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    Little League up to High School (softball too)
  1. @SJA - I was also a bit disappointed. While I always enjoy a day talking to and getting to know other umpires, I am looking for feedback and advanced instruction in a clinic at this stage of my game. I though the cage work wasnt worth much, in that we saw very few pitches and spent most of the time watching from the other end of the cage, w/out the opportunity to really learn from other's sessions. I did like the station that focused on DP footwork and steals of 2nd. As I said, I had an enjoyable day with some friends from home (NJ) and met some really nice guys from the local area. All of the instructors were gracious with their time (Rod Drake is pretty entertaining) and seemed to enjoy sharing knowledge and stories - but I did not feel like the instruction was up to what I was looking for.
  2. Jim - how do they size width wise? i am a pretty average 10 1/2 shoe - what width would you recommend? thanks
  3. its not easy out there
  4. It was the 3rd out. I called the out.
  5. Nhfs rules. Runner heading towards 3rd in a rundown. F5 has ball in glove waiting to tag the runner, maybe 10 feet away from the bag. The runner runner runs straight into f5, with no attempt to slide or avoid contact. F5 holds his glove in front of him for the tag and the ball pops out.
  6. I guess this is what I'm looking for: If you're watching your touches properly, you will know which happens first, touch or throw. Watch runner touch, then pick up the ball. Something for me to note/work on
  7. Any tips on realizing the positions of the runners at the time of throw? I often find that by the time a ball goes out of play (for example a throw from the outfield that goes through the infield and eventually rolls out next to the backstop), I have no idea if the runner had reached 2nd at TOT. And, in a 2 man game, who should be paying attention to that? U1 awards bases right? thanks
  8. Kevin - thanks very much for sharing this. I look forward to giving it a try tonight and will certainly be in touch with you and Rich for follow up..
  9. Rich diidnt suck!
  10. thats great rich - congrats - message or text me and let me know who you were with
  11. I have learned...
  12. ​i havent read yet but if in fact LL did not adapt the OBR feint to 3rd rule that yes i am the guy
  13. In little league sr baseball it is a balk to fake to 1st or 3rd while in contact with the rubber
  14. As is true, I'm sure, with most of us, I'm a big umpire defender when I'm watching a game as a spectator. Today I saw some bad umpiring. I was watching an opening round LL majors district game. The visiting team was from the town that I live in and i know the kids and the coaches. Early in the game, a call went against the VT (banger at 1st which I had the same way that the ump called it) and the VT coach barked a little from the dugout but nothing more that a "that's terrible". Nothing else eventful until the top of 5. VT at bat (winning 1-0) with a runner on 2nd. A ball was hit to the outfield and as the runner from 2nd was scoring the base umpire threw the VT coach (coaching 3rd) out of the game. At 1st no one knew what was going on - I assumed that maybe he had called coaches interference and then the coach said something to him (i was watching the call and didn't look at 3rd until I saw the umpire gesturing). The coach said a few things to the ump and walked off and out to the lot. I walked over to the asst district admin who was sitting on that side of the field and asked what happened, and he said that the umpire said that the coach cursed. I then walked out to the parking lot and the coach said that he said "run god dammit" as his kid was rounding 3rd. And that was it. He went on to say that the umpire was a former president of the board from the home team town and that he (the coach) and the umpire had coached against each other for years and that he felt that the ump had it in for him. I am the 1st to tell everyone that umps never take grudges onto the field and while we might get them wrong we are always impartial - but it sure looked to me like this guy went out of his way to toss the coach. That's all