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  1. Some of the pictures include the last day's events. This was the last formation and also a student-played game. This was the morning of the banquet. All of our students are required to wear full uniforms when in attendance that we provide, including poly-wool pants.
  2. Not sure what the issue was with your address and estimated shipping. It should not have been nearly that amount. Our web guys have been contacted to address the issue. I would estimate that your shipping should be somewhere around $7-$8.
  3. This is standard with R3 and less than two outs. If the third base umpire goes out on a ball down the line, the second base umpire enters the infield near the cutout and assumes responsibilities on R3 at third base. This is often referred to as the "Shaded E" position.
  4. We are now offering through our ONLINE STORE manuals for the Two-Umpire System, Three and Four-Umpire Systems, and Rules and Interpretations Manual all completely revised and updated for the 2015-2016 season and rule changes. We also offer bundle packages for those interested in purchasing combinations of the products.
  5. We are now offering through our ONLINE STORE manuals for the Two-Umpire System, Three and Four-Umpire Systems, and Rules and Interpretations Manual all completely revised and updated for the 2015-2016 season and rule changes. We also offer bundle packages for those interested in purchasing combinations of the products.
  6. We are now offering through our ONLINE STORE manuals for the Two-Umpire System, Three and Four-Umpire Systems, and Rules and Interpretations Manual all completely revised and updated for the 2015-2016 season and rule changes. We also offer bundle packages for those interested in purchasing combinations of the products.
  7. Get your 9.01 (c) tees while they last! On clearance for a limited time. They read, "9.01 (c) It's good to be the king!" Check this and more out at the Wendelstedt Umpire School store.
  8. If you made the argument that the coach assisted the runner in this situation, you would be entirely backed up by the rules. However, you would also be backed up by not calling it. It is entirely up to the judgment of the umpire whether the physical contact actually assisted the runner in advancing or returning. While contact is a prerequisite, contact, in itself, does not constitute interference. At umpire school we teach to use "In my judgment..." as often as possible before explaining your decision (of course, as long as it is a judgment decision).
  9. You can look to see what the umpire school has to offer you regardless of your aspirations! We provide a number of training options for you to choose from. Check out our website at www.umpireschool.com. Look forward to seeing you in January.
  10. The interpretation for how many times a batter may switch batter's boxes applies in any situation, ambidextrous pitcher or not. This interpretation has been around well before the ambidextrous pitcher rule, and is one that we argued did not have rulebook support. In fact, since the rule now limits the pitcher to how many times he may switch arms, we still believe that this interpretation is not necessary. It was put in place to prevent the back and forth action by the batter and the pitcher. That is no longer needed now that the batter has the last say in effect.
  11. Hello all: We are hosting our annual SoCal Umpire Classic again -- this year in Pomona, CA. There are a few positions still remaining if you are interested. You can check out what this clinic has to offer by going to www.umpireschool.com/socal_clinic.htm. Hopefully you'll be able to join us.
  12. This was an error that has since been corrected in the manual update. The answer was switched with another question. The answer to K6 should read: Ruling: The pitch to Abel legalized Irwin's time at bat. The next proper batter is Abel. Since he completed his time at bat in the proper position, there is no violation. Baker would be the next proper batter, but since he is on base, Charles is the next batter due up. Sorry about the confusion. This play was supposed to reference the casebook that instructs umpires how to proceed with the next proper batter already on base. This will be in the errata and update sheet coming out in December.
  13. The change was for all leagues using OBR and only deals with teams playing for the last time. What I meant to say in the previous post is that if you are looking for the two loopholes created and a detailed explanation of the rule (along with several other changes), you can purchase the revised Wendelstedt Rules and Interpretations Manual at www.umpireschool.com. If you'd like a copy of the updated Flowchart for Regulation/Suspended Game, I would be happy to send you a complimentary one if you request at admin@umpireschool.com. I've also tried to attach it to this post. reg_susp_color.pdf
  14. Some have stated that OBR never provides for reverting back. While this was they case prior to last year, it has recently changed. For years and years we would have to push back on the common misconception that games would ever revert back to the score of the previous inning, and now have to argue the exact opposite. You can email me at admin@umpireschool.com for a copy of our newly updated Regulation/Suspended Game Flowchart. It has been revised and edited for clarity and style. Email me at admin@umpireschool.com for a PDF copy. I think it is probably too big of a file to post here. This will be posted in professional locker rooms all over the country. You can find a comprehensive explanation of the change and two loopholes that were created as a result. Additionally, you can find an interactive electronic version at www.obr412.com. Not sure if we're allowed to post this product promotion any longer, but would like to make it available to help in anyway we can.
  15. Tomorrow we will host a Twitter question and answer session from 3-4pm EST. Please feel free to ask any questions you would like about umpire school, rules, mechanics, or the umpire lifestyle through our account @hwumpireschool. You just need to fit it into 140 characters and hashtag #asktheump. We look forward to seeing you then.