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    Welcome to our forums

    Glad to have you Phillip. I'm sure as the season continues there will be some interesting EJ stories. But I must say my goal is to have none this year.
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    Specile Rules in Federation Games

    What special rules do any of your states or districts have? Here there is one district which is exceptionally bad in baseball has adopted a 2 hour drop dead time limit for their JV games. Believe me this is such a beautiful thing, at 2:01 you could be contemplating suicide.
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    Are you offended by this....

    Some people say there's no such thing as bad publicity. A portion of my article So you want to be an umpire? was the topic of a post, an I'm honored. Apparently, someone had an issue with my choice of words. What do you think?
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    Does the league respect you?

    I would just not work that league. As professionally as I take my self on the field, I'm not going to be somebody's whipping boy. I have enough stress and heartache from my 9-5 that I look forward to my games as almost a therapeutic time where I can block out everything else and just umpire. If a coach wants to give me grief I'm actually pretty lenient and let them vent, until they cross the line. These leagues, like you've described, have created a poisonous culture. Where as they acquire new players they are quickly indoctrinated into the "blame the ump" philosophy and continue to perpetuate the environment.
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    Negative feedback is good!!!

    I wanted to take a moment and thank 2 of our members mepperson & LMSANS. Both of these members have given me some critical feedback on the site and things that are not working well for them. One of these issues I knew of and had placed a lower priority on, but when I heard back that it was effecting their enjoyment and use of the site I moved it up to higher priority. Several other of the issues they raised I didn't know of. But was able to look into and I believe resolve. This site is a work in progress and I want to make it as user friendly as possiblle. If you are having any issues please let me know - others may be having the same issues. And to all of you which have given various compliments I thank you too. Also if you have any suggestions on things you would like to see let me know I'm very open to your requests. I want to make the site the best it can be and the ultimate online destination for umpires.
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    Mechanics Video

    I saw this video featured on www.UmpNews.com I think this has a lot of good information. The only things I notice is that it appears the Umpire is a bit deep when in A, B or C. I am usually 12-15' behind F3. From B or C I'm on the line tangent from the plate & mound about half way b/t the cut out. I would love to see a video featuring some more advanced mechanics like being deep or shallow in the C position , ect...
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    What I'm not looking to this season.

    I was speaking with this guy I work with about the upcoming season. He is much more senior than I in both age and experience and has a, dare I say, more negative tone about life the universe and everything. I told him how anxious I am for the new season and he went on the list of things he is not looking forward to. While I want to try and keep the tone up beat, what are you not looking forward to? I am not looking forward to poorly maintained youth ball fields where the silt has replaced the sand, where the first base line is the gully that has been worn down for the past 50 years. Also the break away bases, that come out every time a kid slides. I played on the old traditional bases and cannot recall anybody ever being hurt. Now each time a kid slides he knocks the base out, then the hole fills in with the silt and we have to take 5 minuets to get it all out then reset the base. On some fields I bet we spent 15-20 min a game just resetting the bases. It drives me crazy.
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    Hat elmentswear when using the new h

    I have seen guys both wear nad not wear a hat with HSM. The association I belong to allows umpires to not wear a hat under the helmet. I have seen a discussion on ABUA which the majority I believe stated that they did not wear a hat. As JohnT mentioned MLB guys don't wear hats, and I saw some MiLB umps not wearing one.
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    Partner Conflict

    I feel for you man, I think we've all been there to some extent. As a rookie your in a tougher spot. Like Semperfiguy mentioned, I would try talking to my assignor, but I don't know if I would go as far as saying you cannot work with him again especially as a rookie. But the assignor should know the situations and maybe let the assignor do his job and keep this guy on the small diamond. But you are absolutely right that no matter how strong a game you have you can be brought down by your partner. We are the 3rd team on the field. Unlike the players where everybody can see and say boy that pitcher had a horrible game or the shortstop made 3 errors which cost them the game. They just say those umpires really blew it grouping you with your partner.
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    Fitted Hats

    Ump-Attire has a chart on their site as to how to measure your head. I would suggest going to a store in your local mall to try on different caps and get a idea what your size is. I have personally found that sizing, even among the same brand can be off. I usually wear a 7 5/8 cap which is a bit too big, but the 7 1/2 is a bit too small. A friend gave me a brand new 7 1/2 cap which is larger than all of my 7 5/8 caps. Richardson and Cliff Keen make flex-fit caps. I just found out there are two different types of flex fit caps from a post on ABUA. I have wool flexfit caps with only a small amount of give, and really like them. Apparently there are other flex fit caps with greater streach ability. Apparently other umps have a problem with these hats.
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    What League?

    In the area I ump in PONY is the biggest, there is a good amount of LL. About an hour either north or south there is Cal Ripken & Babe Ruth.
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    Disappointed to learn...

    Saturday I went to a hockey game with Ump81, who is an NCAA D-I baseball umpire and a former hockey official. I had won tickets in my company’s box right on the glass. It was a good thing for me as a hockey neophyte to learn about the game from somebody who has truly in-depth knowledge. I've always enjoyed the action the fights and the skill of hockey, but never really followed it. Getting back on track, we are probably the only 2 people that could be at a hockey game and talk primarily about baseball. Ump81 knows that my goal is to eventually make it to where he is as a D-I umpire and we were speaking about moving up what I can do to improve and be able to make the jump to college baseball. His response shocked me.... He told me that at D-III & D-II umpires do not need to be NCAA certified and if I were with another association I would probably be doing some of those games. Our association does not do many of these schools because these schools are looking for cheap umpires versus quality umpires. He even told me that one of the local D-III schools uses another association for their games which has a, dare I say horrible, reputation and pays them about the same I would get for a middle school game. I was explained how the scheduling goes; which I wasn't aware of before. D-I games for the whole mid-Atlantic region are scheduled by one person, before the season begins this person selects a number of games which our commissioner can schedule with guys which are NCAA umps. Other divisions either go by conference or individual school as to how they are scheduled. I found this very interesting and informative. I had always thought before that all NCAA games regardless of level were called by NCAA certified guys. But I am happy to wait until our association deems me ready, before jumping in. Quality over speed.
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    Pitcher's Return to Mound - MLB

    I know of no rule prohibiting him taking another position. OBR 8.06( just states removal. It is not explicit as if he is removed from his position or from the game. FED is explicit about defensive subs and the pitcher being able to take another def position and even return to the mound.
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    Does PU take the runner?

    blue bomber, The PU always has the overthrow responsibility in such a situation.
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    First real game of the season, finally

    Well last night I had my first real game of the year, no rain, no wind so we were playing. I was BU, I've said this year I'm going to make an effort not to be a plate whore. Usually I work 70-75% of my games at the plate. In my scrimmage eval I was told to balance it out because it is beginning to show I work at the plate most. I really slaughtered a pivot that day... Back to last nights game, I had a lot of activity on the bases, and was pleased. I feel I had good position and mechanics, I even was back on track with my pivot. I keep a notebook in my car of the games on the game info sheet I print from Arbiter, I write what I think went well and not so well in my game after my post game with my partner to get his input.. Here's what I wrote last night: F-Ups • Communication with my partner-- one time I pulled the rookie move of a fly to CF I was in C and immediately turned around to take the ball w/o communicating with my partner • Balks - There was a balk or two I could've/should've called, it's early in the season and and the tone needs to be set so other umps don’t have to take out my trash with coaches saying my guy's been doing that all year and nobody has said anything • Illegal Pitches-- Same as above Need to pay extra attention as this was a POE this year Pitchers feet in the Windup • Tracking the ball - I don't feel I was tracking the ball off the bat as well as I should. One play I'm in C, When the ball left the bat I tracked it to RF closer to the line and point to my partner. He shakes his head no and points to me. As I turn around F9 makes the catch in right-center field and I should have seen that from the moment it left the bat. Kudos • I didn't miss a call all game, other than the illegal pitches and a balk or two • My positioning mechanics and vocals were strong Tonight I have another game with the winning team from last night and another team which usually fields a pretty good squad. It should be a much better played game and give me some more learning opportunity as I will be on the bases again.
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    Rained out

    It looks like all the posters in this thread are from the Southeast. We really had a rough 2007 with virtually no rain/snow. Which was great for baseball and maybe I got a little spoiled. HS season is now going and I wanted those AAU games to help me shake off the rust. A couple of scrimage innings will have to do. I have a busy schedule the next 2 weeks, I hope the weather cooperates.
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    Rained out

    As giddy as I've been to get out on the field my games were rained out. So what if they were only scrimmages. I wanted to be out there....;)
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    Rained out

    What a weekend. It rained almost all day Friday, and a little Saturday with fierce wind, gusts up to 60mph. Today, Sunday, I had all 3 of my AAU games canceled. I don't think the fields could have been in that bad of condition, I went outside wearing socks and my feet weren't soaked. Well I'm scheduled for 2 HS games this week. I hope we finally get to play....
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    How To Get Assigned To These Games

    AAU, USSSA play onder FED rules, as most other travel ball. So that will be great experience.
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    The Mitchell Report is a Joke

    What gets me now is that they are going after Clemens for perjury. This is a complete snipe hunt. The drugs were not illegal in baseball at the time of the incident. So while it may have been morally wrong, he didn’t break any rules. This is a matter to be handled by MLB and not government. Unfortunately Selig is a very weak commissioner and couldn’t get these things banned earlier and let it get this far. When players were found breaking the rules he either looked the other way or gave too light of a sentence to offenders. We need a strong baseball commissioner like what Goodell has been for the NFL since his arrival.
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    How To Get Assigned To These Games

    I would check with other guys in your association and see if they do these games. Also I believe we have 2 other active members from the Atlanta area who may have some information on other associations in the area. A great opportunity for me to plug me asking everybody to go to our links section and put a link to your association on our site for those looking for associations to find more and better games.
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    Indicators - 3 or 4 Dial?

    I use the 3 dial with balls on top, some places call a natural style, which I think is fitting as you announce the count balls then strikes.
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    Traditional vs. HSM

    I like your thinking... I bought this over the winter and finally get to wear it Saturday
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    Sit: <2 outs, R2 Batter hits a ground ball back to F1. F1 makes a hurried, errant throw to F5. In attempting to catch the ball F5 dives to his left and collides with R2 who is still upright coming in to 3rd as the ball comes to a rest against the fence and the play comes to a halt on its own. My call, I've got nothing. The 3rd base coach throws a fit calling for INT (yes, he is asking for INT), the defensive coach comes running out also asking for INT. I have 2 opposing coached asking for INT. I try to explain my no call saying, "I've got 2 players both doing what their supposed to be doing and the contact wasn't illegal by either person." The defensive coach is exclaiming his guy couldn't make the catch because R2 hit him. I reply, Your guy didn't make the catch because of the bad throw. Then he starts with the runner has to yield to the fielder. I explain that in this situation, he didn't have the opportunity. The offensive coach continues to ask for INT and for me to award his guy home. I didn't try to correct him but explain the fielder has a right to make a play on the ball. So now I have 2 coaches both giving me heck.
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