Mpcbua Entrance Exam

75 Questions | Total Attempts: 48

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Entrance Exam Quizzes & Trivia

This exam has been designed as the entrance exam for the Metropolitan Philadelphia Collegiate Baseball Umpires Association. The MPCBUA is affiliated with the CBUAO (Collegiate Baseball Umpires Assigning Organization).


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    R1, R3, no outs. R1 is stealing and gets caught in a rundown and is obstructed. After obstruction has been called on F4, R3 is thrown out at the plate.  
    • A. 

      The out on R3 stands

    • B. 

      Award R1 third base on the obstruction.

    • C. 

      R1 is returned to first base and R3 is awarded home.

    • D. 

      R3 is awarded home since he was advancing to the plate when obstruction was called and R1 is awarded second base.

  • 2. 
     R1, one out. Base hit. R1 is obstructed by F6 while the ball is in the air on a relay from F4 to F5. BR is then thrown out at 2B.  
    • A. 

      The out at second stands.

    • B. 

      R1 is awarded third and the BR is awarded second.

    • C. 

      R1 is awarded second.

    • D. 

      R1 is awarded home and the BR is awarded third.

  • 3. 
     R1, R2, no outs. Ground ball to F5 who gets R2 in a rundown. F6 obstructs R2 (it is called). R2 avoids a tag and dives safely back into 2B. The BR has rounded first but notices R1 returning to first and then another rundown starts. Both R1 and the BR wind up standing on first. The fielder tags the BR and when R1 steps off the bag, the fielder tags him.  
    • A. 

      R1 is out and BR is awarded first base.

    • B. 

      Award R2 home, R1 third and the BR second base.

    • C. 

      Award R2 third, R1 second and the BR first base.

    • D. 

      Award R2 third and the BR and R1 are both called out.

  • 4. 
     R2, R3, two outs. The pitcher bobbles a come-backer and seeing that he has no play at 1B, throws to F5 who tags out R2. However, R2 was obstructed by F6 on his way to third. The BR rounds first base too wide and F5 throws behind the BR and the BR is called out.  
    • A. 

      Inning is over, the out stands for the third out.

    • B. 

      If R3 has not touched home when the BR is called out, the run would not count.

    • C. 

      R2 is out for the third out. The other action occurred after the side had been retired.

    • D. 

      The ball is "dead" on the obstruction of R2 by F6. Score R3, award R2 third and award BR second if he had touched first before the obstruction of R2.

  • 5. 
     R1, R3, two outs, bottom of the ninth. The ball is hit where either F3 or F4 could field it. F3 misses but F4 fields the ball and throws to the F6 covering second. F6 misplays the throw and the ball rolls far enough away for R1 to go to third and R3 to score. During his attempt to go to second, the BR was obstructed by F3. The defense appeals that the BR missed first base. The umpire rules that the BR touched first base.  
    • A. 

      If the BR missed first, call him out on appeal. The game is over since the BR never touched first.

    • B. 

      Award the BR second base, R1 third and R3 home.

    • C. 

      Award the BR first, R1 second and R3 stays at third since he had not touched home when the obstruction occurred.

    • D. 

      Ignore the BR's missing of first base since the obstruction on the BR was recognized and called.

  • 6. 
     The pitcher's glove must:  
    • A. 

      Be any color except gray or white.

    • B. 

      Be black or brown.

    • C. 

      Not have any white logo even if the umpire does not deem it distracting.

    • D. 

      Be two-tone black and gray.

  • 7. 
     A half swing shall be called a strike if the barrel of the bat:  
    • A. 

      Passes any part of the plate.

    • B. 

      Passes the batter's front hip.

    • C. 

      Passes the batter's front knee.

    • D. 

      Passes the front edge of home plate.

  • 8. 
     When a pitcher chooses to wear a neoprene sleeve he must:  
    • A. 

      Choose a sleeve that matches the color of the undershirts of the other defensive players on the field.

    • B. 

      Wear neoprene sleeves on both arms.

    • C. 

      Wear a uniform undershirt over the neoprene sleeve that is of the same color as that of his teammates.

    • D. 

      The pitcher can only wear a neoprene sleeve if all the other defensive players are wearing one.

  • 9. 
     Type 1 Obstruction is:  
    • A. 

      Obstruction that occurs on a runner that is not being played upon.

    • B. 

      A delayed dead ball.

    • C. 

      All obstruction is immediately dead.

    • D. 

      An immediate dead ball.

  • 10. 
     R1. F1 fails to stop before delivering the pitch. The base umpire properly calls a "balk." The batter gets a base hit to centerfield. R1 advances to second but the batter believes that the balk is an automatic dead ball, does not advance to first. The defense returns the ball to the infield where F6 throws the ball to first base and appeals that the batter should be declared out for not touching first base.  
    • A. 

      The umpires should sustain the defensive appeal. The batter is out, R1 remains at second base.

    • B. 

      The appeal is irrelevant. The ball should have been declared dead immediately. B2 remains at the plate. R1 is awarded second on the balk.

    • C. 

      The appeal is granted. However, since B2 and R1 did not advance one base, the balk is enforced. Award R1 second base and B2 remains at the plate with the count the same as it was before the balk.

    • D. 

      The appeal is unnecessary. Because the batter had the opportunity to advance and failed to do so, he is called out for abandoning the bases. R1 remains at second. The balk is ignored.

  • 11. 
     R3, R2, one out. The infield is in to cut off the run at the plate. The batter hits a sharp ground ball to the left side of the infield. The batted ball passes between F5 and F6 and then hits R2.  
    • A. 

      The ball remains live and in play.

    • B. 

      R2 is out, R3 returns to third and the batter is awarded first base.

    • C. 

      By playing in, the defense can never benefit when a ball strikes a runner.

    • D. 

      None of the provided responses.

  • 12. 
    What is the penalty for the first violation by the defense of the new 20-second clock protocol?
    • A. 

      A ball is awarded to the first batter.

    • B. 

      A team warning is issued. Any subsequent violation by any pitcher of that team results in a ball being awarded to the first batter of that inning.

    • C. 

      A warning is issued that applies only to that pitcher. The initial violation by other pitchers from that team is also penalized with a warning.

    • D. 

      The pitcher and coach are ejected after a warning.

  • 13. 
    What is the penalty for the first violation by the defense of the new 90-second pitch clock protocol?
    • A. 

      A ball is awarded to the first batter.

    • B. 

      A team warning is issued. Any subsequent violation by any pitcher of that team results in a ball being awarded to the first batter of that inning.

    • C. 

      A warning is issued that only applies to that pitcher. The initial violation by other pitchers from that team is also penalized with a warning.

    • D. 

      The pitcher is ejected if this is his second violation.

  • 14. 
    Regarding legal bats for the 2011 season:
    • A. 

      Only bats stamped with the BBCOR logo are legal in 2011.

    • B. 

      The only non-wood bats that are legal in 2011 are those stamped with the BBCOR logo.

    • C. 

      A BESR stamped bat that was legal in 2010 remains legal in 2011.

    • D. 

      Only wood bats are legal in 2011.

  • 15. 
    Regarding the batter's box rule:
    • A. 

      It only applies with no runners on base.

    • B. 

      There are no exceptions. The batter may not leave the box.

    • C. 

      Umpires are instructed to enforce the rule both verbally and visually.

    • D. 

      Upon violation, the ball is declared dead and a strike is awarded.

  • 16. 
    If the head coach of the defensive team leaves his position to argue a call:
    • A. 

      The umpires must get together to "get the call right."

    • B. 

      The coach is charged a defensive conference unless the call is overturned.

    • C. 

      If the coach has already visited the mound that inning, he must replace his pitcher unless the call is overturned.

    • D. 

      None of the above are correct.

  • 17. 
    Regarding the pitcher or pitching mound.
    • A. 

      He is allowed to wear a glove that is black and gray.

    • B. 

      Neoprene-type sleeves do not need to be covered by an undershirt.

    • C. 

      A pitcher may not pause during his delivery from the wind-up position.

    • D. 

      The home team is responsible for providing a rosin bag.

  • 18. 
    The jurisdiction of the umpires, as it relates to any personal confrontation or unsportsmanlike conduct toward the umpires, begins and ends:
    • A. 

      Begins: At the plate meeting. Ends: When the umpires leave the field.

    • B. 

      Begins: When the umpires arrive on the field. Ends: Following the final out.

    • C. 

      Begins: With their arrival at the game site. Ends:With their departure from the game site.

    • D. 

      Begins: When the umpires arrive on the field. Ends: When the umpires leave the field.

  • 19. 
    About the force-play slide rule:
    • A. 

      Applies at second, third and home.

    • B. 

      Requires that contact occurs for interference to be called.

    • C. 

      Only applies at second base.

    • D. 

      Both A and B are correct.

  • 20. 
    By rule, in order for an umpire to judge a half-swing as a strike:
    • A. 

      The bat must cross the front edge of the plate.

    • B. 

      The entire bat must pass the batter's back hip.

    • C. 

      The umpire must be convinced the batter attempted to hit the ball, regardless of the bat's position.

    • D. 

      The barrel head of the bat must pass the batter's front hip.

  • 21. 
    Following a home run:
    • A. 

      The offense may congregate around the plate to congratulate the base runners and the hitter.

    • B. 

      The offense is restricted to the warning-track area in front of the dugout (approximately 15 feet).

    • C. 

      The offense must remain in the dugout to congratulate team members.

    • D. 

      There are no restrictions because there have been no sportsmanship issues.

  • 22. 
    With the changes in the obstruction rule:
    • A. 

      Any fielder must have possession of the ball in order to block a runner's path at all times.

    • B. 

      The defensive player is never allowed to block a runner's path.

    • C. 

      On a pickoff throw, a fielder must have possession of the ball in order to block a base.

    • D. 

      If a runner is obstructed, the ball is automatically dead.

  • 23. 
    Which of the following calls is not subject to the "Getting the Call Right" philosophy?
    • A. 

      A ball that is dropped or juggled after a tag or force play.

    • B. 

      A batted ball that leaves the field for a ground-rule double or home run.

    • C. 

      A catch/no-catch with less than two outs and with runners on base.

    • D. 

      A balk called with the pitcher's pivot foot off the rubber.

  • 24. 
    In order to use the halted-game rule:
    • A. 

      It must be a conference game.

    • B. 

      The coaches may decide, at any time the score is out-of-hand, to invoke the rule.

    • C. 

      In the case of a non-conference game, it must be agreed upon at the plate conference prior to the start of the contest.

    • D. 

      The home coach makes the decision when the halted-game rule will be used

  • 25. 
    Coach of Team A goes to the mound to talk with his starter. After the starter gives up another hit, the coach returns to the mound and replaces the starter. Once the reliever has finished his eight warm-up pitches, a pinch hitter is announced. Team A coach then requests and is granted another time out to talk to his new relief pitcher.
    • A. 

      The umpire will deny the request for the coach to visit the relief pitcher.

    • B. 

      The coach may visit the relief pitcher but must remove him after he completes pitching to the first batter he faces or the side is retired.

    • C. 

      The mound conference is legal. The coach does not have to remove the relief pitcher after he pitches to one batter or the side is retired, since this is the coach's first conference with his new pitcher.

    • D. 

      This first visit to the relief pitcher is considered the second trip in that inning.