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    You Get An EJ! And You Get An EJ!...

    If he's coming out calmly and it's not obvious what he's doing, then he's probably making it to me before I know it's to argue a call. For all I know, he's coming out to tell me the coach is having a heart attack. Now, once he gets to me and wants to question a call, I'll say "Coach, you can't come out to argue a call. Go back to the dugout." If he continues to argue, I'll give him a "If you don't return to the dugout, you will be ejected." Remember, this is a situation where he's calm and it's not obvious to anyone else what's going on. The moment it's obvious he's not coming out for a non-game situation, he's getting a stop sign and an ejection if he continues to walk. The book has me covered here, so I don't need to give him any warning - the hand is enough. Then that's their fault. They expect me to know the rules, I expect them to know it, too.
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    Re-entering a starter

    With the way you describe the changes and situation, then yes, you can re-enter #5.
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    Other Sports to Officiate

    It has become clear to me that I might have to stop umpiring baseball. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a degenerative disc issue in my lower back. After suffering through my back "going out" on a yearly basis, I had it happen twice in a month in 2017. A trip to the doctor and some x-rays showed the issue. I didn't umpire at all in 2018, as I was spending my time looking for a new part of the country to move. I didn't have any back issues. When I returned this year, I was fine until my 5th or 6th game back. I was working the bases and as I started to jog from my position between 1B and 2B to A, I felt my back tighten. It was a chilly day, so I thought it was a muscle issue and dealt with the tightness through the game. The moment I got home, the pain got worse and became obvious it was my old issue cropping up again. Maybe I'm throwing a "correlation = causation" here, but it's becoming apparent that umpiring is not helping my back issues. But, and to the point of this post, I don't want to stop officiating. I have zero experience in any other sport, so anything I go into will take some time for me to actually learn it and the officiating behind it. That excites me. So, fellow umpires, what sport should I look into? It needs to be one that doesn't require a lot of running (I think that's the biggest issue with the back - the constant jarring on it). I have some ideas, but wanted to throw it out there before I put some bias in the results.
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    Other Sports to Officiate

    Thanks, Kevin - and everyone else who has given suggestions. I don't want to walk away from the diamond, but I have to. But I can't step away from officiating - it's too fun and I love doing it. Plus, I'm still in the red for my 2019 expenses! I see myself putting as much effort into learning the volleyball officiating craft as I have (and will continue to do) with baseball. However, without the experience of really being involved with the game (PE doesn't count - even if I spent the time getting spiked in my face), I know that I'll be ignorant to the nuances. Situational awareness in baseball can be a day-long class; I imagine the same can be said with volleyball (or any other sport). I'm certainly not coming in with a "holier than thou" attitude - but I'm also aware that I'll put a lot of time into learning the game before I ever step foot on the court (it's a court, right?). I don't know that the training here is nearly that intense, but I should find out soon. Apparently, the assigner listed for this area has changed, so he forwarded my email to her. I hope to hear something soon so I can start delving into the books. Maybe I can ask her if there's another official who I can contact and start getting to know; it certainly helped with my umpiring, so can't hurt here, either. Since you know so much, @Kevin_K, are you a volleyball official yourself? If so, apart from the rules and case book, are there any other resources I should look into? Websites, forums (preferably active), reference books? Once I start studying, I'll probably find some high school level games on YouTube and just watch to start understanding the flow of the game and what to expect. Also, how different are the rules across the different levels? One of my biggest complaints about baseball is how different the rule sets are.
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    Other Sports to Officiate

    Are you calling me old?
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    Other Sports to Officiate

    Funny you both said that. I have already emailed the assigner in the area for volleyball. Waiting to hear back. I know very little about the sport, though, so there will be a learning curve. But I don't doubt I can get educated by the fall, when the season starts. It also appears around here that the schools provide line judges, which means I'll probably be thrusted into the person at the net. That will be a fun shock my first time.
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    Finding the pitched ball

    Not the one I was thinking of. Only did one game at Heine Meine, and it was a night game. Brentwood Park was the one I had in mind.
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    Finding the pitched ball

    There's a field in the St. Louis area that requires a 20-minute delay when the sun is going down. With one particular league with time-limits, you take 10 minutes off each game, even though the delay is wholly in the first game.
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    Baseball Tweet of the Year

    In reverse, but in drive.
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    Complete game

    That makes sense @Lou B.
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    Hoodie under plate coat

    Let's be fair here. No evaluator will be out watching games in that weather.
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    NFHS Rules: Catcher's Helmet

    I think the word is "liable". But I'll leave the legal ramifications to those who have gone down that road or are lawyers.
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    Is an appeal usually denied?

    I'm confused. You called him safe. Your partner is visibly laughing and you go to talk to him. He's still laughing and tells you "great call." Yet he then says the runner was out (how does that make your call great?), but since there's only 30 seconds left you should call him safe so you can "go home". If there's only 1 out, this out (which was the correct call to your "good" partner) would have made a second out with 30 seconds to go. I don't see a third out occurring in 30 seconds. I won't even go into the laughing, the "great call" comment yet telling you that it was the wrong call, or the keeping the wrong call correct, or using the game clock to base your call. I'll give my opinion, though: He might be older, but he's not good.
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    Complete game

    Home team. Maybe my math is wrong, though. Home team is down by one and two runs scored, yet the final score has them winning by two. -1 + 2 = +1
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    Hoodie under plate coat

    I'll be the "not me" guy. Not me. As long as it matches, wear what it takes to keep warm. Unless it's a short-sleeve polo with long-sleeves underneath. That's ugly.
  16. Don't really care what certification anyone in the dugout has. I need an adult in the dugout. And, as @Senor Azul said above (and I said earlier), follow what your state says to do. Ask this at the beginning of the year next year if there's nothing codified.
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    Infield fly/boundary call

    Lou B is correct on the awards. Two bases at time of pitch if the ball first fell in fair territory beyond third base and then went out of play. I want to touch on the Infield Fly (IFF) situation though. Kyle, you mention that that this was an "obvious infield fly" yet you follow it with the "wind was howling". One of the pieces of IFF is that the fly must be able to be caught by an infielder using ordinary effort. In a situation where the wind is so strong that it can divert a fly ball at least 30 feet after hitting the ground, I don't know that I can call an IFF on that. It would depend completely on how the infielders are acting. If they're camped under the spot and the ball just falls next to them, I've probably got an IFF. But if they're running around like they're being blown by the same wind and can't seem to locate where the ball's going to fall, it's going to be hard to call IFF in that situation. No matter what happened with the IFF, though, all runners (and the batter-runner if it wasn't IFF) should have been awarded two bases from time of pitch. In this situation: If IFF was called, you've got R3 and R2 scoring, R1 on 3B, and the batter called out. You now have R3 with 1 out. If IFF was not called, you've got R3 and R2 scoring, R1 on 3B, and the batter on 2B. You now have R2/R3 with 0 outs.
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    Slim Look CP

    It is a D3 game.
  19. 1. You find the site administrator and tell him/her to make sure the coach leaves.; and/or 2. You tell the new head coach of his team to tell the old head coach to leave the confines. If he refuses, you eject him, too. Go to the next one. Eventually you have a non-confine area with coaches there or you have a suspended game.
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    Hoodie under plate coat

    Did they just come from a few weeks in Florida? Man. 50 degrees? That's short-sleeve weather this time of year.
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    AED units

    Yep. You married up.
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    Hoodie under plate coat

    56° with 11mph winds at first pitch. 50° with 13mph winds at game end. I don't know that it was that cold for a hoodie, but if it makes him comfortable, I have no problem with it. How were the other umpires dressed?
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    Is an appeal usually denied?

    As an umpire, I'm giving you the least I need. Anything above that is opening up a window for arguing. If I tell you everything maven said, I've given you six different paths of your argument. Even worse, I'm adding in what I think you saw - that's extra fodder for a coach, especially when he didn't see what I suggested he saw. If I give you my five word response "the tag was in time," then anything else you ask can be summed up, too. "But the tag was high" = "It was in time" "He slid under it" = "No he didn't" "Can you go to your partner?" = "I saw it just fine" or "Not on this" In short, I'm not giving you a play-by-play and anything else you try to question falls under those five words: "the tag was in time". Other than sliding under it, everything else is part of my judgment of the call, and I think I can see a tag from 5-10 feet away.
  24. Check with your local state association for any exceptions to this rule, but the ones posted are typical. South Carolina's slides this year used the phrase "visual confines".