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  1. 4 points
    I will have samples of this convertible jacket Monday I was asked to source the same materials as Majestic from many umpires, I told the factory to use modern lightweight weather proof materials that will work II sent a Majestic jacket as the template so we will see just how it turned out Monday. Photos from factory of the 2 samples I had made
  2. 4 points
    This, the current Xb, the KIA Sol, and the Dodge Caliber are perhaps the "ideal" lone-umpire-on-the-go vehicles. The Scions may be shaped like a box, but that lends well to the ease of using it for umpiring. I lump the Sol and Caliber in there because they are hatchbacks, too, which means you have one "common" or continuous cargo space. I myself have a MINI Countryman ALL4 (my 2nd one), and it has saved my bacon several times in regards to all the activities and officiating I do. But the best part, and where you BIG TRUCK guys can go stuff it? – it gets 32mpg, so I'm not burning my game fees on gettin' there and back. Ideally, if I was going to make my "perfect" umpiring vehicle from an existing model on the market, I'd get a Ford Transit Connect.
  3. 3 points
    Call/text/email your partner a day or two in advance and arrange what you’re going to wear. No need to have uniforms hanging in your car...a great way to get your car vandalized.
  4. 2 points
    No, it is not legal. All codes (OBR, NCAA, and FED) agree that in any force situation the infielder cannot drop a fly ball or line drive intentionally. Here are the applicable pro rule and high school rule-- 2018 OBR rule 5.09 Making an Out (a) Retiring the Batter A batter is out when: (12) An infielder intentionally drops a fair fly ball or line drive, with first, first and second, first and third, or first, second and third base occupied before two are out. The ball is dead and runner or runners shall return to their original base or bases; APPROVED RULING: In this situation, the batter is not out if the infielder permits the ball to drop untouched to the ground, except when the Infield Fly rule applies. 2018 NFHS rule 8 SECTION 4 RUNNER IS OUT ART. 1 . . . The batter-runner is out when: c. his fair fly, fair line drive or fair bunt in flight is intentionally dropped by an infielder with at least first base occupied and before there are two outs. The ball is dead and the runner or runners shall return to their respective base(s). 1. In this situation, the batter is not out if the infielder permits the fair fly, fair line drive or fair bunt in flight to drop untouched to the ground, except when the infield fly rule (2-19) applies (5-1-1j).
  5. 2 points
    Looks like a dented Wilson titanium
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  7. 2 points
    A guy I worked with a few times has this Decked system in his truck for his uniforms and gear. I thought it was the most awesome thing I've seen. If I still had my truck I'd get this decked system. https://decked.com/
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  9. 2 points
    We tried that a few times back in Little League - I don't recall it ever working. Either R2 doesn't bite, or he's really fast, or F1 also airmails past F8 and R2 scores, or F8 makes a crap throw to F5.
  10. 2 points
    Show me a coach (except those who also umpire) who reads the umpire signal section of the rule book, and I'll show you what it looks like when an Umpire-Empire member faints. LOL
  11. 1 point
    I just rock out a couple of these in the back of my 2004 Honda Odyssey with the back seat folded down...
  12. 1 point
  13. 1 point
    Might be an all black version or both We will see how the samples look wear and feel before I make a big order
  14. 1 point
    If you ever do an all black version I will buy several. Unfortunately the gray on the sides means it doesn’t match for my conferences. They all have the all black from Majestic or Smitty.
  15. 1 point
    In other words, why make 2 or 3 throws when 1 will probably do?
  16. 1 point
    I went from a Chrysler 300 to a Honda Insight. I also took my umpire equipment and I love having great gas mileage.
  17. 1 point
    I rented an Accent last summer. I was ... underwhelmed. Maybe the biggest sticking point was that I didn't even know you could rent cars without cruise control these days, and I put over 3k miles on in a week. My new one is a Honda CR-Z. https://photos.app.goo.gl/iHgLHhk47K6sC3iS7
  18. 1 point
    I was thinking of a variation of the "Miami play" in which F1 airmails the ball over second on a direct line to F8. F8 (rather than F1) then maks the next throw to retire R2 who, thinking the ball was overthrown has started to advance to third.
  19. 1 point
    I didnt care. Even when I lived in California I wanted one.
  20. 1 point
    In case some didnt see it on Facebook. Congrats to @Razzer and Ump-Life on his partnership with Out West Officials to sell his stuff here in the US. Would love to get the Upton brothers (Dax and Randy) on here.
  21. 1 point
    Neither one. NCAA mechanics in all sports are designed around a more complex rule set and have more exceptions and more elaborate mechanics. NFHS has vastly more officials than NCAA, many of whom have little or no "professional" instruction, and many of whom have rather limited mobility. A mechanic might be "good umpiring practice" for fit individuals with proper training, but not feasible for many FED umpires. Part of the objective of FED mechanics is to simplify, simplify, simplify (this priority is probably second only to safety). As baseball is a complex game, simplification is possible only to a certain extent. Compromises are made. But it is possible to be simpler than CCA mechanics and still have a reasonable set. My state has its own mechanics manual that's neither FED nor CCA nor MLB. So that's fun, too. If the mechanics are intolerable to people, then they should not work the games that impose those mechanics. Nobody but umpires ever cared who takes the BR into 3B. I never quite understood the outrage surrounding this issue.
  22. 1 point
    Normally I wouldn't go for help on a call to a partner who wasn't properly attired. But I'd make an exception for you.
  23. 1 point
    I understand why "ball" "strike" "safe" "out" are in the rule book -- these are communications with players and coaches (and fans). But "rotate" and "I have information" and "you kicked the s*** out of that call" and "milf about 1/2 way up the bleachers on the first base side" are communication only between umpires. These belong ion the mechanics book and not in the rule book, imo.
  24. 1 point
    I just worry that it will cause exclusion rather than inclusion. Of the 11 umpires at the (CWS) including alternates, 8 have pro ball experience. I would have figured 6 with pro ball and 5 with no pro ball or vice versa. I just think there should be a healthy number of umpires who have worked their way to the top, by umpiring amateur players their whole career. Many have attended well run amateur clinics/camps that are every bit as well done as the pro umpire schools. The umpires have put in just as many hours over the years training at these camps as the umpires going to the pro schools trained. Then they advance up the ranks working games on the field. They have plied their trade for years working their way up the Collegiate ladder. If career umpires, with double digit years of experience of amateur players only, at the Collegiate Level are not just as equally well qualified to work the (CWS), then there is a problem with the training programs/camps and with guidance from regional supervisors to help make them as equally (CWS) proficient as those with some prior professional experience. Just some thoughts after reading that new change.
  25. 1 point
    (Hijack alert) For a high school game: Scene: The home plate area. The plate umpire is standing behind home plate facing centerfield. The base umpire is standing on the opposite side of home plate (in fair territory) facing the plate umpire. The head coach of each team is standing in the batter's box closest to their dugout. ME: (shaking hands) Hi. Matt Sullivan. Good to meet you. Dick Jones (Home HC): Good to meet you. Dick Jones. Me: (shaking hands) Good to see you again, John John Smith (Visitor HC): Good to see you, Matt. Me: Dick, you're home so I need your line-up first. (reviews line-up card). Going straight nine today, Dick? OHC: Yes Me: All your subs listed? OHC: Yes Me: (Takes line-up card from VHC). Johnson DH'ing for Stall your second baseman in the four spot? VHC: Yes. Me: All your subs listed? VHC: Yes. ME: (Puts line-up cards in line-up card holder. Puts line-up card holder in breast pocket with pen.) (IF NEEDED:) Do you each of you have a copy of each other's line-up? OHC & VHC: Yes. Me: Are all players legally and properly equipped? OHC & VHC: Yes Me: Are all bats, helmets and other equipment, legal? OHC & VHC: Yes Me: Gentlemen, I'm required to mention "sportsmanship" at the plate meeting. I just did. Me: Dick, take us around. OHC: (gives ground rules) Me: (if not volunteered at the end of the giving of the ground rules by the OHC): Dick, is there a national anthem or are you announcing starting line-ups? OHC: Yes. (Turning to other head coach) John, we'll call out your players first and then our players. If you can just have them line-up on the foul line. Then we'll play the national anthem. Me: Sounds good. Good luck, gentlemen. (Everyone shakes hands). END OF PLATE MEETING That is my actual script. The plate meeting is short and sweet. I don't tell jokes. I'll fake a laugh at a coach's bad joke(s) (to not hurt their feelings). I'm 100% professional. I'm setting a tone for the rest of the game. Please note: (1) I don't go over the mercy rule. Why should I? Do I go over the obstruction rule at the plate meeting? The mercy rule is just like the obstruction rule (or any other rule) in that they're all in the rule book...the same rule book they use year after year after year. Why should I pick the mercy rule out of the book out for special mention at the plate meeting and not another rule? (2) I don't issue any sportsmanship "warnings" or "commands" at the plate meeting. (In fact, if you can't tell from my script above, I'm annoyed that I even have to mention "sportsmanship" at the plate meeting.) I treat the coaches like adults at the plate meeting. They don't need threats. This is not a varsity high school coach's first rodeo. They don't need any threats at the plate meeting. They don't need to be told "not to run at us" or to "approach us like gentlemen" or to "ask for time and walk to the umpire to talk to him". All I want to say to umpires who do this at their plate meeting is, WTF??? You want to know something else? The umpires who issue "threats" or "instructions on how to approach an umpire" are usually big umpire wimps who are afraid to eject a coach when that coach doesn't follow the "warning" the umpire gave at the plate meeting. In other words, the threats are empty. (3) I don't tell them to "hustle on and off". You know what? That's their job. If they don't hustle on or off quickly, I can give a warning during the game that there may be consequences (such as less than five warm-up tosses). I have also found, that umpires who lecture about "hustling on and off" are usually the umpires who: (1) talk to their partners between innings multiple times during the game, (2) call "foul ball" on obvious foul balls OR watch a foul ball (that is hit way into DBT) until it lands. What they should do is either throw a new ball to a pitcher or, like me, pop a new ball in F2's glove...immediately. I get told often that I have "quick plate games". Some umpires tease me and say "I'm lucky". I say bullsh!t. Besides calling strikes, the key to quick games is getting a new ball in play immediately when it becomes dead. If you come watch me umpire, you will see that on most high foul balls that are clearly well out of play (into DBT), F1 will have a new baseball in his possession before the foul ball even lands. (That also requires that you keep your ball bags full. Do that by get new baseballs at natural breaks in the game.) Umpires who lecture about "hustling in and out," tend not to do any of these things. Do you think I care a lot about how plate meetings are conducted? [Hijack is now off]