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maineump last won the day on July 9

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About maineump

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    I have been umpiring since 1980, starting in LL. I am now working college, high school, American Legion and yes, still doing LL. I have umpired in tournaments as far away as Guam.

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    Career Fire Captain / Paramedic
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    College (D-2, D-3, D-1 non-conf, CCBL), High School, American Legion, LL regionals/WS
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  1. Time between games

    30 minutes is what we use - it is more than enough.
  2. VA LL Intermediate States

    Yeah, clinics are always good (for all umpiring levels) if for nothing else to get face time.
  3. 2018 LLWS

    We got the rules from LL. Generic info only.
  4. 2018 LLWS

    Hey all. Like the post last January, I have been selected to do the LLWS this year. I have been keeping a blog of the year, and all of the stuff that happens. All 16 umpires have been to Williamsport for an orientation, we hung out for 5 days and became friends. I will be posting my schedule on the blog during the week, there is a listing of the umpires, the schedule, some links and a few pictures on there. Feel free to stop by to check it out. http://www.easternmaineumpires.org/troylare.html Call 'em like you see 'em - Troy
  5. Follow through interference?

    The batter has control of the bat and drops it after hitting the catcher - this is back swing only. I don't have anything at any level. Now if the play happens and a runner steals, then DB and runners return - no penalty on the hitter. The batter must control the bat, and seems to in this post.
  6. LL

    Like the others above - 30 minutes from each strike, some even use thunder. Recommendations are there for a reason - it might not say you have to, but if something goes wrong, then who is it on? We have a stadium that the lightning didn't actually hit the 90' poles, but struck a tree. It splintered the tree, and burned out the scoreboard 300 feet away. Remember, most fields have metal pipes driven into the ground that you attach metal fencing to. Lightning can travel through the ground, and I have see it turn gravel to glass. The coach was way out of line, and I agree you should bring it up to the league.
  7. Moving hands/elbow after coming set

    Is there even a balk at that level, or is it an illegal pitch? Hands in the glove are OK, but elbow to me is a balk. That could be a start stop, because one of the first moves in a pitch is the elbow moving.
  8. Infield Fly with Tagup

    The BU would have the tag-ups. If you started in C, then the ball (catch) would be in front of you (you would see the back of the fielder), the catch should be handled by PU. Communication is the key - don't get lulled into a routine play, because nothing is routine. Sounds like the wind was an issue, so you may not have a routine play - time for head on a swivel.
  9. VA LL Intermediate States

    Congrats man! I believe that you can still get evaluated on your field work as well. The forms that we use from LL to evaluate just have you list the bases you did. Just because you didn't get a plate, shouldn't hurt you. If you did a good job on the bases, then you still have a chance to move up.
  10. Slider

    To be honest. the higher the levels I call I find that there are a lot less curve balls and a lot more sliders. It is said to be easier on the arm. I have a friend that pitched in MLB, and he now coaches high school - by the way, he has a great pitching staff - he teaches his kids the fastball and a change-up. He also shows them the cutter, he does it with pressure only and has them throw it over the top. He was drafted out of HS and had a good career in the pros, and he was taught the non-curve pitches when he made it to rookie ball. They are very effective at the HS level. My suggestion is to have him talk to a reputable HS coach or even a college coach. FB and CU are they way to go, from what I see.
  11. If this was Little League, then the runner can't leave until the ball reaches the batter - so on a hit batter, he shouldn't be near 3B anyhow.
  12. Rain!

    I see some lucky guys. I think there are only 3 fields IN MAINE being played on. One D-1 and two D-3 schools with turf. Luck would have it that the all 3 of these fields are basically local for me. I actually had a double header rained out the other day. Our assignor has switched to check arbiter daily to see if you have a game. Have 2 on Sunday - looks sunny and 40 degrees. We will go. Apparently the HS are trying to get on these fields for scrimmages, but the colleges aren't really giving them up due to other sports being on them.
  13. Ball remains live
  14. 2 Man R1 and R2

    Cool - thanks for the quote from the CCA, I didn't look it up. We always pre-game this, we basically will have the PU glance at 1B if the ball is a trouble ball in the left-center area, as BU may have to get an angle. We do communicate who is taking the play/tags. Generally speaking BU takes them. The look is while on the way to the library. The PU can tell if BU is taking both tag-ups by just watching him and how he sets up for the ball. I haven't seen any brief, I was shooting from the hip as to how we generally handle it.
  15. 2 Man R1 and R2

    BU has tag at 2B - HP has tag at 1B, then the play into 3B. The ball responsibility is the BU, unless the ball is down the line.