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    LL, Ripken, HS
  1. How many batters are allowed to warm up between innings?

    That could be the case. I remember the other team would have as many as 3 players swinging bats between innings - first-up, on-deck batter, and third batter due up - and I didn't see it as unusual. Funny thing is that coach didn't explicitly tell me how many batters he thought were allowed. So the next inning, I watched how many of his batters were warming up and - surprise - there were 3.
  2. I was PU during U12 tournament played under FED rules. In middle of game, HC asks me to "watch the other team" between innings because they had "too many batters" in front of their bench area between innings swinging bats while his pitcher was throwing warm-up pitches. I told him I'd "keep an eye on it" but the game ended early (mercy rule) and it never came up again. Post-game I looked up FED rules and all I found re: this situation is 3-3-3: "Players loosening up to bat shall remain in the area of their team's on-deck circle while the pitcher is warming up." Does anyone know if FED (or other rule sets) limits the amount of players who can warm up between innings?
  3. Sad day for youth baseball

    http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180411/parent-baseball-coaches-talked-of-beaning-daughter DURHAM, NH -- Police said they are looking into allegations made by a parent of a baseball player in the Oyster River Youth Association (ORYA), who claims two coaches conspired on a plan to injure his daughter in an attempt to intimidate her and force her to quit the league. Durham Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelly said the department is aware of the situation, but as of Tuesday had not decided whether to launch an investigation. In an email to ORYA board of directors Chair Ben Genes, Dan Klein, of Madbury, alleges that two coaches said they would instruct a player to “bean” Klein’s daughter -- strike her in the head with a baseball during practice -- in order to intimidate her into leaving the baseball program. The conversation allegedly took place during a draft meeting to assign players to team rosters. That meeting was held, according to Klein’s email, on March 21 at Libby’s Bar & Grill in Durham. According to Klein, his 11-year-old daughter is the only girl enrolled to play on a team in her division. He said in the email he was informed his daughter was the last player drafted. The email, dated April 7, was also sent to several members of the ORYA board of directors, the Madbury Select Board, Durham Town Council and Oyster River Cooperative School District Board, Lee town administrators, Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig and Durham Parks and Recreation Director Rachel Gasowski. Klein said he was made aware of the alleged conversation by two other coaches who also attended the draft meeting -- Troy Brisard and Kirk O’Quinn -- who found the discussion about Klein’s daughter to be inappropriate. Klein said O’Quinn agreed to put Klein’s daughter onto his roster. In a phone interview with Seacoast Media Group on Tuesday, Klein said he did not reach out to police, nor is he necessarily seeking any retribution against the accused coaches. “I’m not on the board -- it’s not my place to say what’s right for them,” Klein said. “I hope that this sort of thing doesn’t happen again, and that kids will be protected from this sort of language and be safe.” ORYA Director Matthew Glode said the association is conducting an investigation into the alleged comments. “In fairness to everyone involved, we have no further comment until the investigation is completed,” Glode said in an email. Klein said his daughter has played baseball and T-ball with ORYA since 2012 and has enjoyed it, mostly without incident. When she began playing, Klein said, she had several teammates who were girls, but that number dwindled over the years as many girls her age switched to softball. Klein said he has served ORYA in various capacities over the years, including as a coach. He said he is not now involved in ORYA in any capacity other than being the parent of a participant. In his email, he referenced a 2015 quarrel he said he had with an ORYA board member that may have led to lingering animosity, and as a result, motivated the alleged threats against his daughter last month. In a recent email chain forwarded to Seacoast Media Group, Genes wrote to Klein thanking him for coming forward with the complaint concerning his daughter. “ORYA will immediately address the incident in our baseball program and move to ensure our program is 100% compliant with our policies,” Genes wrote in the email, dated April 8. “I will contact Troy (Brisard) and Kirk (O’Quinn) to followup on the details referenced. Please let me know if you have any questions.” In an email to Selig dated April 9, Genes said that the ORYA board had already “taken specific action” related to Klein’s complaint, but it is not known what that action is and whether it is the investigation Glode said was underway. ″(Such) that all sports activities for his daughter are safe and welcoming,” Genes wrote. “We are now beginning a formal investigation into the incident as per our policies and procedures and will provide a summary followup to all our stakeholders.” Email messages left on Tuesday for Genes, Brisard and O’Quinn, seeking further comment were not returned. Their phone numbers were not immediately available.
  4. You're A Grand Old Mask...!

    Now I never have to wonder what would happen if Ted Nugent and a Wilson Dyna-Lite had a baby... h/t Uni Watch
  5. Uniform Requirements

    My New Balance high-cut plate shoes. Most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever worn in my life. But if ever forced to choose between umpiring a game with NB plate shoes or my Nutty Buddy, you'll find me behind the dish in flip flops...
  6. Two types of coaches

    Had this gem from over the weekend. Babe Ruth game, bottom 6, bases loaded, 2 out, VT up by 2. Batter has already seen a few pitches (think the count was 2-1) and VT coach suddenly yells from the dugout, "Hey Blue, they've got the wrong batter! #33 is up, should be #11, that's the third out." [You probably can guess where this is going...] VT players start walking off the field. I call "Time" and tell everyone to go back to their positions. I look over to the HT coach who's already talking to an asst. who's keeping the book. Coach looks down the bench at a player and I hear him say coolly, "Devon, you're at bat. Get up there." Think he knew he dodged a bullet there. While proper batter is walking to the plate, VT coach comes out to tell me the inning is over for "batting out of order." I tell him he appealed too early and explain the proper time to appeal BOO - and he's looking at me like I have two heads. He got hot under the collar but didn't get personal w/ me or say anything to get dumped. Proper batter finally comes to bat. He takes a ball, then he dumps the next pitch way over F9 for bases-clearing triple. (He scored on wild pitch before pop out ended the inning.) After the triple, VT coach yells out, "This is f*-ing' unbelievable!" Don't know if that was directed at me or his players...doesn't really matter...I tossed him. VT went in order in top 7, game over. There are two types of coaches. Those who know the rules. And those who think they do.
  7. Catcher not in control of mask

    I'm assuming this 11U catcher is wearing a hockey style mask? Or at least a mask attached by snaps to a helmet? We're not talking about a mask strapped over a skull cap here. Maybe it's a HTBT sitch, but how does an 11U catcher fling off a HSM with enough velocity to hit an umpire in the face - multiple times?
  8. Father's Day Masks

    Agreed - you got to look sharp from the moment you step onto the field. I guess my style is more subdued and traditional, like dressing for a job interview. So I don't accessorize with "loud" colors. YES! Anytime I'm wearing navy I've got the matte grey Wilson bucket or a silver Diamond w/tan pads. Never liked the black mask with navy.
  9. Father's Day Masks

    Really...? I remember military-themed caps but not camouflage pads. Interested to see what that looked like.
  10. Father's Day Masks

    I believe the cause behind wearing those masks is great. Personally, I'm not a fan of the light blue and pink masks. As an umpire, the less attention I'm drawing to myself the better for game management. I also think it's more difficult to take an umpire wearing those masks seriously - just my opinion. I'd be fine myself wearing more discrete signs of support - e.g., blue/pink wristbands or pins or patches. Also, where is a tasteful line to draw when it comes to customized masks? Do we expect someday to see patriotic-themed masks (red upper padding, blue lower padding, white frame) for July 4? Or camo pads for Memorial Day weekend?
  11. Narrowing Down Chest Protectors

    I used to own the Diamond iX3. Skip it. Hard shell ONLY. I recommend Champion. I've had it for two seasons and it's taken shots from 16U pitching - including a batted foul ball that went direct to my chest. I felt nothing. An inning later my partner comes in to talk and tells me my bottom shirt button is gone. The ball had shattered it and I found pieces of it lying behind the plate. Ultimately, take @kylejt's advice...find the [hard shell] CP that fits you. My other CP is Wilson Gold and the main reason I bought that instead of Wilson Platinum is I tried them both on at a retailer and the Gold fit me better.
  12. Diamond iX3 or Big League

    I've used that mask at games from Cal Ripken to varsity. I've also seen minor league umps wearing the Diamond at the AA level.
  13. Diamond iX3 or Big League

    @BrianC14 - I have the Diamond iX3. Scrapped the pads after one game and installed Team Wendy pads (tan). Best decision I've ever made for my face...next to my Harry's razor subscription.
  14. Fielder wearing batting glove on throwing hand - is that legal?

    Yeah, wasn't planning to make him take the glove off. It was just one of those youth games where between calling 12 consecutive balls your mind starts to wander a bit and you think...hey, I've never noticed a fielder wear a batting glove on his throwing hand before...wonder if that's legal...never seen it covered in a rule book...I think after the game I'll ask the guys over at Umpire-Empire what they know...what if this comes up in a meaningful game and the oppo coach starts complaining and something as silly as a batting glove becomes a problem because I never asked... That's kinda where I'm coming from. And did I mention this happened on a cool New England evening, around 7pm? Low 50's, maybe high 40's with the wind chill. Partly cloudy with a steady 8-10 mph breeze blowing from the southwest.