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  1. High School Playoffs

    Haven’t worked in PA in couple years but did for several years. Never was in on the decision making, but was on playoffs for 7-ish years. This is how I think it worked in our area Districts (ours was 4 counties,some may be just the Pittsburgh public schools, some may be all over the place) have there own tournaments, our district used 3-man crews, and then 4-man for championships. There were 4 chapters in our district and we each had 2-3, 3-man crews that were “nominated” by assignor/board and approved by district committee. The 4-man crew was also done in same manner, and was the deemed the “inter district crew”. When the state tournament started there are 4 rounds per level (may have changed in past years). Depending on where games were played and who was playing determined which district committee was the host, then the crews from that district worked. Those came from PIAA office to the district committee, then they decided which crew was where and what game. The year my crew got a state championship, that game came from PIAA office.
  2. Chairs and buckets ok. But no beer coolers or bbq.

    Never worked at Clemson’s field, we have a couple on here that have I believe. There is a white line for DBT in front of those in the chairs, also on 3rd base side. Guessing they have labeled that whole area as the dugout (not an extension as that goes against the rules). So if that’s the ground rules then they are properly “in the dugout” Won’t say I’m particularly in favor of where they are.
  3. Biggest blowout ever?

    MIAA play by NFHS rules? Pic from article gives me issues if so.
  4. Concerning Coach Pitch...

    @LoneBlueStar your games sounded like one I just posted about. We had coach’s wanting to “protest”close judgement calls, hollering about kids standing in the way of runners and the two HC’s started arguing with each other.
  5. The future may be bright

    Watching my son’s coach pitch game last night. We’ve got 2 youth umpires working, BU probably 14-15yo. Had a play were a batted ball hit a runner between 2nd and 3rd. They called an out for interference of batted ball as we all know it to be in most baseball rule sets (overheard from offensive coaches that in DIzzy Dean if it passes two infielders, including pitcher then interference is off, I dunno. Don’t work DIzzy Dean) So in between innings there was another dad near me that umpires, and he started asking him what the ruling was. He was able to correctly and confidently relay the ruling, the reasoning of it, then answered the follow ups from him about what if the play didn’t cause the third out what do runners do, what if it hit a fielder, what if it passed a fielder. Kid was spot on (Again this going with what I know offensive interference with a batted ball to be, don’t know if there is a DD change) but to top it all off... BU finishes it all off by saying “it be fine if people didn’t get so dang butt hurt, it ain’t the World Series, it’s coach pitch.” Like me I said, there may be some hope for new generation.
  6. New masks for old MLB umpires

    From Facebook post
  7. Rawlings Ti, Diamond lightweight (Black)

    @Thunderheads lock it up
  8. $125 plus shipping cost Rawlings Titanium Mask: frame used in roughly 30 games, near perfect condition (some of the paint on inside is rubbed away from harness). Pads brand new, wore frame with Honigs pads, and brand new MLB harness, couldn’t find the original Rawlings, used Honigs harness. Also for sale- $35 plus shipping costs Diamond IX3-Ump frame with Honigs tan pads (wear shown on pics, MLB harness in near perfect condition. Sort of a mix and match mask. PayPal preferred
  9. +pos chest protector

    Same thing happened to me 2 months ago with the order processed, and then radio silence. Called the numbers from website, emailed no answers. Search on this site for +pos and there will be a thread about shirts where dandada or something like that goes on a rant. In it he gives his phone number for someone to contact him personally. I called that number , picked up on 2nd ring and updated me on my order. Deleted the number from my phone or I’d have it easily.
  10. 3-man, R3 , less than 2 outs, fly ball to LF and U3 goes out. Pu has tag of R3, U1 has to haul a** across for playback at 3rd F7 makes the playback into 3rd on a retreating R3, plays out like a “ normal” leaving early appeal (no tag on runner, fielder holding the bag) Now the situation, and it doesn’t matter which one, PU has info from one part of the play that affects U1’s end ruling: Say ball beats runner to the base, but U1 ruling on the play is “Safe” because there is no tag, not seeing it as a left early/no retouching appeal, but PU does have him leaving early. —or— U1rules him out on left early/no retouch appeal, but PU has him leaving/retouching legally so it becomes a tag play. Thoughts? PU need to step in with crew and clarify all the parts of the play with everyone? Hopefully all this makes this makes sense.
  11. Relief pitcher not beckoned

    I was 1BU. Was asked the question by 3BU following game. From what was relayed by my partner from F4/6, they didn’t call for him, there was no secret sign, nothing like that, no predetermined event. I think it was a “hey how ya doing” trip with a re-evaluate out there depending on response. When the reliever got there is it was a “what are you doing here, oh well you’re here we’ll use ya” moment Thats is why the important question in the OP was asked about when is he required to use him. The manager was caught off guard by reliever’s being at the mound. The part that matters is he required to use him if he comes to the mound. What if manager says I’m sticking with my guy, what do we have? Which, according to MidAm is if/when he starts throwing, or if the manager reported the sub and recorded before hand. I’m satisfied that I’ve got an acceptable rule cite.
  12. Relief pitcher not beckoned

    When is a relief pitcher in the game? Manager goes to mound, bullpen beyond the fence. D team has another player positioned near the field entrance and tells the “relief” pitcher to come. Manager never beckons for him, BU never beckons for him, he came on his own. If it matters, ran from LF corner to third base in Foul territory, then came in at third base. Manager wasn’t going to replace originally but went with it. Was he required then to use him? I know the returning pitcher, start of an inning rule.
  13. Relief pitcher not beckoned

    F4/6 told my partner coach didn’t call for him, but went with the relief pitcher anyways. Miscommunication of intentions, or the signal relay man in the bullpen decided it was his time.
  14. Logo removal

    Echo the Honigs harness. It’s logo’d but solid color as the straps so can’t really tell it’s there. Also has hidden tunnels to keep the excess straps contained.
  15. Obstruction on trail runner

    Wanted to put this out there because I guess I'm not sure of the answer. Set-up: R2,R1 or R1 only, Batter hits a ball to the gap everyone has a chance to get extra bases Lead runner gets a bad read, trips up, or 3rd base coach sucks and holds the lead runner at 3rd. Trailing runner is rounding 2nd, obstructed by F4/6, but continues to 3rd base and is retired by relay throw just short of the base. Do we award R1/BR third and "force" lead runner home and score, or are we keeping lead runner at 3rd, and placing trail runner back at 2nd. Applying the same ruling as ball thrown out of play that you place the lead runner and adjust or are we awarding the runner obstructed and moving people forward to adjust for the infraction. Thanks in advance
  16. Dan McDonnell Ejection

    Not a lip reader by any means, but this is what I thought was said. Video also doesn't show whole arguement As the arguement started HC seemed to point/gesture to video board and said something along the lines of everyone could tell he was safe. Winter seemed to say something to instruct to not point towards videoboard. Now to the sbnation link I thought Winters said "this is your warning, no more Dan" just as that clip started. Then some parting shot. Thats my take. It'll probably be a video with the audio included next season.
  17. WVG issues

    I've got a WVG that I've had maybe 5 years, but only have worn 10 times, maybe. I just can't get to liking it. I've got the WVP that I love, but it's starting to get worn down, so I've been hoping to use the WVG more. My my issues are mainly these. I don't like the hard plastic in the middle neck area. Seems to really stick out and my chin/throat hits it. Hurts a little, but mainly rises to just above an annoyance. WVP has that pad there. Other issue is the bottom section folds under on me, and then the straps wrap around the bottom and then I'm adjusting all the time. It also then changes how it "rides" and pushes into my throat Have the force 3 harness on it, used to have the old Honigs K1 harness on it that was a slight early upgrade from the Wilson stock one. I know it needs to break in, but I've worked it over pretty good, folding the sections over and over again through the years, and store it "balled up". Just cant seem to like it. Took it off after 1.5 innings today during a rain delay. Any one run into things like this? Do I just need to keep wearing and I'll get used to it? Like I said my WVP is getting pretty nasty, look to alternate to extend each ones life cycle.
  18. WVG issues

    Mine have those loops but they are on the lower side pad and run the whole length (3-4 inches) so there's a lot of play. Ump-attire pic has the side loops more akin to the WVP. Thinking I may just tack sew them down a little do make a smaller channel for the strap to run through. Maybe that will prevent the sliding underneath that lower outside pad.
  19. WVG issues

    It's not the harness. I've had the stock, the Honigs, the delta-flex, and the force 3 all on it and it does it with all of them. It's doesn't move up and down, And the straps don't loosen. It the fact the straps shift under the outside padding of the protector rather then "riding" on the plates.
  20. Plate Coat

    Anyone know if plate coats are being sold by anyone? Know that Honigs was ordering from Hardwicks' and dropped them, and even reached out to Hardwicks and got a response that they no longer make them. Know they are fading out, just wanted to be able to get one, and have that option to wear in colder weather. Did the google search route too and came up with nothing. Hoping someone has some answers or ideas.
  21. Plate Coat

    Honig's has them in the 40's along with the sport loft as mentioned. Reached out Fechheimer/Flying Cross and they have pulled out of making them too. Just need to keep looking around I guess and some relic will become available.
  22. Pre-game Rituals

    Left handed, but I honestly don't think that why. I've always done left to right for as long as I can really remember, back to playing goalie in hockey in grade school and catcher in baseball. Also applies to getting dressed in regular clothes. Only do 2 things right side first, putting in my contacts and cleaning my ears with Q-tips.
  23. Pre-game Rituals

    I've changed what I do over the years, used to drink a certain drink, eat something specific, listen to a certain song. Right now for a college game I'll eat a PB&J about 15 mins out from my arrival time which is about 1.5 hrs before first pitch. Do that because I'll usually have somewhere from 1hr-3hr drive and would have eaten before I left. Want to have something to last duration of game. After that it's same deal for college and HS. About 45 mins out I drink a 5-hr and start drinking a bottle of water. Will get a bathroom trip in as well; 2-3 sometimes. I get dressed left to right (left leg, then right leg in pants etc.). This is a must, and even do it with regular clothes, not just a baseball thing. Plate gear goes on left to right; shoes, shins, chest, ball bags, in that order. If I'm in a locker room, I'm the last one to leave. National anthem I close my eyes at "oh say does that..." open eyes after last notes stops, put on my hat, tap my left shoe twice, and then 3 small claps, or taps on my right thigh with my right hand if I have my mask. Quirky enough? These are just habits/routines I've just done and stuck with over the many years of sports and now officiating. All are replaceable except the getting dressed Left to right. I've in the past accidentally done something right side first, and proceeded to take everything off and restart from scratch.
  24. Type of hem on pants

    I've always had the hidden stitching, about 2" up from the bottom. I've never told anyone what to do it that way, its's just what they've always done. Had pairs done from about 6 different places over the years including Honigs warehouse. Just took in the poly-spandex last week and for the first time was asked which I wanted. Went with the hidden one because it's what I've always done. I also thought the normal would show a lot more then they do in the poly-wools that I've seen people have the normal stitching done. I have had had the hem get caught a couple times and rip. Took them back and they restitched.
  25. Never been used, fitted it to my Gold, sized it, then decided I didn't like it. Don't have the side clips for it but upper straps have the sizing slides on it. $20 shipped within the US. https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Replacement-Mask-Pads-Straps/CPUHPRO_All-Star-Delta-Flex-Umpire-Chest-Protector-Replacement-Harness