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  1. 2 points
    I read the whole post and appreciate that you attempted a balanced answer. I'm willing to accept a coach telling me, "Hey, it's legal and I scored a run." [Shrugs] Because he's being honest about his intent. But if he tries to justify it with an instructional purpose, that's incredible and I'm not going to pretend that we're having a real conversation at that point. Integrity matters. This instruction has no long term goal. Any instructional purposes could be achieved in private after the play. The 3rd base coach doesn't need to capitalize on it. It's offensive to me when a person is disingenuous and also underestimates my intelligence.
  2. 2 points
    Nope. You were on it right to the end. In the 5th inning #6 MAY re-enter (because he was a starter, he's been out once in the 4th inning and hasn't yet used his re-entry), and #18 is now done for the game (because he was a starter, was removed in the 3rd inning, and re-entered in the 4th inning) It's not either/or on the re-entry. They are both starters and both can be re-entered once.
  3. 2 points
    Correct. See the ball leave the fielder's hand. Just don't stick with the throw trying to read it. let F3 read it and follow his lead.
  4. 2 points
    Happy to help. Let us know how it works out, and best of luck to your son!
  5. 2 points
    Having recently called MiLB AAA/AA/A games here in Spring Training (with the sporadic & rare Big Leaguer showing up to "get reps in"), there is feedback regarding my (our) disclosure of Ball (and Strike, for that matter) location. The coaches and players like it. They actually prefer it. And before you jump in to say, "But it's giving an advantage!", stop to think... to who? It is rather equalitarian. These players and coaches are paid professionals, and have an uncanny ability to micro-adjust. In one three-pitch sequence, the AAA pitcher on the mound was hammering on the inside edge of the plate against a RHB. I called "Ball!" on the first and disclosed to the catcher and batter (and possibly the coaches gathered behind the very close backstop), "just in. Just." Wouldn't you know it, that pitcher seemingly tweaked the delivery ever so slightly, and the next one was moved in, like, 1/4 of an inch... "Streeeoooooke!", I called, then disclosed in a discreet tone, "On the black." Next pitch? Same spot, but this time the batter went inside-out and got it. He grounded out, but the coaches and players want to see contact. In another game, I had called "Streeeooooke!", and followed it with a discreet "Top of the Zone". The batter nodded his head in understanding, while the catcher remarked, "Now, see, I like to hear that. Helps all of us know where your zone is." Next batter up, another strike at the top of his zone. This time, this new batter beats me to the explanation, "Top of the zone?". @MidAmUmp reinforced the topic of disclosing the location of a Ball, using simple descriptors such as "up", "out", etc. In his examples, he is very subtly turning the head and saying it towards the defensive dugout. What we don't want to hear, and shouldn't, is a PU bellowing, "NO THAT MISSED HIGH!!" or "BALL LOW AND AWAY!!". Also, thou shall not indicate or gesture as to where a pitch "missed".
  6. 2 points
    It's somewhere between your bank's website and that sheet of paper with your name, SSN, and DOB that you leave lying around a dugout to get paid. Arbiter had some security issues with passwords, but they've taken steps to become more secure. Actually using the website is encrypted, so it's as secure as anything going over the interwebs.
  7. 2 points
    @stl_ump, you have MANY more opportunities to practice proper use of eyes than you might realize. I posted this on the Fed Facebook group last week, and think it might help you as well. I'm not announcing anything, but you might look for it in the July issue of Referee magazine too. To give yourself the best chance of getting a call correct, the most important factors are (1) Get the best angle possible, (2) Be set for the critical action, and (3) Proper timing. Proper timing is one of the most difficult things for umpires to master, and even the best among us is bound to make a call too quick from time to time. So how do we practice proper timing so that when we get a whacker that may decide the outcome of the game, we are calm, cool and collected? You may not realize it, but you have literally thousands of opportunities every season to practice "proper use of eyes" which is THE key component of good timing. As the base umpire standing in short right field between innings, do you watch the infielders warm-up throws as if you were calling a play each and every time? If you are not, then you are foregoing the opportunity to build the muscle memory necessary to have proper timing. From your position, watch the infielder throw the ball to F3. Judge the throw out of his hand (is it a true throw, or off line?), snap your head to the 1B bag and listen for the pop of the mitt. Then, and this is the critical part, allow your head and eyes (the bill of your cap should physically move up) to travel up to F3's mitt to judge secure possession and voluntary release. Then, and only then, should you mentally make your call. This is proper use of eyes and if you do this on every call, whether the runner is out by ten feet, or on a real banger, then it's almost impossible to make your call too fast. This is also an opportunity to practice read steps. When you snap your head and eyes to the bag, read F3 and how he is striding to make the catch. Is he reaching towards the plate? Towards the RF line? Straight at you? Use these throws to practice reading F3 and making a mental read step in the proper direction to get the best angle. This is a more advanced drill and I recommend that you only move on to read steps after you have built your muscle memory on your head and eyes traveling to the mitt to where it's automatic in live game action. Doing this drill between innings is an excellent opportunity to perfect our timing. Use this time wisely and you'll vastly improve the likelihood of having great timing on even the closest of plays.
  8. 1 point
    @MadMax awesome insights there! Thank you.
  9. 1 point
    I may have been too casual in my language, but that's kinda what I meant - normal starter rules come into play once the two-headed monster becomes a one-headed one. So the DH coming into defense makes it a one-headed one, the DH never left the game, the defensive part of the head did and can reenter. No matter who comes in after that - a sub or the other former starter - then the former DH would be out and can reenter.
  10. 1 point
    I'm honestly more shocked that I don't see this mentioned more often around these parts... Stretching is probably the EASIEST thing anyone can do to improve their life. Dedicate 5 SOLID minutes to stretching out your back and legs at the start of the day and maybe once more in the middle and it makes a world of difference. Take those 5 minutes before a game and the results are fairly obvious. My recommendation (I work in fitness): If you really can't dedicate 5 minutes, then take this one stretch and do it for 1 WHOLE minute: Stand with your feet about as wide as you can spread them. Then extend your arms out, bend at the waist and put your arms between your legs with the goal of touching the ground as far behind you as you can... You probably my won't be able to get there when you first start. But keep the goal in mind and try for it.. This will give a REALLY good stretch to your hammies. If you keep doing it consistently, your will notice you can go further and lower and with that will come increased mobility and stamina in your legs... Not bad for one minute before each game.
  11. 1 point
    I think I was editing when you posted that. No, BOTH may not re-enter since the DH has been burned, and the one who doesn't re-enter may not substitute for another player because doing so would be like taking a player in one spot in the line up and inserting him in another spot. You'd just be shuffling the line up, if that were the case. I don't think you can re-enter 18 sine he'd be substituting for 6, yet isn't a legal sub.
  12. 1 point
    And a professional umpire will be the first to tell you "Do as I say not as I do".
  13. 1 point
    At out league 9-10 year olds do not play D3K so strike 3 is strike 3 so not a lot of chance for this bush play. Last night doing a Jr's game and visitors are winning by a 1000 or so... R3 pulls the run 1/2 way to home to draw a throw which of course he does and scores. I have to give it to the coach... the A$$ chewing that kid got was great especially when he told the kid '... and you will be sitting all of the next game. I AM THE COACH, not you.' Some coaches get it... some don't.
  14. 1 point
    Right, wrong or indifferent,the score keeping rule book states that you must hold the bag to get credit for it. It's about control. By sliding past it, you have not controlled it. Rounding it on your feet shows control. It is indeed different from the rules in determining whether you have acquired a base.
  15. 1 point
    I think you're at least half joking, but I want to address your comment anyway. I have heard people say, "If it's close enough to say it's in or out, just call it a strike." Please understand that the pitches I am speaking about are balls. Calling them strikes would be screwing the batter. Even pitches in the batter's boxes look likes strikes to the dugouts if the catcher is set up there and the pitcher hits the spot. Not striking those pitches at any level.
  16. 1 point
    I just call "those pitches" strikes in my games and will until I'm featured on a UEFL post.
  17. 1 point
    On pitches that are close, but miss in or out, I will verbalize, "Ball, that's in," or "Ball, that's out." This works extremely well for me at the college and HS levels as it answers the question before it gets asked. As a result, I almost never hear "Where was that?" or "Where did that miss?" It also helps to cut the moans and groans short on a pitch that looked good from the dugout, but missed by a few inches in or out. Instead of inviting trouble, I am heading it off at the pass. That said, I don't give "Up" or "Down" because the dugouts can see that. I'll tell the catcher if I had it up or down, but not the dugouts. I don't recommend this for all umpires. It works well for some, but not others.
  18. 1 point
    The conditions for a balk to be ignored have not been met because the batter did not acquire first base by the ball lodging in R2's jersey. Enforce the balk, R3 scores, R2 moves to third.
  19. 1 point
    Do you people actually read full posts in context, or do you just carve out the snippets you want to argue and ignore the rest? The first half of my post clearly states it looks like an attempt to confuse, and that it was Bush League. I have indeed seen coaches that teach their kids to run on any K, so I'm not going to rule it out as a possibility, even with R3 scoring...which could be either a result of a bad throw, or simply a surprise. But if I'm a betting man and talking about a random coach I've never met, I'm concluding it's a set play.
  20. 1 point
    Kill it and put everyone back. Explain to the OC that you thought that the 1BC was injured.
  21. 1 point
    Latest photo of the family: • +POS ZRO-G, standard Charcoal w/ tan TWs, +POS black chrome visor • +POS ZRO-G, MaskIt Bay Blue Metallic w/ black TWs, Markwort blue spectrum visor • Honig's K-4, standard Navy w/ scarlet bicolor All-Star pads, Honig's smoke visor • All-Star FM4000, MaskIt Stealth Black w/ tan TWs
  22. 1 point
    Making the assumption that the batter at the plate has skipped the proper batter, as the DT coach I would let him complete the at-bat. At which point I would appeal batting out of order, which would make the batter who missed his turn out, and then would bring the first batter back to the plate to take his proper place in the lineup. At which point I would appeal the illegal bat. Those would be the two easiest outs in history.
  23. 1 point
    Cause your looking in a mirror
  24. 1 point
    BU: Fist bump partner, hustle down the line to the grass. When we're ready for play, I walk up to the bag and give it a small adjustment kick, and walk backward to my spot giving the PU the double pistols with the biggest smile possible to indicate I'm ready. PU: Before giving the game ball to the pitcher, I stretch with hands up to face and elbows out, look away and give the ball a quick kiss, and then toss it to the pitcher. It looks like I'm just preparing to throw, but I sneak a little peck in as it passes my face. And now that I feel like the Tinman without it, I get a good pre and postgame stretch in.
  25. 1 point
    If you are a 44R in a suit coat...order the same size for your plate coat because they made to accommodate the cp. Sizing up will be too big
  26. 1 point
    I thought it was "order or get your normal jacket size" as they are made bigger for your cp? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  27. 1 point
    @KenBAZ, I have to admit, I really appreciate the insight you had on many issues. However, when you mentioned your "Lucky Red Sox chair", I had to deduct some cool points.
  28. 1 point
    I stretch, especially my Achilles tendons when I work the plate.
  29. 1 point
    Under garments Pants Shoes shins CP shirt hat (chant as I hit each spot) Shoes, shins, cup, CP. hat, mask. Close car. Lock doors. Put key in zippered pocket in ball bag. Try not to suck.
  30. 1 point
    It could be that I just retain a lot of useless trivia...like... Never odd or even........is spelled that same way backwards..........................or The "A" in Australia is pronounced 3 different ways
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  33. 1 point
    Once dressed, I make sure all of the guards are in place from top to bottom Sun guard (hat) Face Guard (mask) Chest Guard (CP) card guard (line up holder) ball guard (bag) 'nard guard (cup) Leg guard foot guard (plate shoes) water guard (cooler jug or squeeze bottle)
  34. 1 point
    So here is my pre-game. Bag on my left. Towel/mat on the floor in front of the chair. Hang my CP next to me on the right, and set out my plate shoes. Give the plate shoes a once over with my rag (should already be clean). Take my work shoes off and step on the towel. Start dressing for the plate, battle shorts (nutty buddy compression), UA or shock dr tights depending on weather, over the knee socks. UA tshirt or cold gear depending again on weather. Plate pants, plate shoes ( move the mat to keep it clean), then my Shins. Cup. Then grab my belt and ball bags. Grab my Accessory box and get indicator and plate brush. Indicator goes in the left ball bag front pocket, brush in the right ball bag rear pocket. Next is the CP, then shirt. Tuck everything in and make sure everything is even. Line up card book and pen go in the pocket of hr shirt. Sunglasses if needed. Then grab my bucket. Check the snaps and straps, make sure it fits smoothly over my head. Then will do a circuit, Shins, cup, brush, indicator, mask. Ready to go bossman at that point. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. 1 point
    I've changed what I do over the years, used to drink a certain drink, eat something specific, listen to a certain song. Right now for a college game I'll eat a PB&J about 15 mins out from my arrival time which is about 1.5 hrs before first pitch. Do that because I'll usually have somewhere from 1hr-3hr drive and would have eaten before I left. Want to have something to last duration of game. After that it's same deal for college and HS. About 45 mins out I drink a 5-hr and start drinking a bottle of water. Will get a bathroom trip in as well; 2-3 sometimes. I get dressed left to right (left leg, then right leg in pants etc.). This is a must, and even do it with regular clothes, not just a baseball thing. Plate gear goes on left to right; shoes, shins, chest, ball bags, in that order. If I'm in a locker room, I'm the last one to leave. National anthem I close my eyes at "oh say does that..." open eyes after last notes stops, put on my hat, tap my left shoe twice, and then 3 small claps, or taps on my right thigh with my right hand if I have my mask. Quirky enough? These are just habits/routines I've just done and stuck with over the many years of sports and now officiating. All are replaceable except the getting dressed Left to right. I've in the past accidentally done something right side first, and proceeded to take everything off and restart from scratch.
  36. 1 point
    I don't see any requirement in FED for an ejected player to leave the field. Most of the time they stay in the dugout. If they become a problem in the dugout they then go off the field with a coach. There is also a caseplay where taunting players are not allowed to remain near live ball territory after being ejected for taunting.
  37. 1 point
    how did I know that you'd respond with some comment about Force3 stuff?
  38. 1 point
    @Matt's got the right advice. Laundering them in cold water wash is the way to go. If you have a small mesh bag, such as used for delicates, use that because you don't want the Velcro snaring on another article of clothing and piling / damaging it. Then, just air dry a day or so and you're good to go. i actually wash my TWs at least once a quarter, and use Penguin® Sportwash, which I use on all my umpire, soccer, hockey, snowboarding and cycling clothing anyway. Better on technical breathable fabrics and bereft of chemicals which may agitate the face.
  39. 1 point
    That's a stupid-awesome, why-would-you-possibly-pass-on-this? price. During this Christmas sales season, someone told me they got a XV for even less than that! I was a smidge jealous. @BT_Blue knows this going into it, but do keep in mind, when you get a brand-new XV, it's only about 75% effective until you remove the existing harness and make the mod that allows you to put a RayFlex or Force3 Flex harness on it. Best sub-$100 CP, hands down. The only other CP that comes close, at this price point, is the Champion / Champro hardshell.
  40. 1 point
    For me the best pad is the Wilson memory foam. The compression is perfect. Too bad they don't make tan.
  41. 1 point
    Here's a really good look at it: You can see that the "wicket hoop" (the upside down U, by the mouth) bars don't exactly line up with the two vertical bars of the custom chin guard. The inner-ring bar does line up with the custom chin guard itself, though, so it's got me curious as to how custom this rig is; is it just masterfully built off an existing Mizuno mask, or is it a one-off complete build from the Mizuno planform? Can someone get Jeff some tan tape, for crying out loud?