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Mussgrass

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  1. Horrible news - @grayhawk

    Too bad I'm 3000 miles away! Not too far for prayer though! Blessings!
  2. “Overtime”

    NPR What a brilliant unbiased news organization! They only thing they do right id Car Talk!
  3. Third out run scored

    Umpiring 7U baseball. What does one do to deserve that punishment?!
  4. Batter's Box

    How does one enforce the batter's box rules when there are no lines for the boxes? The league I umpire in does not chalk the lines. Of course, at some point they may be worn away after a lot of activity around the plate even if they were there at the start. A couple of times this year I have had coaches question if a player was in the box. Most of the time it is someone being as far away from the pitcher as they can get, which forces the catcher back farther. How do you handle this?
  5. Chest Protector For Smaller Guys

    I heartily agree on the Champion P220. i am the same size as you are and it is a good CP for a great price.
  6. Rookie Tips

    Never duck your head when behind the plate I am having a lot of trouble with this lately. That stinkin" up and in pitch! Any tips to help not to follow my instinct to bail when it's coming at my head? This is a 9-12 year old league. Some catchers are really good, some, well... you know.
  7. Inadequate pitching

    I asked a question about focusing in games like this just the other week. It was in Free For All. The replies were all great. Pick something specific that you need to work on in the game to help you stay focused. Most of all, remember it is for the kids. We owe it to them to do our the best we can every game.
  8. Does run count

  9. Does run count

    Don't the myriad of people who ask this very same question ever take the time to read through the other questions?! I am constantly reminded that baseball is such a simple game on the surface but is really quite complex with a lot of obscure rules that most fans don't truly grasp. Maybe that is why is such a great game!
  10. Focus

    Thanks to everyone who replied. I will take your suggestions to heart and refocus my timing, mechanics, etc.
  11. Focus

    You can only widen the zone so much and get away with it!
  12. Focus

    I had a game last evening where one team really struggled all around. The pitchers were all over the place with pitches. The first inning was a walk fest that ended with the bat around mercy rule. The D didn't record a single out. A different pitcher in the 2nd and 3rd did a little better, actually getting a strike out and 3 outs in the 3rd. It mercifully ended when there was lightning spotted followed by rain which made it unplayable. The other team was pretty good but I felt like I was playing down to the other team's level (so to speak) and didn't have a very good game myself. I felt like I missed strikes for both teams and just was generally off my game. My question would be, how do you focus so you can give the teams your best game in this situation?
  13. Our Association makes the local TV news..

    Nice beard on that one guy!
  14. The rare 4-3 count

    Now I know why indicators have 4 balls, 3 strikes and 3 outs on them!
  15. My turn now?

    Praying for you! I bet your looking forward to the longer ball seasons in TX. May you get back on the field quickly!
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