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Umpire in Chief

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  1. My son told me he made this one up, I've never heard it before. How many umpires does it take to change a light bulb??? None, they like them out..
  2. Sorry all for the delay. Needless to say the March Member of the Month has worked hard and generously shared his knowledge with other members and built quite the reputation for himself. His answers to rules type questions and brief, bright, relevant and on the mark. This member has quite the umpiring resume that would be impressive enough by itself, however the respect he has earned here is not based on that; the respect he has earned here is based strictly on the quality of his responses and helpfulness to other members. The strength of his resume is an undertone to his posts. This person has been a member here for just under 3 years and in that time has become a member favorite. So I would like to congratulate @lawump for being our March Member of the Month.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. This reminds me more of my last non-shaving age game than a MLB one. http://m.mlb.com/video/v1325017283/tbbal-pair-of-os-score-on-wacky-little-league-hr/?query=seth+smith# Your browser does not support iframes.
  7. 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...
  8. 14/15 y/o No, In my mind you have to cross the line from obnoxious to malicious.
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  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. Okay, It's been a rough few days. And of course it happens at the worst possible time. I'll start from the beginning... You may have noticed earlier last week the site was running pretty slow. I put in a support ticket in and was told of a brand new update which would solve the issue. I run the update Friday morning as work was pretty light and I thought I could get it done pretty quickly. Just as you always should I made a complete back up before starting.However fate had a different plan. We ran into a cacophony of errors. They first identified error was that a manual sql query I had to do timed out and caused chaos between the system and the database. The problem was identified, but the solution was eluding all. Now I must say I was given excellent support by both the company I lease my server from and the forum's software company. They kept fighting for a solution while I was saying lets just start from scratch and I'll manually upload all the various tables to rebuild the database. They continued to persuade me work things through and get to the root of the problem. I was getting impatient but trusted their expertise. Then this afternoon someone new from one of the software team found one tiny file that became corrupt. Fix the file, reload and now we're back in business.
  14. 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???
  15. 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.
  16. I want to say there was a video once upon a time showing to wear the NB between the compression shorts and jock.
  17. Done...
  18. Another month has come and gone and that means it is time once again to name our Member of the Month. April's winner is @Richvee. Rich has been a valued member for nearly 6 years. His contributions to the site are invaluable and help make Umpire-Empire the site I envisioned it to be. Our membership as a whole has expressed their appreciation by making him among the top all time in liked posts. Thanks for all you do Rich and congratulations!
  19. Moonrise over the Currituck Sound. Yes that is the moon. It was crazy bright.I just wish I had a better camera instead of just my phone.
  20. Will do.
  21. I agree with Brian here. One other thing is things have gotten a lot better over the past few years when the focus has been changed to getting the call right and conferring with our partners, so there is less need for apologies, etc....
  22. Great Find Thank you!
  23. IFF is the first thing which came to my mind as well. As Rivhvee said just judgement.
  24. Guys it's that awesome time of year again for the UMPS CARE Charities Auction. I personally love this event and there are some great items up for grab. I've personally won some really great items over the years and been involved in some pretty cool bidding wars with some of our members like @Majordave @JimKirk and @JaxRolo. Once again this is a great event for a great cause and I hope you will check it out! From the UMPS CARE Charities website: Happy bidding!