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  1. 3 points
    I'm adding my two cents in. I have an XV with the T-hooks and modified with a Delta Flex harness that I love, and this season I was able to trade my old WV Platinum CP (and threw in a Honigs frame) for the new Adams XV with the Adams 4 point harness. I am admittably larger than most at 6 ft 3 and weight in the 230s, so I keep the ab extension on the CP, but lose the biceps extension. It's been very humid and warm here in NY this summer, so if didn't start sweating when warming up and stretching pregame, I definitely will be sweating from my first move up the first base line following a runner being put out. I find the Adams harness very adequate at my size. Now, I tape every strap off once I have it fitted right, and I shaped the shoulder areas with heat just as I did on my XV CP, but it is very adequate with that stock harness. Mid to upper 80s shots, no problems. Collar bone area, no problems. That extra side piece is perfect for my size, since my chest is kind of broad. And I wear a whole size smaller uni shirt than I did with the Platinum, which helps with my presentation behind the plate making me look more athletic in my moves, and not like a tank from WWI. While protection and price point were why I originally went XV, one of my favorite features is the fact that I can remove the padding and throw them in the wash, then air dry them.. I also splurged this season and got F3 shins, which also have the removable pads that I can throw in the wash.. They all go in the wash with my TW mask pads, and I'm the best smelling individual (by far these hot days) at the plate! Smell Ya later, catcher! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  2. 3 points
    Maybe some day, someone will uncover an enormous stash of Magistrates in all sizes!
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  4. 2 points
    Well, I know for sure I wan't ripped off with my Wilson titanium. No magnet sticking for me.
  5. 2 points
    So far, it's the right call. No runner passed another, no one deserted, so no one can be "declared" out. No one was tagged and all runners reached the base they were forced to, so no one can be put out. Left a little open is whether BR *passed* second, and if he did whether he re-touched it on the way back to first. If not, he might be liable to be out on an appeal. And, runners are NOT automatically out when two occupy a base, much less when one touches a base when another is entitled to it. One will be out if he is tagged -- the lead runner if the lead runner is forced from the base; the trail runner if the lead runner is not focred.
  6. 2 points
    Greetings all, I recently purchased the XV-HDX through Hibbets and it too was missing the triloc's on the bottom straps. I emailed both Hibbets and Schutt. Hibbets wanted me to send it back and Schutt was wonderful to work with! I explained the posts on this forum in my email and that it seemed like a lot of people were missing them. Lindsey at Schutt couldn't have been more helpful and is Fedexing some to me today. Gotta love it when a company has great customer service and stands behind their product!! Now if I could only get MadMax to post that picture of him wearing the cp.... Scott
  7. 2 points
    FED manual has had this mechanic for many years. Why?? Who knows. Maybe they think there's too many HS umpires who can't beat a batter runner from "A" to a decent spot to call a play at 3B? Unless you're being evaluated by a "by the book" assignor/supervisor, this mechanic is often nixed in a pre-game meeting. Also many places use college mechanics in HS games, some associations even have their own mechanics manuals. Actually, the more I think about it, there's probably very few places other than NJ where the FED umpire's manual is followed like it's the law.
  8. 2 points
    Yeah, the thing is loud, isn’t it? Surely, everyone knows you got hit, as that clacking sound is inimitable by anything else. You’ll never hear, “Are you okay, Catch? Where’d that get you?” inquired from the sidelines again! Now, on this point, this is where the Force3 Ultimate has a leg up on the XV, P2xx and other carapace-based CP’s. With its neoprene outer skin, there is much less noise and deflection. Also, the XV is a tad bit broad, but it’s not bad. The Champro segmented CP’s and the Force3 can all get more conforming, especially around the torso. I just got hit with a straight fastball, center chest, a few days ago. Circa 90 mph, and the catcher and pitcher got crossed up, with the pitch coming at (or optically from behind) the batter’s hands. Batter moved his hands at the last moment, while the catcher didn’t get his mitt high enough, and it hit me dead center. Didn’t phase me at all. When one understands that the padding in this thing is used in current football helmets, where heat dissipation is a vital function, and that the holes in both the carapace plates and the padding itself promotes airflow and doesn’t retain moisture, you are left with one convicting question: Why are they (the other manufacturers) still using sofa cushion foam?!
  9. 2 points
    Long time listener, first time caller. I was fortunate enough to get this vest in early March right before they went out of stock. I do approximately 45 games a year, mostly select 10U-17U with a handful of LL games thrown in for fun. I found this CP to be a great upgrade from my old catcher's style CP. I took several balls off the clavicle this year without incident that would have resulted in injury with my old CP. It breathes well, and anything off the chest plate barely registers. I wore it as is with the bicep protecters and belly pad on, which does make it a bit bulky, but not uncomfortable by any means. My only issue was getting the harness tight enough. I have all of the harness slides (mine were not missing) to the max tightness and by the middle of the game the harness starts to get loose. For reference I'm 6'2", 185lbs. It's a solid piece of equipment. Not sure if I'll look to get a new harness or try to rig the existing harness to get it tighter but I'll be using this CP exclusively.
  10. 1 point
    With all the recent posts this week about the insane actions of game participants in these independent professional and collegiate summer league playoff series (see the posts about the garbage can and the giving of third base to a fan), one would have to be utterly MAD to work such a playoff series. Utterly MAD I tell you!!! And that is why I’m happy to tell you all that I’ve heard through the grapevine that our own @MadMax has been named the crew chief of the Expedition League Championship Series crew! And our own @jwclubbie, who is mad to think being our “clubbie” qualifies him to be an on-the-field umpire (LOL), is crew chief of the NorthWoods League Championship Series crew. Congrats to both!
  11. 1 point
    Congrats guys... you silly, insane, poor bastards! Lol
  12. 1 point
    According to the color commentators, their stat provided to them was that this was the longest opening round game in the last 17 years. South Korea ended up defeating Puerto Rico by a score of 4-2 in 9 innings. (note for those not familiar with Little League……..it’s a 6 inning game) Well, our boy had his hands full today in an epic battle between 2 international teams and there was only 1 error in the game. @maineump's game started at 1pm EST. The US game started at 3pm in Lamade Stadium and finished (in 5 & ½) minutes before the International. A long road.........but a job well done brother!
  13. 1 point
    First pitch called strike! and inning ends with a called punch out! Sounds like @maineump is mike'd up
  14. 1 point
    We just got started. Pitching is around the plate...that's all I care about!!
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  16. 1 point
    I think the latter would be wise...
  17. 1 point
    I'll second that Lindsey is great to work with. Separate issue for me, but she is a class act and handles everything professionally.
  18. 1 point
    Well, last Saturday, SWMBO & I traveled to Bristol, CT for the opening ceremonies of the New England/Mid Atlantic Regional tournament. Sunday comes along, and I'm sitting in the stands, when behind me to my right, I hear this faint, yet authoritative "Strike" call. I figured it was just someone's little brother mimicking the umpire. Then, I realize that this young voice, just gave the correct count, before the umpire/scoreboard did. I turned around, and there was this young man (all of 10-11 y/o) with his mask on, indicator in his left hand, black umpire shirt (CP underneath) and gray pants (albeit baseball pants). So I asked mom if I could get a couple of pictures. As soon as I was done, he asked "Can I come down there (in the front row) with you? Without hesitation, I invited him down. Now, when I say this young man was all in........when the PU cleaned the plate, Matthew would pull his plate brush out of his ball bag and clean the imaginary plate between his feet.........put the brush away.......put his mask back on.......check his indicator.....point to the pitcher and yell "PLAY"! **note** Matthew plays in his local challenger division of little league baseball. For those not familiar with Little League, the Challenger division is for children with physical and/or mental disabilities. So as soon as I see this, I send a text to an umpire friend of mine who is manning the replay booth...."You have GOT to see this. I'm in blue seats next to umpire gate" #UmpFan Several minutes later, I get a text back saying that we are getting ALOT of air time. Come to find out, ESPN+ had put this on a split scree with the PU. You will see that Matthew waits for the PU to make a call, then makes his, and give s the count. SWMBO found it on that book face thing she has on her phone. I posted it on twitter. Fortunately, they cropped the video and only captured my elbow. However, SWMBO was sitting in the row behind me, and is the blonde on the right side of the screen in the opening shot of the video. Not all heroes wear capes https://www.littleleague.org/videos/young-umpire-calls-game-from-the-stands/
  19. 1 point
    OBR and NCAA: Legal play as long as he throws. NFHS: Balk. R1 to second.
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  22. 1 point
    I would recommend AGAINST this position to begin with
  23. 1 point
    I fixed it and it covers my ribs better now. I just need to look at while I'm wearing my mask. That might have been the issue - it seems so obvious but didn't really occur to me lol. Yes, it is unbelievably light. Like, scary light. Like, it almost doesn't seem adequate light. But I just have to trust it. I'd appreciate if you could do that. I think it would help myself and others with fitment.
  24. 1 point
    There's a weekend clinic in March, held in Vancouver, WA. Sponsored by Western Regional. I believe Jim Joyce was there last year. I couldn't make it.
  25. 1 point
    And I disagree with the weight aspect. I have one on both my rigs and I don't notice any weight difference (though for some reason my neck hurts and I keep finding myself randomly looking at the ground LOL.) Now... mind you... the visor does nothing to keep sun out of your eyes. That is taken care of by the bill of your cap and the top pads on the mask. What I like about it is that it keeps the rain off the front and bill of my cap (they tell me it rains a lot here in the Pacific NW) and then the sun off the same part of my hat. But that is my two cents. YMMV