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Everything posted by KenBAZ

  1. Matt: Most likely you didn't jump to doing eight games in a day. You got acclmated to it, found out what you needed to do to handle three or four, extend it to five or six and moved up. I'm equally confident you work with guys that can't/won't do more then a couple of plates a day. I know I am a better umpire for one Varsity game then for the 6th game of the day Saturday of a UTrip tournament. We should be careful when we talk about doing this many games. It can be done by most umpires, under most circumstances, but it is not always safe or advisable to do so. I'm happy to hear that the OP handled it well and picked up the importance of taking it a pitch at a time and letting his training and good habits help get him through it. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  2. From a coaching perspective a no stop balk issue is easy to address. Your F1 has to understand he must be quick from his stop to the plate. Not from the start of his motion to the plate. In other words, there is a minimum amount of time he can set, (and yes, it may vary by umpire), but there is no practical maximum time he can set. Rather then giving the umpires a hard time and giving your kids an excuse, the communication can simply be; take your time, nothing is happening until you go to the plate. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  3. Can someone point to the OBR rule that mandates a balk on F1 when F2 commits CI? This is the second time this has been referred to in the past couple of weeks and I was completely unaware such a rule existed. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  4. Glad it all went well, now that you've done this once don't decide you want to do it all the time. Good point you make. Getting through the first days games can be tough. Coming back the 2nd or 3rd day when you're starting out tired and possibly dehydrated already can be worse. How was your focus behind the plate for the four games? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  5. Where the throw was coming from would effect where I was to make the call. Sounds like you where right where you'd want to be. I might get rotated a bit into fair but it establishes that the coach is less then knowledgeable about umpire mechanics. I would have like to not say anything in response to the coach's remarks a half inning later. However I don't yet have that much command of myself. I'd like to think I'd of said something like, "I was right where I was supposed to be and I got it right, now let it go". Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  6. Where was the throw coming from? Tough to misquote silence. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  7. I'm not defending how this was handled. I don't know what happened between the crew. I am saying that by rule on strike/no strike PU is required to go to his partner. Unlike a pulled foot where BU has the option to get help on something that PU should be looking for. PU should know this so when a coach comes to him he goes to his partner right away and there is no problem. Even if it was mishandled at the time a quick post game discussion should clear things up between them. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  8. In most rule sets the HPU must go to his partner upon appeal. If the HPU refused to do so he would have misapplied​ a rule. As BU I would tell him he was required to come to me by rule and what I had. That would allow the HPU to correct his mistake and keep us unified In our response to the teams. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  9. Upon request by catcher or DHC, the HPU is required or advised, (depends on rule set), to check with BU on check seeing attempt​. Everyone has to live with the BU's judgement. I'm not sure how the umpire's interaction went but this may have been the correct call. HPU says he didn't go. DHC asks for an appeal that results in a strike call by BU. Happens all the time, it should not be a cause for conflict between the partners. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  10. Not surprised by your reaction to the Force3 shins. I wish you a long career with them. Regarding the move from the All Star HSM to the Shock FX; I made the same change about four years ago. Typically, you wear a HSM because you think it provides greater protection, particularly against concussions. The Shock FX and the Force3 I also wear, have a spring system to deal with balls taken on the cage. They are not any lighter or cooler the the All Star. The Wilson is an upgrade if it helps you avoid injury on a ball the All Star would not have. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  11. Force3 shins are my favorite piece of umpiring gear. I've got hundreds of games in wearing them without a problem or adjustment. They feel so much different then any other shins. They wrap around and allow you to move as if they are part of your body. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  12. I've had partners run to the bathroom between innings and I've done it once or twice. With the dry heat we have here most often we don't have to urinate too frequently. I know there have been days where I've consumed a couple of gallons of water and not urinated all day. Inevitably I'm in for a night of muscle cramps because your electrolytes get out of balance. I eat bananas, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables and a superstarch solution to try and preventing and recover from the cramps. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  13. Great point by CJK. One of the habits I try and cultivate behind the plate is just what he mentions. Relax, relax, relax, step into the slot and lock in. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  14. I'm down for a little service work. Had a hernia surgery a couple of weeks ago and had shoulder surgery on Wednesday. A typical weekend for us here with a youth tournament is six on Saturday and five on Sunday. For a three day event you might go six, five, five. There has been lots of good advice in this string. First, it you don't have to, don't do it. It's dangerous and you may not be suited to handle the heat. When you have six games scheduled, (I've done as many as eight games in a single day), you are not as good an ump in the first game as you could be. You have to try and save yourself for the grind. I work almost exclusively 2-man so three plates in a row is normal. I usually get locked in by the middle of the first game and struggle with my concentration with that third plate. You have to acclimate to the heat and the workload. We have problems with guys at this time of year because the temps shoot up and we're not use to it. Also, guys may not be staying hydrated all week. When they show up for an event on Saturday it's too late to start hydrating. Some guys no matter what, can't do a lot of games when it starts to get hot. The weekend before Mother's Day we had six guys here in Metro Phoenix have to leave games with heat problems. You have to constantly monitor your partner. What kind of shape is he in? Are they hydrated early in the week? Are they acclmated? Are they drinking enough during the games and during the change over? When you start having heat problems your thinking can get a little fuzzy. You need your partner and Site Supervisor to be looking out for you. Over the past few years I've had two partners carted off to the hospital and probably a half dozen that had to be replaced. As a result, some of the facilities have become concerned with their liability and have begun putting limits on how many games we can work in a day. I know Jersey can be wicked humid. Hydrate ahead of time, drink mostly water. Use water or an ice towel to cool yourself off. Seek shade when you can. Watch your catchers, you are in this together. Focus on your habits and fundamentals​. When you are grinding through a lot of games good habits are critical. Good luck, please let us know how it goes. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  15. Warren, the tough part would not be getting that balk. The tough part would be not letting everyone in the park know how much you enjoyed it[emoji2] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  16. I'm for anything that would make it easier for people who want to umpire to be trained, evaluated and connected with assignors. Too often access to games is a matter of who you know. The result can be too many or too few games for a particular umpire. Both can lead to dissatisfaction and burnout. I depend on Arbiter to run my business but I see this as a way to augment Arbiter not replace it. Unsolicited emails might not be the best way to get this rolling but on the other hand, UE and this membership along with a opt in on site would seem like the perfect place to start. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  17. From a coaching perspective it's not worth spending the practice time on. A decent team will just wait for the pitcher to start his wind-up and take the next base. If your pitcher assumes the wind-up position just to pick he won't foul a well coached team at any level. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  18. Here in metro Phoenix we have a ton of retired MLB and MiLB players that coach youth baseball. I seems like there is a pretty high correlation between how accomplished they are and how dis-inclined they are to talk about it. For the most part they are great baseball guys who keep things in perspective. Results in 10u ball are not as important as the opportunities to teach and learn. In the OP, I most likely would have looked up the HC as a way to add context to my future dealings with him but I would not have mentioned that I knew his record. Unless he played for the BoSox of course, in that case his team wins every game! Oh, and if he played for the NYY[emoji83] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  19. I've been finding the content, illustrations​ and real world nature of these lessons very helpful for me. These are much appreciated Gil. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  20. Hammer the strike, then step back to 1blx and signal safe while I'm saying, "that's in the dirt, that's in the dirt". Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  21. Great stuff by one of the best. He was just doing the fundamentals, reading the play, hustling, going as far as the play would allow and coming up big. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  22. I think educating and working with your catchers is very important for game management. I'll often tell my catchers; "Dave, let's get a ball back into​ your pitcher's hands as quickly as possible so he can stay in his rhythm". Between innings, I'll remind them, "He's got five if he needs them". I can't directly manage the pitcher but I can influence my catcher to do so. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  23. Or compression tights. Why add more unnecessary layers? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  24. I had a balk on the HBT early this HS season. Only F5, F1 and I knew where the ball was. F1 walked within a couple of feet of the rubber and when I balked him no one had any idea why until I turned to F5 and said, "where is the baseball." Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  25. Correct calls, I remember a few years back I had a F2 catch a pitch tipped off a hitter's bat that passed behind the hitter. I turned to the backstop on that one and said, "I can't believe it but that is a foul tip- strike three. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk