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Stan W.

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About Stan W.

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  • Birthday June 1

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    colt / Legion /HS /MSBL/Limited D3/NAIA
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  1. Cooperstown Dreams Park Inc. posted a revenue of $ 10.382 Million dollars. It is not a charity or "not for profit" organization. The loose requirement for the team to bring an umpire has a lot to do with the inability of CDP to staff a local Umpire resource to cover all the games. I do not believe for a minute that paying umpires is against the spirit of CDP. It is a for profit business...... Undeniably it also adds to the bottom line. Free Umpires = higher profits.....every local tournament knows this...... If they can make money on the teams coming to their park, so should the umpires who come along.....I have no problem with CDP making money....I encourage it... I have friends who have gone to CDP and have enjoyed it, some volunteer, some "sponsored" (paid).
  2. I was stunned to see the announcement myself. I have known Carl for many years and through the internet had had numerous discussions with him. I have been a very frequent buyer of the BRD and I credit it with a large part of my rules knowledge development. I remember one of my early interactions with him on the internet was back on the old McGriff's board when I had posted a comment that I had gone through an entire season with out ejecting anyone. His response was "congratulations, you got better this year" was a play on the old " 10 years of experience or 10 FIRST years of experience" comments........ in subsequent posts between he and I, it was really true........I had earned a year of experience in many areas, in this case game mgmt. skills, rather than just another calendar year of umpiring.... Carl will be missed....I'm glad to hear Brent will be picking up the reins......
  3. with out an applicable ground rule..............9.01C
  4. As I am known to be a bit superstitious, I never take the field without my +POS 3/2/2 indicator.....or my BB176 +POS plate brush/scraper..... similar to the markwort offering.......
  5. I saw where Underarmour will take over from Majestic as the official MLB player uniform supplier in 2020. Does that contract automatically make Underarmour the MLB Umpire uniform supplier as well?
  6. Celebrating the memory of my friend MST on my plate game today at PONY World Series....gone but not forgotten...
  7. In regards to the OP........This is the old "baffle them with BS" theory of umpiring....used when an umpire doesn't know the rule or wont acknowledge he made a mistake...... not exactly effective....
  8. Helpful Hints to Become A Better Umpire • Umpires must be: • Neatly, properly and completely dressed per PIAA standards • Prompt and on time • Approachable • Well educated in the rules (knowledge of the rules is important, but more important, is the understanding of their purpose, and the ability to interpret and enforce these principles) • Clear in making calls • Poised, in control and in charge on the diamond • Consistent • Able to display good judgment and make accurate calls • Able to explain and clarify the rules and rule interpretations • Confident • Prepared • Flexible • Hustling all the time • Decisive • Able to display rapport • Unbiased and objective • Able to make the tough call • Enforce the rules in an unbiased fashion • Respectful to the sport and its participants Your uniform speaks volumes about you. If your shoes are shined, your shirt is crisp, you have your belt, and you are well groomed, you will immediately be accepted as a professional. The managers, coaches, players and fans will respect you from the time you step on to the field. If your shoes are scuffed and worn, your shirt is faded and wrinkled, you didn’t bother with a belt or a shave, you could be the most knowledgeable umpire in the sport of softball, but no one will believe it. Every close call will be questioned. It will be assumed that your mechanics, like your uniform, are sloppy. Make sure the way you dress when you step onto that field says that you are a professional umpire and that your game that day will be professional too Learn from your peers – good and bad. The things you learn from your peers you will never find in a rulebook. One aspect of the game that veterans can teach you best is game management. Gamemanagement is simply the skill of keeping the game moving, anticipating problems, and handling those problems as they arise. It is often helpful to ask your peers for a critique after the game. It may sting a little, but it will benefit you in the long run. On the other hand, some things you learn from others aren’t always the things that you want to repeat, such as sloppy mechanics, poor attitude and lousy appearance.Don’t let this get to you. All you can do in this instance is support your partner and do the best job you can with what you have. For everything you learn from a fellow umpire, you will probably learn one thing that you should not do. • When we talk about professionalism, we take about a confidence and knowledge that should be carried by all umpires. This confidence isn’t arrogance; it is a confidence in knowing that when you walk onto that field, you are there to do a job as defined by your rulebook and to enforce your rules as defined by common sense and the interpretation of those rules. As an umpire, you have one of the least forgiving, least understood and most underappreciated jobs in the world. You must be prepared before you walk onto that field for anything to happen, and expect that anything to happen on every pitch. You should be as physically fit as you can at the start of the season and keep yourself in condition. There are no excuses when you miss a play due to lack of hustle. If you and your partner both hustle, the players will do likewise and the game will be administered in a professional manner. It is important once you start working behind the plate, that you treat each pitch as if it was the deciding pitch of the game. Establish consistency of the strike zone so both the batter and pitcher know what to expect. If you miss a pitch or a play—forget it—know why you missed it and put it out of your mind. This is a must so it doesn’t affect your next call. Remember, you can never even up a missed pitch or call or you will have two mistakes, plus quickly lose respect. • Correct positioning is in the simplest terms, angle and distance. Understand that having a proper angle is more important than being five feet from the play. Most umpires use two-man mechanics and it isn’t always possible to be standing directly behind the bag to make every call. Know where you need to be, get a good angle, see the play, and make the call.•Proper mechanics allow you as an umpire to correctly communicate with your partner, and to allow yourself as an umpire to be in the best possible position to see the play.• Be honest. We all miss them once in a while.• Work hard every pitch of the game. It means something to somebody.• Cooperate with your peers, don’t compete.• Strive to get better. We still have not called the perfect game.• Umpire because it’s fun and because you love the game.• Post Game Critique—Since in most cases you do not have a supervisor watching you work your games, it is important you and your partner have a post-game critique to help each other improve your umpiring skills. Always be honest with your partner and make sure he knows you want the truth from him. Learn from each other.
  9. I had a game delayed by two odd issues......... rattlesnake in the dugout........that one could have been ugly because it was the 2nd inning that someone decided that brown thing in the corner was a rattlesnakeCows in the open gate allowed some cows to meander across the outfield....thank god for country boys....took about 5 minutes for the outfielders to shoo them back into the ir field and lock the gate.....
  10. I wore something like that in 1982.......fresh out of college......umpiring in a summer-ball league.....Grey t-shirt that said "umpire"....Navy 2 button polyester coach shorts, adjustable mesh Elmer Fudd cap.......(all league supplied). I am wholly entitled to state what is Smitty and what is not.....because I was one...... No, thank you.......I'll pass.
  11. In my HS games, where NFHS rules apply, absolutely I do..........
  12. maybe in scrap, I bet that weighs a ton......
  13. I just got reminded of this the other day with the coaches of a 16U team........they reminded me that they were on a 14U team that was involved in the ugliest coach vs coach brawl I had ever seen, and my efforts to break it up..........(which I will never did again)........nowadays I'd let them wear themselves out like NHL refs do and eject once they start gasping for air.......... They both umpired in college in my association.......good players, good umpires, fine coaches.........
  14. I replaced +POS leather pads with a leather pads set from my old Honigs mask...still the best leather pads I've ever had........I have removed both sets of TW pads I had installed on my gamer and my backup.......TW just never lived up to the claims in comfort, quality and safety for me.......
  15. The two things said that can get me faster to an ejection is: Call it both waysCounting calls,,,,,,,eg: That's 2! Both are calling you a cheater........I wont stand for that.