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Mudisfun

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  1. Went to work... looked up. Overcast. Thank God for TV coverage!
  2. I would have paid hard cash to see Gerry drop a runner leaving early red flag!
  3. I need the input of the umpires in this community... Last season I was pulled back in to the UIC gig for my kids LL program when my replacement quit in the middle of the season. At the request of the BOD I stepped back into the role to complete the season and then decided to stay on for the 2017/2018 BOD term... As many of you know LL really is into volunteering and pretty much wants all of the program to be ran along those lines. The issue I ran into last season was finding volunteers to officiate and this coming season I bet it will continue to be more and more difficult... it did not help that my replacement/quitter failed to do any recruiting at all which left quite a whole to fill in the middle of the season. So the reason for this post... I am putting together a survey monkey for the (GASP!) Managers, Coaches and Umpires to fill out seeking their input on the umpire program within our league. Considering that the families within the league actually are the league I would like to get a feel for what the pulse within the organization currently is before proposing to the BOD how we handle the umpire duties next season. So far the questions I have come up with are: 1) Besides out league how many other organizations do you volunteer for? 2) During the 2017 season were you a manager, coach, umpire or other volunteer such as BOD member, score keeper, team parent etc? 3) What about the 2017 umpire program did you like? 4) What about the 2017 umpire program did you dislike? 5) If you could make changes to the 2018 umpire program what would you change? 6) From your perspective as a coach/manager/umpire how would you rate the 2017 umpire season with 1 being worse and 5 being excellent? (there are 5 stars for them to pick). 7) For the 2018 season I would like to see the following form of umpire program: A) 100% volunteer from the families comprising the league and district, B) 100% outsourced at a cost of $X for a solo umpire or $XX for two umpires. Fee for the umpires to be borne and paid by the respective teams, C) Mainly volunteer but outsourced to an assignor when required (fee's to be borne by the assigned teams), D) Mainly outsourced with the fees to be borne by the teams however utilizing volunteer umpires when available and willing. 8) Assuming umpire duties remain mainly in-house: What do you suggest as a means for recruiting and retaining volunteer umpires? A) fewer required assigned games, B) additional opportunities to work with certified and staff umpires (on the field training opportunities), C) Additional off season training opportunities (reduce the time crunch for training at the start of the season), D) Allow volunteers to self assign versus UIC assign or E) Other - respondent open field for their own idea. So basically... I am looking for a couple differing inputs: 1) do you think the questions above will solicit actionable information, 2) any additional questions you think I should be asking and if so, what are they and 3) any questions I have already come up with you think should not be there? Keeping in mind that this is for a local Little League... Thank you all in advance for your advice. I truly respect your input and points of view.
  4. Ty - welcome! As a LL UIC let me say that I absolutely love 'junior' umpires! Congratulations on working All Stars and the other District games. Being assigned to those levels shows that your District UIC and assignor see something not only in your abilities but felt it pertinent to reward your dedication to the program. As a viewer of the site you already know a lot of what the advice you will receive will be. Keep reading, learning and asking questions. As for gear... first I would approach your league UIC or District UIC and see if they have any type of scholarship or grant funds available for up and coming officials; many do and many will pay for if not all a good portion of your gear costs. Our district for several years has hosted a gear donation at the beginning of each season to help the new guys out... I saw West Vests, Wilson Gear bags, Wilson shins etc all being handed over free of charge to the new guys including tons of uniform items. If nothing like the gear donation exists... buy the best you can afford and then supplement as you can. Do not discount Craigslist... especially now with seasons ending you may find lots of Dad's who got pulled into umpiring their kids games basically dumping almost new gear for a fraction of the cost to purchase at retail. Check it now and check it often! Also... you are a teenager... Christmas is coming and man... nothing like opening new gear under the tree! Santa is always a viable option Welcome to the community and keep it up!
  5. I agree and actually desire the program to be volunteer with utilizing paid guys only when absolutely needed. However getting the volunteers and making sure they actually work the assigned games is placed on the managers since they have the day to day direct contact with the members of their teams. If the body politic as a whole would prefer not to volunteer but understand the costs to the parents up front that may change their desire to help out or not.
  6. Thanks... not really all that helpful to the question I asked however.
  7. Sad that the adults don't keep LL in perspective... I don't go and introduce myself as the league UIC... heck I normally won't even wear the BOD shirt around the field unless I have the BOD on duty gig that afternoon... then that just makes it visible that someone is there. I am not looking for accolades when it comes to volunteering but just want the kids to have a fun and safe experience. It is not about me, it should not be about the Pres or any of the other members. Just sad.
  8. Thank you for the response. Thankfully in our LL the UIC is also an Executive Board member so for all of the season including the off season we meet and work as a team on all league specific issues which means I have yet to encounter an issue where there was no backing although your point is 100% spot on. Also our current president (former HS Varsity BB Coach and current Middle School Principal) understands the purpose of LL baseball and even though he would like to coach he chose not to last season due to the time commitment just to be the El Jeffe. The issue the other guy I replaced had was not understanding that discussions in April during the middle of the season are for NEXT year and not to be implemented without the BOD being on board... he sent out new directives which would have disciplined Managers without approval and when the BOD yanked those directives back he cried 'the board does not support me' which of course was not true. He basically dug that hole himself which was sad... he actually was trying some cool new approaches which crashed and burned with his lack of understanding how a BOD works.
  9. You get a like for this one.
  10. Now that is funny.
  11. Building muscle memory I guess?
  12. I'm so gullible that they had me believing it was a goalies mask for weeks!
  13. One of my buddies has a umpire mask on his arm... I'll ask him for a snap shot. You may not want exactly the Nike Ti... might date yourself later in life trying to explain the exact make and model!
  14. So the manager of the local Walmart was having an issue with one of his employees. Tom, his latest greeter just could not seem to get to work on time. Everyday he would wander into the building 10-15 minutes late. Other than this one flaw however Tom was one of the best liked members of the staff; everyone loved the old retired guy. The customers thought he was delightful, the old biddies thought he was a gentleman of the old school and the younger staff thought his stories and experiences he passed on were priceless. Everything about the guy was great, other than just not getting to work on time. Along comes Tom one morning, 10 minutes late as usual so the manager decided to have a chat with him. Maybe there was something going on at home? Car issues? Meds? No one knew but the manager wanted to get Tom to come in on time... Tom, you know we all adore you and that you do a great job but there is just one thing which we need to address... I cannot have you coming into work everyday 10-15 minutes late. Before I decide on what action to take however I wanted to chat to see if there was something going on that we need to know about. Ok was Tom's reply... So is there something we need to know? Car issues, meds, sick people at home? Anything like that? No sir was Tom's reply. Everyone at home is healthy, my car is new and has no issues. Tom... I know you have a work background. When you were in your career before retiring and coming to work here at Walmart you kept regular hours, did you not? Yes sir again was the reply. And when working you expected your employees and other co-workers to be on time, did you not? Again yes Sir... So I have to ask... when you were in your last position before retiring and you walked into your office 10 minutes late what did your boss have to say? Well Sir to be honest when at my office my boss was never there. Thinking that maybe he had hit on something here the manager then asked Tom... well when you came in 10 minutes late what did your co-workers have to say to you? Well sir... I am a little embarrassed to say. Tom, please. There is no reason to be embarrassed. I am just curious as to how your co-workers handled you coming into your office late? Well sir, normally I would walk into my office and my 'co-workers' as you called them would stand up, salute and say "Good morning Admiral. Beautiful day today is it not? Would you like your morning coffee now sir?" Thus ended the Tom interview :-)
  15. Word to the wise... do not tell a retired 2 star you served... I like the line where he explained that with 40 years experience in the military he can find stuff out... Dude... You were/are a 2 star... you can get pretty much anything you want!
  16. Saw this story today and just thought... WOW. No way Adidas actually replaced a D1 College Ref in a tournament basketball game they were hosting because this joker demanded she be removed or he would take all his toys and go home like a big baby... But I was wrong. https://www.yahoo.com/sports/lavar-ball-threatens-pull-aau-team-off-court-forces-adidas-replace-ref-mid-game-160917511.html Thanks Adidas for requiring the highest of coaching decorum from your players, teams and coaches and if you don't get that? Just replace the officials until your coaches just keep paying to be there...
  17. Adidas came out today saying how wrong they were blah, blah, blah. Too little too late.
  18. On the FED point... if R3 is still doing something I don't care how loud the defensive coach is yelling for a verbal dead ball appeal I am ignoring him until R3 either scores and goes to the dugout or returns to 3rd for a retouch. Don't be that guy who goes "yep! you are right, he left early' and bang R3 out when he has not exhausted his opportunities to fix his error. Not R3's fault the D messed up and threw the ball out of play... no need to give them an advantage for that gaff.
  19. I understood why you were doing it... and I can relate just because some fields are hard to see based on the color of the dirt and the fact the bases have not been replaced or cleaned... ever. But the optics and obvious response from the field crew tells me what I need to know. They did not appreciate your 'helping' their field. Not a bugger I want to pick. If I miss a call due to not being able to see the bag/foot then hopefully it is the home team that gets the call against them...
  20. First thing wrong with this is 9U travel ball... The on deck batter would be a person authorized to be on the field. Also with the ball going back to F1 the on deck batter, with play relaxed is really more of the 'next batter' moving to his position to bat. Nothing here other than the defensive team needs to learn... you have to have someone new come to the box if you want the game to continue. Moving the runner back was a teachable moment. No way to get an out although I would most likely not have returned the runner but that would all depend on the intents of a summer league travel team... more informative/training versus competitive.
  21. Looks like a Zen garden I have had schools and youth groups paint home, the pitchers plate and the bases for opening day or some other meaningful event but other than that... Dirt is part of the game. There is no way I am dragging the field, watering, lining, painting or in any other way prepping the field other than kicking caked mud off home plate and then brushing it clean... that is my entire donation to their field maintenance program. My job when at a field to officiate is just that, to officiate. Worked a game with a guy a year or so back... Pony playoff's. Team one only had 9 so between innings my partner (PU) goes to that team and asks them for the catchers glove. I did not think anything of this until he got in a crouch and started taking preparatory pitches! Walked up the line and told him if he pulled that again he would be working a solo game. His reply was they only had 9 and he was speeding up the game. I reminded him that he was right, they had 9 which meant one of the players could grab a helmet and do the job... or a coach. NOT HIS JOB! Bottom line is you prepping the field is in the same vein as this... Don't be this guy. Just be the umpire.
  22. @VolUmp finally tells an upbeat, lighthearted and even cute story and still people have to criticize... Maybe he went back for a personal hard shell drink cooler. Who cares? And I bet all of us get close to the fence when leaving... normally you have to go to the fence to get through the opening to leave. Have to give props to the woman telling the old bitty to basically cram it.
  23. Not I said the fly... They make me thirsty and the last thing I want it to be guzzling down water on the bases where more than likely I am not sweating it out... TIME! need to run out for a minute...
  24. I doubt it will happen but I would love to see the officials supply houses that we all frequent drop Adidas from their lines... If Adidas cannot and will not stand up for the officials of their tourney games why should any of us support their business and purchase gear aimed at officials? Seems very hypocritical of us to continue to support their business.