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About jonathantullos

  • Birthday 08/13/1981

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    Stanton, KY

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    KHSAA/14th Region/MUA, MSUA-KentuckyAna
  • Occupation
    United Methodist pastor
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    High School
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  1. Mississippi Juco

    Trying to help out a friend back home but we're both coming up empty. Does anyone know who assigns umps for the Mississippi juco conferences (MACJC and MissLou)?
  2. 2018 POE

    Not in detail, just a quick reminder. Something along the lines of, "Don't forget that we are really watching any sort of taunting, that no jewelry is to be worn by any player, and we will be watching the pitcher closely." Coaches reading the rulebook is just as much an expectation for them as it is for us so we tend to assume that they have at least skimmed it.
  3. 2018 POE

    Some other thoughts about the POE in general: Mostly, it seems like common sense. One thing I noticed about more senior officials in my association was they would remind the coaches of the POE during the plate conference so I began to take on the same practice. I anticipate more of the same this year. We don't have much trouble with the jewelry ban here but I've heard of some schools in other regions (mainly larger ones) where supposedly this has been a problem. I have never seen an anthem standoff at a high school game but we all know what happens when such a thing becomes an issue at higher levels. The taunting is more of an issue than anything but, thankfully, not a very large one. Bottom line: A simple reminder seemed to do the trick and I don't foresee that changing in my neck of the woods during the 2018 season.
  4. 2018 POE

    If that's how things are in your area, thank God I don't work there. If we start picking and choosing which rules we will enforce, then coaches and players can pick and choose which rules they will obey. You do no one any favors by not making calls just to be in the good graces of a coach. That's a lesson I learned very early on.
  5. ISO: Wheeled Bag

    ISO: Wheeled bag, the Wilson bag or similar. Would prefer less than $100 but let's see what you got and how much you want for it. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  6. Kneeling for National Anthem

    I understand that but, again, we can't intervene. It simply is not our place. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  7. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Serious question: Why is this a debate for us? And why would we intervene if an athlete chooses to kneel? That's not our place to correct that, that is their coach's call. My thing is, we are to remain neutral and this should also be a place where we remain neutral. Having said that, if the game I'm calling includes the national anthem (I've only been to one school in my HS region that had it), I will be standing. If someone else chooses not to, that's their choice and is between them and their coach.
  8. Qualifications

    Thanks for the help, all. I'm going to look for more info about camps that I may be able to attend.
  9. Qualifications

    I don't want to make a career out of it; high school will always be my primary level. But if I could do some college occasionally, like weekday games or some JUCO (more likely to do that if/when I move back to Mississippi), I would be OK with that. It's mainly to have the experience of doing it.
  10. Qualifications

    For those who are currently working in the collegiate ranks, I'm curious what the qualifications - both generally and specific to your association - are to get your foot in the door. HS experience? Umpire school? A minimum score on the test? Body shape (I only ask because I'm currently a big fella... I'm working on it but just trying to get an idea of what to shoot for if I hope to do some college stuff)? Thanks all!
  11. High School 2018 Rule Changes

    I don't understand how you can come to that conclusion. FED rules state we have to ask the coaches if their players are properly and legally equipped. If we find later that they aren't, we can take corrective action up to and including restricting/EJing the coach. What would you propose we do in place of this requirement?
  12. If you want to be an umpire, be an umpire instead of being a coach. Coaches don't "correct" umpires. If it's a one man situation, the call is final, period, full stop. You don't have to like it but that's the way it is. Coaches don't tell umpires how to do their jobs any more than umpires don't tell coaches how to coach. Bottom line: If you're a coach, don't "correct" the ump. It's a good way to get your day ended early.
  13. FED: 4 Batters HBP

    As others have pointed out, there is no such rule in FED. Having said that, I would like to think that if a pitcher was hitting batters constantly, he may at least have a word with him.
  14. 3 batters in, 2 gone!

    I don't care what level I'm working... If I run a coach, he's gone from the confines of the field.To me, an acceptable distance is the bus. For tournament ball, the parking lot will do. Either way, an ejected coach is not going to be anywhere near the field. That defeats the purpose of ejecting when you have to.
  15. Shaking my Head

    Sounds like the coaches are the donkeys of the day. #heehaw Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk