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  1. 6 points
    I actually just hired someone who had "soccer ref" on their resume, and it came up while I interviewed him. As an employer I do see sport officiating in a couple of lights - one is about a balanced life that involves more than just your job, much like playing sports, or volunteering, or some hobbies. The other is about the skills and requirements that are definitely transferable to any workplace - integrity, situation management, dealing with diverse sets of people, dealing with emotional people, dealing with conflict, mediation, sticking with a hard decision, learning from mistakes, self improvement, working with a team (partner) to a common goal, etc. I recommend you highlight those items during an interview - those skills are valuable and apply almost everywhere. Don't be afraid to use umpiring situations when asked those typical HR-provided questions about conflict, or making mistakes, or naming one of your faults. Playing team sports at a competitive level and officiating sports, when on resumes, jump out at me like beacons. High level team sports provide invaluable experience in collaboration and time management, especially during school - show me someone who can balance schoolwork, team practices, team travel, part time job, and a social life, and I'll show you a rock star you want working for/with you for years. Show me someone who can work a full time job, umpire evenings and weekends, continuously improve both, and have a family/social life - why wouldn't you want that guy on your team? And to just level set the type of people I'm hiring - it ain't burger flipping or anything remotely resembling minimum wage. Post-university, professional, anywhere from 5-20 year industry experience.
  2. 4 points
    I got one so I’ll let everyone know how it is
  3. 3 points
    Sounds like the lightest shoe they have ever made.
  4. 3 points
    OH SH*#!! I didn't look at the year. I saw August 18th lololol. I guess his business didn't take off. Hey Sam this is Lee by the way, from the MAU clinic.
  5. 3 points
    No need to go to NY. Hinch goes to Layne and says he wants the play. Layne scores Altuve and calls Reddick out. Leaves R1 at 2B. Rockies manager comes out and says you can’t score Altuve, time was called. Layne says “I did signal but no one noticed or responded to the time signal except for some guy watching named @Gfoley4. But if you protest and win we might have to restart the game from this point. Hinch would then have the better percentage play as per another guy on the effing web site, @beerguy55 “ Rockies manager says nevermind Hinch did me a favor by picking the lower percentage option. But the crew did escape some other sht that could have happened.
  6. 2 points
    What I’m about to say might derail the focus on “the shirt” or “the uniform”, but bear with me please... I’ll knit the topics back together again. It has nothing to do with the specific shirt style or color, or the color of pants, or the way we hem them (sorry @BT_Blue ), or if we wear black, blue, grey or green ball bags (... but why would you?)... it has to do with control and conformity. And, it begins at the association level. There are two things in particular that associations love to do: Stratify their members Determine the group’s uniform And yes, it’s in that order, because how else does the resulting uniform get to be so pedantically defined as some of the examples we see? Right from the commencing phrase, “Let’s start an association”, most founding members immediately start haggling over structure – who’s going to be in charge, who’s going to be associatively in charge, who has seniority, who has “final say” over this, or that, or any number of things. So much effort is invested to avoid “true democracy” because if true democracy existed in the association, then how would anybody get their way, what they want, and their preferences implemented? And, furthermore, if it was a truly democratic association, how could anyone ensure that everyone else acts, behaves, or looks the same? Variety scares some people; and, relative to our topic here, it terrifies some umpires (and other sports officials) especially. I will never argue that your appearance as an umpire is not vitally important – it unequivocally is. But what so many associations do is use it as a tool (then, a weapon) and metric of conformity and stratification. And they always reinforce a directive with, “Well, that’s what the association dictates.” And again, in the absence of true democracy – or even majority / minority polling – the authority to dictate those directives breaks down to that stratification of whatever kind they can find. Seniority, tenure, appointment, etc. A great deal of parallels can be made between the military / law enforcement / firefighter service uniform codes and sports officials (ie. Umpires) uniform codes. When the shooting and shelling starts, does it really matter the particulars of your uniform? No. When there’s a civil crisis happening, does it really matter if that LEO has a navy service blouse on or that LEO has a black service blouse on? Short of having a means of identifying that that person is in fact a LEO, no. How about if a multi-structure, five-alarm blaze breaks out, is a firefighter going to be chastised if they happen to be wearing a FR overcoat with yellow stripes instead of orange stripes? No. In point of fact, firefighting is most similar to umpiring, because if a firefighter doesn’t wear the proper equipment, correctly, then they risk serious injury or death, and make the job of firefighting perilous. So too with umpiring, if you don’t wear the gear you have correctly, you’re making the job perilous for yourself. But far too often, we have “senior” association members putting unfounded emphasis on what brand or color or style of uniform or equipment another member must should wear, instead of mentoring that member on how and why to wear it. This speaks towards a problem that appears throughout society, and will continue to challenge us in the sports officiating community – the perception, respect, and challenge to authority demonstrated between generations. “Because I said so” doesn’t cut it any more. Neither does, “Because we (the association) said so”, really compel today’s generations to compliance. Associations need to get their heads (their leadership, primarily) out of their ass(ociation) and start to foster and develop relationships between their members and the Rules, then the proven practices (mechanics, game management, procedures, etc.) that administer those Rules most effectively. And “proven” does not necessarily mean “time honored tradition”. How I conduct myself as an umpire, how I manage a game’s progression, and how I administer, interpret, and apply the Rules speaks magnitudes of volume more to my performance as an umpire than what color or style shirt I’m wearing. From my own experience, participants and fans alike figure out pretty quick who’s the guy in charge, barring a cohesive crew of equals (of which I have gratefully been a member of many), regardless if I’m wearing MLB 2016 Panel black or pink with polka dots. Rightly so, though, the game participants and fans fear variety and inconsistency of calls and rulings. Unfortunately, the old school of thought (and the one that most associations subscribe to) is that uniformity of uniform connotates uniformity and consistency of calls and rulings to the participants, and demonstrates conformity to the association’s standards. It does not. If you look in the fine print of the NFHS Rulebook, Rule 10.1.9, it states “Umpires shall wear gray slacks, and navy pullover shirt or state association-adopted shirt.” So what difference is to the Fed if the pants are heather or charcoal? What matter is it if the shirt is just a plain navy polo shirt (Nike, UA, Russell Athletic, Rawlings, or heck... LL Bean), a Navy shirt with a single trim stripe of red (which TOC makes, BTW, and looks fabulous), or is the hideously antiquated red-&-white trimmed smock (I say smock because of how some guys wear it)? It isn’t and doesn’t. Fed doesn’t care! ... But the associations care because this is their opportunity to exert control. Heavens forbid that you are evaluated and tested and corrected at several times during the season, to make sure that you’re keeping up with Rules interpretations, that you’re still able to discern a strike, or that you’re not saying “stupid things”! But as long as you conform, and wear the instituted uniform (of that particular year, Ohio)...
  7. 2 points
    I’m ambivalent about the Sox, but the dodgers have two of my least favorite players in Puig and Machado (not helped by his... questionable plays on the bases this post season), so go Sox I guess. I was really hoping that the brewers, AKA the Royals of last year, would make it. I agree that it’s a super boring matchup.
  8. 2 points
    Diamond could have used a full velcro attachment ala Douglas and not infringed on Wilson's patent and probably made this new cp more desirable. I'll stick with my older Douglas and Champion with the removable padding.
  9. 2 points
    It will be explained in detail at the meetings in January. From the camps I’ve worked this fall, here’s what I can tell you... Did the batter hit the ball or did the ball hit the batter? If the batter freezes, give him 1st. If the batter turns and the ball hits him, give him 1st. If the batter sticks out a body part and allows himself to get hit by the ball, keep him at the plate, call it a strike.
  10. 2 points
    Can't wait to have you! And congrats on your advancement into college baseball. 2019 is going to be a huge year for you. Enjoy every step.
  11. 2 points
    I’ll be there. Looking forward to it
  12. 2 points
    We put this into replay. Length is: 13 inches (not 13.5) without extension. 4 inches (not 4.5) on the extension. We have some worn shots in development with and without the extension going up this week. Stay tuned.
  13. 2 points
    Blasphemy. Besides, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The FM4000's planform is born out of research by All-Star, undertaken on their own, aimed at designing a mask that was strong, resistant to (most) deformation by transferring load outward, reducing the amount of flat surfaces presented to a ball. Through CAD work, they arrived at a pyramidal -shaped cage, curved along an arc. The utilized this cage in what became their signature HSM, the MVP2500 / 4000. Going further, they expanded it into a TM, with the mask shaped almost as a true half-sphere, but also curved around the face so as to increase pad contact and effectiveness. Lots of design and science here. While All-Star introduced the FM4000 in a hollow steel model, it was what they did "behind the curtain" during the next five years that really makes them stand out amongst their peers. Of the various materials that could be employed for a mask, magnesium had always been intriguing – supremely lightweight, incredibly stiff and resistant to deformation (bending). Its limitation, though, was one of cost (understandable) and bonding – magnesium is not welded together, but instead is cemented (or, more like glued). Welds are more desirable than glue joints because the bond is homogenous, and thus, easier and less costly to do en masse. Cement or glue bonding becomes more costly because you have to introduce another substance, control the amount, allow it to set and cure, and then quality control check it to make sure it held. Magnesium becomes much more attractive when you can eliminate all joints and bonds, and the magnesium alloy part is die cast. So, All-Star worked out how to die cast molten magnesium alloy into their strongest mask geometry (planform). The resulting FM4000MAG mask is incredibly light. And, because it is magnesium (alloy) it will never bend or break. There aren't any welds or bond joints to pop, either. The mask is one piece, injection-molded, homogenous magnesium. Now, this extreme light-weight-ness comes at a single price – like titanium, there is such little mass and density, the mask will instantly transfer compressive energy (impact force) to the next thing adjacent to it, in this case, the pads. It is absolutely crucial that high-density (Team Wendys at least) or high-volume pads are used. One of the first professional catchers to use the FM4000MAG, Jonathan Lucroy, identified that the pads needed to be thicker (greater volume), and could benefit from having a pressure plate. As such, the latest version of LUC-4K pads have a hard plastic plate as their foundation, which makes contact with the mask bars. Then, the pads' volume is greatly increased. When any force impacts the mask at a localized spot, the entire plate is engaged and the force distributed throughout the entirety of the pad. While the chin pad received this treatment, the forehead pad did not. Why would it? Catchers wear a helmet with their mask, do they not? This helps to absorb and dissipate most of that energy. Who would wear just a common hat? Huh.
  14. 2 points
    When this happens, please post the video. I will enjoy watching the OHC come unglued, being ejected and the PU grabbing the stankiest end of any stick ever.
  15. 2 points
    3N2s are great for sub-varsity, but the metatarsal plate is waaay too flimsy for comfort and it doesn't have very good inside foot protection compared to the Zig Mags and NB. @UmpJeff I've seen a few places that still have Zig Mags in size 8 (Amazon I think?). Not sure if that's helpful, but maybe there are soles or socks you can wear to help with the difference. BR
  16. 2 points
    I can attest that they are wicked light. Feels like nothings in the box when you get it. Offers good vision and then what BT_Blue mentioned - better angles for deflection, etc. Plus, magnesium doesn't bend. It's a super tough mask with great looks and next to no weight. Nothing to dislike here.
  17. 2 points
    I agree with you @ofhs93. Foam is 1" thick - has to be standard sofa cushion stuff. While I'm intrigued, I'm not leaving my Adams/Schutt HDX just yet. I'm not sure about the neck opening either. I can't tell by the neck size, but the shoulder area might have small coverage. EDITED: It doesn't have the "wings" like a Gold/Platinum and XV/HDX comes with as standard equipped. I know some remove them, but with these gone it just appears like all you have is the top covered - very little wrapping down over the front. With the big cutout for neck and then cutout around arms... worried a ball might find a spot there. I was wrong, upon closer inspection there do appear to be removable wings/pads to help cover up this area. Ultimately, I like the looks and functionality it appears to offer. But, at $125 regular price ($99 special intro offer now at UA) I don't think it's going to get a lot of looks. There are too many smaller, lower profile options for $25-40 less. Plus, the old foam doesn't help it any. Why release a new CP without updating to D3O versus sofa foam?
  18. 2 points
    Interesting. They must have put this up with in the last 7 hours. Cause I was on there seeing how much trouble i could get into at around 1am PDT.
  19. 2 points
    I can see that side of it. Just as long as we stay away from grey ballbags right? Lol
  20. 2 points
    Nope just too many masks. it sold today to a local umpire so this can be locked. Thanks
  21. 2 points
    TASO appears to be much better in the uniform dept. relative to everyone else. As far I'm aware, old school black is the only required shirt, but cream and pro blue are allowed too, nor are there any "black shoes only" frankenstein rules. I've noticed that a lot of the TASO guys doing our HS fall-ball games are wearing black vertical stripe polos, so maybe there's a change coming. Bottom Line: No Navy in these parts!! BR
  22. 2 points
    The fact the this guy took this much effort to categorize "whites" and "non whites" speaks volumes about who has the problem with race and ethnicity.
  23. 2 points
    The issue with what Missouri has done is that all they said is the uniform must be black. They didn't standardize WHICH black shirt the uniform should be. I know in the rules video last year the vertical stripe and the older style black shirts were the only two shirts shown, making me think that those are the only two approved shirts... i.e. no gray panel shirts will be allowed. I wish MSHSAA would just actually make a uniform shirt with the logo on it and get it over with. Also I hate blank hats...
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
    Would the committee be open to "the standard NFHS mechanic is xxx, but if the crew agrees, it can be yyy"? I do recognize that it can be dangerous to agree to change something because muscle memory can interfere or people can be on different pages, but certainly there are a couple of changes that should be easy to implement by crew adoption.


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