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  1. MadMax/Schutt XV retrofit

    Take @BT_Blue advice; if you get it through the folks at UA, you can also snag a Delta-Flex harness. Or you can get his harness from Razzer.
  2. Plus POS in Trouble?

    I have a comrade up here who has +pos gear from when it was the “gear” to get. It shows good after 20+ years. I wanted to test ordering from Illinois to Canada, and buy my partner some swag for his help in mentorship in our area. Here are my results ordered: January 2 shipped: January 10 received: January 22 I live in British Columbia, so not too bad. Only thing is I never knew it was mailed because my order just said processed, not shipped.
  3. West Vest Revamp

    I have been enjoying @MadMax insights for almost two years now. He is the reason I bought a Schutt’s XV Cp last year. I modified it myself last year so I could use a Delta Flex on it. It is in the cobbler’s now getting a better stitch job and leather straps rather than my Charlie Brown fix last year.
  4. West Vest Revamp

    Feel like copying and pasting this into a word document and putting into my umpire binder. God, this isn’t a response , it’s a freakin’ DIY tutorial. I have read full projects in DIY sites that don’t have the detail of this. All I can say @MadMax, to quote a good Canadian Mike Myers, “We’re not worthy; We’re not worthy.” Thank you, this is full of insightful ideas.
  5. Cleaning New Balance Plate Shoe

    Actually it stops in May then comes back in June. Just not with the bone chillin’ wind off the water.
  6. Cleaning New Balance Plate Shoe

    I think you may find you have better results with a 35% dihydrogen monoxide and 65% water solution. I usually use scrubbing bubbles (well the Canadian version) followed by shoe polish. I am experimenting this year by putting some dubbin on my leather shoes after cleaning them and following with a high gloss shoe polish. As I live in the Pacific Northwest (north of 49), I am hoping this will keep my feet dry during the April showers.
  7. CP Help Requested

    I have a slim build and have a Schutt’s XV. Fits great once you mold it to your body. I taken a couple of shots and don’t even feel it. I have posted my “Charlie Brown” modification for the delta flex using nylon strapping and rectangle hoops. Just sent it to a cobbler to get a more professional look. Will update when I get it back. Finally, nice thing about the Schutt’s is that it comes with an 4” extension. That might be nice for your height.
  8. Research Needed for Graduate School Project

    Autumn, It was very astute of you to post this on this forum. There is a wealth of knowledge and skill here and more wiser sages than I. I am just lucky if I comment on something and it makes sense. I think what would be helpful is to know what our process is when we make safe and out calls. For example: try to be 90 degrees to the throw on force plays and 90 degrees to the tag on tag plays. On force plays listen and see. Dont jiggle the camera when taking your mental snapshot. Knowing an umpire's positioning, mechanics and reasoning on these plays may assist you in designing a tool that would complement umpires on these types of plays.
  9. The Third Team 2017 WS ??

    I could only find clips on YouTube. I even looked in mlb store under DVD just to see.
  10. The Third Team 2017 WS ??

    I wished the previous edition was in DVD. I think you could learn so much from it and show samples in clinics and club meetings.
  11. When is it time to hang it up?

    When you stop learning.
  12. jaksa roder manual

    I got my copy on Monday, after the pony express crossed the border. Took a little while to get here, but considering it is a one man show, I'm happy. I got the WUM and MiLBUM last year and I have a 13th edition Jaksa/Roder, and each of the three complement each other. I learn so much each time I crack a new volume open. As for the cost, it is probably worth it for the information. I have no problem with the 14th edition. It is updated with the new MLB coding. My question is: is the 13th edition of any value? I am thinking of giving it to a younger/developing umpire.
  13. First Time UIC

    I agree with @MadMax and @Kckumpire about knowing the rules. Also, spend the money and get current copies of Wendelstedt manuals, BRD and Jaksa/Roder. Read them thoroughly as they are great learning opportunities for yourself. I also will take the pdfs of our national positioning/mechanics manuals and Provincial youth rulebook to printer to set printed and binded. I am lucky because most of our rules are OBR based. The great thing about having these in print is that it will make it easier to get old dogs to learn new tricks. If you show the umpire what needs to be done, rather than telling him not to do, it not a power issue between the two of you. If you frame the interpretation, positioning and mechanics in terms of what is expected of all umpires, including yourself, then it is not about what I tell you to do, but this is what is expected of all of us.
  14. @beerguy55 And @ElkOil I am not saying umpires do not make mistakes nor that excellence is not the standard we should all strive for each game. I watch many games, assessing the progress and development of umpires. I have observed many games where either: one, saw the umpire make a nice call done properly only to hear coaches and fans yell bs about the "travesty" that has been inflicted on their poor team, or two, seen a close play that I know from where I'm sitting I can't call and trust the call on the field, to hear a fan or coach with the same perspective livid about a butchered call. Until this culture changes, I am always going to question the motive of someone trying to throw an umpire under a bus. Bottom line is this: as an educator, people do not learn or progress linearly and learning, especially any psycho-motor or kinetic learning, needs to be done. This means that people learn better by getting reps in an environment that is supportive in growth and development. Usually, people don't grow when: their peer group is not dynamic by promoting dialogue for growth; feedback is critical, not constructive; they have no mentors who they trust; or, no meaningful and pragmatic learning experience exists that gives them a sense of empowerment. Finally, I have found that usually stereotypes and prejudice affects what kind of support and development people receive. I seen environments where the people who are liked get the support and training while the shunned people have to figure it out for themselves. As an educator, I know that I have to practice "don't judge, understand" in giving each person the quality time they need to grow and develop. It is amazing and humbling sometimes how people change and blossom when they feel like someone sees them as a person, not as a preconceived idea of who they are. Intrinsic excellence and high expectations usually is fostered from a trusted and respectful learning environment. People take ownership to the achievement of excellence when their effort on the field is matched with a passion to raise their best. My goal as a UIC or educator is to nurture that intrinsic motivation in others. That is what I take to the field to support and educate developing umpires. I don't think that is what a coach has in mind. PS. Does playing in a band on weekends, make you a professional musician? For most umpires I know, we are not doing it because of the honourarium we get for the game. We do it because one way or another, we feel a civic duty or responsibility to contribute to our communities. Umpiring is the way we participate and volunteer as a citizen in our hometowns.
  15. More Ontarian Hilarity

    In a younger age group, the f-bomb may be enough for ejection. I probably would have talked directly to F2 about the unsportsmanlike comment; I would have kept Bats out of it unless they were jarring back and forth. I would warn F2 for insulting opposing team as this is unacceptable and any other verbal or physical incident will lead to watching the Blue Jays lose on his cell. Bottom line is this. You want the behaviour to stop as it is not tolerated. If your comment got the job done, to cease the BS from F2, then I'm good with that. Sometimes, we have to deal with situations our own way.