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    Ump-Attire is running a pretty nice clearance deal for baseball, those Champro Mag Rampages are only $99, Smitty Convertibles are $40, and the DynaLite Steel is only $40. Baseball Monkey is running a nice sale on Adams Umpire stuff, have already snagged a few shirts... https://www.baseballmonkey.com/adams-umpire-equipment-sale LestersUpstateSports.com is also running a fire sale to dump its inventory, they may be going out of business... iX3 mask in Silver was only $50 if you need a new one! Also some nice deals on other items. Cheers! BR
  2. 2 points
    I can't understand if an item is a well known, brand new chest protector why people would need pictures. Just google it.
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  4. 1 point
    Want to trade? I'm getting sick of mine!
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    From what I understand, and guys like @MadMax and the like could probably go more into the back story, Force3 paired with Douglas as a marketing tool to get their masks out to the public. There are also Force3 v1 helmets out there with the Douglas logo. Basically, Force3 wanted a way to put their masks to market. One way to do so is to partner with an established brand. In this case one (if not the only) fully American made equipment companies I. Douglas. In exchange for putting the Douglas name on the product. Douglas would market the masks.
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    That just means you're old like me.
  7. 1 point
    It is the Diamond chest protector with his name on it, just like this is the Diamond mask with his name on it.
  8. 1 point
    Don't be that upset, you will be more upset when you start growing to the sides.
  9. 1 point
    Are you still growing? What year are those Air Max?
  10. 1 point
    I’ve read all kinds of bull crap the last few days from “umpires” on various sites, Facebook and Twitter. Stuff like...if the crew had gotten together they would have discovered there was no one covering 1st...the runner veered off and the fielder should have gone to the outfield side. Here’s the deal... Did the runner slide in a direct line between 1st and 2nd base? No Did the runner give himself up and avoid the fielder? No Since he didn’t do one of those two things, we have interference. R1 is out, B/R is out and all other runners return to their time of pitch base. Pretty simple stuff.
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    You’d be very right in that assessment, but no amount of reiteration or emphasis of it at plate meetings is going to fix it. Most FPSR violations in youth amateur baseball, whether it be under OBR or Fed rules, can be chalked up to naivety or ignorance. Sure, there are some high-intensity high school ballplayers that will stretch the limits of the Fed rule, but these violations occur, more often than not, within equally intense high school vs. high school games. This speaks to my main point, coming up in a moment. In professional baseball, at all levels, there’s an understanding or unwritten protocol regarding hard slides and FPSR. At the end of the day, it’s every man for himself, and each man is trying to showcase his skills and talents, and is trying to get paid more or better. A R1, forced into a likely double play, has no real allegiance to the teammate who just hit him into this double play, and is not going to jeopardize his own ability to play tomorrow, or injure a fellow player – opponent or otherwise – who may be a teammate someday, or be represented by the same agency. Indeed, the FPSR for OBR was modified to what it is now because something needed to be done when that protocol is ignored. It’s illustrative to my point that the OBR FPSR modification was enacted largely due to the Utley-on-Tejada slide during the 2015 NLDS (read: a game with something at stake). In a similar vein, to revisit the topic before I hit the main point of this post, when we have amateur ballplayers on the cusp of being recruited or signed, playing in showcase or tournament games, they largely observe whatever FPSR is in place. So too, when we conduct summer college tuning / development / exposure leagues, the NCAA FPSR is not only adhered to, but we rarely see any instances of anything that would constitute a FPSR violation in the other two codes. So what’s at the root of these FPSR violations in NCAA games, and the point of my post? Tribalism. There are such heightened stakes for the team that every play matters. If you have a chance to bust up a potential double play, you do it for the good of the team, regardless if you injure yourself or your opponent. This same theme plays out in college football, lacrosse, and hockey. College coaches are not actively teaching their players to violate FPSR restrictions, but they sure will condition and encourage them to stretch those limits as far as possible, with the difference between legal and illegal being razor thin. And what compounds this is the speed and intensity of the college game, especially in the tension of the postseason.
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    I work at a University in the recreational sports department. I get to hire a train officials as well as schedule them. Great part about my job is I don't have to take time off to go work games because my boss sees it as "Job research". What I learn on the field I can bring back to my students to make them better at officiating.

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