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About Ironhead17

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  • Birthday 09/08/1962

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  • Types/Levels of Baseball called Rec. HS, Travel
  1. Too Quick?

    None of the players I played w/ shouted at umpires on the field. Our coaches would have snatched a knot in our butts for showing any disrespect. If he screamed that I'd have a hard time calling it to quick. It's natural to 2nd guess but I'd support you in that situation. Especially in TB where there is seldom enough disciplne displayed.
  2. What constitutes an illegal "grooved" bat

    Seriously doubt he managed to "groove" it like that...just an old bat.
  3. Two Quick Umpiring Coverage Questions

    Our association has the BU taking the runner to third when he comes in and pivots w/ no runners on. It's just across the field what's the big deal? A quick head swivel w/ save the day and you gotta check to see what PU is doing if he doesn't state verbally.
  4. Running Lane Violations (RLV)

    I would have a problem calling a runner out who is hit by a throw if he is using either side of the lane w/ one foot touching the line. Both would have to be outside the lane. Just any errant throw from behind would not always result in RLI.
  5. Bunted ball hits batter

    This can be a problem if you don't get help from the base umpire in B or C. I would just call it myself w/ no runners on. If batter is anywhere close to the box when the ball hits his bat or his person, I've got a foul ball. One foot in box - he is still in box after putting ball into play.   This is a tough call for plate guy w/ RH batter who is beginning to advance. Big brew ha, from a coach a few years ago. Partner was useless.
  6. I'm interested in the L and XL jackets, if you still have those items
  7. Bunt appeal.

    Just don't ask for help from your partner when you call it a strike. We had that happen and his partner reversed the call which led to a protest. Two reasons you discuss appeals and how you;d like to handle them in your pre-game. DO A PRE_GAME!!
  8. Regional Tournament

    Is there not a State UIC who makes sure that only qualified and certified w/ Babe Ruth umpires work the state games? If not, then the problems you experienced were likely a result of these rats having never answered to anyone for their behavior. We do Dixie Girls and we hosted the two younger divisions at our park. I also just did a state tournament elsewhere in the state and I too felt like I was mechanically head and shoulders above the "locals" they used. But I know that all these umpires were tested and certified to umpire Dixie Softball. Now it's not a tough thing to accomplish but we attracted and used only softball umpires who called regular season games in our league. On site were Dixie Softball directors who provided oversight, and we had a few coaches who went too far and got dumped. If there is one thing I despise is a TD who will intervene on behalf of a coach who gets tossed. It happens more often than you think. Hopefully the balance of the tournament went well and I'm sure they appreciated your lending your skills to the effort.
  9. Its too freaking hot

    Here in SC we started a "World Series" on Thursday in Charleston that ran thu this past Sunday, and we lost 7 umpires over the course of the day due to heat exhaustion and dehydration. Believe it or not we had heat indecies well over 110 degrees for everyday of the tournament. My partner quit sweating after the second game of the first day and had to sit out the third, but finished the tournament w/o any lasting problems. Most guys did four games a day with a few doing six. The kids did great despite the heat. We had numerous ejections on Saturday, the first day of bracket play. Needless to say, IT Was HOT!
  10. Another Throat Guard Post

    That looks like a neat option. I'll try it.
  11. Screen Name ???

    Back when Sr. was running strong I started using a "handle" to login to various places and #17 was the first available Ironhead I could get so I use it for most everything.:fuel:
  12. Cocks #1

    That's right! We whopped 'em all - #1 one ASU, no problem. OKLA., no prob. The Taters, no prob. - TWICE!! JW's team - twice. We're CHAMPS!! OK - now that I've gotten that off my chest, Howdy! I'll be here from time to time and look forward to gleaming some knowledge from some of you. Dentsville is my home base so those that know, give me a shout. WP