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

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

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

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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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Concussion symptoms typically include:

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In which of the following situations is the batter out?

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

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The entire pitched ball must pass completely through the strike zone to be considered a strike.

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

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

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

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A slide is illegal if:

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

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

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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:

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The score for a forfeited game, with play never started, is recorded as:

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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.

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

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

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

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There is a play at 1st Base on a fair batted ball. The batter-runner beats the throw by 2 steps and touches only the white portion of the double-base. The defensive player controls the ball and touches the white portion of the base.

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

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

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

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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:

36 / 50

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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?

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The game begins when :

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

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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: 

47 / 50

In NSF-MSF Postseason Tournament Play, players may be added to the scorecard/lineup after the first pitch is thrown.

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Gloves or mitts may be worn by any defensive player.

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

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A runner is struck with a fair batted ball they were unable to avoid, after the ball was deflected by a defensive player

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