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humanbackstop19

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About humanbackstop19

  • Birthday 07/24/1982

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Decorah, IA

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  • Your Association Name
    NCAA D III, NCAA, IHSAA, CBUA
  • Occupation
    Teacher
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    HS, NCAA, NJCAA
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  2. I had the same mask, same type of break, and same great experience from Ump-Attire.com
  3. I purchased a mask from Ump-Attire.com in March. Wore it maybe 25 times they spring/summer. Without going into the specs of the mask (though will say it was $100+), I recently noticed it had a 2 cracks after a game in which I did not take a direct hit. I was puzzled how it could have happened. I loved the mask and had taken several direct hits before with no apparent damage! So, I reached out to Ump-Attire.com's customer service and asked how strong they were about their 100% satisfaction guarantee on the site and further explained the issue with the mask. By the next business day I received a response that I could send the mask in for inspection and if it was deemed defective they would contact me with further instructions. I sent the mask in and received another email simply asking me if I'd like a replacement or another product free of charge. Within minutes and a few more exchanges, no questions asked, a replacement was ordered and on its way priority mail free of charge! 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE fulfilled by Ump-Attire.com! Thank You x a million!
  4. Here's a twist that has been a topic of conversation this summer. Say Smith is DHing for Jones who is the P. Once Smith reaches, a coach wants to lift the DH and put Jones on the bases. Then, coach tries to put a courtesy runner in for Jones immediately after inflammatioinitial switch . Is this allowed? Our state association has declared yes, though I disagree with it.
  5. Good call. I pooched that one. Lucky it didn't cost them any runs in what was a good ballgame.
  6. Is there any rule set which specifically covers or restricts a defensive player from throwing over any dead ball territory?
  7. FED game last night in which in 6th inning, R1, R2; pitcher goes to mouth after a pitch and receiving ball from catcher. Without ever wiping off his fingers he went to the mouth with, he wipes only the baseball on his pant leg. I was 100% that he was weeping only the ball and not his fingers. I balked this as soon as he came set for the next pitch. Was this the right call and was the timing of the balk call correct?
  8. Since this time, he has improved slightly. Now, he looks straight over the top and wears the balloon, LOL. And, unfortunately, yes, he still gets postseason assignments. This particular individual also works the bases entirely in the "B" when in the middle, regardless of situation. I share my frustrations @Panther32 that in Iowa, unless we're within 30 miles of Des Moines, we don't get any type of formal evaluation, for better or worse. It's the good 'ol boy system at its best when it comes to postseason around these parts.
  9. We both umpire high school in the same area and the same levels of competition. However, there is no local association. It sucks, but attempts to put one together have failed. Having been around this umpire before, I knew that approach would not end well. I thought about bringing it up as I handed him some ice after taking a shot to the forearm on a foul ball, but history of watching this guy work many games told me better. He also works HS softball, and probably did mix up the rules, or he just tried getting one past me. Either way, he was there for a paycheck, not for love of the game or making sure the kids get a fair game. Experienced coaches can easily tell when that's the case. I agree, most good umpires would be receptive to a gentle approach and question, then go do their homework. The BEST umpires will admit when they're wrong............on the next date they see the coach.
  10. I was coaching a JV game last night on opening night in Iowa. While on offense, our BR with nobody on base strikes out on a curve ball. The pitch hits the catcher in the chest protector and bounces 35 feet up the first base line. The BR turns and take probably 5 steps towards the dugout. As catcher is giving chase, I yell at my BR to RUN, RUN, RUN! PU snaps back, "He's out!" The catcher was still chasing the ball. I responded with, "No, he's not. He has until he enters the dugout area," (referring to that situation since it was only the first out) which the BR was still 25 feet from. PU rips his mask off, takes a couple steps towards me and yells, "No he doesn't, that's a SOFTBALL rule!" I could do nothing more than shake my head. Rule citation: FED 8-4-1 (i), and this situation is explained in more detail in this year's case book.
  11. This was a HS district playoff game in Iowa a few years back. Talk about distant slot positioning, lol!
  12. I went on Ebay and found a cheaper pair of the Nike Dri-Fit golf pants. The color is a lighter shade of charcoal (matches up pretty well with an older pair of charcoal Honigs combo pants I have). Another plus is they come with the length/inseam already tailored and included in the price. The fit, comfort, stretch, and air flow in them are as good as it comes when it comes to wearing in heated conditions. My 1.75" belt does actually fit into the loops of my pants, so I maintain the professional look. I'll use these as backups to the Smitty poly spandex base pants, and who knows, maybe more.
  13. Under Armour is taking over all MLB uniforms beginning in 2020 I believe. I may be a year off. Anyhow, UA will most certainly be putting their mark on umpire apparel within the next few years. Personally, I'm excited about that!
  14. I'm familiar with this bat. It's the Easton Mako Torque. It was a selling bust. But the application and idea was brilliant to keep hitters from rolling over. Anyways, totally legal bat unaltered, but no natural rattle to it. If it rattled, get it out of play. Nice work.
  15. The ball was never dead. The BR doubled to RCF. Why would that kill the ball?