Fittske24

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  1. Fittske24 added a post in a topic Chest Protector Covering   

    Do something like this..... 
     


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  2. Fittske24 added a post in a topic PU covers 1B   

    This is always the BU's play back into first (in a 2-man system). BU should be reading the BR as well as having an understanding where the fielders and the ball is. If the BR makes a hard turn, the BU should be prepared to take the BR into 2nd. If the BR slams on breaks and there is a play back into 1st, the BU should drop step back in the direction of 1st and stop in the cut out for the play. This type of play is exactly why we don't  "stare down" batter runner touches of first. If the BU is simply looking for the touch and only watching the runner, the BU may miss the backdoor play.
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  3. Fittske24 added a post in a topic List of face masks worn by active MLB Umpires as of 6/21/2012   

    Who says i'm going to update it? :-)
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  4. Fittske24 added a post in a topic List of face masks worn by active MLB Umpires as of 6/21/2012   

    This list is almost 3 years old. I am 1000000% sure it doesn't reflect the current MLB full time and call up roster.
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  5. Fittske24 added a post in a topic Verbalizing "No Catch" on D3K Causes Problems   

    I try to let the play dictate what mechanics to use. Remember that our "safe mechanic" has many meanings....."Safe", "No catch", "that's Nothing", "balls in play" etc. To everyone else (Players, Coaches, fans) , safe mechanic only looks like safe. So I try to use it only when the situation calls for it.
    - On DK3 I will give my swinging strike Mechanic (pointing strike mechanic) with arm extended.
    - If it is unclear to the off. or def. that the ball was dropped (i.e. short hop), i will also give a verbal "No Catch"
    - I take a read step right or left as needed to see the possible tag attempt.
    - If TAG is made, I give a verbal "On the tag" and ONLY give my OUT mechanic
    - If BR runs to first or a TAG is attempted and MISSED, I will give the SAFE mechanic.
    - If no TAG attempt is made, and Batter does not attempt to acquire 1st, I will leave my right arm extended (pointing strike mechanic) until runner steps out of the dirt circle....then give my OUT mechanic
    Here is a video of me using this method....
     
     
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  6. Fittske24 added a post in a topic Tracking Faster Relief Pitcher   

    Just close your eyes and call what you see!
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  7. Fittske24 added a post in a topic Stopwatch recommendations?   

    ​Stop watches are also needed for between inning timing. Some of the larger Div-1 schools are installing pitch clocks but all do not have them so a stop watch is needed. I also use them in games when there is no between inning or pitch clock rule being enforced. This helps me determine if the crew is allowing two much time between innings. Anything around 90 sec. is good. Anything above we need to pick up the pace between innings.
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  8. Fittske24 added a post in a topic Oakley sunglasses not worth the dough   

    The frames on Oakley's are what's important. There are tons of aftermarket lenses that fit Oakley frames that can be had for under $40. Here are a few.
    Walleva: $24 for non-polarized $38.50 for polarized
    http://www.walleva.com/index.php?route=common/home
    Revant: $28 for non-polarized $32.00 for polarized
    https://www.revantoptics.com/
    BVANQ Replacement lenses. $15 for non-polarized $25.00 for polarized
    No website but can be found on eBay and Amazon
    VOLT Replacement lenses. $15 for non-polarized $25.00 for polarized
    No website but can be found on eBay and Amazon
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  9. Fittske24 added a comment on a gallery image DSC 4705   

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