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RichMSN

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RichMSN last won the day on January 17

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About RichMSN

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    I'm thrilled that I never have to actually take a game that I don't want here. Of course we have no assigning associations -- I'm a free agent who books with the schools and conferences I want to work. Right now, we only work 3 big school conferences and next year I may cut that back to two. Assigning 24 schools has taken a lot of time, especially with 60 varsity rainouts this spring already.
  2. The negative connotation with Smitty should have died right along with Childress. Just saying.
  3. And to some minor league umpires taught by Evans, all amateur umpires who never attended school were Charlies. Never cared for the attitude or the term.
  4. Did you get the 2017 BRD, too? Oh, wait...
  5. NCAA uses a stopwatch. How is that arrogant? The problem is this. 60 seconds isn't enough. Give them 90 and then enforce it.
  6. It's the hitch before stepping off. Start/stop.
  7. Just got my new mechanics manual today. I turned, as I do every 2 years, to see who is supposed to take the BR to third on a bases empty triple. And they still have it wrong. Oh, well, right in the trash with it. Edited to add: How can they FINALLY properly designate the plate umpire as PU and then refer to the third base umpire in a 3-umpire crew as U2? My goodness, it's like this in every sport -- it's almost like the NFHS has to be different just for the sake of being different.
  8. Why don't the schools just self assign in Arbiter? They're picking their own anyway. Horrible system.
  9. I see nothing wrong with that. Practical solution to a real-world problem.
  10. Exactly. There are HS conferences around here where the commissioners (assigners) act as though keeping the coaches happy is the most important thing in the world. They keep elaborate scratch lists, they hire officials from over an hour away, they honor requests for who they want to work, etc. All it does is reinforce how important these coaches think they are. I took this side gig cause I thought I could make a difference and a few extra bucks as well. I send who I want to the schools. Doesn't mean I always take the official's side -- I've fired people and I've told people when I think they're made mistakes. I welcome feedback and lists of people coaches prefer -- and I use it as input and a sanity check from time to time. Truth is, though, I know what makes a good official / umpire and I'm the one who's paid to make those decisions.
  11. Giving coaches power to scratch is just not where I am. I'm more likely to feed the coach a diet of that umpire till he gets used to the taste. If the umpire doesn't want to be there, then fine...
  12. I assign. I'd quit before I'd allow scratch lists like these. Give coaches a little of this power and they'll stretch it to absurd levels. If a coach paid me off after driving to a school, I wouldn't be happy to be home by dinner. I officiate to work the games, not just to get a check.
  13. I assign for 24 schools. I've tried to get the message out that umpires don't need to ask a partner just cause the coach requests it. Sadly, there are many umpires out there who think that it's their duty to do so, even if it is just to "appease" the coach. We don't have assigning associations here -- I work for the schools. But I don't let schools black list and I don't get a whole lot of complaints from either coaches or umpires.
  14. Amazing how announcers use the graphic when it suits them. When it shows strike 2 in the zone, there's silence.
  15. Have you seen pictures of the living quarters? It must be a cult. Even LL puts us in reasonably nice hotels.