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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. Welcome aboard!
  2. That would be assuming that it was just one batter missed, and that the same batter would come up next, still with the illegal bat. Not a bad assumption, but also not a given.
  3. Correct. Please do try to keep up. Waitaminute - I just looked above, and you seem to have started this whole distraction with the "walked to school" comment.
  4. Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing 'Hallelujah.'
  5. See this. Just because you can't run the numbers, doesn't mean your brain isn't doing roughly the same thing, just using different techniques than the algorithms you were taught (or, I guess, at least told) when taking a calc class.
  6. I'll believe that as soon as you start teaching your pitchers to stop short and not follow-through. Here's a little light reading for you. And compare that with this, which says, in part: "In order to deliver a baseball to a batter, a pitcher has to release the ball at exactly the right point in the throw. A timing error of half a millisecond in either direction is enough to cause the ball to miss the strike zone. To put that in perspective, it takes about five milliseconds for the fastest nerve impulse to travel the length of the arm. That means that when your arm is still rotating toward the correct position, the signal to release the ball is already at your wrist. In terms of timing, this is like a drummer dropping a drumstick from the 10th story and hitting a drum on the ground on the correct beat." All that to say that humans are particularly adept at throwing things. We anticipate what will happen in order to avoid injury, so even when we think we're not slowing down to stop short, we are.
  7. But with that out, isn't the out-of-order batter legalized? So it should be the next guy on the lineup after the OOB batter, not the one that would be in the next spot if the correct batter were there?
  8. Heh. Fixed
  9. You need to get a bigger bag, so it can hold the .44 magnum.
  10. That's not the way it works in Kansas. To work interscholastic games here, you need only be "registered" with the state high school activities association (KSHSAA). To be registered, the only requirements are 1) Pay the registration fee 2) Attend a rules meeting hosted by the head of baseball for KSHSAA. In odd-numbered years, there are about 15(maybe?) of these held across the state (no-online option available). In even-numbered years, these are online exclusively (and FWIW, softball is the opposite, so every year they'll have both face-to-face and online meetings). To be eligible for post-season games, there are two more requirements a) Attend an "area supervisors" meeting - the state has a half-dozen or so regions, each of which has a supervisor. These meetings go a little more in-depth than the rules meeting. b) Score >90% on an NFHS rules test For the process of being assigned, that is up to the individual schools. *Most* schools have an individual assigner for the entire league. Some schools do it themselves (i.e., the school's AD). And some have a 3rd party (association) do it on their behalf. I belong to an association, but it's not strictly a baseball association. It also encompasses softball, football, and basketball officials. They do a lot of the assigning for all three. However, I have been contacted by entities outside my association and have occasionally worked games for them. Probably 90% of my work has come from the association. Only once a year per sport. They usually have one clinic per year, held during a high school scrimmage before the season starts. (I say usually, because they have for the past several years, but didn't this year.) Not formally. If you attend the clinic, you get evaluated. Getting the better quality games tends to happen when you do a good job working with one of those who is already in the small circle of experienced officials at the association. Typically 2-2.5 hours (but like I said, only once/year). 20-ish. Being a member of the association isn't mandatory, and there are people who will join in year X, not join in year Y, and join again in year Z No idea I just googled, and was surprised to find out that we do. But it's out of date.
  11. I have an engineering degree, and am married to a physics teacher. While it's technically true that no more force can be applied to the ball after it's released, you still need to decelerate your hand/arm/shoulder in a controlled manner to avoid injury. If you can "pull up short", that means you began your deceleration before you let go of the ball (IOW, interfered).
  12. Yep. There are 3 legal things a pitcher can do while engaged with the pitching rubber: 1) Disengage off the back of the rubber, pivot foot first. (Nope) 2) Throw to an occupied base, or for the purpose of making a play. (Nope) 3) Pitch to the batter. (Nope) Though I would note that if the dropped ball crosses one of the foul lines, it's legally a pitch (and a ball). None of those apply, so it's a balk.
  14. I wear two. As games go along, I move the more worn/less desirable balls from the right bag (where I pull from) to the left.
  15. First of all, around here, umpires can't (or at least don't) declare forfeits, that's for the TD or other administration. Umpires can send both teams to the dugout until the administration makes a decision on the forfeit. Secondly, in your situation, I would have told the TD, "Either he goes or I go. I don't need the money, there are lots of other places that need umpires, and I'm not going to put up with you not having my back." And if he chose not to, I would have no problem walking away, and making sure I never work another tourney when he's the TD. And I'd bring as many umpire-friends as I could with me (which would be a considerable number). To your larger point, I agree that "win at all costs" is a plague on society, and there's really not much we can do about it other than to make sure that our own legacy holds to a higher standard than that.