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JSam21

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    Lineup card books

    I just switched to the 5"... haven't had a chance to use it yet.
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    Play at the plate..... He's gotta slide!?!

    Some people like somethings...
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    Play at the plate..... He's gotta slide!?!

    I think he is trying to blend youth baseball house rules and the NFHS FPSR all in to one big steaming pot of stupid in an attempt to try to confuse the umpires and get a gifted out call. A runner NEVER has to slide... Only if they do choose to slide, they must do so legally. If they choose not to slide they can't alter the play by a defender through another illegal act. Making a defender come to you as a runner to tag you doesn't qualify as that.
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    2018 Mid-American Umpire Clinic

    I was there last year and will be there again this year. You will mostly be doing live games besides Friday morning which is drills and walk through of the two man system, plate work, base work, and taking play at the plate. Come ready to work, listen, and learn. They are long days but you will learn a lot. Are you staying at The Oasis?
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    Weight Loss Group

    So coming out of the Mid-American Umpire Clinic, the biggest thing on my evals was Appearance/Weight that was going to keep me from college baseball. So I've made myself a goal of losing 50 lbs in the next 6 months. I do have a gym membership and have began to track my caloric intake with My Fitness Pal, trying to keep it between 1800-2000/day. What other steps would you guys suggest? Money is fairly tight for me so the $100+ a month supplement stacks are out for me. Also wanted to use this as kind of a support group for guys that are also trying to slim down for umpiring. Keep motivating each other and pushing each other to keep going.
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    Weight Loss Group

    Back from the dead with an update... I'm now at 260lbs... Camp is in 1 month.
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    Gerry Davis Poly Spandex

    I can't justify $90 for pants that I'm going to run around in the dirt with.... unless they are FAR and AWAY better than the Smitty
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    Another Force play slide INT video

    Key point highlighted.... the slide wasn't legal...
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    Exactly... because with no rules I'm just going to run right through it for S&Gs.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    Why is it MC? Excessive force used and a point of contact above the waist in a potentially avoidable collision.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    Fair enough. I guess the "Required" part isn't needed on the runners part. I think I've made my case on why an attempt to avoid the collision would help alleviate the MC call here and where no attempt solidifies a MC call here.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    What is your interpretation of 8-4-2-c? But we both know he isn't allowed to run through him... If he makes some movement in an attempt to avoid the contact then it shows that he wasn't trying to collide with the defender. When the runner doesn't... and he makes contact above the waist... and he uses excessive force... it kind of shows that he was the one looking to create the contact.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    Again... not asking him to actually make that large of an adjustment. Just make at attempt to make SOME adjustment.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    But it wasn't at the last moment. The catcher started moving 3 steps before contact. If it was legit at the very last moment... Then yes I would agree with you.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    No... No one is saying that he needed to take 3-4 steps around him... but what we are saying is that he needed to make, at least, an attempt to avoid the collision. There is nothing in his actions that indicate ANY attempt to avoid the collision.
  16. Usually the only recommendations/mandates are on pants, shirts, and jackets so everyone matches exactly. I've seen D1 crews wearing Nike, UA, and New Balance all at the same time. It is all personal preference and if they look professional. Any of those that you have named will work fine.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    Well it is the nuance of the call... as well. Was the collision avoidable? Did the runner attempt to avoid? Etc... I'm thinking he saw the one step to the right and then saw the obs and then "stopped working" the play. If you notice the point comes up for the OBS at almost the same time the collision happens.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    He was looking right up the catcher's back side and feet planted. He did not move with the play to use the wedge that would have allowed him to see if the runner made an attempt to avoid or if he deviated into the catcher.
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    Fair ball goes out of play

    Sometimes... things, especially rule books, are redundant.
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    Fair ball goes out of play

    No... Because under OBR any ball going over a fence in fair territory less than 250' is a 2 base award.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    And apparently the runner was their SS and leadoff hitter.
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    I've edited... I saw a step out... but then he came right back in. Only thing I can think of is that U1 was saying that F2 went into R? path... but there was no true attempt to avoid the contact here and I would have dumped the kid.
  23. I agree with you... Now that Missouri has finally taken Navy off the baseball field... my red under shirts are getting tossed
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    NFHS Malicious Contact?????

    I can see an attempt to avoid... but after looking at it more... I also see a deviation into the catcher. I'm probably going to dump the kid at real speed.
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    Situation From the Other Day

    Welcome to the club. I was about 2 years older that you when I started umpiring baseball, but I was around 12 when I started officiating other sports, and I also help train and mentor youth umpires when they start (youngest is 12). The biggest thing to get over is the Adult/Child dynamic when on the field. You are not a child anymore on the field and you are in charge. I will admit that I was a bit more "red assed" when I started just to make sure that the adults on the field knew I was in charge. Just don't let them run over you just because you are a "kid". You obviously have the want to get better at this craft as you have found this site. Feel free to ask questions and never stop trying to learn something every day. Find some people locally who have a good reputation and try to get advice from them. Find some guys on here as well... this is probably one of the single biggest sources of umpiring knowledge bases in the world.
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