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jonathantullos

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  1. Situations like this is what made me take the rest of the year off, which gave me a lot of time to think. When coaches started mouthing off to me like what happened in your game (very similar situations except mine was high school varsity), I should have warned and then tossed had it continued. If I believe a kid throws at me intentionally, he's gone no questions asked. In that situation, I'm erring on "that little bastard threw at me. He's gone." This is a safety issue and can not be ignored. I especially wouldn't have put up with a ten year old doing that. As someone else said, you're new and still learning (as am I). Don't put up with that crap again.
  2. As a Christian, I believe in the power of resurrection. My days as an official are not over yet. After some counseling and many conversations with several fellow officials, I have decided to give it another whirl. I've already talked to my assignor and he has agreed to have me back in the association next season. I'm also planning to officiate football in the fall. Ump-Attire ought to be happy with this news, as I will have to buy all new gear. So far, I've lost about 80 pounds with a bit more to go! I will be a much better official this time around. Thanks for your support when I left earlier this year. It was partly what made me consider giving it another shot. Jonathan
  3. Well, I've made the decision to leave the field... Perhaps for only a while but it's likely I won't return. Here's why. Note: I'm not going to accept criticism. I know I let some things get out of hand but, again, reasons why are explained. Perhaps someone can use my words to help their association or governing body better understand why so many of us are leaving and hopefully do something about it. https://revjktullos.com/2019/03/25/death-of-an-umpire/
  4. I've got obstruction, score the run.
  5. I received this email earlier about a modification that Mississippi is making to the bat rules for middle school games. Is anyone else seeing this? What are your thoughts? NFHS Baseball Rules Book 2019. Rule 1 Section 3 Art.2c3 states, the bat shall have the following characteristics and components. 3. Not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g. a 33-inch-long bat cannot be less than 30 ounces). The Rule Book also states, "In order to make NFHS rules skill-level and age-level appropriate, the rules may be modified by any organization that chooses to use them. Therefore, the MHSAA is modifying the bat rule for seventh and eighth graders only, to allow the bat not weigh, numerically, more than FIVE ounces less than the length of the bat. This policy goes into effect for this 2019 season.
  6. Yeah, sorry about that. Obstruction, not interference. I also read the case study quote wrong. Like I said, long day.
  7. Oh. LOL Sorry, I meant obstruction (it's been a long day).
  8. I saw the case book quote above my post but not until after I posted. If that's the way FED wants it called, fine... But I also don't agree with it.
  9. Yep, that's interference all day long.
  10. It's sad that such a letter is even necessary but I think we all understand why it's needed. I love baseball (and football) and I love officiating. I've had run-ins with parents after games, one so bad that I had to be escorted off the field by law enforcement after the game was over (side note: The host school refuses to play the visiting school where this happened due to this incident). The parents need to calm down and realize that this is a game - it's not life or death.
  11. I appreciate your concern. I should have noted that I have since moved and such a warning may no longer be necessary. What I was dealing with before in another state... Well, I won't get in to that. But, again, thank you. Have a good evening.
  12. We can agree to disagree on that. I had a run-in with an assistant my first year and thus I make sure to make this clear from the very beginning. If you don't like it, don't do it.
  13. FWIW, in FED if an assistant comes out to argue, it's supposed to be an automatic EJ. At the plate meeting I let the HCs know that I will not be talking to their assistants per FED rules. Never had an issue.
  14. Unless one literally travels and calls games every single day nonstop, I see no need for such. I have a Force3 bag for my gear and a closet I keep it in when not in use. I hang my uniforms up in said closet. So... Yeah.
  15. The call should have been made immediately per FED rules. What should have happened is "Dead ball, that's interference, runner's out!" Don't score the run.
  16. @lawump , any hope of getting the "start each inning with a runner at second in extra innings" rule anytime soon? This was a change I had hoped to see for this year. As an aside, I'm glad the pitching mechanic was altered. Like others have said, I never saw any reason to enforce that in the first place.
  17. If anyone had an issue with me wearing one, I would tell them to get over it unless they want to cover my medical bills and lost income due to a traumatic brain injury. Do you wear it with the bill facing forward? If so, do you have problems getting your mask to fit?
  18. I would also be interested to know if the model given to the MLB guys is available for purchase. So far, Google isn't helping.
  19. When I first started, I used the usual mask-hat combo and for this year I switched to a bucket. I like the bucket but it is cumbersome to take off on plays, and holding while trying to write or talk to coaches is a bit awkward. I'm considering trying a mask with a skull cap/field helmet. Does anyone currently do this or have any advice?
  20. Can anyone tell me how to get in touch with the high school baseball assignor for the Meridian, MS area? I've been trying to find a list but have nothing. OK to DM. Thanks.
  21. 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)?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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