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  1. I really like this article one of my favorites @Gil has posted. As I've said before I will continue to umpire as long as I enjoy it. As Gil noted, "It's about the disturbed state of the participant, not about the official." It does take it's toll on people. I think at the amateur level coaches, parents and fans are at a new level of disrespect towards officials. And we have a huge nation wide problem recruiting and retaining officials to begin with. There are 2 youth leagues in my area, my association has contracts with that I will not work any longer because IMO they are just out of control and as much as I like umpiring, it's not worth it to me. Here's one thing I turn back to time and again when discussing people's poor decision making and out of control behavior. Reality TV: the drama, the histrionics, the displays of the worst of human behavior. People who regularly watch this crap, IMO, start to believe that is normal. The systematic abuse of officials - by this I mean where leagues, associations or others who have the ability to reign things in don't - is completely unacceptable. These groups should hold their coaches, parents and participants to higher levels of sportsmanship.
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    Wilson Dyna-Lite Aluminum Umpire Mask

    The Wilson® Silver Dyna-Lite™ Aluminum Umpire Mask is the lightest umpire face mask available from Wilson. It offers the same lightweight feel as titanium-without the cost. The memory foam mask pads are wrapped in a moisture wicking fabric for the best in comfort, perspiration management and protection. Features: Unique construction: Anodized silver aluminum cage provides an improved, clear field of vision Lightweight: Weighs approximately 1.3lbs (.58kg) with harness and pads Comfort, Protection, and Performance: Non-wraparound memory foam padding allows the mask to sit closer to face for better vision. This mask is available exclusively from our friends at Ump-Attire.com.
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    Wilson Dyna-Lite Aluminum Umpire Mask

    This is my first new mask in over 10 years. I placed a rather large order from Ump-Attire.com and threw it in just because I wanted to and I'm glad I did. First, I must say this mask is light, very light. I was amazed at how light it was. 1lb, 3.4 oz by my kitchen scale. That's 7oz lighter than my older Wilson Dyna-lite. I've worked several games since I received the mask and have been dying to try it. Unfortunately, my partners all really wanted the plate. So last night I had a fall ball JV game. Perfect for trying out my new mask. As any umpire will attest when we get a new piece of equipment the masochist in us comes out and we want to take a hit with our new gear. A JV fall ball game is the perfect place to get those wanted hits so I demanded the plate. Second batter of the game is all it took. Uncaught "fastball" (maybe mid 60's) straight to the center of my jaw. No ill effects to either me or the mask. A couple of innings later, bam! A pretty hard foul to my right eye. Everything was fine. The game offered me several other opportunities to be hit in the mask among other places. I was impressed. the memory foam padding is light and comfortable and took the shock out of the blow just as it should have. It was comfortable and as I mentioned ultra-light weight. I actually believe the weight of entire of the mask is supported by the bill of the cap. I believe I will be enjoying this mask for years to come!
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    This is one of my pet peeves, partners who are lax on putting the ball back into play. IMO it's always important to do, but with a runner(s) on it is critical. And I do put the ball in play at the beginning of each half inning.
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    Unorthodox rotation situation

    Almost, the play didn't last all that long My partner was great telling me, I've got first, I've got second, I've got third. I ended up taking the play on the opposite side of the wedge right at the cutout in fair territory about 3-5 feet inside the 3rd base line. It was actually a pretty good view.
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    College site apparel

    Arriving at a collegiate site the expectation is that we have slacks and a button down dress shirt. Khakis and a polo are the bare minimum.
  7. Looking to buy a silver SSK throat guard like the one pictured below. If you have one in good condition you'd sell PM me please.
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    Kneeling for National Anthem

    Some of you know my feelings towards government. I'm neither a righty or a lefty. But Hokieump and others have made comments about the media and I feel they (equally on both sides) are exasperating the situation for their own gains. This in turn divides the country greater than the issue itself. Then they don't let the issue go after the horse has been beaten to death. Also have you noticed when they interview people on the street about topics they deliberately select the absolute worst people to represent either side. They can never find someone with at least a 5th grade education who can make a clear, succinct point, be logical and not default to worn out bromides and clichés or even name calling. The media's problem is they can no longer differentiate between fact and opinion. They cherry pick facts which support their world view and over-engross on the commentary/opinion. If you give me the real unfiltered facts I can form my own opinion.
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    Just Cancel the Game

    I sit here under a Tropical Storm Warning until 7:30 PM as whats left of Maria is 150-200 miles off the coast. We've had intermittent rain and decent wind. I'm sure the worst of it has passed however, according to the weather channel we are currently getting sustained winds of 25+ MPH with gusts of over 40. By 6:00 game time they're calling for sustained winds of 20 MPH and gusts of 30+ MPH. You know we're not going to play in this, why wait to cancel?
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    What a call!

    Very nice call the tell tale moment is when Sogard makes the second effort to get to the bag. If he didn't come off why the second effort?
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    Just Cancel the Game

    It's finally been cancelled, but it was obvious yesterday we wouldn't be playing. I do have to say while I have had a few occasions where games have been cancelled and no one tells me, around here overall they are very good about letting us know.
  12. I actually had a situation blow up on me this season where I was BU in the B position. Ball was put in play. Something told me R1 was going to attempt to "break up" the double play. I was for whatever reason positive this was going to happen. I got the initial out at 2nd and stayed with that play (as others have mentioned didn't belong to me) far too long (and nothing happened) that I was too late in turning to first and never saw the play there. I called the runner safe just because I didn't see the play. It led to an argument, because it was a banger of a play. The coach even said he knows I didn't see the play well (I didn't see it at all.) My partner said I was probably right, but it was too close to tell from where he was. Moral of the story: Stay in your lane! The potential of something does not preclude us from our designated responsibilities. I know better AND I know my partner would have had the call if something happened. If I had just stayed in my lane and stuck to my responsibilities I probably wouldn't have had it blow up on me.
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    Burn out

    I'm working to find that balance. While I love umpiring I can no longer do it 5-6 days a week. I have reduced my availability; some by my choice some due to my work. I haven't balanced it perfectly yet, but I'm getting there. At first not umpiring virtually every day felt wrong, but I quickly found I was enjoying my free time more and enjoying the games I was working more too.
  14. This is a great example to all of us. Remember we have no authority to remove spectators. But what Bellino did in having security remove the fan was within the rules. So if we have an issue with a fan we can ask a field administrator, coach, security etc to remove the spectator we can not do this ourselves.
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    Kneeling for National Anthem

    I talked to someone about this and this is their opinion I agreed with... (paraphrased) Taking a knee is just to draw attention to themselves. Some have a heartfelt sense of trying to draw attention to a message, but now they are in the smallest minority. When you stand for the National Anthem you do so out of unity and respect. You are standing for the romantic ideal of all that America is and can be. Yes there are both individuals and groups that have been wronged by national, state and local governments in the past and it will evidently happen again in the future. But The United States is better than that and each of us regardless of our background, ethnicity, etc need to STAND UP and make The United States better.
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    Tapatalk - Android (Samsung Galaxy S8)

    And when this came in I just got a yello/Amber colored led notification
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    Tapatalk - Android (Samsung Galaxy S8)

    I use the S8 and LED Indicator for a particular App is done by that app. I finally installed TapaTalk but could not find the setting where it can be changed.
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    Many collegiate assignors have try out camps where you can go to and they will get a look at you. It is a win - win even if you don't get picked up by the conference you get some excellent training.
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    Out or lodged ball?

    Being that he immediately removed it I'd rule catch. If he fumbled around for it I'd have to rule lodged ball.
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    When is it time to hang it up?

    This is such a shame... I've seen it posted here any number of times and in person that the politics drives out good umpires. Unfortunately in many instances Umpire Associations are political beasts. For me the day will come when I no longer enjoy umpiring. Umpiring is fun, it often serves as an escape for me from work, family or other stresses in my life. I have a couple of hours where it is just me , my partners and baseball and the rest of the world doesn't exist. When it feels like a job to me I'll need to re-evaluate why I'm doing it. I have a very good friend who is "very seasoned" and previously worked D-I and would occasionally get called to fill in at the local MiLB park if they needed an ump quickly. Now that he's beyond retirement age and has two new knees, he cant work the same level of baseball, but he is still umpiring. Primarily coach/ machine pitch but loves every minute of it and he'll be doing it as long as he's physically able.
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    Out or lodged ball?

    I don't think in real time I would have caught that as being in his jersey.
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    Interesting Time Play

    I wish there was a view that showed the runners at the time of the tag.
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    Weight Loss Group

    While I'm not in great shape I'm in better shape than I've been in years. My weight is steadily going down. I'm down almost 20 lbs in the last 6 months. While there are people who loose 20 lbs in 2-3 months that isn't my primary focus. My focus has been to get stronger, have better endurance and be more fit. Here's what I did at the start and now. Used Fitbit & My Fitness Pal to track and log my activities and eating Now I must admit I'm not as good about logging my food as I was, but after a few months I got a good feel for what I was eating and how many calories I was taking in. Like Rich said counting stuff sucks--- but it works. This said, I am more consistent with my weight loss when I actively track. I still enjoy my beer and ice cream (ice cream is my ultimate food weakness) but I am better able to moderate when I have the bad things. Make smarter food choices. Includes basically eliminating fast food. But when eating on the go is a must make better choices. Be more active. I did join Planet Fitness for a few months. I started out on fire going 5 days a week.- Then reality set in that and I was going less and less so I ended up cancelling. Take walks - My neighborhood is a figure 8 shaped with a 3rd loop within the bottom loop. The top loop is just short of 2 miles, the bottom loop is a perfect 3.2 mi (5k) and if I add the 3rd inner loop of the bottom loop that's another mile. I try to take the dogs when I do the 2-3 mile and they love it. I think of all the time I waste on the couch watching TV and it makes me feel guilty and I sometime get up and take a walk. Find an outdoor hobby or passion Last year I got shamed into registering for the Tough Mudder - And I loved it. By the end of this year I will complete 6 obstacle course races. (4 down 2 to go - The Spartan is next Sunday in Fayetteville) I also want to try kayaking Being active and outdoors benefits by not only being active but you won't pass by the fridge or pantry and eat unnecessarily. Drink water I spoke with a fitness nut friend of mine and SHE could bench press 2 of me. I told her I'm not ready to live in the gym but want to improve. She said: Drink water a minimum of 64 oz a day but the more the better Never drink calories Ditch sodas - even diet ones. Eat your veggies - get a wide variety bold colors in your veggies. Avoid starches and carbs. The never drink your calories has been a big eye opener to me, and yet it seems like pure common sense. Take the stairs vs elevator whenever possible Also try the Ease into 5K App I'm not a runner, but this got me into decent running shape and has helped me build endurance. What I give the most credit to in my quest to be fit is Burpees. These will kick your ass no matter how fit you are. And you can do them anywhere. I highly recommend for getting into shape. If you fail a Spartan obstacle you must do 30 burpees. ( I anticipate doing b/t 120 & 180 next Sunday) I am building my self up to do the pyramid and reverse pyramid 10 burpees (1min rest) 9 (1min rest)... then when you get to 1 you go back from 1 to 10. that's 110 burpees. You are a god among men if you can do that. I haven't been able to complete the 1st pyramid yet. I'm at 10-6 (40) before I'm beat. Over the winter I'll obviously be somewhat less active, then I'm going to focus on calories and weight loss. One of my 2018 goals is to complete 8 OCR including the Spartan Trifecta (5 mi Spartan Sprint, 10 mi Super and 15 mile Beast) and Tough Mudder. Best of luck!
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    Farewell for now

    Doesn't Indianapolis have the interwebs???
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    Richmond VA Camp 9/14-17

    I'm interested in joining the ODAC and looked into this camp, but just couldn't make the timing work.