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Umpire in Chief

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About Umpire in Chief

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  • Birthday 06/05/1974

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    Moyock, NC

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    EVOA, CIAA
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    Asst Dir of HR
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    LL, PONY, USSSA, AAU, Legion, JV, Varsity, DII
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  1. So I was CC for our a championship game last night. The good thing is it was 3 man and a good time with good partners. Through the tournament they have been playing 9 innings. My game was scheduled for 7:30. The Semi final before my game didn't finish until nearly 8:30. Then they had a half hour break between games. We did the plate conference where both coaches "kid" with each other that they have no pitching left. Then they did all the rigmarole of announcing the lineups, the pledge, the national anthem. We finally get started about 9:20. For better or worse they weren't kidding about not having any pitching. Neither starting pitcher made it through the first. So what to massive pitching changes do to the game, well it doesn't make the game any shorter. The final score was something around 18-12. And we ended up at about 12:30 am. I then had about an hour drive home. As a baseball fan I feel it is unfair and anti-climatic that the players work so hard to get to the championship and then can't give themselves a good game. Maybe have a day's break between the semis and the championship. It was hot as a dog yesterday. The team that played in the first semi had the disadvantage of playing in the peak of the heat (nearly 100 degrees and high humidity, but they got a 4 hr rest in between). The other got to play a little later and it was a bit cooler, but they only got under an hour rest.
  2. Another question... When is it that you are getting this; at login, when posting, other?
  3. Would it be accurate to say it only happens when you are signed on to a public wifi? Is anybody getting it from a home/ work network?
  4. I'm looking into this. I can't replicate it on my end so have created a ticket with the software company.
  5. Sorry @dumbdumb wrong Hickory. This one is in VA only 10ish miles from my house. But I actually know where the one you're speaking of is.
  6. Yes, we've had a ton of rain. I've been scheduled everyday this week and this is the only game I've gotten in. These are the district tourney's and the regions are supposed to start Monday, but I don't see how.
  7. Look at that awesome picture of me on the local paper's sports home page. I'm just glad they didn't get the one of me having awful timing and having to change my call.
  8. 14/15 y/o No, In my mind you have to cross the line from obnoxious to malicious.
  9. Tonight I had the most ridiculous balk I'd ever had in my life. F1 let's just say - thought very highly of himself. He strutted on and off the field. Gave any number of obnoxious facial expressions. When he struck out a batter he brushed off his shoulder. He's roll his eyes at my partner if he disagreed with a pitch call. Just an obnoxious prick. Through the game F1 kept blowing bubbles with his gum. Now we have runners on 2nd & 3rd. F1 (a righty) in the set position comes set and starts dicking around with the runners turning his head back and forth and giving them a wise-ass smile. Then while staring down R3 he starts blowing a bubble with his gum and then spits it out accidentally. The dufus then tries to catch his gum. And I come up from the C position with one of the biggest balk calls I think I'd ever done and forcibly pointed R3 home then R2 to 3rd. Karma...
  10. This is the most annoying thing about umpiring youth games - the adults both coaches and parents. In a recent experience I had one parent who was being a jerk and before too long he incited others to join in. In my HS association we also have to do youth rec we can't say only assign me HS games or we'd get nothing. Now there are some benefits. It helps us develop umpires, you see things on the small fields which you will never see in "real" baseball and it makes you learn how to umpire. I believe it comes down to weak coaches and weak youth league "leadership". I've told this story before I'll try to keep it short and sweet. My daughter played volleyball on this one team for 4 years. Year one all year long we never even placed in any tournament we went to until the last one of the year, then we came in 2nd place. Year 2 we placed in a few, we even one a couple. Year 3 we were dominate. Year 4 (to be fair we didn't go to half as many tournaments as we had before for any number of reasons) but we were insanely incredible and never lost a single set the entire (yet limited) year. The coach was an absolute class act. In each and every one of his parent meetings he brought up parent behavior. 99% of the time it wasn't needed. In his parent meetings he was absolutely firm, that as parents we had 3 jobs: Pay our dues, get our kids to practice/games on time, and cheer like hell for our kids. He had us sign an agreement that for our kids to play on the team we had to abide by his rules. Rules were separate form our jobs. But his rules included Absolutely no disparaging remarks to the officials, to our team, the other team, their parents/fans. He would constantly say we are better than these behaviors or even reacting to others when others weren't so kind to us. He admitted there will be bad calls by the officials and while not intentional, but he'd handle those situations and we'd never lose a match over any bad calls, so there was no need to get worked up about it. In 4 years he only removed 1 person from our team. First they made comments about another teams players, next they started screaming at a ref (they were only using 1) for a in/out call which was very wrong. We had an emergency parent meeting after one of the practices where the coach stated Mr. & Mrs ______ are no longer with the Red Hots. We will miss (the girls name). But there will be no further discussion about this. Then he went on about parental behavior our next Tournament etc...
  11. @BrianC14 That's a great video but not the one.
  12. The only thing that effects reputation is the likes. I've been toying with the voting up an answer in the ask the umpire section, but that hasn't done as I hoped.
  13. Post-Season here is supposed to start Monday. But the last to weeks we've had a lot of rain. I'm assigned my first HS Post-Season game on Tuesday, but don't know if they will have completed their regular season. I wonder if they will just cut the regular season off and move forward with the playoffs with the standings as they are???
  14. I think most people, including myself, wish Emma all the best. It's not an easy road for anyone man or woman. Also in my opinion, I would see no issues with women working a major D-1 Baseball or Basketball conference. But baseball is a bigger hurdle just because there appears to be so little interest in women taking the baseball route. Further, there are a significant number of women refs in the collegiate women's basketball, I would contend that you could take the top ranked women's basketball refs and they would do fine in the ACC or other basketball powerhouse conferences. But the same couldn't be done between Softball (where there are more female umps) and baseball as they are very different sports. Adding to that what I mentioned about the road not being easy. Most college level officials get to return home frequently, where once you enter the MiLB system, you're pretty much on the road the whole season.