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    I don't think most umpires realize that if you call HS Baseball that insurance covers you all year long. No matter where you work games.
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    Come up to make the strike call. That's how real Umpires do it. Right Softball guys?
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    Hence the word SALE in quotes.
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    NCAA wants an EJ here as well.
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    I'm thinking that that's alcohol in the umpire's cup because I'd have to be drunk to allow a game to take place...at any level, much less little league...in those conditions. I hope the umpire(s) have their liability insurance policies up-to-date.
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    If anyone has one in excellent/gently used condition lmk! With umpire school on the books this year- may have to wait a year for a brand new one unless I can find one here! Thanks!
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    I know. The video doesn't show it but my guess as to what happened is he started to come set, stopped, then stepped off.
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    Watch which foot moves first.
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    I would have to check. But I believe we have liability and some disability insurance worked out through the state. However, if I work any where else or for anyone else, I need my own insurance. So I have it.
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    Probably a flinch -- not shown very well.
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    This video shows clearly the intent of the catcher to hit the (innocent) batter (look at his motion!) and fish for a cheap INT call. In a FED game, I've probably got an EJ.
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    BeerGuy55, Don't overreact to what ALStripes17 and JaxRolo (after all ... he's a Dream Crusher) stated ... they're two of the best contributors here. FWIW, I get 110% of your frustration of coaching a game and knowing the rules better than the officials. That's largely what got me back into umpiring in 2004. I called for 3 years when I was very young, I started coaching my boys at age 38, and re-entered the BLUE world at 40 (now 53). There were many years of overlap there. I have a younger brother who coached for several years, who lives two states away, and CONSTANTLY would call my cell phone from his dugout shortly after a game where he knew either he or the opposing coach got screwed by an ump over a rule misapplication and nobody ever wanted to go through the protest procedures. Here in TN, our High School Association allows no protests ... but if we did, there would be a lot of less-than-adequate officials exposed. I also get the frustration of umpiring with a partner who may have a decent strike zone, and nicely presented in uniform, but he spends no time in the rule or case books, manuals, online forums, etc. and is brazen enough to dish out a phony rule book explanation to a coach where I have to go fix the problem. I've had partners who thanked me and partners who despised me for intervening. It's quite simple ... I'll never intervene on a judgment call that I know damn well my partner kicked unless he asks ... but I've got a zero tolerance policy for witnessing him misapplying rules and then displaying "cognitive conceit" to the head coach. We have our large share of RATS around here, but we don't have enough "umpires generally work(ing) hard to get better and even learn from their mistakes" as MaineUmp stated ... rarely or never putting themselves through continuing education ... just like we all do in our "real jobs." We sign up for the trip. We know that handling abuse and disrespect comes with it. We can either handle it or not ... I've admitted to many of my own shortcomings in that area on this forum.
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    Not true, AL: it's an illegal feint by rule. 2-28-5 defines a feint as follows: "A feint is a movement which simulates the start of a pitch or a throw to a base and which is used in an attempt to deceive a runner." Many people misunderstand the concept of a feint as a pretended throw. But what is feinted is a throw to a base: F1 can do this by not throwing, or by throwing somewhere other than a base. Feinting a throw to a base is permitted in FED at 2B and 3B. That is why F1 may throw to F4, F5, or F6 away from 2B or 3B. It is illegal in all codes to feint a throw to 1B, and that includes throwing to a fielder away from the base. While engaged, F1 may not throw to F3, F4, or any other fielder near 1B, unless the fielder is AT 1B. So, to answer the OP: case play 6.2.4 naturally references rule 6-2-4. In this case, the sub-section is 6-2-4a: By throwing to a fielder away from the base, F1 has feinted a throw to 1B, contrary to 6-2-4a.
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    Correct. The throw to 1B in that case play is considered a feint by interpretation. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
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    Looks that way: he's playing in with 1 out to defend the squeeze. He's still 8–10 feet from the base when the shot cuts to him.
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    Believe it or not, I'm on your side. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Umpiring is a thankless job and very few people appreciate what it takes to be an umpire, what needs to be known, and what needs to be done in real time speed. I've worked with umpire clinics, and I've volunteered in tournaments where I've had the honour of feeding the umpires, and in the evening providing adult beverages. However, I know my experience and I stand by it. I've seen umpiring in six provinces (including BC) and six states for hundreds of games in each - I stand by my observations. The US systems do something different in developmental programs, and yes, you're right, population/geography is a significant factor. But I suspect there's a different approach from which we can learn something. In the end, i think it comes down to money, and I'm as strong an advocate you will find to change the economics of the whole damned system. I find it sad and disgusting to pay $10,000 to rent a facility for a weekend, and only pay umpires $3000 for the same tournament. To me, even doubling the fees for umpires results in a drop in the bucket for the overall increase in per player cost annually. But for some reason people up her balk at "outrageous" fees to pay softball/baseball, but don't think twice about paying ten times more to play hockey. I have advocated funneling nominal fee increases for any softball/baseball affiliated player (even $10/$20 per person per year), to Baseball/Softball Alberta, meant to go directly to a coffer for umpire development programs. And though baseball/softball are different, I think there is enough similarity there for the two programs to have some common elements, and some common funding - because, frankly, a significant source of funding could come from the large number of adults who play slo-pitch, and I'd hate to see that disparity benefit only softball umpires. My players have attended both coaching and umpiring clinics, even if they never do either, but to see how the other side lives. Yes, you're right, many/most umpires want to learn, and the only way they'll improve is experience...every game they learn something and the next game they're better. And if they love what they do that will continue forever. In the US I've seen umpires flown from Florida and California to do a 14U weekend tournament in Great Falls, Montana. I'm not sure I've seen that in Canada outside of Nationals. Again, money. And coaches need to be better about handling the issues that arise - especially with, as you said, the obviously new and young umps. You're right, too many daddy coaches bully those guys. However, on the other side, there are those umpires that aren't interested in learning, that think they know it all. That aren't even interested in having a civilized discussion to see if maybe, perhaps, inconceivably they made a mistake, and maybe they can learn from it so they don't make the same mistake again. I've had umps say "you know what, this is the call, but I will talk to a few of the other umps after the game and get back to you so we know for next time." "Great, thank you." However, many times I've simply asked "look, all I'm asking is for you to go home tonight and look it up, and if you prove me wrong you can come shove it down my throat...but please, just look it up, or ask your supervisor/UIC" and though once in a while I'll see the ones willing to do it, the more common answer I get is "I don't need to look it up" and three weeks later I see them making the same mistake. I've had no less than half a dozen umps in three provinces (never in the US) tell me that the hands are part of the bat - that's six different tourney UIC's and at least three organizational heads I would have to alert. The umpire who told me that the batter making the third out negated all runs that scored on the play, even though he passed first successfully and was out trying to stretch a double into a triple, was a 20 year veteran, the UIC for the tournament, and a trainer! But the leader of any umpiring organization can only repeat himself so many times in educating his umpires, and knows he has a choice between a crappy ump and no ump, and I think just about any coach/player will take the crappy ump rather than pulling a parent out of the stands. But maybe getting rid of the umps that don't want to learn, the ones that aren't engaged, and forcing more teams to either play with one ump instead of two, or play with a parent ump, will force the issue back to where I think it needs to be forced - money. You want quality umping all the time (or more often than now), pony up. I could probably name 15 people off the top of my head who would be very good umpires, but just don't think the money is worth the crap that umpires put up with. The guys who go out there, take the crap, and the crap pay, and stay engaged are saints as far as I'm concerned.
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    And how was my statement disrespectful? It was a simple statement of facts - there are many times when I, other coaches, and sometimes even the players, know the rules better than the guy running the game. That's it that's all. I truly hope that hasn't offended anyone's sensibilities. And if you or anyone misinterpreted the blind men remark I apologize - I thought it was very clear that I was one of the blind men. I also typically and very respectfully try to help umpires in those situations. At the very least, in a discussion in private, without showing up the ump in front of other people, ask them to look it up when they get a moment - I'm not worried about this game...I'm simply asking him to get it right next time. As umps are indeed human, like all humans some don't like dealing with the possibility they are wrong, and would rather not deal with it...and others embrace the opportunity to learn from the situation. On and off the field, respect between coach and umpire is a two way street. Remembering that the coach is also being paid as crappily, if at all, as the umpire. Yes, I'm well aware that umpires are in short supply. I made that very statement in my post. And it leads to a significant problem of quality. Frankly, the same issue occurs with coaches. However, if you read my first post in its entirety, I noted that there is a significant difference in quality between US and Canadian umpires, and it's apparent to me that US systems are doing something differently to train and improve the skill level of their umpires. The issues I described above I've never seen in any US-based game my teams have played in. No disrespect. I've been on both sides of the equation. Neither are fun when you're being screamed at.
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    Give me a break. You do realize in my statement that I'm one of the blind men, right? You gonna sit there and tell me that every umpire out there wearing the uniform, carrying the card and being paid to run a game is fully competent? I know most of them are trying their best, but I have fired employees who were trying their best because they're not doing their job. I've had many fantastic experiences with many umpires, but there is also definitely a high number of poor quality umpires. Like ANY job. I've had bad cab drivers too. And I know in many ways it's a crap job that pays far less than it should, and that it is thankless, much like being a volunteer coach. The reality is, many districts/regions/cities are taking literally anyone who will take an umpiring job because there are more positions than people, and you inevitably end up with a lot of umpires running ball games that don't know what they're doing. Some just need experience to figure it out. Some never do. So, yeah, I'm gonna call bull when I am dealing with certified umpires who: - think the hands are part of the bat - don't know what a foul tip is - think that if the batter makes the third out sliding into third base that the three runs that scored ahead of him don't count, because the batter was the third out - don't know that "first base occupied" doesn't matter with two out - think a force play is still on if you touch the bag and then go past it towards the next base, because you're off the base - don't know what a catcher's balk is Those are all real world situations I've had with certified umpires with multi-years of experience. And then I learn that the umpires who believe these things are training new umpires. So, yeah, if you're not willing to acknowledge that there are umpires out there that need a lot of work/help, and instead put up the thin blue wall to blindly protect all of them, that's part of the problem. As a coach I'm willing to acknowledge that many coaches need work, including me. And I do all that I can to keep the parents and players off the umpires' backs. I rarely argue judgment calls. And I ask for time after games to have longer discussions about situations so that I can understand, or that they can understand my viewpoint. I have good relationships with many umpires up here. If umpires are going to lose respect for me because I think some umpires aren't good at their job, they have bigger problems.
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    I think you forgot a word in front of quality - questionable? Poor? Inconsistent? I'm in Alberta but I've been to a lot of tourneys in Montana, Idaho and Washington, and I find US umps a far higher quality than what we have north of the border - especially in softball. I've seen higher quality umpires provided for a weekend 16U tourney in Kalispell, Montana than a Canadian National Championship. My perception is there is a higher level of investment in umpire training south of the border, both in time and money. Even in judgment calls, I see a lot of really really bad calls up here compared to the south, most of them because the umps aren't in position, and many others because the umps are just old and don't see well...and oftentimes the age of the umpires is a factor in them getting into position. And not a lot of new young umps coming in. On the rules side I often find myself knowing the rules more than umps, which can get frustrating. Or in cases like the example of the tag/collision at first base where I "think" I know the rule, and KNOW the umpire doesn't know what's going on, it ends up like two blind men arguing about the color of the sky.
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    What if instead of having batters run, after they hit they get in a kyak and race around the diamond?