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Everything posted by jonathantullos

  1. Would You Toss?

    I had a debate in a group on Facebook on this and wanted to bring this to you fine people. Hopefully the video can be seen but just in case... It appears this is a FED game. Kid hits a homer and as he leaves the plate area he does a bat flip. I said the kid should have been tossed for intentionally throwing his bat and because it also appears that this was an act of taunting. Some disagreed. What say you? https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1204004369722998&id=451763554947087 Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  2. 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)?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Qualifications

    Thanks for the help, all. I'm going to look for more info about camps that I may be able to attend.
  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. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Shaking my Head

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

    We will have to agree to disagree. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  18. Would You Toss?

    I think your idea of fun and mine are completely different. Showboating and taunting aren't on my list. Sad to see they are on yours. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  19. So GHSA's trustees overturned a judgement call made by the crew. The basis of this was a video shot by a parent. I see several problems with this. GHSA doesn't accept protests. FED rules do not allow video to be used to overturn a call. Judgement calls cannot be protested in the first place. They also sent a clear message that they do not stand by their officials. I think I would no longer be affiliated if I were down there. Here is the link to a story. http://www.11alive.com/mb/sports/high-school/johns-creek-appeal/441798399 Thoughts? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  20. High School Benches Clearing Brawl

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  21. High School Benches Clearing Brawl

    As for the actual article, the umpiring crew is to blame for the game continuing to be heated. As I stated to @White47 if there is a bench clearing fight and you allow the game to continue, you're asking for trouble. Sounds like they got it in abundance. Every kid on that field should have been EJ'd. Sorry, not sorry.
  22. High School Benches Clearing Brawl

    First, let me say that if you're a teacher and you officiate a game in which the school where you teach is involved, that is a gross conflict of interest. My wife teaches and I asked to not be assigned to any games involving her school because I do not want there to even be the perception that I'm showing bias, not to mention it could potentially cause problems for her if I made a controversial call and someone decided to hold a grudge. But, hey, if you're willing to take that risk, go for it. How are you to judge what kid is doing what? You stated that you weren't going to sit back and take numbers, yet you somehow expect that you can judge between a kid actively fighting and a kid just trying to break things up? Hogwash. Such should not even matter. The way I understand the rules, it does not matter what a kid's involvement in the fight is. They are there, they are involved, they are ejected. Those are the rules, period, full stop. If you don't like it, don't ump. It's as simple as that. I also would not recommend getting in between any kids and trying to stop a fight. There's no way I would do that - that's the coach's job. You're also taking a whole lot of liability on yourself because all you have to do is put your hands on a kid and you have just committed felony battery. Let the coaches sort it out. That's their job, not yours.
  23. High School Benches Clearing Brawl

    You have got to be kidding. There's no way on God's green earth that I would leave any of those players in the game. If you continue a game after emotions run so high that it causes a bench clearing brawl, you're asking for trouble. Someone will get hurt. And do you know who will ultimately be held responsible? You. Because you didn't enforce the rules. I have seen what happens when an official does a piss poor job of enforcing such rules and things get out of hand. A good friend of mine paid the price and ended up having to get rehab. They're all gone. Consequences be damned. If someone wants to blackball me for doing my job, I shouldn't be associated with them anyway.
  24. Pay

    For you FED guys: How is pay handled within your association? I never actually called in Mississippi but when I was associated with my high school's team the game administrator always had checks for the officials in hand when they arrived at the field. Here in Kentucky, the schools generally send checks after the game. Most of the schools I have called for so far have paid within a week or two, but there's a school I did a game at about a month ago that I'm still trying to get paid for (a game of "he said/she said" so far). The association can do little to nothing about the situation as we are considered to be contracted to the schools for the events. So, what's it like where you are? If a school doesn't pay in a timely manner, do you have any recourse? And to add insult to injury: I'm calling a game at the non-paying school tonight.
  25. This is my first FED year so be gentle (yeah, right). Last weekend I had the dish at the home field of one of the better teams in the region as they played a school from the next region over. I should have known I was in trouble when during the pre-game conference I had to warn the coaches (read: The visiting coach) that if I see a tobacco can in the back pocket of anyone on the field after that point that I was not going to be happy. The fans and the visiting coach had been chirping about my strike zone all night. In the 3rd, the visiting coach went out to talk to my partner about an interference call and I went to be within earshot of the conversation. Coach comes out with a tobacco can in his back pocket. As he's walking back to the dugout I said, "Coach, I need you to get rid of that tobacco can as I asked you to before the game started." He shot back, "And I need you to start calling some strikes." Now, I know I should have ran him right then and there but I was trying to be nice (this is Kentucky and everyone has tobacco here) so I gave him a written and confined him to the bench. Except for one of their fans giving me grief (I did not think I bore such a resemblance to Paul Blart), the game was relatively smooth. Visiting team was getting creamed. Top of the sixth comes and the leadoff batter for the visiting team comes up to bat. I called a strike on him that was in the high end of the zone and caught the inside corner. He shot off, "It was in my damn face!" I ran the kid. Restricted coach runs out and I give him one chance to get back to the dugout. He refused so I ran him too. He then gets in my face to get his money's worth. "You're terrible!" His assistant thankfully has some sense and gets him away from me and the field. But wait, there's more! In the midst of all of this, one of the home team's fans comes over to the visitor's side and the visiting fan who had been giving me all kinds of hell starts going at it with him. Game administrator calls the cops and has them kicked out. Cops stick around and to escort us to our cars after the game (thankfully the weather was turning sour and the coaches decided to forego the scheduled JV game). The Aristocrats! I called another game tonight at another one of our better schools. Thankfully it went much smoother.