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    Movie talk

    My favorite parts of the film is: Guerilla fighters walking through the metal detectors with all the guns and what not and then the security guards grab the old lady when the alarm goes off. Striker having issues drinking has always made me smile Elaine giving (you know) to the blow up automatic pilot The explaination of what happens to all the people that eat fish and Capt. Over is doing everything exactly as the doctor is talking about it. Leslie Neilson constantly walking into into the cockpit saying "I just want to let you all know, we all are counting on you" The nun singing to the little girl and of course... Passanger: "Miss, are you telling us everything?" Elaine: "We are also out of coffee." and the whole plane goes nuts!
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    Movie talk

    Ok thats pretty classic. Did the guys get what you were referencing? What about the kid (being in college it should be required to see Animal House as well as some other classic college films)
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    Whining

    exactly. And if you REMOVE the problem there is no need for you to consider CORRECTING it.:question1:
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    Late To The Plate

    I do not use nor personally like the combo pants. To me they are to small behind the plate and to big on the bases. But thats just my opinion. As for shirts, for monitary reasons if you have them, I recommend the navy shirt with red under (you can also go with navy but red is usually the way to go) and the heather pants to start with. If you are committed to doing the umpire thing long term go and get more shirts since it will help with having options on shirts (I know it kind of annoys me to have the choice of only one shirt cause my partner doesnt bother with the other colors). Especially with the warmer weather coming.
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    BU's positioning at "B" and "C"

    FED has also gone to this mechanic of being in B with R1 and R3 for the reason given by Jim Evans that 98% or so of plays will be at first and it looks better being closer in B. Its all the illusion of being closer even though there isnt actually much of a difference space wise between B and C. I too now work much closer to F1 than most (it was a recommendation by a mentor who is a Big West umpire). Much much closer with a lefty on the hill. The reason for this is to get a better angle on the pick at first since it is usually quicker in happening than with a righty. Also as BU you are responsible for the foot coming past the pitching rubber and (dispite what the CCA manual says) you can help with the lean towards the plate.
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    Balk in Stretch

    For some of us, such as myself, that use the GD stance. I tend to move into the slot when the pitcher contacts the rubber and go down in my stance when the pitcher comes set. I feel that if I wait till the pitcher begins his motion home my eyes move to much and I miss things. Its just something that I have found works for me.
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    Plate Coats

    In the coat I discribed that a friend got made out of a suit coat the pockets were expanded within the coat. It still looked good and to someone that isnt familiar with what a proper plate coat looks like, it would look just as good. For me I liked how it looked but I will still be buying a proper plate coat. But I am thinking that I will go with Gerry Davis when I do since those are tailor made. Where as the Honigs ones come in sizes (large, extra large, medium, etc.) rather than getting tailoring sizes. Just sounds to me like the Davis ones would fit better since its made to your specific sizes.
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    Movie talk

    "You didnt throw up in front of Dean Wormer. You threw up ON Dean Wormer!" "TOGA TOGA TOGA" "ALL IS CALM!" and of course "Thank you sir, may I have another?" However some of the best parts of the film are Beluchi (sic?) just improving such as his face to the guy with the guitar on the stairs and then smashing it, him dumping mustard all over himself, and him crushing the beer can on his head. Oh and the scene with the horse is great also! To me that film is right up there with the original Airplane! movie in terms of great quotes. Oh, and I listened to an interview on the radio with Stephen Fihrst(?) who played Flounder. They asked him about being on Animal House and he was great answering questions and even dropped the "do you have 10,000 marbles" line at the end of the interview. :hi5:
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    Whining

    I agree with JM and others. There is no place in umpiring for taking a pitch like the one discribed and purposely calling it a strike as a way of getting back at some one. It will lead to more problems then it is worth. As for Mr. Umpire and the 1BC. I find myself with a little bit of inner pride calling an out on a CLOSE play at first with the coach trying to get a safe call. However it is an afterthought and not something that I will use in my judgement of the call. I feel it would take to long on the call and could gather you some grief because most good coaches will know what you are doing and some could even try and turn it on you by calling the kid out to see what you do. I also will tell the coach that "i dont need his help" on these plays. Most of them get the idea and will stop. However if they do not stop with the safe signs (this is purposely not doing it just as a reaction since they do it "all season" and at times they forget) then it involves an official warning and if it continues it should be considered arguing a judgement call and warrants an ejection.
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    Pick a rule...any rule...

    Much like the Connie Mack leagues here. Ive worked four different leagues. One uses American League (AL) modified rules with FED re-entry and coaches helmets. Another uses strictly AL rules with no re-entry. Another uses AL modified with re-entry but no helmets. And still another does the same but uses metal bats (the first three use wood). Its confusing, especially since they are all governed by the same group.
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    Pick a rule...any rule...

    Better get used to it. Its in pro ball and it came into NCAA this year. It will be in FED either next year or the year after. Now here is the other thing. In Connie Mack and other HS age leagues they are making the coaches wear helmets. Now according to NCAA, the coaches can not be closer to the field than the inside line or closer to HP then the bottom line of the coaches boxes at the time of the pitch. I didnt see anything about that in the rules (Connie Mack, Legion, etc.). Is that in there somewhere or do they have free run?
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    Balk in Stretch

    Oh thats horrible blue. thats :Horse:s*^&! blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
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    Movie talk

    I thought he was pre-law? ______________ Damn you people for beating me to this... however, did we give up when.. when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? NO! LETS GO!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Plate Coats

    another thing you can do is go buy a jacket from a used suit place (make sure its still in good condition). Make sure its big enough to go over your CP and bring it to a tailor to get the pockets enlarged. A guy in my local association did this and it looks really good.
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    Diamond Titanium? Mask

    Yeh, Honigs only sells their masks or the wilson titanium. Ump-Attire as well as many others (Gerry Davis has the mask but put their pads and harness on it).
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    Umpire Cap

    I was going to join in on this but I realized that this could turn into something about California ex. Dippy Uumpires From California :rollinglaugh:
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    Smitty Pants

    I agree... I personally swear by the Honigs Poly-Wool pants but since most of the people in your area have the GD charcoal pants I would go with those. When I finally get the chance to move to Portland as is planned I will be checking with the guys up there what color pants are used the most Honigs or GD.
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    Late To The Plate

    To add to what Michael wrote... I recommend checking what color shirts to get. As a general rule, most associations go with the Navy shirts with the red, white and navy on the sleeves and collar. However, more and more are going to the black shirts and/or what some will call MLB Blue which is the light blue with the black collar. Do your due diligence as to your equipment and uniform and it will save you a lot of trouble and money.
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    PM Spam from Jessie

    Im not sure which is worse? The posts about the shoes and such that appear on ALL message boards or a PM... Im voting for the posts... especially since I didnt get the PM spam.
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    New from NC

    On a side note, I wish there was a smilie on here that has the character running around in circles in fright. That would have been a great one to go with my above post. LOL:givebeer:
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    New from NC

    :agasp_:NNNOOOOOOO!!!!!!:BD:
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    Infield Fly -- When is too early or too late?

    It is really NEVER to late to call it as long as its called correctly. And by the way, you called it correctly. An outfielder CAN catch an IFF. What you are looking for is if an infielder can make an easy (no extra ordinary effort) play on the ball. Sounds like you did it right. Now when do you WANT to call it? The rule books (all of them) say you should call it at the appex of flight. Also remember that if the pop up is close to the line you should declare "infield fly IF FAIR".
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    Confidence

    well oddly enough it wont let me right now. Can I only nominate one post a day?
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    Indicators

    I notch mine at zero... that way I know where to start and I dont have to look.
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    Struggling w/ low pitch

    Something that no one has mentioned is that maybe you arent tracking the ball from the pitchers hand all the way to the glove. That will help you with not calling the pitches too low.
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