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    2 things.... 1) Rich wasn't aware which is strange because he KNOWS the rules .... 2) @maven used the word "dude" LOL!
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    Hello everyone, my name is Max (shhhh... we don't use the words "mad" or "crazy" here), and... I have four masks. As I look around my apartment, I have the parts to build / equip several more, though, so I have a bit of a problem. I actively use and am true to one CP. I do have several others traipsing in and out of my apartment – at all hours of the night – in varying degrees of repair and servicing. In fact, I have another Schutt AiR Flex II getting fitted for a new harness, and a (*GASP!*) DaviShield off to one side in the midst of a significant improvement project (how could you, Max?! A DaviShield?!?! You said you'd never touch one!). Besides the one set of Force3 Ultimate shin guards I own and use (near-) constantly, I have a set of All-Star LGU313's stashed in the tool compartment of my car, along with the jack and emergency roadside kit. I'll fish them out in the event I do a sub-12U game, or if I happen across a baseball tournament and am asked to be an umpire, or if a fellow umpire at a tournament lost / misplaced / forgot / broke his own shin guards. I have no qualms about loaning out my CP or masks (heck, you might actually like my Schutt, and want to buy one yourself!), but I do pause in consideration on loaning out my Force3 shinguards. I have multiple belts, base shoes, ball bags and other accessories, and am constantly rotating them in and out. I've given up on trying to maintain multiples of the same shirt style-color. Instead, I have one of everything and when I go to a tournament, I just hope I'm with partners who are as forward-&-free-thinking as I am. For a few specific style-colors, I have purchased and gifted several shirts (TOC 2010 Bermuda Blue, specifically) to good friends of mine so that when we work together, we are certain to use them. Lots of gear finds its way to my doorstep. The thing to do with it is to pass it on to the next umpire-in-need, whether by bequeathment or by sale. Identify the "new guys" in your circle-of-umpire-friends or association and supply their needs. Are they using their old catchers shin guards? Sell them your "spares" for a few bucks. Certainly don't lose money on the deal, but don't extort them either.
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    Hijack complete
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    Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing 'Hallelujah.'
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    "Do you need to be ejected?" I think you could say "coach, I understand you're frustrated, but we've got a game to play"
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    Man I wish the guys around here would just grow up and buy the black shirts. Way too many guys default to navy. I wear black every chance I get but with high school it's still mostly navy
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    Regardless .... as long as you're in the same color, I don't see an issue
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    I'm surprised you noticed .........
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    I know about all the issues and problems with +POS people have commented on about there lack of service and support. I ordered from Dan in 2015 and had to dispute the charges to get a refund myself. I am hoping he may have turned things around this time. I ordered a mask last week and got it in 3 days. I decided to take a shot an order the +POS Cobra CP 16". I ordered it yesterday 3/23 at 9:00 PM. Today I got an email that it shipped with a tracking number. As of right now the Post Office has it in their system and will be delivered on Monday 3/27. I will follow up on Monday with some pics and first impressions.. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Without seeing it for myself, it sounds like you handled it just fine. Definitely no problem with letting him ask the question - when he starts to complain about his team probably just hear him a bit and start to walk away which it sounds like you did but maybe could have done a little sooner.
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    By asking before making any call, you are 100% putting the call on the PU. Perception is they are making the call not giving information. If the ball beats the runner and you don't see a pulled foot.....out. If they want to question if the runner arrived before the ball they are coming to you. 90% of the time non-issue...5% not 100% but no one questions...2% we're not 100% but we're right and they question...2% we're wrong but no one questions...1% we're wrong and we change the call. You want to go to your partner 10% of the time for a 1% (at most 3%) problem.
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    @MadMax I am hoping the same thing on the Cobra. It looks like a very nice unit and the price point is not too bad. On Monday I will have a lot more to share on it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    It seems to me that by exercising better game management, you could have kept this apparently one-sided conversation pretty short. You didn't have to oblige the coach at all. Why not just wave him off? Seeing as how he came over to you to ask what you had during an at-bat, you've got to take control of the game at that point and let him know what he's doing is unacceptable. If he wanted to vent to you that bad, maybe he could have come to you between innings.
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    As many have said above, this will happen a couple times a season. Sadly, in high school and below, some of these dudes may even be crotchety assigners who take games just to make more money and have absolutely no respect for the game or its players. They will show up with their navy or powder blue shirt with ketchup and grease stains, faded pink flat front heather grey paints, met guards hanging off their shins over no plate shoes. It won't happen every game, but they will drag you into SH*#, miss rotations, and walk out with copenhagen snuff slobbered all over their face. Best thing to do is umpire your game and read your manuals. If they try to teach you, say ok and leave it there.
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    I could have sworn that NJ was supposed to be the same way but then they made us buy these $55 Clif Keen shirts with a dye sublimated logo (kill me) and guess what? They come in navy too so guys buy the navy and the powder blue like they always have and nothing changes.
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    It's not a play that gets pregamed, but the reasons for rotating should be and this situation should be covered. Basically in my pregame I say we will rotate if a ball is hit to the outfield. We will not rotate if a ball is thrown to the outfield. U1 has 2 options - 1. Go with the overthrow only if there is trouble down the right field line ie: tarp, an occupied bullpen, unseen area from the plate, no fence, or lined dead ball area. 2. Take responsibility for the B/R. I'd be careful rimming this play with a potential throw coming from right field directly to 2nd base. Personally as U1 I would get my angle which on this play would be close to the baseline between 1st and 2nd. Once the ball is overthrown I would enter the infield and mirror the B/R.
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    We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.
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    Nothing like downing a few cold ones on your drive home!