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About ricka56

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  1. What a great idea
  2. Another member of the chapter watching my plate work last night, post-game commented that he couldn't remember a quieter (B/S belly-aching) 2-1 district varsity game. I am convinced that it is because I Ball-in/out/up/down the decision pitches emphatically ... the coaches/crowds, they trust me YMMV
  3. Week ago Friday, I had a similar experience. My partner was commenting about the 4 close plays that I had on the pads. They were very close, but I had distinct touch/tag occurrences (good timing), had no doubt and not a peep from the zone feel awesome. A trick that I was taught (never used) was to set up for the close plays with one hand on top of the other on your knee. The top hand is to hold the other one down to remind you to go slow (timing). The guy that taught/used this is the top dog in our chapter. If timing is your issue, you might try this trick.
  4. When your timing is good, you should have no doubt. If you have doubt, then your timing needs improving.
  5. When a coach comes out on me, I will walk towards him for two reasons: 1. I want to have this convo away from any players; 2. when "we're done" talking about this, I can walk away back to where I need to be. If he starts to follow, he is "advised" not to continue and risks a restriction/EJ if he does. It might seem impolite to walk away in the middle of the rant about his team, but I'd look for him to take an inhale and say, "ok, back to baseball", and walk away.
  6. 4-man crew...who has that catch/no-catch ? That umpire has to come up big and loud with that call to let everyone know the status ball. Dunno if that happened.
  7. Maybe in LL where BU is behind the infielders...I have no idea about that.
  8. What benefit is this ? A back pick from F2 is not a high probability play, but calling it from B might be a problem ("looks" like your out of position to the team the call went against). From C, a mobile umpire can get to the 1B side of the mound for a ground ball in the infield. For the less mobile umpire, B "may" be the right place to be, but I wouldn't think that immobile umpire mechanics would/should be taught. Mobile umpires making a call on a banger at 1B from C need to be trained to get the 1B side behind mound to make that call. Don't want to get geometrically wonky, but BU would be trying to improve a nearly 180 degree view (ball location and 3B), while the PU would be trying to improve a 90 degree view. And I don't know which way you'd have BU backing up...towards LF ? (not me) or towards HP ? (where PU is). And your vision isn't immediately usable when you swiveling your head nearly 180 degrees. I think PU has a far better chance of observing the tag-up than BU does...though neither are optimal. Pregame it.
  9. Another technique is to use the umpire clock in your head (developed with experience). Back up to lessen the angle between where the ball is and 3B. The umpire clock in your head knows when the ball is going to reach the ground/fielder. Glance back/forth, then watch R3 until right before the clock says the ball will arrive, then turn to watch (and stay with) the catch/no-catch. If R3 hadn't left before you turn your attention to the ball, then he hadn't left early enough to uphold a tag-up appeal. I wouldn't suggest using this technique if F/F is in question because you may need to see the ball longer to decide F/F. You don't want to miss the critical time when the ball reaches the field(ers). With 2-man, this situation is tough on the crew. It is a topic in my pre-game. Whichever way you want to cover it, talk about it pregame (refer to my signature line).
  10. I pregame this and have the BU stay with the catch/no-catch while the PU looks for the tag-up. BU doesn't have much to do and staying with the trouble ball and freeing up PU to take a peak at 3B makes sense to me.
  11. But what if you enforce the illegal bat out (BOO not yet discovered), then before the next pitch, the defense appeals BOO.
  12. This one is from the FB umpire page. Kind of a TWP, but maybe a good exercise on competing rule applications. Batter with a 1-1 count less than 2 outs is found to be batting out of order with an illegal bat. How do you rule. ? If you rule the batter out for an illegal bat, his AB has ended and the BOO is viable and can be enforced ... 2 outs. But we never get 2 outs on a BOO. Would you get the two outs or could you justify (by rule) to get only one out. And if so, who's out. Please justify your ruling.
  13. PU is supposed to have fair/foul, catch/no-catch and the tag-up. But this sounds like a trouble ball. I was taught that all umpire eyes watch the trouble ball (probability of $#!+ happening near the trouble ball is much greater than BR missing 1B). So, if I am BU, I am staying with the catch/no-catch.
  14. I have no problem with what you did. The spirit of the balk rules is to prevent cheating. If F1 doesn't have the capability to deceive a runner (legally or otherwise), then let the boys play out the game. BTW, no explanation is needed...everyone knows what's going on. How much slack from this point forward is a constant game management judgement call.
  15. I ask Jobu to come ... take away bad timing. I offer him cigar and rum ... he will come.