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    Tap dance, ultimate frisbee, any and all sports.
    Longtime Cubs fan.

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    Teacher (math, physics)
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    HS Varsity, American Legion, MSBL
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  1. I'm looking for a sun visor that fits the FM4000UMP - All-Star's website specifically says that theirs won't fit this particular model. Any recommendations?
  2. 9U travel tournament. OBR with local modifications for safety and 60’ diamond. R1, R2, outs don’t matter. Batter hits a clean single to the outfield, scoring R2 and moving R1 to 3B. As the ball is being returned to the pitcher, the on-deck batter runs to the plate to pick up the bat. Because the offensive team was in the 3B dugout, the pitcher reads this R1 trying to score from 3B and throws home. F2 thinks play has relaxed, is not paying attention, and gets drilled in the midsection with the ball. I killed the play immediately and sent BR back to 1B (he ran to 2B on the throw home and resulting mayhem). Defensive coach wanted an out for the on-deck batter “looking like a baserunner,” but I told him I couldn’t think of any rule that would support an out here. Looking forward to the discussion on this one – interested to see if an out is justified.
  3. 2018 Games

    I envy you all whenever this topic comes up. I get all of my HS games a week before the season starts, and summer travel games 48-72 hours in advance.
  4. For Sale: Force3 HSM

    I'm selling an almost brand new (used in one game, never took a shot) Force3 HSM. Bought it from Ump-Attire a few months ago, used it for one game and decided it just isn't for me. Asking $130 shipped, willing to drive a reasonable distance (~2 hour radius from Buffalo, NY) to avoid shipping if you would like.
  5. All time Stupid Fed Rules Question.

    Same in all codes from what I understand. FED 6-1-4 - "A pitch dropped during delivery and which crosses a foul line shall be called a ball...A pitch dropped during delivery with at least one runner on base would be a balk if it does not cross a foul line."
  6. 2017 RussMatt

    Just found out my brother is playing in this event - #48 for Ashland.
  7. Pitch Counts

    Haven't seen New York's rule posted here yet, so here you go: http://www.nysphsaa.org/Portals/0/PDF/Sports/Baseball/2017/2017 Pitch Count Rules.pdf The big things I notice: - NYS is going with nights of rest rather than days of rest, which is why 1-30 pitches requires one night of rest (eligible next day). - Pitchers may finish the batter if they meet the pitch limit mid-batter. - Balk/illegal pitch does not count as a pitch. - No word on IBB.
  8. 'REAL' job

    Update from a year ago: Finished my teacher certification program, passed my exams, and landed my first-ever full time job teaching high school geometry in a Title I (high-poverty) school district in WNY. My commute will be roughly an hour and a half (pushing 2 hours or more once the snow comes), but the technology initiatives, academic programs, and student population should make the long drive completely worth it.
  9. Spring 2016

    I get assignments a week ahead of time if I'm lucky, the day before or the morning of if I'm unlucky.
  10. Showed up to my 10U doubleheader today and was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was working the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken state tournament. Much better baseball than usual for the age group and much calmer parents and coaches - overall a great day. Heading back tomorrow night for the beginning of 11U bracket play. I got my squat workout in behind the plate - I'd forgotten how small these kids are.
  11. Out of play boundary line

    Is an "out of play" line required under FED rules? My association works at a lot of fields where we play "see 4/all you can get" on catches and have a boundary line for overthrows. Never had an issue with this until Wednesday night, where a coach argued that a defined line is required under FED rules. Keeping the specifics intentionally vague for now - I'd like to see where the general conversation goes first.
  12. Fun 'n' games

    Had a team from Montreal down here in Buffalo for a (FED rules) tournament last summer. Brought an entire arsenal of BESR bats with them and a local team finally called them out on day 2. Cue $#!@storm. Local team ended up loaning them a bat to use for the rest of the game after they calmed down a bit.
  13. Should balks be called in 10U ball?

    ​NYS math teacher here. Trig is gone for good as of next fall - this August (or maybe June, I don't remember off the top of my head) will be the last administration of the Algebra II/Trig Regents exam. Trig topics have either been eliminated, pushed down into Geometry (very few topics, mostly basic sine/cosine/tangent calculations), or pushed up into Pre-Calculus (most topics). Happy to finally chime in on a topic I actually know something about :-)
  14. Ejection Situation

    Long-time lurker, but here is my first shot at giving (rather than receiving) advice on UE. Be merciful 1) NEVER let MC go unpunished, especially at the freshman level. Ejections in FED games carry a one game suspension here in NY, so hopefully the kid will learn his lesson while he sits on the bench for the next game. Good EJ. 2) I'm not sure about talking to coach vs. player on an equipment abuse warning - if I remember correctly it's a team warning for the first offense, so my guess would be that you were correct to talk to the coach in this situation. Bonus thought: Don't engage with fans, even after the game. I'm having a hard time imagining a situation where you win that encounter. Looking forward to the conversation on this one.
  15. Hi all, Anyone out there with recommendations for prescription sports glasses/goggles (or websites to go find them)? I'm brand new to the world of corrective eyewear, and between baseball, ultimate frisbee, and flag football, I've decided to look for a sports-specific pair or two. A quick Google search returned two types of sites: super expensive American retailers and super cheap sketchy overseas sites. I'm looking for something in the middle and I can't seem to find it. Thanks in advance for your help!