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

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

2 / 50

The proper signal for an illegal pitch is:

3 / 50

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

4 / 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.

5 / 50

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

6 / 50

Concussion training is required for all umpires who umpire games in which players are < 21.

7 / 50

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

8 / 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.

9 / 50

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

10 / 50

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

11 / 50

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

12 / 50

Gloves or mitts may be worn by any defensive player.

13 / 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?:

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A runner is struck with a fair batted ball they attempted to avoid while touching a base,

15 / 50

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

16 / 50

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

17 / 50

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

18 / 50

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

19 / 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:

20 / 50

Which of the following are NOT appealable plays?

21 / 50

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

22 / 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:

23 / 50

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

24 / 50

Which situation is not a possible appeal play?

25 / 50

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

26 / 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.

27 / 50

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

28 / 50

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

29 / 50

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

30 / 50

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

31 / 50

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

32 / 50

An infield fly may be called by the umpire in which situation:

33 / 50

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

34 / 50

A runner starts at 1st base and overruns second base on a hit by the batter-runner. In the ensuing rundown, both runners end up on second base. A fielder tags both runners with the ball. The correct ruling is:

35 / 50

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

36 / 50

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

37 / 50

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

38 / 50

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

39 / 50

An umpire may only use smokeless tobacco when they are the field or base umpire.

40 / 50

A batter can be assessed a penalty strike if they intentionally delay the game.

41 / 50

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

42 / 50

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

43 / 50

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

44 / 50

The umpire’s jurisdiction begins when:

45 / 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.

46 / 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.

47 / 50

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

48 / 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.

49 / 50

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

50 / 50

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

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