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Everything posted by LRZ

  1. More OT, in response to the clip: when I started umpiring, one assigner had us wear white shirts and ties, with black pants.
  2. How old, what level? If it got serious enough to push your tolerance level, it was serious enough to have considered a more severe response. Before getting the coach involved, I'd probably start with the catcher. Call time and clean off the plate, and while you are doing so, tell the catcher to go out and tell the pitcher that another complaint and he's gone. Then follow through. Personal, profane, persistent--any one of these three--and it sounds like F1 persisted. As with all such suggestions about game management, this is merely one technique, one which you might adapt to your personal style, the game's flow, and your rapport with the catcher.
  3. That actually worked! I don't know what it means, but it worked! Thanks!
  4. Curiously, I cannot get the UE home page at; the same error page comes up. I get the same result if I click on the "home" button. But I can get to the promised land at I find the internet very perplexing, but then I am about as old school as they come.
  5. Around here, particularly at lower levels, these things are relatively relaxed, and not bars to advancement. See what is customary in your region.
  6. Thanks. I overlooked that. I thought you were correct--something in the back of my mind--but looked too quickly.
  7. The OBR rule says "defensive team." 5.09(c). Is there an interpretation that defines this as infielders and pitcher for purposes of an appeal when the half-inning has ended?
  8. Two housekeeping suggestions for moderators, if not already implemented: (1) delete ads "disguised" as posts and (2) move misplaced CDP and ASV posts to the appropriate CDP forum.
  9. Some gratuitous advice: Have you joined PIAA? Some chapters do a lot of training, others not so much, but it's a convenient way to have a live, face-to-face forum to bring up issues and questions about rules and mechanics. When you watch games, introduce yourself to the umpires in the parking lot--look for the clothes rack in the rear of the car or truck--and ask if you can sit in on their pre-game.
  10. I don't work or know about NFHS, but under OBR 5.07(c), with no one on, it could be a 12-second delay ball call. I'd probably do some preventive officiating first, however. I hate those sign wristbands that everyone wears these days. Catchers look into the dugout for a sign from the coach, then look down at their wrist, then signal to the pitcher. Same with batters--they look to the 3d base coach, then down at their wrist, and only then settle into their batting stance. Endless. It would speed games up, I think, if they were outlawed.
  11. Regardless of one's thoughts about interceding, such a coach will often display similar attitudes towards officials. In any event, he/she will have a short--very short--leash when approaching me.
  12. What is the OBR cite, please?
  13. I'm unable to access arbiter because, the screen tells me, the connection is not private; the server could not prove it is arbitersports because its security certificate expired, perhaps due to a hacker intercepting the connection. Anyone else having this problem?
  14. Never had this problem when assigners would telephone.
  15. In the two youth leagues I work, both require warnings but say nothing about runners. The several times I've had the situation, we've sent runners back--i.e., do-overs--with no arguments from coaches. I've sent the leadership of both leagues a query and a link to this discussion, suggesting that their rules clarify the appropriate resolution.
  16. I just learned CSAFP (common sense and fair play).
  17. What does this mean? Common sense and [something]?
  18. Too wordy. The last sentence, by itself, would suffice.
  19. One local LL-affiliated league has this rule for 60' games: "There will be no delayed steals of home or any base in the 8, 9 or 10-year old age groups. Specifically, once the catcher has the ball and is returning it to the pitcher who is in contact with the pitching rubber area, all base runners must return to their respective bases."
  20. I stretch, especially my Achilles tendons when I work the plate.
  21. Between the weather and poor field conditions, I don't think many teams here have even been able to practice outside much, and the official start date for the season is just four days off.
  22. I understand that this is a college game, but I'm curious about OBR. Rule 5.07(a)(2) reads, in part, "Set Position shall be indicated by the pitcher when he stands facing the batter with his pivot foot in contact with, and his other foot in front of, the pitcher’s plate, holding the ball in both hands in front of his body and coming to a complete stop." Am I missing something?
  23. Wait until you've lived up another decade or two. I'm umpiring (and refereeing basketball) for the kids of guys I officiated for when they (the parents) were teenagers. However, I don't think I'll make it to the grandkids' games.
  24. Anyone have a link to the on-line Pennsylvania American Legion umpire renewal form? I can't find it, don't see it, on the Legion web site. I emailed HQ, but have not gotten a reply so far. Thanks.