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  1. I don't think they're any more complicated than football - I'd say less so. And football has to contend with much more meaningful differences between levels (the differences in penalty administration like intentional grounding, pass interference, etc) that everyone thinks apply on Fridays because they see it on Saturdays and Sundays. And, at least around here, it's much more high profile and scrutinized, with the attendant pressure on getting things right. And we don't let coaches come out on the field to argue/get an explanation there. Sure, admittedly there's a wing official on the sideline, but the explanation isn't by any means immediate, especially if the call was made on the other side. I have no problem explaining things, and have no problem going over to them. But I also don't think that there's some inherent reason they should be able to come out on the playing field either, just because it's always been done that way.
  2. I dunno, this rule didn't come out of a vacuum. Is it a blunt instrument? Perhaps...but I'm not so sure. Approachable doesn't have to mean "stop the game while I demand your attention, Mr. Umpire". What other sport allows the coach to halt play to come out onto the playing surface for an explanation? Just because it's always been done this way? Are we going to bring back the batter requesting a high ball vs a low ball or a HR counting if it clears the fence on one bounce? To me, being approachable means open to a valid request for information and calmly, concisely giving that information. Like in other sports, a quick chat off the field or during the next break will suffice. They earned this rule - they can live with it IMO. Frankly, I wouldn't mind seeing the days of a coach coming onto the field end altogether in school-based ball.
  3. There most certainly is paperwork in our state. Scrimmage ejections for the last few/couple years are treated just like regular season ones, with the same report requirements and 1 (or 2, depending on sport) game suspension for the coach. If EJ in a scrimmage, they miss the 1st reg season game - sitting out another scrimmage doesn't count. I suspect there was a rash of "free shots" taken in scrimmages a few yrs back, so it was tightened up.
  4. I appreciate the willingness to think outside the box, but these kind of silly gimmicks aren't the way. Plus it wouldn't really address the issues on a day to day basis anyway. Here's what I would do: 1. Limit reviews to 3 min (or 2 min) max, unless doing follow-up items like placement of runners, etc. If you can't determine in that much time, it couldn't have been that definitive. 2. One manager challenge per game, period. But also have booth/command center review as they choose. The things that need to be gotten will be gotten, there's a backup if the booth/CC is asleep, and it will force managers to focus on the really important calls, not just the runner in the 2nd inning who's 1 millimeter off the bag on a steal. 3. Make the IBB automatic, as is being discussed. Nothing ever happens on these plays - blind inertia like "that's the way it's always been!!!" isn't a reason to keep something where nothing almost EVER happens. Home runs used to count if it cleared the fence on one bounce too, we're not doing that anymore. 4. Limit catcher trips to the mound to 1 per inning. Any more than that and the pitcher has to be changed. 5. Investigate limiting roster spots for pitchers to 10 or something (perhaps only for reg season before Sep callups). More than anything, the proliferation of the 1 inning and even 1 batter specialist is slowing things down. 6. And of course - a great idea for NUMEROUS reasons - implement the DH in both leagues. End the scourge of the long gray line of mediocre pinch hitters. I don't think anyone would disagree with this, amirite???
  5. I like them. I especially like the clarity of Sit 16 and 17, a common sense application of a tricky situation that i've had occur.
  6. Oh, I didn't think so. A clear arm bar, no attempt on the ball, material restriction to the receiver...gotta get that, especially given the situation.
  7. I haven't heard that, but also not a tax lawyer or CPA. If you're going to use actual car expenses, that would put a much higher premium on record keeping and actual mileage. If, like the vast majority of us, you use the standard mileage rate, my layman's reading is an adequate method to sufficiently prove the mileage. No specific method is specified in Pub 463 that I can see, but certainly a log would be the best way.
  8. The log book is probably the best way to do so, but short of that, I just use google maps in my tracking sheet. During weekdays, the start point is work, otherwise home. Be aware that the tax rules are significantly different if you work from home - if you do so, then mileage within your local commuting area (50 mile radius) is generally NOT deductible, since they would be considered normal commuting. If you have a separate office or work normally at a location other than your home, then officiating would be traveling to a temporary work location and generally deductible. This is a pretty good illustration from the IRS that may help. NOTE: officiating for this purpose is NOT a second job, unless you go to the same location so often that it can't be considered a temporary work location but rather a regular second job location. For example, if you umpire at the same complex every weekend for months? That may be considered a regular 2nd job location, and travel from home wouldn't be deductible. But for nearly of all of us, that wouldn't apply. super small type disclaimer: this information is presented purely for educational and informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult your tax professional or an attorney for advice specific to your situation.
  9. Just in case he sleeps in
  10. Last year, in a decent level U16 travel game, we had this team from eastern Kentucky with a good ole boy coach right out of central casting. I was BU and there was a very routine popup to F5. The knucklehead runner on first took too big a lead, I guess, and there was a snap throw that - I admit it - caught me off guard. I was late and safed it, when in all likelihood he may have gotten him. The potbellied coach was livid but nothing too much - and then yelled out "THAT'S A JC CALL!!!!" I was completely stumped what the hell that was, and even started to look over quizzically, when he followed up with "JIMINY CRICKET!!!!". Wha? I was so perplexed that I didn't even notice he was gesturing and way out of the dugout.
  11. Pro tip: refrain from googling the phrase "umpire porn" unless you're prepared for....diverse results.
  12. No, this is a coaches only construct.
  13. Now, I'm not a tax lawyer, but these kinds of restrictions sound an awful lot like something you could only do to an employee, not an independent contractor. Just sayin'...
  14. no way did I say the manual doesn't matter, that's a gross extrapolation. I'm saying your overliteral interpretation of this tiny, suggestive phrase doesn't matter. This isn't that big of a deal, but if it bugs you that much....have at it.
  15. I think you're getting all outrageously outraged over a pretty minor thing, honestly. To me, explaining isn't just giving the reason for the balk - which of course you'd say - and going through a detailed play-by-play of what exactly happened. In a JV game, if a pitcher asks "what'd I do?" for a start/stop balk, and in an earnest way, sure I'll tell him "you came set twice, once you step back and come set, you can't do that shift of your arms and come set again". But in a league varsity game or playoff, when they know what they did (or should), "start/stop" is all that's necessary. I'd probably still throw in - if asked - "came set twice", but no, I'm not getting into further details. He knows. The umpire manual has some outdated, older stuff like this, but really - it's nitpicking. I could go thru the red book or MLBUM and probably find similar anachronisms. Does this really matter? I think not.