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kylehutson last won the day on September 28

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About kylehutson

  • Birthday 07/04/1971

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    Westmoreland KS

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    Northeast Kansas Officials Association (NEKOA)
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    Supercomputer system administrator
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    Rec coach-pitch through HS varsity
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  1. In FED, you still made the right call. "Slide or avoid" is only relevant on a force play. As long as he didn't commit MC (which you ruled he didn't) or make an effort to dislodge the ball (sure doesn't sound like it), it was just a botched tag attempt.
  2. Are we the only 2 in our area? I have recently join this site and got back into umpiring after a 14 year absence. I am trying to get into doing college baseball and doing the mid american umpire camp has deffintly open some doors for me. I have got the chance to do ku fall ball and have a couple more that I will be doing this month. I also did a washburn game as well. This past summer I did some central plain league games. 

    If you have any ideas of who I should contact I would be thankful. 

    I am in contact with Sean Bolte Jon Browar and Greg Harmon who is the one that got me the ku games. 


    1. kylehutson


      I'm only doing up to high school ball for now (hoping going to get to Mid America next year). I live near Manhattan (I work at K-State). I can tell give you the following people who I know have worked college games around here, so would probably be better to talk to than me (in order that I would try to contact them):

      Chris Nelson <chris@legacysolutionsks.com>
      Wayne Converse <conversew@cox.net>
      Mike Weaver <weaverm@k-state.edu>

    2. kylehutson


      Just thought of one other - majordave on this forum is from up near Leavenworth. Hasn't been on a lot lately, but a heck of a nice guy.

  3. Starter uniforms for rookies

    The perception has a lot to do with context. In this league I was referring to, every other town uses printed T-Shirts with the word "umpire" ironed-on to it. In fact, so did my town until I proposed going with the powder blue shirts. So now, our umpires are actually treated more professionally than the others, despite being there in shorts, no hat, etc.
  4. Starter uniforms for rookies

    I live in the boondocks where most towns usually can only field a single team in any particular age group (e.g., the town I live in has a population of 750 - yes I realize that there is probably somebody on here who lives in an apartment building with that many people living there). Anyway, in the rec league I work with, the rec commission provides the protective gear (except shoes - most work in just tennis shoes). The commission also pays for half of their first shirt (we standardized on the powder-blue since it's both baseball and softball), which gets the price down to less than a single game fee. And we allow them to wear whatever they want for pants (shorts, jeans, "real" umpire pants, whatever). Considering we pay less than half what the nearest decent-sized city (50k+ people), it works for us. It also helps me to evaluate some of the younger guys and recruit them to the more competitive ball when they get some experience.
  5. I've been called "certifiable". Is that kinda close?
  6. "play"

    I get almost the exact opposite reaction. Me: "Play" Batter: (Turns around) "What???" OK, so that's more at youth levels than high school, but still...
  7. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of "idiot" sports stars. Here's my first Google result - there are many others. http://thesportsdrop.com/15-broke-nfl-stars-and-how-they-blew-their-millions/
  8. Just Cancel the Game

    It is supposed to be windy? I didn't notice (honestly).
  9. Just Cancel the Game

    You know what we call 25 mph winds with gusts to 40 in Kansas? Tuesday.
  10. Weight Loss Group

    Late to the posting party (sorry, been swamped the last few weeks). I've lost over 30 lbs in the last 5 months (and could easily be more if I was more strict about it) using a system sponsored by my employer called "Naturally Slim". It's not a product, it's a behavior. The essence of it is - Drink lots of water (notice a recurring theme on this thread?) - Slow down and enjoy your food - it takes me about 1/2 hour to eat a meal - Don't snack. If you're hungry enough to eat, you're hungry enough to eat a full meal - Listen to your body - don't eat if you're not hungry. I've stopped eating breakfast altogether, and sometimes don't eat lunch until midafternoon Naturally, exercise helps, but doing the math, there's no way that exercise alone can make up for eating too much. The science is settled that weight gain/loss is a matter of calories in vs calories expended, but this is a way that I'm consuming far fewer calories and not feeling like I'm depriving myself. OK, and I need to throw this in here, too.
  11. New guy on the block

    Welcome! This is a great place to learn AND teach (you have significantly more experience than I do).
  12. Kneeling for National Anthem

    I won't see it - because I'll be facing the flag.
  13. Improper footwork on pitch

    When I see the hybrid being used and it's legal, I'll usually talk to the coach between innings, letting him know what I'm seeing - that it's legal at this level/league/ruleset, but that I would be calling a balk in a high school game. I've only ever had one coach tell me they didn't care. Most are quite appreciative.