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  1. 8 points
  2. 7 points
    Buy both plate and base pants. I cannot stress this enough.
  3. 5 points
    Not at all, but there are some who wouldn't call anything but OBS in this play and I am baffled by that. If this play isn't MC, I'm not sure why we have it in the rule book? And to take it a bit further, this is a great clip for learning. It has nothing to do w/ the umpire in the field and the decision he made. The goal here is for all of us to learn and get these plays right in the future.
  4. 5 points
    I was fortunate enough to be selected for the MHSAA State Semi/Finals last month. My first game (semi) I had the plate and had this photo taken ...I thought I'd share.....
  5. 5 points
  6. 5 points
    Here is my set up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. 5 points
    I'll take a stab... I've got an IFF. I don't see how tripping or falling would negate that call. If an infielder tripped on 2B while camped under the popup, same thing. So once it hit F5 (I assume F5 was in fair territory), it's a fair ball, IFF. Ball then goes out of play, all runners advance 2 bases. 2 outs, R3, R2 score, R1 on 3B.
  8. 5 points
    Whistle the puck down when you lose sight of it. No goal.
  9. 4 points
    MAYBE the runner could not avoid contact. But he never even tried to. He ran THRU the catcher, that's what makes this MC.
  10. 4 points
    During game three, of the 2017 Class AAA best-of-3 state championship series (I was the plate umpire and crew chief), I initiated a crew conference when I thought my third base umpire (we had a four man crew) had missed a malicious contact call (he did not call malicious contact). There was a rundown between second and third, and R2, in my opinion, took-out the defensive player with a forearm shot as the defensive player was applying the tag...knocking the defensive player to the ground. The players started jawing at one another, so I hustled up the line to help break that up. When that was over, my partner had only called the "out", he had not called MC. I immediately got the crew together. We didn't have much of a discussion in that I said, "I have malicious contact, does anyone have anything different." When I received three "no's", I turned and ejected the player. Luckily, the head coach/third base coach actually said, "I agree. That's the right call." You have to get these when they occur. If not, you then have to worry about retaliation the rest of the game...which can lead to the game getting out-of-control.
  11. 4 points
    Don't let @MadMax hear you say that!
  12. 4 points
    Chutes & Ladders, triglycerides, triceratops notwithstanding, this vest is the real deal. Compared to others on the market, it’s an absolute steal at $72. It has been a tremendously capable substitute for my Riddell. No, I’m not taking offers for the Riddell. I said sub not replacement. Not going to Pipp my Power!
  13. 4 points
    Coach loses his SH*# and wants interference called on the grounds crew for placing the mound in that exact location...and then tells F5 he is an idiot letting it all happen. Since his son is F1, coach blames F5 for everything, including the fact that F1 walked the bases loaded. Also, logs into to GameChanger that night and edits the play to reflect E5 to ensure that his son's ERA isn't impacted. Coach and son spend the remainder of the season telling everyone how the ump screwed them over. And that's the way it is.
  14. 3 points
    This still is less than a step away from the collision. F2 isn't lowering anything. @Thunderheads is spot on here. Heck his eyes are still looking toward centerfield...but #1 looks like Ray Lewis prepared to lower the boom!
  15. 3 points
    The only attempt to avoid was by PU avoiding the runner. The rest is MC / INT.
  16. 3 points
    I recall writing something like this up 5+ years ago (match your last stripe color). In the past several years, the trend has become more relaxed (and simpler). Red and white are no longer the "in" colors for base layers. Basically, if you have black in your umpire shirt, whether it is the main color or a trim color, go with black as your base layer. If you have navy in your umpire shirt, whether the main color or trim color, go with navy. This applies to both baseball and softball but do check to see if your association has specific details. IN SUMMARY: past (last trim color); current (match black or navy).
  17. 3 points
    Because the OP isn't specific, I think this statement needs some qualification. I've used an iX3 at all levels of fast-pitch softball, and never once felt vulnerable. I might wish it had a little more ventilation, but the protection is fine *for softball*. I don't wear it to work baseball, but I can believe that the spacing of the plates would be an issue there. The size and speed of the ball makes a big difference in the amount of energy a CP can distribute. I know it's mostly baseball umpires here, and I respect that, but I think it's important (especially in the gear threads) to appreciate that the internet brings all kinds of umpires here, and if the site can give softball guys (like me) good gear advice for their level/sport, it's the right thing to do. Heck, it might even be a way for you to offload some gear that's not appropriate for higher-level baseball, but just fine for all levels of softball.
  18. 3 points
    I think you should add any of the Wilson dynalites to the mask list and add some of the Wilson cp and sg
  19. 3 points
    You want a style guide? Simple – dress for success. You have a hat, and you wear it at all times brim forward (unless you’re PU with a HSM). You tuck your shirt in. You wear a belt. You wear “Umpire” pants that fit you properly. If PU, the pants cover the shinguards (this will force you to get proper pants and/or proper shinguards). You wear socks that are black, blue, or grey; no white. You wear shoes that are predominantly black, are clean, and are athletic in nature. You don’t wear unnecessary accoutrements, accessories or vanities. Sure, when it comes to shirts, there are a variety of styles. The current model is known as the 2016 MLB Panel-style. Back in 2015, Majestic rolled out a working prototype in plain black. So, just a plain, solid polo does work. Then you have the well-known and widely used 2010 MLB Vertical (or Single) Stripe. It’s still a very effective, straightforward, professional look... for baseball. It was copied by several manufacturers after Majestic released it. Some made it less expensive. Some, like The Officials Choice (TOC), expanded it into over a dozen varying color combinations. And lastly, some turned it into a dye-sublimated blank so any organization or association could commission an “official shirt” for their member umpires... complete with the exorbitant, extortionate price tag. The 2010 style lends itself to be replicated via dye sublimation much more easily than the older, more “traditional” styles. The old, traditional, “classic” style has its origins in the 1990’s. Debuting in the patriotic triad of navy with red and white trim, it appealed to a multitude of organizations and institutions including American Legion, Babe Ruth, Little League and NFHS. Of course, to replicate the Elbeco’s sunlight-drenched powder blue, a powder blue version was introduced with red, white and navy trim, then merely navy and white trim. The professional ranks used these for a short time, but then pressed on into black, augmenting it with first cream and then a black-collared light blue shirt that came to be known as “polo blue” or “Columbia blue”. Because Softball was largely an amateur sport, it followed amateur baseball in its use of navy-based shirts, which further diversified into red (with navy and white trim) and white. Of course, because softball is played primarily in daylight, and to “soften” its appearance, it embraced powder blue with navy and white trim as its quasi-official color. And this is how it stood for over a decade, until 2010 saw Majestic debut that “radical new style”... and “traditionalists” across this great nation let out a long, loud, collective groan that the new shirts were too slick, too flashy, and too expensive. Heaven forbid that we had to buy new shirts! And Heaven forbid that we had to buy different shirts if we call both baseball and softball! How oppressive! So, now with more options than ever, the only important thing to do is match your partner... and tuck your shirt in.
  20. 3 points
    I always preach that if you're screaming ball on a close one that's going to get you jumped all over, then call a strike. Rather get hollered at because I called it a strike. Plus calling strikes sounds so much better.
  21. 3 points
    Pitcher stepped off, he's just a fielder. No balk.
  22. 3 points
    We’ve had this discussion on U-E’s forums before, @CJK! It stems from the opinion that “you (as BU) never refute your PU’s calls”, especially when appeals and pleadings are being done by the DT. That whole “don’t make my partner look bad” rationale. Well, look what happened, even in the Mexican League! Those two umpires – the PU and U1 – got fired, and the other two of the four-man crew got reprimanded for not stepping in to fix it! Over a “check(ed)” swing! You succeed as a crew and you fail as a crew.
  23. 3 points
    So I did the ol' cut 'n paste of @MadMax scientific explanation.......and sent it to SWMBO. Now, being the prudent financial advisor that she is......<pause for crowd laughter>....... she started reading up on it. I then get a message back from her. It was something like this. "This sport wash info that you sent me made me think of the scent-away that you have for your hunting clothes. So I went downstairs and read the bottle. It pretty much does the same thing." I'm sorry, the only thing that I could think of after reading that note, was that the reduced infra red signature of my umpire uniform will make me less visible to wildlife.
  24. 3 points
    I endorse @acpar72‘s recommendation – the Honig’s K4 mask addresses exactly what you’re after. It’s large, with oversized ear guards, deep half-sphere profile, a discreet extended crown guard, and a broad squared extended chin guard that makes attachment of nearly any dangling throat guard easy. The other route to consider is a catcher’s mask, most of which have oversized ear guards and deep half-sphere profiles. The Easton Speed Elite might be a good candidate, but it doesn’t have much of a chin guard because the amateur catchers who use it either attach dangling throat guards, or don’t want a chin guard getting in the way when they drop their chin. Another candidate is the All-Star FM25, especially if you get it in the Titanium version.
  25. 3 points
    Guys Steve is doing better every day. I just saw him last night. He was hoping to get out of ICU today and into the Ortho floor. If all goes well within 1-2 weeks he will be transferred to a ReHab facility. And that is when the real work begins. He has function and is able to move his left toes. He has feeling in the right side but can’t move anything yet. The right side was the first to go when this all happened, so the doctors said it will be the last to come back. They are hoping for him to be able to move his right side in the next day or two. For those of you who don’t know, Steve is one of my best umpire friends. We developed a very close bond when we were trying to get into College baseball and have had a similar goal set ever since then. I probably talk to him about baseball at least once a day for the last 3 years. I will tell you one of the first things he asked his doctor is will he ever get back to umpiring. There is a chance, about 30%, that he won’t walk again. I told him, the hell with that. If I have to drive to your house every day, we are going to focus all of our energy on that 70%. I felt like crap after it happened. It was my game he stopped by to watch for a little bit before he was off to his networking meeting. Please keep praying. Post words of encouragement on his Facebook page. Text him if you have his number. He might not respond, his wife is monitoring his phone and is doing the best to keep everyone informed. I will keep popping on and posting updates as we go through this journey with our Brother. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk