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stevis

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stevis last won the day on January 12

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    Arlington Little League
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    Physicist
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  1. Quick Tip Videos

    How basic do you want to get? Just one going over the usual signals would be a wonder for me to send around to our kids in the spring. But I would also use more advanced and tricky plays as discussion points too.
  2. How in the world can you change that call?

    Yes, but why did he listen? That discussion should have been a conversation about how late The Wieners Circle is open.
  3. Backswing interference?

    Here's the second half of that entry from 7.14 though (emphasis mine): Doesn't that imply this interp applies when the catcher is not in the act of making a throw? Although I guess now that I think about it, this is what nompere's second paragraph is getting at--it's not meant to be that broad but it sure looks that way. Now, in my youth games, a kid getting whacked aside the head on a follow-through is more likely to go down wincing than go chase the ball. Is that hindrance then? (Corollary question: Should Wieters have flopped?)
  4. Don't think it was crap; think it was targeted to get the call. Cannot for the life of me figure out what the six-person discussion was after the call, unless it was to wonder whether it could be challenged. I mean, presumably they already had reservations at Rasika, so they didn't need to decide where to eat after the game....
  5. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Mm-hmm. And Kapernick is employed where again? He's paying the price.
  6. Kneeling for National Anthem

    That's what they're trying to do. This started with Kapernick's stand against racial discrimination and police brutality. Drawing attention to it is the first step. I'm stealing from someone on twitter, but I want to work to make this a country where everyone will gladly stand, because they want to. Here's the thing: I can be proud of my country AND work to fix what's broken.
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  8. Eclipse

    Just stunning. The sky goes almost twilight, then--it's just eerie. You've got the tiniest amount of direct light you've ever seen. Then--the last sliver goes, you can see the corona blazing, look around in the eerie light from just outside the shadow--sunsets all around, it looks like. Beautiful. Already plotting April 8, 2024. Seriously--take this experience if you can at all get it.
  9. Eclipse

    I am here--I95 took about 2:30 more than it should have--but not too happy with the cloud forecast.
  10. Volunteer UIC survey help...

    Stay away from bad leagues. Never had a problem with either one I've been involved with. Mud, do you have a junior umpire program? Granted, you got to pay the kids too, but at least you can keep it Little League focused and in the spirit of developing young citizens.
  11. Eclipse

    Headed to Columbia, SC on Saturday.
  12. Coach pitch umpire positioning

    So that's where they're learning it. That's what our Little League does at one level; we only provide umpires for their end of season "fun" tournament, at which point I hustle league gear out to those fields and have them work standard one (or occaisonally two) person mechanics.
  13. Two Quesions

    This is how I would do it in LL (Intermediate and up, natch) as well. Likely the coach and I will have a firm discussion about how balk is a word only the umpire should speaking loudly, and how we don't want to have that interfere with play.
  14. Umpire in Wheelchair

    "Reasonable accommodation" is the phrase under the Americans with Disabilities Act. I don't think it's obvious what that implies for a baseball umpire. But I do think that, were I have to take the BR into third with nobody on as PU in the two-person system, or take R1 into third as BU since my partner would have a harder time rotating up, those would be reasonable. YMMV and I'm not going to claim I know exactly where the line is. I would certainly think you should give someone a personal evaluation and a chance versus making blanket statements. It's about opportunity. Certainly there was a time that, as a diabetic, I would have been deemed too fragile to be out there.
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