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kylehutson last won the day on February 23

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About kylehutson

  • Birthday 07/04/1971

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    Westmoreland KS

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  • Your Association Name
    Northeast Kansas Officials Association (NEKOA)
  • Occupation
    Supercomputer system administrator
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    Rec coach-pitch through HS varsity
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  1. New Base Shoes Suggestions

    As opposed to the dry water?
  2. No-Call Zone

    Before the BR gets to the 35' line, he can't be guilty of RLI. It would have to be an intentional act for him to be guilty of interference. If he's anywhere near a normal basepath, I'd call it the same as if there was no entanglement near the plate - the catcher should have made a better throw. Play on.
  3. What is Your Primary Mask?

    Force3 v2. Black with tan pads. Bought from somebody here on U-E.
  4. F3 shins sizing for a short guy (5'11")

    Can confirm. I've lost about 40 lbs in the last year (from 250 down to 210). I haven't felt this well in YEARS. Last week I had to carry a 40 lb box a couple of blocks. When I got done, I was thinking "man, my lower back hurts". And my next thought was "no wonder your back used to hurt all the time, you moron". I'm still losing weight but much slower now (on the order of a pound every 2-3 weeks, rather than several pounds per week when I first started). The only regret I have is that I didn't start sooner.
  5. MadMax/Schutt XV retrofit

    Once I get a few game fees this year, I might do the same. Keep one drying and while wearing the other.
  6. Nutty Buddy v Shock Doctor

    Having used both... The NB is far more comfortable, in my opinion. The SD (and most conventional cups for that matter) had to be positioned just perfectly to be comfortable. That being said, the NB is different, and there are some discussions here from people who didn't find the NB as comfortable. To me, when I'm in the crouch, there's no real comfort difference. It's when I have to get up and run that I really like the floating style of the NB. Either will protect your "boys" just fine. On the down side, apparently they are becoming difficult to obtain. https://www.ump-attire.com/Umpire-Articles/Product-Alert-Regarding-Nutty-Buddy
  7. Mizuno Shovel *idea*

    I thought about this last week, actually. I've got a friend with a 3-D printer that would happily print one up for me. But I would need good photos (preferably with a ruler) to make the drawing file. I'll also say that I'm not going to be the one to test this, at least not without extensive testing. Getting a piece of broken ABS jammed into my neck because I wanted to try something out doesn't sound like a fun time.
  8. Kneeling for National Anthem

    I haven't, and I don't know of anyone personally who has. Yet our state is making it a POE. I think more than anything else, it's a matter of "this is something we've heard is happening (whether in our state or elsewhere), and we want to get out in front of it".
  9. Shin Guards

    It's a good choice. Love my F3's.
  10. Shin Guards

    I had them. Went up to high school varsity with them and never got hurt despite many shots off them. That being said, they did have a tendency to twist near the ankles, so I had to fiddle with them way too much. and as @Richvee said, the ankle protection isn't stellar. They're now my "loaners" to new guys.
  11. Odd colored shirts

    So you do rec ball, too, huh? Or are we still talking about shirts?
  12. New from Illinois

    Welcome! In response to Cav: 1) I also umpired both softball and baseball my first year out. I would say after this year, figure out which one you like best and drop the other one. Your first year, you won't be that good at either of them, and that's OK, but you'll figure out what you do like. 2) Great advice. I got LOTS of games when I first started by just having all my gear and uniforms with me daily. I might get a late-morning email that somebody had gotten sick and needed a replacement, and having that availability helped me get my foot in the door. 3) Also good advice. Here's some more RE equipment. - Don't skimp on protective gear. In order of importance (in my humble opinion): (a) Get at least a decent cup. I love the Nutty Buddy, but it is a little different and some don't like it. Shock Doctor makes some good ones, too. (b) Shin guards have a LOT of difference between the good ones and the bad ones, without a whole lot of dollars separating the two. I haven't heard anybody regretting buying the Force 3 shin guards. (c) Uniform - some parts of this will be dictated to you. But get professional-looking uniforms as soon as you can. You'll see a lot more success when you look the part. (d) Plate shoes - if you're *really* in a money crunch, you can get by with steel-toed tennis shoes for a bit, but I wouldn't even recommend that unless you have to. Take those early game fees and upgrade to good shoes. (e) Chest protector - I put this lower, because if you're just getting started, you're not going to see the really high-speed pitches, and pretty much anything will do. You'll learn what you do and don't like. You can even get a decent hard-shell (e.g. Champro or Schutt) for <$100. Or scour the buy-sell-trade section here. (f) Mask - I put this last because, again, you won't be seeing any of the really fast stuff yet. You WILL want to upgrade at some point, but you can do that when you start moving to higher levels. I still have my first mask I bought which I use for youth tournaments (it's much lighter than the one I have for high school) or loan it out to newer umpires. - Ask around your area. A lot of umpires have older/loaner equipment and uniforms they will let new guys use (or sometimes even take!) until they start getting some checks in. - And the best advice I have for a new umpire: keep checking this site. Lots of interesting discussions and advice from people who have been where you are and know all the "gotchas"
  13. Baseball Rules Myths - Busted

    Not with NFHS softball rules. Maybe that's where the confusion comes in? Rule 2-8-2: Attempted Bunt. Any non-swinging movement of the bat intended to tap the ball into play. Holding the bat in the strike zone is considered a bunt attempt. In order to take a pitch, the bat must be withdrawn - pulled backward and away from the ball.
  14. Baseball Rules Myths - Busted

    Before I get nit-picky: I like the graphics and the intro music/logo combo. Those look sharp! One typo, though. "pate" instead of "plate" at about the 5:12 mark. ...and you missed my favorite myth ("the hands are part of the bat"), but if you put everyone's favorite here, you'd probably have an hour-long video.
  15. Infield Fly, Interterence, or Both?

    As we say in the computer world... That's a feature, not a bug.