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  1. CP Help Requested

    I have a slim build and have a Schutt’s XV. Fits great once you mold it to your body. I taken a couple of shots and don’t even feel it. I have posted my “Charlie Brown” modification for the delta flex using nylon strapping and rectangle hoops. Just sent it to a cobbler to get a more professional look. Will update when I get it back. Finally, nice thing about the Schutt’s is that it comes with an 4” extension. That might be nice for your height.
  2. Any update for brd

    Has anyone heard anything more about 2017 edition Carl Childress's Brd (Baseball Rules Differences)? I just noticed his website is now gone and I read in other threads that with his passing, the Wendelstedt press was taking over publishing of the Brd and it would be available in early February. Does this mean that it will be available through the Wendelstedt School's online store, or will it be available from other sources? Before I learned about Carl's passing, I was looking forward to purchasing my first Brd this winter. I'm sad that I did not get to support his hard work and get a copy earlier.
  3. Research Needed for Graduate School Project

    Autumn, It was very astute of you to post this on this forum. There is a wealth of knowledge and skill here and more wiser sages than I. I am just lucky if I comment on something and it makes sense. I think what would be helpful is to know what our process is when we make safe and out calls. For example: try to be 90 degrees to the throw on force plays and 90 degrees to the tag on tag plays. On force plays listen and see. Dont jiggle the camera when taking your mental snapshot. Knowing an umpire's positioning, mechanics and reasoning on these plays may assist you in designing a tool that would complement umpires on these types of plays.
  4. The Third Team 2017 WS ??

    I could only find clips on YouTube. I even looked in mlb store under DVD just to see.
  5. The Third Team 2017 WS ??

    I wished the previous edition was in DVD. I think you could learn so much from it and show samples in clinics and club meetings.
  6. When is it time to hang it up?

    When you stop learning.
  7. jaksa roder manual

    I got my copy on Monday, after the pony express crossed the border. Took a little while to get here, but considering it is a one man show, I'm happy. I got the WUM and MiLBUM last year and I have a 13th edition Jaksa/Roder, and each of the three complement each other. I learn so much each time I crack a new volume open. As for the cost, it is probably worth it for the information. I have no problem with the 14th edition. It is updated with the new MLB coding. My question is: is the 13th edition of any value? I am thinking of giving it to a younger/developing umpire.
  8. First Time UIC

    I agree with @MadMax and @Kckumpire about knowing the rules. Also, spend the money and get current copies of Wendelstedt manuals, BRD and Jaksa/Roder. Read them thoroughly as they are great learning opportunities for yourself. I also will take the pdfs of our national positioning/mechanics manuals and Provincial youth rulebook to printer to set printed and binded. I am lucky because most of our rules are OBR based. The great thing about having these in print is that it will make it easier to get old dogs to learn new tricks. If you show the umpire what needs to be done, rather than telling him not to do, it not a power issue between the two of you. If you frame the interpretation, positioning and mechanics in terms of what is expected of all umpires, including yourself, then it is not about what I tell you to do, but this is what is expected of all of us.
  9. @beerguy55 And @ElkOil I am not saying umpires do not make mistakes nor that excellence is not the standard we should all strive for each game. I watch many games, assessing the progress and development of umpires. I have observed many games where either: one, saw the umpire make a nice call done properly only to hear coaches and fans yell bs about the "travesty" that has been inflicted on their poor team, or two, seen a close play that I know from where I'm sitting I can't call and trust the call on the field, to hear a fan or coach with the same perspective livid about a butchered call. Until this culture changes, I am always going to question the motive of someone trying to throw an umpire under a bus. Bottom line is this: as an educator, people do not learn or progress linearly and learning, especially any psycho-motor or kinetic learning, needs to be done. This means that people learn better by getting reps in an environment that is supportive in growth and development. Usually, people don't grow when: their peer group is not dynamic by promoting dialogue for growth; feedback is critical, not constructive; they have no mentors who they trust; or, no meaningful and pragmatic learning experience exists that gives them a sense of empowerment. Finally, I have found that usually stereotypes and prejudice affects what kind of support and development people receive. I seen environments where the people who are liked get the support and training while the shunned people have to figure it out for themselves. As an educator, I know that I have to practice "don't judge, understand" in giving each person the quality time they need to grow and develop. It is amazing and humbling sometimes how people change and blossom when they feel like someone sees them as a person, not as a preconceived idea of who they are. Intrinsic excellence and high expectations usually is fostered from a trusted and respectful learning environment. People take ownership to the achievement of excellence when their effort on the field is matched with a passion to raise their best. My goal as a UIC or educator is to nurture that intrinsic motivation in others. That is what I take to the field to support and educate developing umpires. I don't think that is what a coach has in mind. PS. Does playing in a band on weekends, make you a professional musician? For most umpires I know, we are not doing it because of the honourarium we get for the game. We do it because one way or another, we feel a civic duty or responsibility to contribute to our communities. Umpiring is the way we participate and volunteer as a citizen in our hometowns.
  10. More Ontarian Hilarity

    In a younger age group, the f-bomb may be enough for ejection. I probably would have talked directly to F2 about the unsportsmanlike comment; I would have kept Bats out of it unless they were jarring back and forth. I would warn F2 for insulting opposing team as this is unacceptable and any other verbal or physical incident will lead to watching the Blue Jays lose on his cell. Bottom line is this. You want the behaviour to stop as it is not tolerated. If your comment got the job done, to cease the BS from F2, then I'm good with that. Sometimes, we have to deal with situations our own way.
  11. More Ontarian Hilarity

    Your TD is full of crap. Yes we have a different culture, but we still play by the same rule book. There is no difference in tolerance for jackasses on the field. In fact in my province, we have zero tolerance in our major youth program. The coaches can only come out to make changes, ask about rule interpretation or to protest a game. Our IAWE levels are pretty thin. Problem is that going to the US for a tourney in Canada is an act of prestige. Coaches, players and parents look at the sojourn to the lower 48 as a status thing that they brag about back home. Our team/organization is better than yours because we played in a tourney in the US. This patronizing/condescending BS is very un-Canadian.
  12. Rain, No Pay

    In my province, our provincial organization negotiates agreements and standards with various organizations, youth and adult. I know some people like being a private contractor, but sometimes you need a umpire association to represent umpires in negotiation of standards and fees for assigned umpires with leagues and assignors. Even at my local youth association, we have decided that if the umpire is at the game when it is called then full game fees are to be paid. The onus is the home team to cancel the game in a timely manner. Even if the umpire is in transit, full fees are paid. Me thinks if the assigning body is saying tough noogies to umpires who have games cancelled, then there are probably too many non-officiating people with their hands in the cookie jar. If a day of rain is putting them into financial peril, then maybe they should not be assigning games. I wonder if they still got paid for assigning those games.
  13. Balk ruling

    This part of the rule book (pg. 75) involves doctoring the baseball. (2) expectorate on the ball, either hand or his glove; (3) rub the ball on his glove, person or clothing; (4) apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball; (5) deface the ball in any manner; or (6) deliver a ball altered in a manner prescribed by Rule 6.02(c)(2) through (5) or what is called the “shine” ball, “spit” ball, “mud” ball or “emery” ball. The pitcher is allowed to rub the ball between his bare hands. (7) Have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign sub- stance. These are the instances that has an option. It does not apply to quick pitches and not in contact with rubber illegal pitches. With runners on base, balk. @Senor Azul case example applicable to op, and something tells me if I look at my 2016 Wendelstedt, I'd find the same case example. Not one of 2017 changed involves illegal pitches. May be in the future be more clear about what you are quoting. Myths get started when the rule book is taken out of context.
  14. This broken record drives me, as a UIC of a youth association trying to develop young umpires, nuts. 1. We, as umpires, do not umpire to the court of public opinion; we umpire by interpreting what we saw. 2. Unless all of you at the game have 10-12 cameras and a control centre in New York, what makes you think you saw the play any better? Did you see what happened or what you wanted to see? HTBT. 3. This is not a misinterpretation of the rules, this is a judgment call. No umpire by her/himself is going to overturn a judgment call after listening to the peanut gallery. That is just a nightmare waiting to happen. 4. If it is a misinterpretation of the rules, protest the game. As an association UIC, I don't want any coach or parent or spectator telling a developing umpire (who are usually working this level) what the call should be. 5. To #4, at this level, we have our entry level umpires who are probably 12-13 years old and in their first year. At this level, I don't care if they call your batter out on a Scooby Doo, the play stands. In protecting younger umpires from being bullied or intimidated, our provincial code states all calls on the field stand at this level. The coaches should contact the UIC of the situation if it is such a misinterpretation of the rules. It is my responsibility to tell the young umpire there is no Scooby Doo in the rule book, not the coach. 6. This situation in the OP is probably due to bad positioning or mechanics, again that is something a UIC should work with the umpire, not the coach. Bottom line is this. I don't tell your infielders how to field after they booted five ground balls and turned a inning in 34 C (92 F) into 30 minutes of horror. Don't tell my 13-year-old umpire that in a rundown between 1st and 2nd and the ball gets thrown out the play, R1 should be on 2nd base (1+1).
  15. 2 Ejections same game.

    Not all of us put eh after a sentence. However, I always say, "all of you."
  16. Umpire in Wheelchair

    How come I get the feeling I could substitute woman or African-American for person in a wheelchair into some of these posts, and feel I was back in the 1950s. Everyone here is demonstrating the classic stereotype of people with a disability. Your reasoning conveys that because of a chair, they are immobile, or they are a risk to getting hit. May be all people with a disability should be shut-ins so all you dinosaurs don't have to degrade another person with your condescending pity. (Note: No "I got family or friends with a disability" stories to try to prove you are not prejudice.). My take is this: Technology is evolving and there are many ways solve obstacles and barriers for people with disabilities to participate in many aspects of our culture, including sports. People with disabilities, or differently abled, or people with assisted technology already demonstrate that assumptions about their abilities are incorrect. Just look at the para-Olympic games. Get out of your generalized preconceived ideas of what a person with a disability can't do and open your eyes at the abilities of each person. People may surprise you and break down your preconceived ideas. Finally, sports is a place to demonstrate what we believe in, and teaches children these values. What do you teach a child playing baseball when they see an umpire with a disability participating in this great game? I know in my province we have a challenger baseball field in Vancouver for all children to enjoy baseball. If you build it, they will come.
  17. What to do?

    @lawump, I do not have the skill or experience you have, so please take the following with a grain of salt. If there is something that is helpful, I glad I could share some ideas. I think the hard thing is if we only work with someone may be once in a year. We only see a snap shot of that umpire's development. As others have noted, you do not know enough of that person to work together and get better by giving constructive feedback. Yet, there are some things to try. I think the first thing is to model the professionalism yourself. Show your expectations. I will say to partners that I like to be alone between innings because it keeps me focused, or after the pre-game, I hope we don't talk again until after the game because it means we had a good game. Even, this is what we do between innings because that is what the association manual says. Model what you expect. Another option is to tell a story of how you got better. What helped you to elevate your game. May be talk about what you learned from an advanced clinic from a MLB umpire. Centre your small talk around umpiring. If that person is in a new level, it may be a chance for you in supporting their development. If not, at least you can informally negotiate your expectations through your stories. They may be defensive in the moment, but long-term they will incorporate the ideas if they are a team player. I think we have to be able to share ideas respectfully and constructively without it being taken personally. I may be lucky, but I work games with umpires from 17-71 and everyone is curious to learn, to better their best. We learn from each other. Everyone is different. I have cerebral approach and do not like small talk when I umpire. However, a part of me cringes when I hear the "partner from hell" stories, because of the passing of judgment that can de-humanize a partner. To other people, we could be the "partner from hell." People can have different styles, skills and temperament. But, what is important is that we do want to learn and grow collaboratively. I guess @lawump the only "partner from hell" is the one who does not want to learn.
  18. RLI...................... again

    I think, as umpires, that we should make the right call, not the easy call. Granted, we have to take the level and situation into consideration, but the calls that are the skeletons in our umpire closet, are the one's we knew we should have called. Last year, I had a couple of CI's that at the moment, I was not sure there was a touch. Only afterwards, did I kick myself for being passive. One of these, the catcher afterwards asked quietly if there was a penalty for hitting his glove. If I could, I would have smacked myself in the back of the head. I let my second-guessing miss the call. Nobody knew; nobody complained, but it still lingers with me. This lingering of missed calls drives me to learn from it and to be more active in what I see. I think if you see it, call it. Ultimately, I can go home enjoying my game if I called what I saw and did my best. Learning along the way to always elevate that best. Outside the lane. RLI.
  19. Ball hit umpire while on the field

    I think that sometimes in rules interpretation clinics or sessions, we focus on the rule and under emphasize the application/penalty. The developing umpires probably called umpire interference correctly, but didn't know what to do afterwards.
  20. Narrowing Down Chest Protectors

    What I tried to do was use as the XV original upper strap. Used a two rectangular hoops that work great for securing the straps of the delta flex. Followed @MadMax original retrofit for connecting the bottom two straps. Did my own stitching (Charlie Brown style), but would like to get a cobbler or leather worker to do a custom job.
  21. Narrowing Down Chest Protectors

    I'd second @BT_Blue on the Schutt's XV. Like him, took @MadMax advice and self-retroed a delta-flex on it (see image). Fit nice and stays snug, protecting my clavicle. I have taken foul shots off it and never felt it. Previously, had a Rawlings soft-shell and after a few bruises on my chest, (looked like I was in a fight), decided I needed a hard shell. As @Stk004 said, "Hard shell, hard shell, hard shell."
  22. Dropped third confusion

    I am a little confused (okay I am always confused ) why isn't the batter automatically out (R1<2outs)? R1 out on pick off; three outs inning over.
  23. No, I get an honourarium for my volunteering to my association. Umpires are as much as part of the association as the players and coaches. As a UIC, I am part of our associations executive. We all are developing, as coaches, players and umpires. I am not some mercenary. You are not paying for my service. I am contributing to, to the best of my ability and knowledge, to amateur and minor baseball. There is an honourarium because of my costs to umpire and because of the culture of baseball to officials. Umpires have a sense of responsibility to ensure fair play and the game being played by rules. If you are umpiring at the grassroots level, you are not doing it to get paid. All the gear, for games and my umpire practices, all the books, I bought myself. I do it to support the development of other umpires, and I am grateful for what others teach me. Most times, especially younger ones, umpires have a one-day clinic then have coaches expect that they call games like MLB umpires. Our development program in my province has a three-year cycle of basic development. I do not expect your players, at the youth level, to play like MLB players. Part of this unreasonable expectation is why amateur umpires do get an honourarium. All you have to do is see a 12 or 13-year old kid, in his/her gear and big open eyes, wanting to know everything: the rules, the places to be to make a call, and the way to signal a call to know that the last thing on their minds is work. They love the game and want to be a part of it. This enthusiasm is humbling as a UIC. I hope by supporting them, they can keep that wonder to learn about umpiring for a lifetime and they grow to build fellowship with other umpires and always search for new ideas about umpiring. Understand, don't judge.
  24. With younger umpires, the association UIC is like their coach. If you, as a coach, don't want me coaching your kids, then as a UIC, don't coach my umpires. If it is a situation of rule interpretation, positioning or mechanics, talk to the UIC. Positioning and mechanics, as long as the umpire knows the proper rule interpretation of the strike zone, are usually where a UIC can support an umpire in developing their zone. We can work on tracking into the glove and timing. We can work on slot stance, head height and keeping the head still. Strike zones usually improve with development in these areas. What concerns me is that your information is selective. You did not tell us how the tape measure was hooked up so you knew the pitch was 12-18 inches off the plate. The camera would be around 30-60 feet from home plate and could be blocked by the catcher. Was it directly behind of off to an angle? I know if I stand straight up and look down, that is enough to affect my perception on pitches, your camera would higher and have a more visible distortion. If your second baseman had five ground balls go through the wickets, would you let the BU show him how to field a ground ball? Would you let the crew chief come to you and tell you that your second baseman's errors are affecting the game? Players are learning to get better; so are the umpires. For younger umpires, who are umpiring games where, if lucky, the pitcher can get close to the strike zone 1 out of 3 times, it is hard to learn to keep a good zone. It is a process to grow as an umpire. As a UIC, I am not going to go and teach your chucker how to pitch. She/he is learning how to pitch, so is that umpire.
  25. Am I crazy?

    I remember when I was young and doing that many plate games for a rec team's invitational tourney. It was pure stupidity on my part. It was hot and my strike zone looked like Swiss cheese at the end. Doing stuff like that does not do your reputation any good. After that, I made a rule of doing two games a day (plate and bases). Only in special cases would I do three, one game rest in between and making sure the last game was an evening start. Definately game 3 is not going in the 3-6 pm time slot. There is not enough water/fluids I could drink in a day to make sure I was hydrated enough for more games. Three games is about a 9 hour commitment. My feeling is both teams deserve me at my best. Stay fresh and give them your best.