Apr 7

2022 Umpire Exam

2022 Umpire Exam


2022 MSF Umpire Exam


Umpire Exam 2022

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 2022 Umpire Exam and take a new random one.

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1 / 50

Batter hits a ground ball to the infield. Two fielders attempt to make a play on the ball and collide, with one of them collapsing with an apparent serious injury. The umpire should: 

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

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The umpire’s jurisdiction begins when:

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

5 / 50

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

6 / 50

Players found to be using altered, illegal, or banned bats will be:

7 / 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?:

8 / 50

A slide is illegal if:

9 / 50

If a coach or other player physically assists a runner during play, the result is:

10 / 50

The pitcher shall release the ball within 5 seconds of either receiving the ball or the umpire saying Play Ball, or it is considered an illegal pitch.

11 / 50

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

12 / 50

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

13 / 50

Which of the following situations would not result in the batter being called out? 

14 / 50

Caps, visors, scarves, and headbands are optional and not considered part of the player's uniform.  They may be any color or style and can be worn forward or backward. 

15 / 50

A substitute may enter the game without reporting, as long as they are properly listed on the scorecard.

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

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A runner is not required to run in a direct path to a base if a fielder in the direct line does not have the ball and is not attempting to make a play on the runner.

18 / 50

Which of the following are NOT appealable plays?

19 / 50

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

20 / 50

A runner must return to the last base legally occupied, when

21 / 50

The umpire signals that play is ready, and the pitcher has the ball in position to pitch, the batter

22 / 50

If a fair batted ball strikes an umpire before passing a fielder other than pitcher:

23 / 50

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

24 / 50

Appeals must be made:

25 / 50

An interpretation of an umpires call may be requested by the manager of either team playing.

26 / 50

If there are 2 or more umpires on a game, the Home Plate umpire is responsible for which of these:

27 / 50

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

28 / 50

If the ball becomes Blocked due to offensive equipment not involved in the game, the ball is dead and all runners are awarded one base from the last base touched prior to the ball being blocked.

29 / 50

If an illegal pitch is called and the batter doesn’t swing:

30 / 50

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

31 / 50

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

32 / 50

The ball becomes dead in all of the following situations, EXCEPT:

33 / 50

A batted ball that carries over the outfield fence and strikes the right side of the 1st base side foul pole in flight is:

34 / 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.

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Runner is on first base with one out.  Batter hits a long fly ball to left field. The ball is over foul territory when first touched and is dropped by Fielder. On the fly ball, Runner touched second base and was moving to third as the ball was dropped. Runner shall: 

36 / 50

Which statements about bats are correct?

37 / 50

The pitcher may pitch the ball between the legs as long as it is in continuous motion.

38 / 50

The pitcher may deliver a pitch from the glove, as long as it is a continuous forward motion.

39 / 50

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

40 / 50

The pitcher's plate is how wide?

41 / 50

In FP, 2 complete revolutions of the arm are allowed for a legal pitch.

42 / 50

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

43 / 50

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

44 / 50

Which situation is not a possible appeal play?

45 / 50

If a batter hits a pitched ball with an altered bat, it is considered an “illegally batted ball”.

46 / 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.

47 / 50

Players may not wear dangerous jewelry or a uniform containing dangerous or reflective ornaments unless authorized by the team manager.

48 / 50

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

49 / 50

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

50 / 50

Once play is suspended due to a thunderstorm, A good rule to follow is to wait at least 30 minutes following the last lightning seen or last thunder heard before resuming play.

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