use the DP / Flex option provided they follow which of the below rules?  

43 / 50

Each team may use only 1 courtesy runner per ½ inning.

44 / 50

An umpire’s decision involving judgement may be questioned by the manager of the home team.

45 / 50

A runner intentionally interferes with a defensive players ability to complete a double play:

46 / 50

The batter-runner or runner may touch either the white or colored portion of double 1st base when advancing on a fair ball hit to the outfield when there is no play attempted at first base.

47 / 50

A “drag bunt” is not allowed in FP or MP, only in Slowpitch  .

48 / 50

In FP, an intentional walk requires all pitches to be delivered to the batter.

49 / 50

Appeals must be made:

50 / 50

The defense or batter-runner may NOT use either color of a double 1st base when:

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