Apr 13

2024 Umpire Exam

2024 Umpire Exam


2024 MSF Umpire Exam


Umpire Exam 2024

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 2024 Umpire Exam and take a new random one.

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1 / 75

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?:

2 / 75

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

3 / 75

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

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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 / 75

Gloves or mitts may be worn by any defensive player.

6 / 75

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.

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

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

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

10 / 75

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. 

11 / 75

Concussion symptoms typically include:

12 / 75

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

13 / 75

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

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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

15 / 75

The proper signal for an illegal pitch is:

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Adult Slowpitch pitchers are allowed to take a position up to 6 feet directly behind the pitching plate, as they initiate a pitch.

17 / 75

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?

18 / 75

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

19 / 75

A run is scored when a runner legally advances and touches 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and home plate, EXCEPT, if during that action:

20 / 75

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

21 / 75

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

22 / 75

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

23 / 75

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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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:

25 / 75

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.

26 / 75

The batter hits a ground ball to the pitcher. The batter starts to run, but seeing the pitcher in a position to tag them, takes 1 step back towards home to avoid the tag, then reaches 1st base before the throw.

27 / 75

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

28 / 75

Which of the following are NOT appealable plays?

29 / 75

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

30 / 75

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.

31 / 75

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

32 / 75

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

33 / 75

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

34 / 75

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

35 / 75

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

36 / 75

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

37 / 75

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:

38 / 75

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

39 / 75

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

40 / 75

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

42 / 75

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

43 / 75

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

44 / 75

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

45 / 75

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

46 / 75

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

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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. 

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

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

50 / 75

In which of the following situations is the batter out?

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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.

52 / 75

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

53 / 75

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

54 / 75

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: 

55 / 75

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

56 / 75

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

57 / 75

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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A Runner is at second base. Batter hits a ground ball to an infielder who throws to first base. Batter-runner touches only the white portion and collides with Fielder who is standing on the white portion about to receive the ball. The correct ruling is:

59 / 75

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

60 / 75

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

61 / 75

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

62 / 75

Which statements about bats are correct?

63 / 75

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

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The pitcher's plate is how wide?

65 / 75

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

66 / 75

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

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

68 / 75

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

69 / 75

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

70 / 75

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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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.

72 / 75

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.

73 / 75

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

74 / 75

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

75 / 75

Appeals must be made:

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