Bal rule....baseball players....coaches and umpires is a topic of discussion that could go on for days and one I have had many times over.
First of all we must try to understand that many umpires are afraid to call it. Second of all we must understand the rule itself in that there are legal things to do that skirt the obvious of the rule...yet they are legal.
For instance stepping to 3B and then wheeling to first......legal move but one I absolutely hate and here is my main point when discussing any thing to do with the balk rule.
Regardless of what rule book one is looking at the purpose of the balk rule is to keep the pitcher from deceiving the runners. Yet there legal things to do that are clearly deceptive.
Or how about this one........"a pitcher may not fake a throw to first base because he steps." Yet how many times at youth levels of the game do we see young pitchers do this? CONSTANTLY! One guy who is informed we yell out balk and the whole park will erupt in unison being concured with by the umpire that it is not a balk.....it is a balk yet kids do it all the time....coaches teach kids to do it (wrongly...because you can't step towards first base, not throw and have it be legal.
In regards to not disengaging the pivot foot from the rubber in just about every rule I am aware of as it relates to the balk this would be illegal but good luck getting anyone to call it....especially the lower the level you go.
In closing I have spoken at umpire clinics on several occasions and the title of that portion of the clinic is "Doctor Balk." I know laugh all you want :).....yet most of these clinics have been directed at collegiate level umpires. One would be suprised as to how little umpires actually know even at that level as it relates to the balk and what pitchers can do all the while not being called on.
THE RULE REGARDLESS OF THE LEVEL AND THE RULE BOOK BEING TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION WOULD BE A LOT SIMPLER AND BETTER SERVED IF EVERYONE STUCK TO THE SIMPLE PREMISE OF "IT IS A BALK IF THE PITCHER DOES ABSOLUTELY ANY THING AT ALL DECEPTIVE."
The only exclusions to the rule would then be if the pitcher is not good enough at being deceptive to not be seen........