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    Production Artist
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  1. Backswing interference?

    This game looked like some of the 11u games I've worked. And lasted longer. I agree with Layne, the catcher getting hit with the bat, did not affect the outcome of the play. I'm surprised at how poorly MLB players react on U3Ks.
  2. Starter uniforms for rookies

    If somebody wants to work the bases during a regular season LL game, I'm not going to care what they are wearing. Come tournament time, it gets more important.
  3. From what I understand the #2 F2 is usually a #3. Most of the time, the #2 is in the bullpen. Of course, this is coming from a bullpen catcher, so it may be biased. Anyway, I don't see the #3 getting a ton of reps.
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  5. Question About Foul Tip on Strike Three (Ball Bounces)

    A foul tip must be caught, or it's not a foul tip. If the ball makes contact with the bat and then bounces into the catcher's mitt, I've got a foul ball. If it's a foul ball, it can't be a U3K, because with 2 strikes, it wouldn't be a strike, just a foul.
  6. Site Upgrade

    Looks like the articles need some work. grey text on black is annoying to try to read.
  7. IFF - what is an "infielder"?

    Going back to the OP, I was thinking, if the infield shifts to the right field side and leaves 3B and short wide open, how do we judge a fly to 3B? Once, we get past thinking the manager is an idiot.
  8. IFF - what is an "infielder"?

    I read the rule as "can" be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort. Not, MUST be caught. The better question is "what is ordinary effort?" Do we base our judgement on the team currently on the field or on what we would consider an average team at whatever level we are working?
  9. New ump from PA

    Regarding gear, first focus on mask and cup. Then CP, then shins and finally shoes. I prefer a mask vs. a helmet as I find it easier to remove. Also, I wear it loose enough to rotate on my head if it gets hit with a glancing blow, or allow for maximum pad compression if it's a straight on shot. I also recommend a hard shell CP. The harness is an important part of the CP, so keep that in mind. I was happy with my V-Sport with it's OEM harness, but then added an All-Star Flex and it's like a new CP. It fits and feels much better. Finally, this is a great resource, don't be afraid to ask questions.
  10. Volunteer UIC survey help...

    First, we don't use umpires for anything under minors. A couple years ago, we started having coaches umpire games. In our minor division, we have 6 teams with 2-3 coaches per team. There are roughly 50 games per season, so each team is responsible for providing the PU for 8-9 games. There are a couple major coaches who work the minors games as a way of scouting talent. We pull a parent in to work the bases. Coaches don't work their own games. For majors we also use coaches, but each team has to provide a PU or BU for games. We have a couple guys from our District who work a couple games as well. The UIC creates a schedule at the beginning of the season and we work off of that. We also have a brief clinic at the beginning of the season run by a couple of District umpires. Is it the best system, no. But we've discovered that we do no worse than most of the guys we pay from an assigner. And our coaches develop a great deal of respect for the umpires. I had one coach say that before we forced him to work behind the plate, he would be screaming about missed plays and bad calls. After working his first game, he couldn't believe how many calls he missed or blew. Now, he restricts his complaining to really obvious calls and is much calmer during the game. He's also started working on teaching his kids the rules. One of his kids noticed that an opposing player was using a big barrell, of course, the paid umpires, didn't know the rules and let him complete his at bat before removing the bat. (no other penalty) You'll probably get some kick back from the coaches, but I think it's well worth it.
  11. Idaho Montana Game

    Sorry, was also trying to work during all of this. IIRC, there was also a replay request in the midst of all this. I caught the original out of the corner of my eye and then when the announcers took over on the replays it all went to hell. Of course, not having a camera angle of the retouch didn't help. I'm watching on Sling, so I don't have the ability to rewind or replay.
  12. Idaho Montana Game

    I'm watching, and am really confused. R2 & R3, deep ball caught at the fence. Looks like both runners tag up but then there was a whole lotta weirdness. U3 sends R2 (now on third) to the dugout. Then the team makes an appeal at 3B, during the time, then they make a legal appeal at 3B and then at 2B. Where U2 makes no signal. Of course, the announcers are talking about force outs and appeals, but none of it makes any sense. Did I miss something?
  13. I have no idea why he moved his hands in front of his CP. Nor why he continues to wear that Wilson helmet.
  14. Darrin Sealey Resigns

    Years ago, I met some guys who served with my uncle in Vietnam. They really downplayed any of their military experience, "...just regular army..." It wasn't until later on that I found out that they were both Rangers.
  15. +pos chest protector

    I don't know if it works the same way with this type of gear, but a friend who sold Apple computers to corporations had said that if they sent a computer out it was considered sold, so any returns could not be sold as new. He had a truckload of new, unopened gear that all had to be opened and reboxed and then sold as refurbished, even though it never left the trailer and was returned with the original shrinkwrap on the original pallet.