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  1. Tips for Having a Great Plate Meeting

    Tips for Having a Great Plate Meeting View the full article
  2. Tips for Having a Great Plate Meeting

    @MadMax Great points. And thanks for all the tips. I just got in a nice 96 LED light to help the lighting pointing at me and can point my desk lamp at the wall behind me. Great idea about the poster maybe I'll get a big U-E banner made. With some of the new equipment I just bought I can move away from the little webcam. I'll now be using my Galaxy S8+ for the video which can have better video quality and the mini shotgun mic will improve the audio. Below is the rig I bought for light and sound. This is all new to me so I'm in very much need for any tips or advice so it is very much welcome. I plan on recording a couple tomorrow and will put this to use.
  3. Two Batter Interference ?'s

    Great video for a future Good Call Blue Video
  4. Intentionally Uncaught Ball vs Intentionally Dropped Ball View the full article
  5. Tips for Having a Great Plate Meeting

    @Thunderheads Agreed. The pleasantries at the beginning and end and if the plate guy invites them as you suggest. My intent was not to interject or try to run the plate meeting.
  6. Quick Tip Videos

    Next month I will be launching a series of weekly YouTube videos. These will be short videos to help umpires develop. I already have over 100 topics on my list and have created nearly 20 which are ready to be launched right now. What I'm looking for from you is your ideas for topics. Your honest feedback on the videos as they come out or other pertinent feedback. Thanks and I hope you enjoy!
  7. Quick Tip Videos

    I'm pretty excited because I got some new equipment in last night which (I hope) will help me make better quality videos. Especially in the audio and lighting areas. Plus I'm not going to be using my webcam so I will be able to escape from my computer to make them. I have a couple already done and scheduled to be released through YouTube. I'm debating re-doing those before moving forward with new ones. And I hate to beg but here it is straight forward. One of my goals with the YouTube Channel is to monetize for income. That said Tuesday (1/16/18) YouTube changed it's monetization structure (the snowflakes in the YouTube community are going Ape$h1+). Now to even be considered for monetization you must have: 1000 Subscribers 240,000 minutes of viewed content I'm just starting out so I'm NOWHERE near those stats, and I was nowhere near the previous requirements but here's how you can help: Subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0vV4nQjnhngh6dXcMQol_w) - And if you have multiple gmail accounts subscribe through all Watch all the videos in their entirety - Even if you just go to the channel and select videos --> Play all and just let them run in the background. Like the videos if you find them useful. Share (as long as you think they are worthy). Finally - Give your input and feedback especially on topics you'd like to see. Do I actually think I'm going to be the next PewDiePie or Smosh or anybody else - No, not at all. But I do believe I can produce some videos which have solid value to the umpiring community. So your help and support is greatly appreciated.
  8. New Wilson helmet

    Is Wilson no longer offering a ShockFX or similar model?
  9. Passing of Doug Harvey

    I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the passing of Doug Harvey. I just wanted to share his HOF Speech because it shows his character and his respect for amateur umpires. NY Times Story: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/14/obituaries/doug-harvey-dead-baseball-umpire.html Baseball Hall of Fame story: https://baseballhall.org/discover/hall-of-fame-remembers-doug-harvey
  10. Your Umpiring New Years Resolutions

    Many of us make New Years Resolutions for our personal life like loosing weight, getting a new or better job, being nicer to people who don't deserve it, etc... I try to make some that relate to umpiring. So I will start by giving a few of mine. Pause, Read & React - You would thing a veteran umpire would have this basic skill mastered. I am still not satisfied with my PRR skills especially on trouble balls from the A position. I vary from too long of a pause to virtually none at all. Timing - The vast majority of the time I am comfortable with my timing on plays, however it's that 0.05% margin of error when the timing bug bites you. When reassessing situations where I either missed a call or something went awry the issue has often been timing. I need to just relax a little at certain times and not get so excitable. Paying it forward - Beyond the website I want to pay it forward at a local level. I've volunteered to do some presentations in the past to our local association and this year I've volunteered to assist with the rules instruction for my group's new umpires Balance - This is something I use to struggle with a lot and have made some improvements, but still have a little while to go. Once upon a time I worked any and every game I could get, but that meant sacrificing time with my family or doing things outside of umpiring I enjoy. I firmly believe you need to reach a balance between all the things in our lives. Work, family, other interests and umpiring. Maybe I'm just getting older and more crotchety, but I find I enjoy my umpiring more when it's not the sole focus of my life. It helps me go from, "Oh god please let it rain I don't want another game this week." to "Yes! I cant wait for this game." And going into a game with the right attitude makes a huge difference on your performance.
  11. Online Clinic

    Can I just tell you how much of a fan I am of the NCAA clinic moving to an online event vs in person... It is long overdue. What I looked forward to the most out of the clinics was socializing with you. Over the years between Philadelphia and Baltimore I've met dozens of you there. Plus hanging out with the guys I go up with has been a blast. This is a smart move for the NCAA and I for one am appreciative.
  12. Celebrating 10 Years

    I just want to put out a huge thank you to all of you for your support. January 1st marked out 10 year anniversary. Umpire-Empire wouldn't have made it without your support. So I want to thank all of you whether you were here for day 1 with me or just joined today.
  13. Foul tip

    Here it is in action. It is one of my favorite plays. (I may be using it for a Good Call Blue Video too????) I have it bookmarked on my computer. Your browser does not support iframes.
  14. Good Call Blue Intro

    Good Call Blue Intro View the full article
  15. Cleaning New Balance Plate Shoe

    I do a combination of the above. Day to day cleaning Murphy's Oil Soap. Scrubbing bubbles when needed. I ind it works really well to get silt out of the stitching.
  16. Online Clinic

    I have yet to do the online clinic, but was looking at it just now. It states it requires flash. Google Chrome (and others) are no longer supporting Flash, so make sure you are using a compatible browser like Explorer.
  17. LLWS 2018

    @maineump Congratz
  18. Southern Umpires Camp in Atlanta

    You will love it! I went and thought it was awesome. I did the International Camp too.
  19. Umpire-Empire's Favorite Products of 2017

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  20. Umpire-Empire's Favorite Products of 2017

    And I went through the trouble of re-recording this using my cell phone where we could get audio in both channels and I forget to put the name in.
  21. Umpire-Empire's Favorite Products of 2017

    Wow thanks I didn't realize I never said it was the Force3. Will edit right now.
  22. Under Armour Clothing

    From my understanding UA does not produce much of their own items they contract out to others. For example the catcher gear is rebranded All-Star Sports equipment.
  23. 2018 POE

    In some regards I agree to keep it simple. However if I remember correctly (and I haven't worked HS in NC in many years) they were requiring us to cover sportsmanship. So in some cases it may be a requirement.
  24. Online Clinic

    On top of of that managing 800ish people in one room was a nearly impossible task.