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    NWBUA (NC)
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  1. Leather for me. Tan Wilson pads on my diamond and pos leather pads on my two zero g masks. I do have black synthetic pos pads on my black diamond but I will be replacing it with Black and Tan Wilson pads. I really like Wilson leather pads on my diamond masks. If I were to use something other than leather it would be Wilson memory foams. They felt good to me. Not a huge fan of TW.
  2. Black Jackets Fading

    I use a garment bag. I also turn everything inside out to wash, umpire uniforms and work clothes. A lot of clothing labels recommend this on their tags. I have found over time that it keeps the outside of my clothes staying newer looking longer.
  3. New Mizuno mask

    I had the chin guard taken off of one of my diamond masks and couldn't be happier. Poor mans mizuno I guess.
  4. MadMax/Schutt XV retrofit

    So yeah, this will be my next gear purchase. Been looking for a second CP for busy weekends. I like the upgrades. Anyone who ends up with one willing to post some pics wearing it? Curious to see how it fits on a taller frame.
  5. Shin Guards

    I just bought some to wear for summer ball and LL. Thought I'd be clever and used them for a varsity scrimmage because I could throw them on easily under regular pants for the one inning I had on the plate without changing out pants. That part worked great and they are a pleasure to wear. However I took a direct shot to the shin and it really hurt and left me with a goose egg. I won't make that mistake again. They are great for what I bought them for but I won't use for anything over middle school again. Even for an inning.
  6. Equipment Suggestions?

    Another vote for champion cp. That's what I wear for high school and have worn for some college scrimmages with no issue. Great value and imo offers the best look as it's contoured and not bulky. I also use and like the diamond mask. I was able to purchase the mask alone and added leather Wilson paths. I like that combo a lot and spent less money than the big league version. Yiu might also want to check out +pos zero gravity mask. Hollow steel is very light, nice pads, and a very good looking mask similar to Wilson, Nike, etc. you can purchase of their website for as little as $50 and this mask is my current go to.
  7. End of game situation

    Even with that case play deleted I still think (atleast with the wording in FED rule book...I'm not as familiar with OBR/NCAA) that the runs should score. Runners are entitled to their four bases, and the only thing that I can find that would seem applicable is the force out/not reaching first issue. Especially since each individual runner is entitled to four bases and are not being "pushed" around the bases by the BR or anyone else for that matter. Since the rule says that each runner is entitled to move four bases, I don't see anything that should prevent every runner who legally touches each base to score. Introducing some level of timing into the play (I guess that is what the MLB reasoning is) seems like a stretch to me. FED seems much more reasonable. (And I don't find myself saying that very often!)
  8. End of game situation

    Well I'm not expert but scoring the run under FED rules seems intuitive to me. As you point out the ball is dead so a timing play doesn't make sense. The only thing I see in the rules/case book regarding dead ball has to do with force outs/not reaching first. That doesn't apply here. The base award table entitles each runner and the BR to four bases for a "fair batted ball over fence." So the BR is out but the other runners are by rule entitled to their four bases. The BR reached first and no runner was forced out. Done deal.
  9. FED OBS/MC rule

    Thanks maven. I agree the slow motion threw me off but moreso the camera angle. A view from 3blx would have definitely made it easier to see.
  10. FED OBS/MC rule

    Upon watching it again on a larger screen it does look more like the catcher lunged or moved into the runners path later than I first thought so I can see the incidental contact. The umpire ruled out here and for all I know they may have been using OBR so that would be correct. But in FED we would score the run for OBS an rule incendental contact. I can see that.
  11. FED OBS/MC rule

    I'm reviewing my OBS/INT/MC rules getting ready for the high school season here in NC. I came across this video and read through some of the comments. I'd like some help from the group. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q56xpFCGErw FED rules. So I saw this as OBS on the catcher for blocking a path to the plate without the ball. It is my understanding that, unlike NCAA, there is obstruction even if the catcher is in the act of fielding the throw. He still has to leave a path to the plate. HOWEVER, to me this appears to be malicious contact by the runner, who had time to avoid the contact or slide, but instead ran straight through the catcher who was trying to field the throw. In high school don't we protect the catcher here and call MC/Interference on the runner, call him out and eject him? I'd appreciate the group's insight.
  12. Tall Umpire CP Survey!

    I'm 6'3". Champion 15" fits me perfectly.
  13. Cliff Keen Microfiber Jacket sizing?

    Hi guys, resurrecting an old thread here. So I'm interested in a new light weight jacket. I have a Honigs as I really like their shirts and most of the guys in my association wear Honigs. However, the jacket (I wear XL) is short in the sleeves, and mine has really annoyingly long elastic cuffs on the sleeves, making the sleeves seem even shorter on me. Anyway, the Keen jacket looks like it has normal cuffs and longer sleeves. Can anyone confirm the fit of the Keen jacket vs. Honigs in this regard? I do not want to buy a XXL as it will be too big across, and lots of companies don't really add much sleeve length between XL and XXL anyway, just bigger around. Thanks for any insight!
  14. CP Help Requested

    I'm 6'3" and I really like the fit of the Champion 15" CP. It comes down right to the bottom of my ribs. I have the neck pad still on there. If you cut it out you might need to go a size up (from what I've read). I don't care much about the neck pad but the CP has so conformed to my body shape the way it is I won't cut it out.
  15. CP advice for college games

    Thanks for the replies. Given the responses I'm going to keep using my Champion cp. I have put the ray flex harness on it already and it fits me perfectly. I may try to pick up another if I find a good deal just so I can trade out on busy week/weekends but I can't imagine a cp fitting me better than the one I have. I just wasn't sure whether it was sufficient for higher levels of play given the "entry level price."