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  1. Ah, With all due respect I disagree. If everyone stops who gains an advantage on the play? If you do not communicate so that everyone on the field and in both dugouts do not hear what you are calling, then you add confusion to the play, making everything worse. You still have a play going on, and if you do not make it clear you have OBS, INF, whatever, you are giving the defense the advantage when it was their error. If you yell and both sides stop playing you can let it go until the play ends then make the award. If you have ten guys watching a game with duct tape over their mouths and the dugouts 15 feet from the plate, just saying something might be fine. Use your voice and sell it.
  2. Ah men, I have a question. In FED that is catcher's obstruction not interference. May I suggest that in FED that yelling 'That's Obstruction!" or "that's Catcher's Obstruction" is the better way to sell the play? Yes, I know OBR defines it as Catcher's INF. However, many times we are not dealing with College, professional or adult players who know what Catcher's Interference is. Comments?
  3. What play was that?
  4. Back to the original play in question; In both NCAA and Fed I still have an out. In Fed, 8-4-2-h-2 says: "(Runner is out if he) is touched by a live ball securely held by a fielder or is touched by a fielder's glove or hand with the live ball held therein, while the runner is not ­touching his base.... 2. The ball is not securely held if it is dropped or juggled after the runner is touched. Neither criteria applies in this situation. Ball was not dropped by F2, ball was not juggled by F2. He took his hand out of the glove due to injury and the ball fell out of the glove after the act. You have an out. In NCAA, the definition of tag in 2-76 says... "the fielder shall maintain or regain control of his body and if he drops the ball due to his lack of body control or control of the ball, it is not a tag. A voluntary and and intentional release is substantive proof of complete control." I may be OOO'ing the definition here, but 'substantive proof' does not preclude other proofs of control. I have a very hard time saying that F2 lost control of the ball after getting spiked by the runner. He lost control of the ball after the tag and act of being spiked. He had clear control of the ball until he was spiked, I got an out. and while I admit this situation might not be analogous, what about the play Rick Ankile made what three or four seasons ago when he caught a ball, hit the wall or the ground with his head, and obviously concussed lifted up his glove and the ball fell out. I was sitting in Chicago when the NCAA leadership showed the clip and the ball falling out of his glove as he lifted his hand/glove to show he had the ball and saying that it was a catch even though the ball rolled out of his glove. Comments? .
  5. I also have the 18.5, they are great guards. But the WV's in either flavor are great too. If you can wear these shins, get 'em.
  6. I think what you are doing is great, good luck. I also think you should make every parent do one inning behind the plate in practice or a game situation.,
  7. Hi Noum,

    I teach an umpire's class that starts fairly soon, I can get rid of your indicators, brushes, and ball bags. What do you have, are they in good shape, how many and and how much?




  8. This thread says one of three things: 1. I am so old and outdated I have no idea how to umpire. 2. Some people are so bored or inattentive they need their hand held. 3. My biases are showing When I went to Harry's back in the stone age, it was expected that the use of signals would be 'as little as possible'. Seriously, how many signals do we need, and how often do we have to give them? Even in NCAA-level baseball, especially in a 2-man, how many times do you really need to make a signal? In three man, how often to do you need to, unless you are working with unfamiliar partners or different rotations, or maybe if you are in a packed house stadium and verbal communication isn't always possible? We have R2, R1, one out. Are we seriously saying that we need to give the INF and rotation signal every time it happens? Or are we so out of touch with the game we need reminded? If we are in 3 man, have R1 and a ball in the gap isn't just a vocal "I'm at 3rd Joe" enough from the PU, or do we really have have to give a rotation signal every time a situation changes? Do we really have too many umpires who can't pause, read, and react to a play appropriately these days and need their hands held? There were also times where PU's would have five dozen signals in a game, including "Jk, if I come to you on check swing and my palm is down that means he didn't swing. If it's up give me what you got." Really? I know there were a few angry plate guys when I rang up strikes on check swings they didn't want called. IMO, signals should be simple and only used once in a while. If you are a PU, do your job, hustle and use your voice. Then the crew does not need that many signals.
  9. Looking for high quality extended throat protector. Thanks!
  10. Wow, A majority of umpires in this thread actually agree on something? Thank you so very for all the replies so far. I have been very fortunate to be able to wear Carlucci's for so long that I lost touch with a few modern brands. In my career I've worn Rawlings, Nocoma, 2 +POS, 2 Honigs, Platinums, System Sevens, WV Pros, Bike (yes they did have shin guards at one time), Carlucci, Medialist (late '70's early 80's brand) and some hockey shins, so I've worn a few different guards over the years. Yes Mad Max, you have hit on an issue of significance that I am looking at. That is one reason why I came here looking for information. Jim, great to hear from you as well, as I was looking over the internet for reviews I ran into a thread or two about our meeting in Chicago in 2009, was it really that long ago? I had already read your buying guide before I posted yesterday. I still use the ball bags we talked about back then you were so kind to make me. D62, I've seen many people wearing Pro Nine and Champion SG's not real impressed by what I saw, they look good for HS and below, I am leery of using them above HS. STK, if the Douglas gear is as good as the original Douglas West Vest I had at one time, they are great SG's. I regret to this day selling it when I got my Carlucci gear, but a CP that good should not be hiding in a closet when some good young umpire could use it. I will report further on the subject later, but please keep passing recommendations on! Sincerely, jkumpire
  11. Thanks for the help! If you are short those 19" guards are way too long. The DLG guards are good for maybe HS ball, not real impressed with the padding or protection. I am glad to see a person working your level of BB on this site. I hope you enjoy it for years and move up if you want to!
  12. Gentlemen and Ladies, This summer and Fall has been a physical disaster, starting with a severe case of Sepsis in May I am still trying to recover from. I need to shed some weight from my gear so i can try and find a little more speed in the Spring, because sadly I am not a spring chicken anymore either. My old Carlucci SG's need new straps, and they do not fit great, I had a pair on System Seven SG's that did not last long. I tried some hockey shins that were ok until I had an F2 ole a HS fast ball that caught me directly on the lower leg and I still have a bruise 10 days later. Yesterday I got out a pair of Wilson Platinum WV guards, which are fine, but maybe on the heavy side. Many lightweight shins look great for Little league and FPSB. Anyone have recommendations for light shin guards that can stand up to upper levels of play? Just browsing around recently I saw that the Force 3 and System Seven are close to lightest of the serious shins, do they breathe well, do they protect well? What I am looking for: 1. Light weight 2. Superior protection. 3. Breathability/'Comfort 4. Durability 5. Easy to clean Thank you for the help!
  13. After taking a moment to look at this again, the BR dumped himself. However, I wish the vid went on a minute longer. If the PU is wise IMO, he and his partner would meet on this one, and in fact I think they are heading to do exactly that when the vid ended. It is the PU's call, but I would bet real $$$ that the BU had a better look at what the BR did than the PU. If I was the BU and PU the conversation would go something like this JKPU: "JK, we obviously have INF and we both used some screwy signal to call the ball foul before we killed the play. What did you see the bonehead BU do? I saw arms move and he really buried F1." JKBU, "Nice call JK, I agree with you. I saw the arms move forward, possibly to protect himself, but i don't know what the mind of the BR is here. When the shoulder moved down into the chest of the F1 In my judgement it's not a train wreck, that's Malicious Contact, and he dumped himself. I'll stay close until the conversation is over." JKPU, "Great, thanks for the help. I agree, and since the coach is a nice guy I won't have many problems explaining this. Are we eating steak or pizza after game tonight? Let me know sometime." JKPU quietly dumps BR, and then dumps HC who had a bad day at the office before the game. Crew eats pizza later, since the game was over in 1 hour ten minutes and the buffet was still open.
  14. But isn't the old FED DDB signal done with the left hand, not the right?