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maineump last won the day on November 2 2016

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    I have been umpiring since 1980, starting in LL. I am now working college, high school, American Legion and yes, still doing LL. I have umpired in tournaments as far away as Guam.

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  1. In Maine they are to put them together in the same spot, either above or below, it is easy to manage, as the substitutes are listed as numbers and not the full names. It doesn't matter to me, above or below, just as long as we know who is hitting for who. I have only used the 10 spot for college or Legion when they are using the '10 man' line-up.
  2. Ask at the plate meeting who is the official team rep for the game - treat the rest like an assistant. Tell them, only 1 of them can be the rep. let them fight it out.
  3. Real time is bad IMO. If he is young or new, then it could make it worse. If he is consistent, he has half the battle. A veteran or UIC perhaps could 'rein him in' a bit on the size of the zone, but that would be after the game. I agree, if the video was from behind the plate, then you may have something, but a video from the side is very hard to judge. By asking the catcher, you probably will get what the coach wants to hear from him. His positioning could be part of the problem, but maybe he was properly in the slot, but not close enough to the catcher. Lots of things that MIGHT be here, maybe experience will help.
  4. No I wouldn't change the swing criteria - if I had a question on the swing, I would ask partner if he went. Treat it like any pitch. It is basically, was he swinging? Could he avoid the pitch? Where is the pitch? Lots of stuff to look at in this case.
  5. Or Ben's 100 works well too. OFF is just a snack for them.
  6. Just imagine all of the sensors you would need for the computers to get input. All of the judgment calls that we make would need some sort of sensor suit on the players and all of the equipment that is used - they couldn't even move around freely. Would be better for managers to be the computers - when the give bad input to the umpire - the umpire either hits control/alt/delete or just plain old delete. The computer operator could add all input to it, the computer can then make the decisions for the game based on what program they may have.
  7. Just got my assignments for the Cape Cod College summer league. Can't wait to go back there this year.

  8. Too bad for Tommy - I always liked his style of being the old school manager.
  9. Maybe this is a foolish question but - don't you use a balloon and work over the catcher instead on in the slot? I would think the slot or even the super slot would be better than taking a chance of being hit in the mask (no matter what you wear) by being behind the catcher instead of the slot. How do you see the low pitches? I started with 1 of these (league stock) almost 40 years ago. I don't remember how it effected the zone - but back then the AL used them and NL used inside protectors - 2 different zones and the NL was much lower.
  10. If it hits the wrist and goes up to the bat - still held back - then HBP, if the bat is 'off the shoulder and level - DB strike. To me it has to do with where the bat is or even judging intent of the hitter. Definitely a HTBT
  11. There are only 2 - one in and 1 out. Up there though, it would be a woodsman, most likely . By the way, I have been to Millinocket 3 times so far for HS games this season. Nice ride in the spring, just bring the fly dope (the good stuff) for the black flies.
  12. Kick the dirt off and move on. You don't have to bend over (if that is what is bothering you), the plate gets basically cleaned and move on.
  13. IMO, more than 1 plate a day is crazy, even at the younger ages. Your concentration tends to go down or you may even just be wishing that the day was over by the 2nd or 3rd plate. Is this fair to the kids? To the other umpires working the tournament? After working a college double header (and only having 1 plate), I am more mentally exhausted than physically tired. I can't imagine doing 8 games in 2 days. The MOST games I would work in a day is 3 with only 1 plate. I have worked large tournaments (12 yo and up) around the country and even out of the country, and the basic rule of the assignor (especially in hot weather), has been - if you work the plate, that is probably the only game for you in the day. If you do have a second game, it WILL be the bases and there is a place for you to go to cool in a shower or air conditioning and at least a game in between to rehydrate and maybe even eat something to help your energy. If you are doing it just for the pay, you are in the wrong business. Just my experiences and opinion.
  14. I am talking about him setting in the box. That hand up that he gives is more for the catcher than me IMO. If he is getting rushed, then I will try to slow down the catcher first and have him give the batter time to get in. The batter needs to stay in the box (unless the criteria to leave are met), and get ready. If he is asking for time after in the box, and the battery is taking too long, then yes, he gets time. Kids and coaches think that they can step out every time get the 10 part signal, take their time stepping back in and we are basing the game on them. We do have an option to start calling strikes, and I have talked to a coach that was taking too much time with his signals about doing this. If every batter used his 20 seconds for every pitch, as the rule allows, then the game definitely takes longer. I agree that calling strikes helps speed up the game, but kids calling for time to throw the ball back to the pitcher or to stand up on the base does take time, and we should try to keep the ball live as much as we can. It is amazing, It takes 2+ hours to do a HS game (usually 2:15 +) despite pushing them to get out to the field or to stay in the box. This year alone I have done many 9 inning college games in under 2:05. It has a lot to do with pitchers hitting spots, hitters swinging the bat, fielders making the plays. But most of it has to do with hitters getting into the box quickly, getting the warm-up pitches done in about 1 minute, pitchers working faster than HS kids, and not having to meet at the mound before every inning.
  15. Just because he is in MS doesn't allow him to act out, but at this age, we should try to keep him in the game. To summarize what is written here and many good options we should exhaust. first time - let it go (unless it is bad) second time - catcher to the mound third time - you get the coach involved fourth - do what you have to do. There is no reason to be shown up by a MS player (or any player), but make this a teaching moment if you can before you give him the ultimate teaching moment, that probably includes an extra game. We can't treat a MS kid the same as we would a HS or above player.