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  1. I'd been telling him every half inning to make sure he isn't getting too close.
  2. Had the plate for a game last night (fifth grade game) and had this situation that I feel like I should have handled differently. Catcher had been relatively close to the plate the whole game and I kept reminding myself to listen for possible interference. Batter fouls one towards the dugout and I immediately thought it sounded like he may have gotten the glove, but there was no reaction by any of the players and I didn't ear anything from the coaches, so I dismissed it. After going to retrieve the ball, the catcher is squatting giving signs and I hear him say, "stupid glove, don't hit the bat. " I just let the comment go. Should I have gone ahead and grabbed the interference even though it was at least a minute after the play, because at this point I know it would have been the right call, or do you just let it go? Could I have done anything differently?
  3. Had the bases on a 10 year old championship game a couple weeks ago. Team had fallen apart and all of a sudden it was our fault. Past ball and the winning team is trying to steal home, pitcher gets the toss in time but puts down a high tag and my partner calls him safe. I'm in C, and as the pitcher is walking towards me, I notice one fan in particular is yelling at my partner about the call. I shrug it off until I see the ten year old pitcher who's halfway back to the mound stop in his tracks, turn and yell "Mom, shut up. " It took everything I had to keep from laughing. He took the words right out of my mind.
  4. What I was taught for why to begin with "Coach, what do you have" is kind of two fold. First of all, you know exactly what point he disagrees with and can formulate a concise response to that question. Secondly, once his concern has been addressed you can turn to "Bob, this isn't the reason you came out to talk with me. Let's get back to baseball. " That's when you can disengage and retreat to be ready for play, if he follows or continues, then you're onto prolonged argument and can give him a stop sign.
  5. That was the explanation he gave me between innings, which kind of confirmed to me that we may have handled it all correctly.
  6. This is a situation I had last year and I want to hear your guys' thoughts on the topic. First games for this year are Saturday and I'm itching to go. Kids were either 9 or 10, we're playing full baseball under OBR rules. I'm base umpire. Strike three caught by the catcher, plate umpire immediately comes up with an out and verbalizes that the batter is out. In an attempt to lure a throw from the young catcher, the 1BC starts yelling "run, run" to the batter. At this point the plate umpire repeats that the batter is out, as the 1BC continues to yell. The inexperienced catcher ends up throwing the ball to first unnecessarily, allowing a runner to score from third. The HC of the defensive team was upset, but my partner and I reasoned that the catcher (and coaches) need to know the situation and be talking to the players. I went to the 1BC between innings and had a brief talk, basically asking that he limits the yelling once he realizes the batter is out. Did my partner and I handle this correctly? Is there something else we should have done? Thanks.
  7. Change of scenario but imagine with me. Batter sees a big looping curve ball coming at his front shoulder and reaches out toward the pitcher and catches it. Pitch very well could have moved into the zone, but was caught well outside of the zone. Are you going to give benefit of the doubt to the pitcher and award a strike or the batter that caught a live ball?
  8. That's true. I guess it is really a htbt thing. You don't want to bail out the defense because they made a late, poorly executed play, but at the same time, the batter must perform his duty to get out of the way, even though there is no play at the plate. After typing that out, I would give any and all benefit of doubt to the defense. Batter must get out of the way. Just be ready to deal with an angry coach.
  9. I have a twist to add to the play and I'm wondering if it would change the call. What if the toss from the catcher was so late that it was obvious there was no chance of retiring the runner (the toss from the backstop started as the runner was into his slide a foot from the plate). Does this change the call? Or is that something that we take into account into the judgement part of the call?
  10. First off, thanks for the replies. By no means am I going to say it wouldn't have worked, as I know in many situations it is the much better option, but in this case it wouldn't have helped. Earlier on in the game they were acting the same way and ignoring did nothing, so this time I decided to give a short explanation as I jogged to right field. I didn't stop to try to have conversation.
  11. 9A game tonight, pretty close game. VT up to bat with two outs and R3. R3 breaks for the plate right when the pitcher gets set, pitcher steps off and guns him out at the plate to end the inning. As I jog out to right field, all of the assistant coaches in the first base dugout (teams were in the wrong dugouts) are up against the fence yelling "That's a balk, he didn't come set." I told them he stepped off and didn't have to come set. They all continue and I said "That's enough, no more." By this point I am probably a couple feet from first base jogging away when one of the assistants shouts loud enough for all to hear "it's okay, you aren't even watching the game." At this point I ejected him for prolonged and personal arguments. Did I get this one right? Also, any advice is welcomed. Part of me says I could have just continued to jog to right field and ignored the comment, but then it could have continued to escalate.
  12. Thank you so much for this, I'm sure I'm not the only person this helped.
  13. Thanks everyone for the feedback so far. Can anybody give some more details on why one versus the other, preferably someone that has used both for at least a handful of games?
  14. I have been looking to upgrade from my starter mask and have seen this helmet. After searching around I have heard very positive things, but I still have a few questions. Is the titanium cage worth the price jump? If not, is there any differences I need to be aware of between the "umpire" version and "catcher" version, or are the same mask? I ask the second question because if there is no difference I will buy the catchers version because I like the matte black finish and ump-attire only has glossy for the steel cage.
  15. I have lurked around this forum for quite some time and have a question that I feel will help not only me, but many beginning or less experienced umpires. I have heard that ejections usually come down to the 3 P's (Personal, Prolonged, Profane), but what are some examples of each. I have a pretty good understanding of prolonged (ignore, acknowledge, warn, eject) but what about the other two? Obviously screaming F bombs across the diamond will get someone, but what about other situations? I also have two situations that I'd like to share and receive any and all feedback on. The first of which I did not eject, but know that I should have. I had the bases for a 9 AA tournament game and one team was doing very poorly. After one particular play I hear the coach yell from the dugout, but I wasn't sure what he said. I believe it was "we need some more f*****g practice" but I wasn't paying attention to him and didn't say anything. Looking back at that point I probably should have warned since I didn't hear him and ejected if I heard him. Later in the game he is switching pitchers and as one player leaves that field and one comes on he goes "and stop f******g crying" under his breath (directed to his former pitcher), at that point I gave him a stern look and issued a warning. I didn't hear anything else the rest of the game. Looking back, considering the age of players, I feel like his comment on the mound should have been an ejection. My last situation did result in an ejection. 10AA ball and we had this team for back to back games. First game went relatively smoothly, heard little from coaches. At the conclusion of the plate meeting for the second game the coach made a snide comment about calls in the first game and I gave him a glare and told him that was enough. Three or four innings later, my partner calls his runner out to end the inning in front of their dugout. Between innings I am standing on the first base foul line and the coach (from the third base dugout) screams "that's three calls you've blown between the two games, what the hell." I then threw him out and an assistant came out to plead their case that they traveled all this way and he gets ejected for that. I chose to speak to the assistant because I felt that it was the best way to handle tempers, even though he was not the head coach. I didn't hear any more griping from the managers or fans.