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  1. I've actually thus far avoided the Force 3 because of the Kevlar, which was mentioned above. The high strength and stiffness of those fibers come into play when they get stretched (like, when a projectile tries to penetrate the weave in a bullet-proof vest). Amazing stuff, but alas, that's not going to happen one bit in a shinguard fabric, especially when it's hiding behind the hard shell front of the guard. It's a gimmick, pure and simple. (Or, if the designers really think it does somethIng, then that bothers me on a different level.) Granted, it sounds from folks' reviews that there are some nice design things they've done in other areas. The scientist part of me however just can't bring myself to reward this with a purchase.
  2. In actual high school softball I've only ever seen players with hockey-style mask/helmet and yes, the extended throat on those "counts", and no additional dangling protector is required. Think it applies to traditional mask extension too, but again, that has been a moot point. Rule could be worded better.
  3. Ive had this mask for a couple of years, and seem to use it a little more each year (as opposed to regular mask and hat). Might not be totally necessary, but I like to use a throat protector. I've tried a couple, not thrilled with how they hang off of this. AllStar,TG3 is passable, but still maybe not perfect. Didn't care for the gold logo so painted over it. Interested to hear if others chime in. http://all-starsports.com/tg3.html
  4. SOLD: Brand new: 1 set of tan Team Wendy mask pads, and 1 set of black Wilson memory foam mask pads. These came with frames that I bought new within the last 18 months. Extent of use amounted to me putting on the mask, hitting myself in the face and jaw with the heel of my hand a few times, and deciding that I like leather better in each case. Some folks really like these pads though as you know, so no sense just having them sit in my house. Pictures (front and back) attached I'll ship for free to continental US by from my Post Office. TW: $33 Wilson: $23 Both at once: $50
  5. Right result. Simpler explanation would be that it is obstruction--and after the play the runner gets placed where the umpire thinks he would have gotten had there been no obstruction. In this case, he gets placed in the dugout to get his glove because there are three outs.
  6. Agree wholeheartedly with comments here. While we're at it, I've also similarly seen LL coaches try to read into 3.09 that pitchers are forbidden from looking into the stands to take signs from a parent, etc.. “3.09 - Players, managers, and coaches of the participating teams shall not address, or mingle with spectators..."
  7. While we're (somewhat) on the topic, the Douglas comes in 3 sizes (12, 13, 15). Does anyone know if that is only the height, or is there any width difference also?
  8. I need to order a bunch of shirts for my association. Does anyone have experience and anything good or bad to say about Cliff-Keen U126-MXS. Description and price seems to read like it's a "higher end" shirt.
  9. This one by Jim Evans is very good in my opinion. It includes a video quiz at the end that I've used in our local clinic. http://www.umpireacademy.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=30
  10. I have found mine to be a little hard, or maybe it's the fit to my face...I really seem to feel an impact in my upper cheekbone. Found this in game situations, and confirmed by hitting myself in the mask pretty hard with the heel of my hand (can just imagine what this looks like to an observer). As I think about it, I actually don't quite get the memory or slow-response foam idea. If it takes a little bit of time to compress or bounce back, then by definition it's going to remain stiff during the 10th of a second or whatever is the time scale of a baseball impact. Not looking for an argument, I know some guys swear by them, and to each his own. For now, I've gone back to pads with more traditional foam.
  11. Oooh...the burn-off scares me...especially if it's an aluminum alloy, and less likely but possibly if it's steel, it's likely been heat treated to achieve a certain combination of hardness/strength/ductility/brittleness, that you could very well be undoing by heating like that. Most likely the change will be to make it less strong and more ductile. i.e., it may permanently bend more easily. (would be curious to know if you've ever noticed something like that after treatment).
  12. Yes, I just independently discovered the mysterious needed ? in the address also!
  13. I must say I've never really mastered the search function. Let's say I want to see posts on hockey-style masks. If I search all content for "hsm", it says 0 results found. I know that's not possible. I used to search "umpire empire + topic" in Google, and clicking on a result would take me to the topic...now for some reason it seems to just go to the main page, so that's no help...can't really figure out why either of these don't work for me these days...
  14. I find the new Wilson (MLB) harness elastic strap to be very stiff (you have to pull pretty hard to stretch it just a little bit). Even with wearing what I think is on the loose side, it seemed to be a chore to stretch it enough to get it on (at least compared to what I was used to), which may be what your saying. So, maybe try a different stretchier harness (I got a honigs which I was happier with).
  15. Inspired by acpar72 who did this for a single mask ("New Mask by Wilson"), in my continued wait for the Northeast snow to go away, I weighed a bunch of mask components. More considerations important than just this of course, but a couple of the comparisons are interesting (at least for anyone else waiting out the weather): Units: grams (ounces) FRAMES Dynalite Steel 620 (21.9) Dynalite Aluminum 361 (12.7) All Star FM4000 348 (12.3) HARNESSES Honigs 43 (1.7) MLB (Wilson?) 67 (2.4) All Star 39 (1.4) PADS UPPER Wilson 2-tone Wrap 62 (2.2) Mizuno 2-tone 46 (1.6) TW tan 62 (2.2) Wilson Memory Foam 57 (2.0) All Star LUC 44 (1.6) PADS LOWER Wilson 2-tone Wrap 97 (3.4) Mizuno 2-tone 64 (2.3) TW tan 80 (2.8) Wilson Memory Foam 63 (2.2) All Star LUC 41 (1.4) 6" THROAT GUARD All-Star 65 (2.3) Diamond 74 (2.6) Mizuno (that new ABS one) 59 (2.1)