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GPblue last won the day on October 10 2016

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  1. Opening the Season

    First DH done yesterday. Anyone else have an experience where a snowman was built in the Bullpen and stayed in play the whole game? yes we had to make a ground rule for it.
  2. Weight Loss Group

    What group are you in with no logo on the lid?
  3. NCAA Exam Thread

    correct and you ignore Able and Baker's opportunity to bat.
  4. Your Umpiring New Years Resolutions

    And Probably a Cup too based on slot and hand position.
  5. Your Umpiring New Years Resolutions

    Continue to Lose weight. Continue to ask questions and learn from umpires I respect and grow each day. Build a good pipeline of contacts to take next steps in my goals to where i want to be at. 2018 I need to attend 2-3 clinics with on field evaluations of 3 and 4 man mechanics.
  6. Quick Tip Videos

    2-3 minutes videos......just trying to think of something from basic to advanced that you could do in that short period of time. Working the slot(feet, head position, distance from catcher) Timing(what is timing, how we use it) The wedge (plays at the plate) Read step post pitch step b and c 2 man doubleplay footwork/mechanics When to go out on a flyball how to start a game(from arriving at field to ending the plate conference) Presentation/Professionalism how/when to get help from your partner timing play(1 out/2 out) 4th out rule Appeals EJ HC and how to get them off the field There are probably a few others I can think of, but my brain is more focused on turkey.
  7. Relocating due to rain

    Sounds like another weekender doing it for the wrong reason and someone going to the bottom of the assignor list. Not sure what area of the country you are in, but I imagine he will still get a full lot of games due to needing the body even though he's a jacka$$
  8. Qualifications

    I know in my area there are are good amount of D-2,D-3, JUCO that in certain times they have to use a warm body that is available based on weekday availability, games that day, etc. From my first year in college what I found was that if you show you can move, present yourself professionally, and call a consistent game and understand how to manage the coaches, assigners will find you. In terms of the weight.....I am a bigger guy myself. I lost 40 lbs and still have a long way to go. I know what things are holding me back becasue of my weight, but I know in the two college assoc. I am in there are guys much larger than I am that still get conference games and have a good schedule. I think if you show an interest in working hard and always wanting to get better, your weight issue won't be one until you try and move to higher levels.
  9. Pre-game Rituals

    YEP!!! and put my plate brush in my right back pocket.
  10. hit by pitch not ruled in maryland-purdue

    I just watched it with the sound off as I am in a office with others, and probably wasn't very PC for that environment. HBP as well.
  11. Obviously dumb. But is it illegal?

    Game management.....Don't punish the dumb??
  12. Rules For Tournament

    No I wanted to just bring this to other's attention. I wasn't sure how other organizations inform their umpires of their rules and ensure they are looking at them. This tournament is held on fields all across the Pittsburgh area, so the person that runs the tournament I have literally never met him face to face. The group I am involved in is in the North suburbs of Pittsburgh and we handle 4-5 fields and play 14u-18u. The officials for the most part are assigned based on their geography. Myself I live in a different county just northwest of Pittsburgh, so I am sent to a college field about 20 minutes from my house. If anyone in the area is interested, I know they are always looking for quality umpires. I know in certain levels of the tournament(fields I don't go to) the assignor does a poor job of communicating to the umpires who their partners are. So we have heard that guys will show up wearing different colors, wearing their HS gear, dirty uniforms, etc.
  13. Rules For Tournament

    We have an organization that runs a bunch of tournaments and has created a test for us to take to make sure we are following their rules. It is pretty self explanatory. Thought you all would appreciate this. http://www.playacbaseball.com/umpire-test.php
  14. Rules are important. (Duh.)

    The TD that runs the multiple summer tournaments has teams sign the rule sheet before the tournament and rule number 1 is "umpire's ruling is final". Not that they listen to it, but it gives us some sort of leg to stand on.
  15. Am I crazy?

    MAKE IT RAIN????