I don't get the opportunity to catch very often, but I learn something new every time I play. I was in a South Texas USSSA tournament, and the home plate umpire calling balls and strikes basically wanted 6 " and square behind the plate. As the catcher, I had to either stand behind him or off to the side. I have watched and played many games over a 17 yr career and have never noticed such a spectacle. Is this normal?