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  1. BT_Blue

    How many umps in a crew?

    SoCal HS 1 or 2 for JV. 2 always for Varsity. JuCo - always 2 D3 2 or 3 man D2 and above always 3
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    First High School Game

    Some worse than others. I do recommend though to follow along with the schedule for positions of the umpires. If you are scheduled to work plate first then do that and the bases second. There can be problems if you work both plates as something could happen and the assignor gets called and is looking for your partner rather than you... or vice versa. Only way you should ever switch is with the approval of your assignor or if you absolutely have to due to an injury to your partner or yourself or if you have to work the game solo.
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    Bouncing back from bad outing

    I agree. We cant dwell on stuff whether its the same inning, game, day or week. We just have to move on.
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    INT play..

    Im guessing thats for all codes?
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    Hands on knees?

    Widac, You are probably leaning forward to much at the waist. Do you have the same problem in B or C? I recommend bending at your knees a little more and that should put your back into better alignment. Give that a go when the rain stops up there and let me know how it feels.
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    PROFOUND APOLOGIES to everyone!

    I agree... Keep it up. Also have you given any thought to my recommendation to become an evaluator or instructor or even a board member for a local HS or College association? That way you can still be close to the game not just on the computer.
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    First Game Time Change-Check this out!

    Simply... NO. NEVER.
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    In all codes this is a balk. Only thing is that at 12 years old or so, I would first want to talk to the pitcher and the coach between innings. At this age they are still being taught. If its travel ball I might give a short and very quite warning to the pitcher and then balk from there on out. If its Bronco or Babe Ruth or one of those leagues during the season then I would talk to the coach since I have to assume the kid doesnt know what they are doing.
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    Hands on knees?

    I alot of the HOK thing is that it is taught as a standard instruction at clinics. That way everyone is on equal footing. I used to walk into my set when A position with no one on. I was told to go to a HOK set before instead of walking in to my set since that is what the evaluators and coordinators in my area want. So now I do it.
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    Fact or Fiction???

    A couple years ago I was working the bases during a HS varsity summer ball game. Ground ball to F6 who tosses it to F4 at second and on the first for your normal 6-4-3 DP. Only problem is that the batter was three or four steps beyond first base when F3 caught the ball. I punched the kid out and immediately knew I screwed the pooch. The DHC, who was known to be a bit of a hot head, comes out. I meet him half way and he calmly asks me "Arik, you know you kicked that call right?". I tell him "yes, I did." He quietly says to me "ok, well make sure we keep our head in the game." I tell him sure thing and he walks away. I couldnt get mad at him cause I know I kicked it really bad.
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    Finally decided.

    I dont have that many games this year but have already took one hit with my new Diamond Silver mask. Seems like it did its job and cant wait for that one REAL hit to come.
  12. BT_Blue

    The umpire can't see squat

    I've worn glasses for the last 14 years. Which means that Ive worn them for most of my umpiring career. I started wearing contacts about 7 or 8 years ago and really want the lasik. Im going to have to save for it though and hope that my insurance can help too.
  13. B) I stopped reading after Brian's first post. Not the kind of thing you want to read when trying to go on a diet. thats for now :WTF
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    Umpire in Chief

    We have a couple guys that have done that in the HS group I belong to. Its something I would like to start doing when I get older and have to think about hanging them up.
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    Umpire in Chief

    Nr, I recommend hooking in with one of the local HS associations or such and acting as an evaluator and trainer. That way you are still in and around the game (just not on the field) and you can impart your knowledge and wisdom on other umpires that can use it.
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    Jobs which make people better umpires

    I work as a poker dealer. Talk about a job that people get mad at you just about as much as working as an umpire.
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    1951 world series

    I would be willing to handle what ever extra charge it would be for me to get the channel. Now just to have Dish comply with my request.
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    1951 world series

    I think they are owned by the same company... maybe not. Anyways I want my MLB network but sounds like for now it will involve many trips to the inlaws and their DirectTV connection.
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    1951 world series

    Ok, thats just rubbing salt in the wound. LOL
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    1951 world series

    Ok, so I have dish and they dont carry MLBnetwork. So it looks like I need to spend time at the inlaws that do have DirectTV and MLBnetwork. I guess you have to take the good with the bad right?
  21. BT_Blue

    Umpire in Chief

    :I agree. Man they will let anyone in here! LOL:bang:
  22. I would love to have my calls tracked. Especially since I havent had the chance to work many games over the last two years and I want to make sure I am giving my best.
  23. BT_Blue

    Choice or not? - Part II

    JM, That is also a NCAA rule and also appears in the NCAA test (I had it both times I took it and got it right both times.)
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    2009 NCAA Test

    JM, Since I am have not made it to D1 yet the first section doesnt matter to me. However I just talked to a mentor of mine in my association (shortly after I read what you posted) and he told me that our assignor does use the tests to see who has a grasp on the rules and will use it also in selecting post season assignments for our area.
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    2009 NCAA Test

    I did take it again. Got one extra question right so I got an 84% my second time. Now the question is, what does passing the test do?: