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

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

2 / 50

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

3 / 50

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

4 / 50

If a runner runs in front of a fielder or outside a base path to avoid interfering with an infielder making an initial play on a batted ball,

5 / 50

The batter’s box is 4’6” wide by 6’6” long.

6 / 50

A Runner is obstructed by a defensive player and then remaining on their feet maliciously crashes into a defensive player

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

Concussion symptoms typically include:

9 / 50

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

10 / 50

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

11 / 50

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:

12 / 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: 

13 / 50

Which members of the offensive team are permitted to be outside the designated bench/warm-up area during play?

14 / 50

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

15 / 50

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

16 / 50

If an fielder intentionally catches a fair batted ball just past the infield, with their cap or detached glove:

17 / 50

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

18 / 50

For FP and MP, If a pitch touches a batters clothing,

19 / 50

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

20 / 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.

21 / 50

Appeals must be made:

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

23 / 50

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

24 / 50

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

25 / 50

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

26 / 50

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

27 / 50

A slide is illegal if:

28 / 50

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

29 / 50

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

30 / 50

The batter hits a high fly ball down the line to right field. Fielder, with both feet clearly in fair territory, reaches across the foul line in an attempt to catch the ball. While the ball is still in the air, completely over foul ground, the ball deflects off of Fielder’s glove and lands in fair territory. The correct call is:

31 / 50

In which of the following situations is the batter out?

32 / 50

An out is awarded on a caught fly ball when it is verified that:

33 / 50

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

34 / 50

If you can hear thunder in the distance, you are in jeopardy of being struck by lightning.

35 / 50

The pitcher's plate is how wide?

36 / 50

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

37 / 50

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

38 / 50

If the catcher accidentally bumps the batter's bat as they are swinging at a pitch, and the batted ball subsequently is a ground ball to the infield:

39 / 50

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

40 / 50

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

41 / 50

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

42 / 50

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

43 / 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.

44 / 50

Which of the following are NOT appealable plays?

45 / 50

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

46 / 50

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.

47 / 50

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

48 / 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.

49 / 50

If  runner1 passes  another preceding runner2 who has not been obstructed or put out:

50 / 50

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: 

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