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Everything posted by Mudisfun

  1. Don't knock the balloon! Used one the other day in a LL Sectionals game... 8/9/10 year old kids and I did not want to end up looking like an advertisement for a battered men's shelter!
  2. Situation From the Other Day

    DOH!!!!! Sorry man! going to edit that right now!!!!
  3. YOU make the call.

    Wait... the ball hit the ground. Throw flag! Intentional grounding! 15 yard penalty!
  4. YOU make the call.

    What did the goalie do next?
  5. @Grayhawk GoFundMe

    @Umpire in Chief @Thunderheads Please sticky this thread so it is easily available for all.
  6. Horrible news - @grayhawk

    Brothers and sisters Steve aka @grayhawk has sustained what sounds like serious injuries in a freak accident. Info below from an email sent to our association members: Just this morning, Steve stopped by Windrow Park in support of two of our finest working a tournament Semi-final game. While the crew was getting dressed in the parking lot, Steve sat in one their chairs. The chair then broke, which caused Steve's neck to snap back as he fell to the ground. This created some immediate back pain, but did not appear to be serious at the time. Some hours later Steve began to lose all feeling in his legs and arms, and was admitted to Saddleback Medical Center. He is currently undergoing surgery to remove a disc in his back that the Dr's feel is causing the inflammation on the nerves which led to his condition. I briefly spoke w/ Steve and his wife, Christine, just before surgery, and they said assuming all goes well, another surgery will be needed to insert pins & screws. The recovery process could take a very long time. I know Steve personally and I know that many of you have formed a relationship with him via this very site, so I know many of you would want to know about this tragedy and would want to add him to your prayers. @Magic who is also our association VP I am sure is in contact with his family as well. When additional information is available, I am sure one of us will share it.... Prayers to Steve and his family.
  7. Unsportsmanlike Conduct Ejection

    As a LL Umpire working Sectionals at the moment, let me take the time to THANK YOU for doing your job. 1,000,000,000,000,000+% perfect choice.
  8. Horrible news - @grayhawk

    Yes, they have kids. I will reach out to the assignor who is sending out the updates to the association if a go-fund me or something similar has been established. The association is also organizing a meal train with +/-45 families signed up so far.
  9. Horrible news - @grayhawk

    Latest update on Steve from our association: Yesterday, Steve was moved to a Rehab facility in Long Beach that specializes in spinal cord injuries. The Dr's have begun to ween him off many of the pain meds, so they can focus on physical therapy. The short term goal is to regain motor function and strength to his right side. Steve is fighting hard, and he is a personal inspiration to me and many others. This process will be very difficult, long and expensive. Steve had only started a new business some months back, assisting seniors needing placement in care facilities. He is the sole bread winner for the family, as his wife, Christine, has medical issues of her own. Many have asked how they can help. When he eventually gets home, the meal train will begin but that is still some time away. For those that have reached out wanting to provide meals......thank you. If I could also ask for the name of your spouse, Christine will want to recognize her (him) as well. We cannot have enough meal providers, so please email me if you can assist, along w/ your spouse's name. Another way to help, and most importantly is thru financial giving. We are currently exploring creative ways to make this happen and several of of us will meet this week to discuss. Any and all suggestions are welcome from our strong & proud brotherhood, please think about how best to accomplish. It would be great to have your ideas discussed & implemented in the coming months. Steve & Christine are strong in their faith, and though the Lord never gives us more than we can handle, the times ahead will be very trying for the Wanamaker family. Once Steve is able to accept visitors at the new facility, I will pass that information on. But in the meantime, if you have ideas involving finances or can assist in the meal program, please send me an email.
  10. Interference

    Call BI every time you can... the more we call this, the faster batters will stop coming across the plate.
  11. Situation From the Other Day

    @jmadigan001 you need to step up your management skills. YOU are in charge of running the game, not the coaches, especially if you are there on an assignment and not just a team Dad who was hijacked into running the game. Don't let coaches tell you what is going to happen. If they come to you, ask them what they want, what they saw, or what they need. If they are asking a rules question, wait for them to finish and then give them your answer; do not debate. If they want to complain about the other team, tell them what you have, why it is or is not ok and send them back to the dugout. Telling you they will take their toys and go home is poor sportsmanship and really as low as it gets. Don't let coaches dictate to you what you will and will not do. Coach, you will not dictate to me how I will officiate this game. This is your warning and if you continue you will be ejected from the game. Please go back to your dugout now. If one is starting issues with the other teams coaches, end it, now. No good comes from allowing them to interact, especially when their maturity level seems to be below that of the 1st graders that are playing the game. You sound young, which is not a dig at you. Your management of the game starts when you walk onto the field. Have your uniform, if you wear one in good shape. Know your pregame plate meeting topics, hit the items you need to cover. Don't BS with the coaches other than shaking hands and saying hello. Be firm in your knowledge of the field, ground rules and playing/local rules. If you seem in charge, they will see you as in charge. If they see you as un-knowledgeable , indecisive or lazy they will try and push every button they can to their advantage. EDITED to tag the right person! Sorry @SouthJerseyK!!!!
  12. String them up and eject them all. How dare these kids think this is a game! oh, wait...
  13. Bottom line is you had a few possible learning experiences, right or wrong. The best part is that instead of just eating it, here you have arrived and here you are asking questions. This is the beginning of a long journey for you, especially if you enjoy officiating! You will find as you progress, and as @JaxRolo () will attest, that umpiring machine pitch, coach pitch and T-ball 'low/no stakes' is where you will find many of the completely uninformed and over zealous coaches in any league. See if your league has training. If not, at a minimum get your hands on the rule book for the league you are working for, be it the LL Green Book, Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth etc... Read the book! As you are reading it, ask questions... lots of questions. There are approved rulings in most leagues and many of those modify what is written directly in the rules. Come to this site, ask questions. There is such a wealth of information already here just in the thousands of threads, plus a group of seriously talented and knowledgeable group of umpires here to interact with. I learn something EVERY TIME on log on to this site. Amazing how much my game has improved in rules knowledge or situation handling just from sponging off their experience...
  14. Sure beats the Wilson bag in the back of my car and the shirts hanging from the old 'o $h!t handle".
  15. Double Set - Balk

    If you have him coming to a complete stop and then moving again, any subsequent stop is a double set. If you see it, call it, but just make sure everything is stopped...
  16. LL obstruction at 1B

  17. Chirping Assistant

    La Cosa Nostra... or 'this thing of ours'...
  18. Chirping Assistant

    Also imagine the next practice where little Jimmy the snitch gets to get some special BP... I don't want to make players rat out other players... that just ends badly. The HC on the other hand, by rule, is responsible for all actions of his team. He is the king rat... let him pay for the little rats actions.
  19. Attempt to go to 2nd

    The only thing fair or foul territory does is determine the status of a hit ball. Once the status of the ball is determined by either being touched, settled or passing a base fair or foul, the area we call fair/foul ground just becomes the field of play. So in your case, your runner while on the field of play, after making an attempt to advance to 2nd was tagged and ruled out by failing to be on the base at the time of the tag.
  20. Field of Play

    Are you referring to something like your right fielder is still in the dugout and not remotely close to the field? If so... the ball should not be put into play. Tell the coach to get a player out there. Normally this is all that is required as he will be yelling for someone to get off their butt and get on the field. Now how do we handle this is we, as the umpires put the ball in play and the subsequent play causes harm due to the lack of the position player? Get ready for a storm!
  21. Even 90º+ Gets to the Best of Us

    But how else am I expected to keep up on my Twitter and Tap a Talk feeds?
  22. Another Assault

    Because this is how school yard bullies who never grew up act. What a tool... hope he gets to spend some time in jail, or at a minimum picking up a bunch of trash on the freeway for a while.
  23. Umpire day anniversary!

    The left out the part where all of the thorns were left in place as they hurled the roses at the umpire
  24. Time between games

    Depends... Is the field going to be prepped again? That takes the crew 20-30 minutes normally. Same teams playing a DH? New teams? Same umpires/crew? How far did we have to park away from the field if we are swapping plate/base positions and need to redress? Normally... if it is not blazing outside, same teams and solo? 20-30 minutes is fine. If swapping spots and there is field prep to be done? 25-40 seems average. I agree that when you think about it... if you allow for 2 hrs per game, .5 hours between and say .5-.75 for pregame (and often an hour) you are already committed to a long day with possibly 1.5 hours of dead time already built into the day... and that does not account for your drive time to and from the fields... adding more dead time just eats into your already significant time commitment of 5-7 hours depending on actual game length and other factors.