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    I'll be doing the American Legion World Series next month. I'll post my game schedule if anyone wants to watch me on ESPN. (I don't know which ESPN channel it is on this year.)
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    TV Blooper

    When one of your umpires has the TV blooper for the day while doing his other job: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=koIOjFbWBOo&feature=youtu.be%E2%80%AC
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    He was the crew chief the year before my first year.
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    Throwing the bat

    Top Gun Baseball's rule set for 8U's has this penalty. Now, you have run across such a rule set. LOL
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    You Make The Call

    Under FED, I have obstruction all day, every day, and twice on Sunday.
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    NFHS changes 2019

    No. States are free to adopt their own mechanics without incurring any penalty (unlike rules)...so we see no need. I would bring it up in your local association. BTW, while I'm on the committee...I'm also the director of training and education for my association...and we use the MiLB 2-man mechanics. (Which, now, is almost identical to CCA.)
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    NFHS changes 2019

    There were approximately 105,000 individuals who umpired at least one FED game in the United States in 2015. The difference between the top NFHS umpire and the worst NFHS umpire is greater than at probably any other level of baseball. We have to account for that. Do I personally fight to adopt mechanics that look more like CCA? Yes. Do I understand other committee members' arguments that we need something different than CCA to account for the disparity in umpiring quality we have in NFHS from one umpire to another (including physical limitations)? While I don't always agree...I understand their arguments and rationale. While this has certainly not been the case over the years, over the last three years, we've have numerous umpires on the committee...including a former AAA umpire (who worked NL regular season games), another former MiLB umpire, and several college umpires. All of whom also work FED, too...as either umpires or administrators. Several of these committee members with impressive umpiring resumes believe NFHS mechanics should not be CCA mechanics.
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    NFHS changes 2019

    Too many members on the committee are opposed to using the mechanics set forth in the CCA Manual. I am not going to tell you their reasons, as I don't speak for them. But adoption of the CCA will not happen anytime soon.
  9. He's in the running https://mlb.nbcsports.com/2018/09/21/carlos-gomez-gets-ejected-rips-umpire-in-twitter-rant/
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    A Mitch Kupchak-er

    I assign umpires for games in weekend youth travel ball tournaments. I have this one umpire who won't stop doing cup checks. In the first inning, he makes each catcher hit his "mid-section" while he listens to make sure they are wearing a cup. He also does this with any substitute catcher. I first found out about this a few weeks ago. I didn't want to embarrass him (he just moved here from another part of the country...so I was cutting him some slack), so I sent an email to all the umpires stating that we do not do cup checks for a number of reasons...not the least of which is that we play by FED rules and it is the coaches' responsibility to certify that all players are properly and legally equipped. This past weekend, my umpire did it again. Furthermore, I had two coaches come up to the tournament staff and imply that he is a pervert (without using that word...but the implication was unmistakable) and that if he was on their field, they would pull their team off the field. I met him at his car (a/k/a his locker room) and told him that if he does it again he'll have to find another place to umpire. Have any of you ever dealt with this? Am I alone when I think to myself, "WTF????" I mean, this is the crap that'll get an assignor sued, IMHO.
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    A Mitch Kupchak-er

    I should add that when I talked to him at his car, he got mad and said, "so, we don't care about the player's safety anymore, huh?"
  12. https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEDLa8_shrZs_8YqWrQAXbzIqGAgEKg8IACoHCAowjtSUCjC30XQwzqe5AQ?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen
  13. https://nypost.com/2018/09/04/police-officer-accused-of-punching-softball-umpire/
  14. https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mets-todd-frazier-may-or-may-have-not-tricked-an-umpire-into-thinking-he-made-an-incredible-diving-catch/
  15. https://www.myarklamiss.com/news/local-news/umpire-assaulted-by-coach-at-monroe-youth-softball-game-speaks-out/1419489947
  16. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/102427660-132.html
  17. https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/umpire-trips-falls-catchers-mask-still-makes-call/
  18. https://usatodayhss.com/2018/umpiregate-officials-llws-walkoff-controversy
  19. http://www.thenewsherald.com/sports/junior-league-baseball-world-series-umpire-award-winner-makes-a/article_99dc2960-a53e-11e8-80d5-ab1f948fb786.html
  20. http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/24385299/umpire-joe-west-now-2nd-all-games-worked
  21. https://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/mets/jacob-degrom-s-cy-young-push-slows-in-loss-to-bumgarner-giants-1.20638434
  22. https://deadspin.com/minnesota-steakhouse-pranks-umpire-joe-west-with-braill-1828406253
  23. https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/door-co/sports/2018/08/21/jon-gast-technology-should-not-replace-human-baseball-umpire/1043988002/
  24. Now that I'm back from the ALWS and I've gotten my head back above water at home and at the office, it is time to start posting again.. http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/08/23/sports/sports-breaking/little-league-world-series-spot-an-honor-for-umpires-too/