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BobUmp last won the day on November 9 2017

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    Senior Engineer
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    HS, Tourney 10U-18U, BOS, SM, MSBL
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  1. Tall Umpire CP Survey!

    Schutt XV with extension for me. It has a delta flex harness mod.. For backup, I have a Wilson Platinum with a modified extension from a diamond ix3 added to it. I'm 6ft 3 Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  2. Mask Porn?

    Ooh almost forgot.. my new pads: 2-tone black/charcoal pads with a black mask, good for night or day with blue or black shirts! Yeah, I am definitely a mask pad junkie Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  3. Mask Porn?

    I like: silver mask/black pads for night games with a black shirt; black mask/black pads or black mask/tan pads with powder blue shirt; black mask/tan pads with black shirt for day games; I have a silver mask/2-tone navy pads for my HS games with a navy shirt; we have a cream shirt as an option, with which I will use black/black on cloudy days and black/tan on hot sunny days; we have a pink shirt, and thats black/black all the way; finally i have a PlusPOS charcoal mask with black TWs that i will mix in with my black, blue, or cream shirt when i am washing my other pads. Yeah sounds like a lot; Im a mask pad junky; I will switch pads constantly, even over a weekend of games- i hate putting on previously sweaty gear before washing them, a habit I got into when I was a goalie for my college team... Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  4. Transaction Experience Thread

    Another great transaction with@Stk004 .. He got the mask shipped super quick, and I was able to try it out in my last two plates of the year. Always a good transaction with him! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  5. Improper footwork on pitch

    Yes, true! This happened to be FED. When i came down and told my partner, who is senior to me, he stated that for this league they ignore the hybrid with noone on. But its not written anywhere, so I still dont know where he got that other than he has done a lot more games fornthe league than I. I deferred to his seniority, but IMO we lost a chance to avoid an issue early, because maybe the kid adds a stop to every pitch, and avoids "mistakes". Its also possible he was at least some times purposefully lifting early and not stopping to deceive, and was used to getting away with it Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  6. Improper footwork on pitch

    Hmmmm, I've got Hybrid as feet in set position as defined in FED, as front foot off and in front of the rubber, with windup motion, ie no stop and maybe a rocking or other windupy motion to start the pitch. He did that with noone on. His set was same starting feet location, legal for set, but he added a stop for his hands together before starting his pitching motion, with men on. Aok also. He balked when he went back to no stop and or lifted his leg to pitch before stopping (a mistake by him).. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  7. Improper footwork on pitch

    By FED rules, yes, essentially he was in set, and with no stop. When i told my PU during warmups he elected to allow it (no stop) with no one on, which led to the problems later Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  8. Improper footwork on pitch

    Sorry maybe I explained it poorly. He was Hybrid for noone on, basically started standing sideways with back foot on and front foot forwards, and then brought his hands together and up to his head, then down together while lifting the front leg to start the pitch, with no stop. His SET with men on was the same EXCEPT he would not lift the leg at the beginning of the hands drop, then he would stop hands together somewhere between chest and belt, then lift the leg and start the pitch. Problem was every once in awhile he would not stop with men on and/or lift the leg and start the pitch while bringing the hands down, like with no men on. So it was a balk all the way with men on, and also it was a hybrid windup with no men on, because the front foot was off the rubber and forward and he was standing sideways like a traditional set, only with no stop.. I hope I explained it better now! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  9. Improper footwork on pitch

    I had a summer league FED rules DH over the summer. JV level players and coaches. I had plate first game. The reliever in the 5th is warming up Hybrid style, no stop. I tell the catcher to remind the pitcher he has to stop in set position..he does and no problems.... Game 2, same team, I'm BU. I see their starter doing the same thing in warmups Inning 1. I come down and tell the PU what I got. He tells me its OK in this league. I know its not in the rules this way, so I ask him why he thinks that, and he says its always been that way... So he allows the kid to not stop in Hybrid with nobody on. It turns out, the pitcher sets up the same way with runners on, but adds a stop to come to set. But of course, he continously "forgets" to stop and I am balking him almost every inning. Coach never asks me what I am seeing, although I do declare "no stop" on each balk and make sure i am accessible for the part of each half inning warmup near his dugout. That team is down 1-0 in the 5th, runner on third, and the pitcher doesn't stop again. I balk in run number 2. I wind up having it out with the coach, who I could have maybe tossed, but we both knew the kid balked every time, so I had the best of the toe to toe exchange. Man was I p@@@ed off at my partner.. So I concur, try to nip it in the bud during warmups if you can Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  10. Equipment Porn?

    I'm in on this.. My Schutt XV, where I use the extender, and I switched the harness to an All-Star System 7. Also shaped/trained it a bit to be form fitting over the shoulders. The CP is light and airy for a hard shell, and it does NOT move or shift out of place all game. Took mid to high 80s shots dead on, and barely felt them, just as good as my old wilson platinum on shots to chest and shoulders, IMO, but with my height at 6 ft 3 and weight in 230s, much better coverage, even though I velcroed an extension onto my platinum. And it is lower profile than the platinum. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  11. Mask Porn?

    Ok, took some pics.. front, top side of top, back and side of bottom. All felt Ok as is. Does it look OK to you guys? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  12. Mask Porn?

    I will deliver a better pic when I get home! I believe all straps are positioned properly though... Used it Sunday, and it felt good.. Looking at the pic, I think the fact that the pads are wraparound is causing the perception that the pads are off a little.. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  13. Mask Porn?

    If you remember my +POS AL that resembled a mizuno 129 frame that I had, all summer, paired with tan TWs, I bought two tone gray and black leather pads for fall ball from U-A when they announced availability, and created a loose interpretation of the Fonzie mask: +POS AL frame painted Dark Steel, Mizuno TG, Honigs Harness, with the Wilson Black and Grey pads. Less than 20 oz! Before and after pics: Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  14. Should I have or Shouldn't I have???

    I would say don't beat yourself up. Most likely, its IFF anyways. I think you are assessing yourself correctly. No need to rush an IFF call. Heck, you can make it after it hits the ground if you want. The rule is there to protect the offense from an easy double play on a popup ball that should be caught with normal effort by an infielder. If you wait to call IFF until its on the way down and almost at catching height, you have time to assess if a cheap DP can happen on a miss, so you will have less arguments on the call either way. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  15. Riddell Power 2.0

    Awesome! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk