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cyclonehokiece last won the day on October 26 2012

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  1. Passed my Exam

    As I alluded to in a post about taking some time off, I was taking an exam for work, my PE exam. Learned today all my studying paid off, I passed. Hopefully this means I can get out more on the field this spring, as if I had to retake it, I would of lost all my preseason prep (would of done bare minimum for association) and games through most of April.
  2. Burn out

    Why yes
  3. Burn out

    This year, I decided that it wasn't going to be all baseball all the time. If something was going on I wanted to do, I blocked the date. I was working on a real stressful project at work, so no after work ball. I am studying for a professional licensing exam right now, so no fall ball. Guess what? I feel it has been great. I have more than one hobby now. I was able to sussesfully finish my stressful project without wearing myself too thin. I will (hopefully) pass my exam. And I got to still enjoy umpiring ball. While I also have a job that prevents calling high school ball, I have tried to make the most of the opportunities I do have. Sometimes a step back is needed. However, before shutting it off completely, maybe consider moderation. It has kept me in the game, I know if I wouldn't of moderated, I would of quit.
  4. Do you let these go?

    One time, 16u game, batter takes strike one on outer edge of plate. Once I call it he decides to take up art. I immediately eject him. Coach says nothing, only complained mildly when I called an out because he had no subs (per tournament rules). After game UIC for tournament organization stops by our changing area (it was in an old minor league park that had a tiny umpire room) and asks is how it went. Tell him good but he will be getting a report from me later that evening, told him the story of our aspiring artist. His exact quote "well, he should of drawn that line to the parking lot because that is where he is going every time."
  5. Rain, No Pay

    Ours matters on notification period by the different leagues (range is 1.5 hours to 3 hours) for teams to notify assigner who then communicates it by Arbiter or text/phone. Half game fee to umpires if they don't comply billed from the association. Most of our leagues collect a bond from the teams for these situations and most league rules state they have to renew their bond within a stated timeframe (usually about a week) or they can no longer play games. Works pretty well, I had one game on a perfect sunny day called 2 hours before game, assigner texts me and says those games cancelled go to this other site I need you there. I wasn't expecting it but got my show up fee because of the late cancel. Tournaments are a bit of a different story, pretty much you have to start a game to get the fee, and cancellation windows are tighter, but never had an issue of not being notified.
  6. Stalling

    One of the tournaments I worked this year said to eject any offender for time wasting, and the tournament director could forfeit the game to the non-offending team. Nothing about stopping the clock. Other ones are silent. Other than not allowing for the stalling tactics to happen (ending conferences quickly if you are sure they are stalling, getting batter in box, etc.) ejection is really your only legal tool IMO unless clearly called out on white sheet or by tournament director.
  7. How much rope?

    You gave him enough rope to hang himself (and he was on his way to doing so), but coach did his job, stayed the execution, and cut the rope off. Wish we had more coaches like that, discounting his comment you should of EJed. And I wonder why he would want that with playoffs coming up and mandetory suspensions.
  8. Since Tapatalk stopped working, it has been awhile. Getting some ball in, having great days and a few not so great, but finally getting a grove working weekend ball. But good news and bad news came last week. SWMBO got her dream job, but it will mean we will have to move to make our commutes manageable. It will also make it unfeasible to continue to call games for the great group I have been calling ball with for the last three years. The worse part is that the move will probably occur in July or August, meaning an early end to my year, again (had one last year due to injury), as most groups tell you "call us in January" unless they are really hurting. Any advice on keeping the not calling games blues away?
  9. Wow, this is one I have never seen before. http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=71937583&sid=milb Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. How much latitude?

    New pitcher brought in in the middle of an inning. His warm up pitches didn't even begin until he was on the mound for at least 2 minutes, being trained by his coach to pitch from the set position without balking. Then after each of the first 3-4 pitches, there was more instruction, as he was initially having difficulty grasping the concept of starting and stopping properly. This took at least 4-5 minutes. I normally move this along. He is making a change, get warm ups started asap. He gets his eight, coach can't slow him down. Charge a conference after giving coach warning (not required, but good preventative umpiring) if he persists. If he becomes unglued, go through your procedure for dealing with problem coaches. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Opening day.....late March.....in MD

    This was opening day for me in MD. We got all the games in. Stupid white stuff off the Bay. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. How many organizations to you pay membership to?

    Yes, he is. Opens up the possibilities for even more games and advancement. BTW got my start with WUA. Great organization. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 2015 Focus / Points of Interest

    1. Lose some lbs 2. Don't get hurt 3. Rotations 4. Pivots Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. The rats invaded....the SUV

    Ok, I am back after a break (work is a bear, and it will not be getting any better). But the rats decided to strike early this year. Ok, it was more like a mouse. Little rodent got into the SUV. Chewed through a bag of holiday brownies from my mom and some ketchup packets that SWMBO left in the door. Sticky traps worked like a charm (have the picture, but won't post here in case people are squeamish). Just trying to figure out time to get it in to get detailed to clean up the mess he caused. Just hope it isn't a bad omen to the season.