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  1. 3rd New One on me

    Well, by definition it was rushed. And it was a foul fly and there's nobody on base, so there's no reason to call anything in a hurry. There never is, but especially here.
  2. Umpire in Wheelchair

    Sure you've resorted to name calling - or doesn't "liberal bleeding heart" qualify?
  3. Mound meeting won't break up...

    Stalling in a time limited game is one that comes to mind.
  4. Umpire in Wheelchair

    Personally, I find getting in exactly the right spot overrated for about 95% of my plays. I've been watching my daughter this year and most of the bad misses by the (admittedly awful, in general) umpires have been because of (1) anticipation of calls and (2) poor timing. I could make 95% of those calls from my seat in the bleachers. The 5% they're likely flipping a coin on anyway. What I'm saying is this -- the wheelchair likely isn't causing the calls to be missed -- it's the person sitting in the chair that's causing that to happen. I assign games for 24 HS and I'd use someone in a wheelchair in a second if that person got his/her calls right.
  5. Pay

    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.
  6. The negative connotation with Smitty should have died right along with Childress. Just saying.
  7. Never Jimmy. Jimmy was always classy, although back in the day he used the phrase "Internet umpires" with a bit of disdain. I took that with a grain of salt, but also knew what he meant.
  8. 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.
  9. Looks very interesting

    Did you get the 2017 BRD, too? Oh, wait...
  10. Between Innings

    NCAA uses a stopwatch. How is that arrogant? The problem is this. 60 seconds isn't enough. Give them 90 and then enforce it.
  11. Stepping off while coming set

    It's the hitch before stepping off. Start/stop.
  12. Umpires Manual Changes

    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.
  13. Coaches Scratching Officials

    Why don't the schools just self assign in Arbiter? They're picking their own anyway. Horrible system.
  14. I can't read this (redo)

    I see nothing wrong with that. Practical solution to a real-world problem.
  15. Coaches Scratching Officials

    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.