I've called many pitches like dia. 1 strikes. It has to catch any part of the strike zone. All 3 are strikes. I find the bouncie pitches tougher to call. Hard to measure one foot high when you are standing.
awesome. That's what I did with a pitch that curved through the strick zone on some of sack lunches pitches and I called them strickes. the other team was like huh? I'm like if it goes through the strike zone that bubba is a strike! heh
I think the rules state that the ball must hit the ground before the plate. We have some hard pitchers in Rock Creek and they get balls called if the ball lands on the plate, regardless of how low it is after that.
The very few times I've head-reffed, I'm very liberal calling strikes being wide of the plate, but extra strict about bounciness. If it's rolling on the ground to your kicking foot... kick the damn ball.
Basically, I hate seeing every count getting to 3-2-3 before something happens. So throw a kickable ball... and if it's kickable, don't stand there and waste the easy ones if they're a little wide.
Keeping in mind calling balls and strikes is all (personal) judgement......
I call it like in baseball, if any part of the ball hits the plate, its a strike... (in Justin's example.. all 3 strikes) of course, in kickball, the ball is bigger and so is the outside zones (hence the extension of a 1 foot to all sides of the plate) ..
Bounces are always harder to call. You have to judge the distance of bottom of the ball from the top of the plate, AND consider the first and last bounce (it has to be a foot or under for both).. The latter of which was introduced this year to call the 'rise' balls some pitchers throw balls.. in which they would make their first bounce just before the plate (making the first bounce under a foot) but then rise past a foot once it crosses the plate- These are now balls.
Trying to watch all this, plus fair/foul balls, whether the kicker is behind the plate, catcher is behind the kicker is a lot to ask of Head Ref sometimes.
Until WAKA implements Quastec to verify the refs, let's give Headrefs a break.. : ) .. though they should all know the rules and be fair and firm on calls. Thats all you can really ask.