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  1. 4 points
    Of course I knew all of this from previous posts from @MadMax .... but I strangely find myself drawn to any of his equipment posts!
  2. 3 points
    Sorry Charlie? As usual, you're being obstinate trying to twist things around to suit your narrative. Regardless of the actions of their subordinates, the boss or owner is always 100% RESPONSIBLE for the actions and behaviors of their employees. I never said that the HC has complete control over what their assitants do or say, however, they are still responsible for their actions on the field. Did I not make it clear in my previous post? I didn't say they had control over them, but rather responsibility for their actions. If an employee makes a mistake at work, does the boss or owner give them a free pass because they're not "mind controlled robots?" Perhaps you can try that approach with your customers when you are the owner of a company and see how long you stay in business. Customer: "Your employee ruined my order and I would like a refund or you to fix it." Owner: "Sorry, not my problem because all my employees are not remote controlled robots and I'm not responsible. Would you like to pay for your order again and we'll see what happens?" Said no one ever. (Yes, sarcasm.)
  3. 3 points
    I've seen some sales sites say it means Lightweight Ultra-Cool, but I have no idea if that's accurate. Haven't found that on the All-Star official website.
  4. 2 points
    I set them down and leave, no throwing or rolling. A pet peeve of mine is players/coaches rolling balls to me between innings. I will not bend down to pick them up. We are out there, standing the entire time I might add, working a game on our own time. I let them sit there until they complete their warmup tosses. When the catcher throws down, I brush the plate and kindly ask him to please get those balls for me. Most coaches/players have the courtesy to walk over and hand them to me but some do not. And I being a hard ass, maybe, but we deserve respect as well. I'll go sit down now.
  5. 2 points
    2019 NFHS Case Book Play 6.2.4 Situation C: With R3 and R1, F1 comes set. He then feints toward third, or he removes one hand from the ball and makes an arm motion toward third base but does not step toward third. He follows with a throw to first base. RULING: This is a balk. F1 must step toward third base when feinting there. F1 may not feint to first base. He must step toward the base and throw. He might, while he is on the plate, step toward occupied third and feint a throw, and then turn to step toward first and throw there with or without disengaging the pitcher’s plate. If F1 steps and feints to first, he must first disengage the pitcher’s plate or he is guilty of a balk.
  6. 2 points
    The issue isn't control. The issue is some few HC's running their AC's out to be asshats and get run, and themselves not having any consequences. HC's might not "control" their assistants, but they are required by rule to take responsibility for their behavior. In a nation where the abuse of officials is an epidemic, that's a welcome step.
  7. 2 points
    Innocent? Not all coaches live up to your standards. It should be the HC is responsible for his subordinates. Doesn't mean as officials we HAVE to follow the prescribed penalty. PS: I have 0 tolerance for an AC who want to berate me after a call!
  8. 2 points
    Same comment, this was 8U! Profanity at an 8U game always warrants an ejection.
  9. 2 points
    WTF??? I am not the first,nor will I be the last, to say that the only ejections you will regret will be the ones you do not pull the trigger on.
  10. 2 points
  11. 2 points
    Think of it this way - if there was no runner would you get a hit? Probably not - you're either out or you'll reach by error. Because the fielder has the choice of getting you out or getting the runner out it's not a hit. And, because all forced runners did not reach their next base safely it's not a hit. (ie. even if you were Usain Bolt and the shortstop had no choice but to take the lead forced runner it's still not a hit) You caused the out - the runner had no choice in the matter. Practically speaking, without looking up the rules, do you think a batter should get credited with a hit there? Where it "could" be a hit is if instead of a runner on first it was a runner on second (no force)...the runner chooses to go to third and the shortstop chooses to take the runner instead of you. The scorekeeper would have to judge whether or not the shortstop truly had a choice, or if you would have been safe if he had just thrown to first. 99% of the time it's still not a hit. Stop hitting to the infielders...hit home runs. It makes everything easier, and you don't have to run.
  12. 2 points
    No. You are charged an at-bat but are not credited with a hit. The effect on your batting average is the same as being put-out. The scoring is that you reached on a fielder's choice. Look at the Official Baseball Rules chapter 9.00 for this, and many other, scoring rules. http://mlb.mlb.com/documents/0/8/0/268272080/2018_Official_Baseball_Rules.pdf
  13. 1 point
    ....................in ONE game. WOW! Had the plate last night for a Varsity game. It seemed as though we had almost every call imaginable. 2 Balks, partner had 2 or 3 Safe....OFF THE BAG, check swing appeals, several bangers at each base, I had a RLI , Dead ball strike**, injured F9 running into fence, injured catcher (thumb), injured BR (ankle at 1B), wind blowing out at about 20 mph on an all dirt DRY infield, 1 restricted HC. Well, that's all I can think of at the moment. I'm just glad the HT didn't use their ambidextrous pitcher (yes, they have one). 9-7 after 2 innings. Both teams were hitting holes/gaps. Final score after 3:15 VT-14....HT-11 OH what I would give for a 1-0 game in 1:30 - 1:45. **Bottom 6, HT down by 2, bases loaded, 2-2 count, batters hands in the strike zone and WHAMMY! 80 y/o HC unaware of what a dead ball strike was.
  14. 1 point
    Look how early the catcher makes R3 slide. Absolutely obstruction. On the mechanics: 1. You need to get into position to view R3's tag. Move towards the 3B dugout as far as the play will allow, and then get back to the plate for the play there. 2. When you see the obstruction, point and call, "that's obstruction!" 3. As soon as action has relaxed (which is basically just after the tag occurs), call time and reinforce your obstruction call, "That's obstruction!" then point at R3 and declare, "You, score!" No need to award R2 third base since he's already there but you can if you want. 4. If the coach wants to discuss your call, then have him come to you in the dirt circle (as Bruce Froemming says, this is your office. Conduct your business there). 5. Don't go to your partner unless you feel he has information you are missing to make your call (including misinterpreting a rule, I suppose).
  15. 1 point
    From this point (19m 39s) and the next few clips all deal with coaches talking to each other. Great thing to watch and learn from. I don't agree with everything this instructor says about ejections, but this is some good stuff on this.
  16. 1 point
    No doubt about it. Definitely no need to do that.
  17. 1 point
    I always try to hand the baseballs to the manager or an assistant or even sometimes a player. However, sometimes the coaches are busy and not paying attention and I drop the baseballs next to the dugout opening, but I never roll them accross the infield. I'm not going to actively seek out the coaches to give the back the baseballs. Most of the time they are probably mad at me anyway! That being said, I don't have a huge issue with what the umpire did here, nor do I find it disrespectful. Coaches probably don't even notice. Not something I would do or teach, but I see many guys do it. JMO.
  18. 1 point
    I’d be inclined to say yes, that is an UnEqual V3. The front no longer has the UnEqual emblem, the Force3 logo is raised on the chest instead, as well as being fully on the NewFlex harness.
  19. 1 point
    Same. The V2 is what we choose to call what others call the Body Flex.
  20. 1 point
  21. 1 point
    It's not common, but about 4-5 times in the past 8 yrs I've had to call a sun delay on fields where the setting sun was directly in CF and neither I nor the catcher could see the pitch coming in. Usually lasts no more than 15 minutes. Have never done so or faced the problem on bases. I'd just do your best, watch fielders' reactions to find the ball if necessary, but if truly blinded and there are no other options, going to B isn't the end of the world.
  22. 1 point
    SWMBO wonders why her hind parts don't get smaller. She downloaded an "app" to track caloric intake. I said "Just stop shoving food into your mouth". Didn't go over well. I'm all for the app now!
  23. 1 point
    There is no rule that the free foot has to clear the rubber on a pick off to second base. As long as he gained distance and direction, he's legal.
  24. 1 point
    Hey @Tksjewelry!! Someone thinks you women umpires get it easy on equipment purchasing!! Let's start at the top, shall we? Most plain black hats that can accommodate a ponytail are "fashion" hats, or there are some snap-back hats. The majority of associations, though, just crank out fitted or flex-fit ball caps without considering women umpires. Women umpires either have to make do, or get their hats custom embroidered. There isn't a notable difference between sexes when it comes to masks. My experience has found most women umpires use HSMs because of the ease of using it sans hat (and the aforementioned hat thing), and the flank protection it affords. Plenty do use TMs, too. Both sexes would benefit from having an Umpires (specifically) Head Protection System developed. While masks lack any real differentiation, chest protectors make it glaringly obvious. Very, very few women umpires fit the majority of chest protectors on the market, simply because most chest protectors are so generically made. Very few chest protectors can even accommodate narrow or petite builds, regardless of sex. That doesn't even begin to address differences in torso length vs. shoulder breadth, presence and accommodation of bust, or positioning of protective plates and foam sections to be as effective as possible vs. as light as possible. A fruitless circle develops of "Design for us a CP that suits our needs and sizes" -> "Show us a need first; a (profitable) quantity of umpires of those sizes (or sex) who needs a new (major emphasis) CP designed" -> "Can't show that need, because those people can't be or perform as umpires until they have that CP!" This fruitless circle repeats itself in other pieces of gear, as explained below. Just because women don't have their junk attached on the outside doesn't mean a hit to that vulnerable region doesn't hurt any less. I would actually say that for both sexes, there needs to be a significant improvement of protection to the groin and thighs. Shinguards are problematic, simply because shorter / narrower guards are perceived to be for youth, and thus, the quality drops considerably. These nearly threadbare shinguards have minimal padding, fewer additional protective features (patella guards, ankle wings, etc.), and typically lack proper fasteners, such as side-release buckles. On smaller stature people – young men and women, the bigger conventional shinguards come off as clunky and cumbersome. That brings us to the most significantly absent piece of protective equipment – the plate shoe. No one makes plate shoes for women specifically, nor do they make unisex plate shoes in sizes less than 7 (typically). This represents a severe roadblock to the development of women umpires for both softball and baseball. Shirts end up being a sloppy look because they are too long (to accommodate a longer male torso and to be tucked in to a lower-riding set of pants), too generous in the shoulders, and too loose and long in the sleeve. Perhaps instead of devoting all these resources in cranking out out-of-date shirt styles – such as in navy or powder blue – only to be stocked onto retail hangers in brick-&-mortar stores in mid-continent America (I'm looking right at you, Cliff Keen and Dalco), how about producing a full line of apparel in a variety of sizes that also are proportioned for women, too, and sell and distribute them through an order fulfillment system? You think shirts have their issues? It's worse for pants. "Unisex" umpire pants lack the sizing through the hips that women need, have crotches that drop too far down, and will frequently only be offered in an un-hemmed length so as to make them easier to produce and sell. These are usually proportionately skewed, as the knee then falls further up, and the taper to the ankle opening becomes wider as a result, so plate pants become ridiculous. Combos could be the answer, except, again, most shinguards are far bigger and bulkier than necessary, and won't fit under most combos in a presentable manner. Men show up at the ballpark in a slipshod, uncoordinated, unkempt uniform, they get labeled a clown, but they're still taken seriously, to a degree. Women already are behind the eight-ball, even if they show up in a perfectly coordinated and cohesive uniform! Do we honestly think, as an umpire collective, we are equipping women for success with such inadequate gear and attire?
  25. 1 point
    They are a very nice option to the Majestic They fit great and have the same look and feel to the Majestic