First Playoff Game
Posted 18 May 2012 - 10:52 AM
This was actually my first 3-man game as well. I have been studying 3-man religiously for the past year. (CCA, NFHS, Virtual Umpire Camp CD, and the soon-to-be-published Wendelstedt 3-man manual)
I felt I knew it well enough, but I was still a little nervous until it came time to pre-game. Turns out I knew it better than my partners despite the fact that they had several years of 3-man games under their belts. I asked good questions and we worked out some confusion with one of the rotations.
Interesting side note - this game was played on 100% artificial turf. Permanently painted perfect lines, green turf outfield, brown turf infield with those black rubber pellets. The players constantly overslid because the turf was so soft and resilient. No dust/dirt so the close plays were really easy to see and my shoes stayed shiny for the whole game. Pretty cool.
I was U3. Game went really smoothly.
I felt the 3-man system allowed me to get closer on tag plays. I was able to stick my nose into three bangers and see them much better.
R1, Base hit. I let the ball and R1 take me to 3rd, expecting to get called off by PU on a 1st-to-3rd rotation, but PU missed it so I just kept going and got right on TOP of the play and had no second thoughts about whose call it was.
I NAILED 3 balks, both partners echoed them all, and I was moving the runners before the DC even knew what was happening. I think he stayed in the dugout because it all happened so fast, like a well-oiled machine that the Coach wouldn't dare touch.
Post game was all positive. PU/CC was impressed and told me to expect a call for the next round.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 11:45 AM
2014 Game Count: High School: 53 | AAU: 0 | Pony: 0 | Little League: 2 | UCLA: 2 | Total: 57
2013 Game Count: High School: 43 | USSSA: 7 | AAU: 30 | Pony: 11 | Little League: 17 | UCLA: 1 | Total: 109
Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:41 PM
I used to be a really good Baseball Player until my eyes started going bad. So I became an Umpire!
Ump Nation Umpire
Roy Hobbs World Series
FHSAA Baseball Umpire
Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball Certified
Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:37 PM
I just got a call from our association's co-ordinator that I am a replacement tomorrow for a fellow brother. It's a district and I'm working with two excellent umpires. I'm nervous, excited, elated and anything else you can think of.
CONGRATS! Go get 'em Jeff!
"To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn't. That's what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases - stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag." Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham
Posted 01 June 2012 - 03:42 PM
So how did you get your hands on a pre-release of the Wendelstedt 3 umpire manual?
Also those artificial turf fields are nice until it gets to 100 degrees, then they become unbearable. Last football season I was hearing regular stories about the field temperatures reaching into the 130s.
- Bill Veeck
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