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    Skull Caps

    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?
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    Skull Caps

    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?
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    Skull Caps

    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.
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    Mississippi Assignors

    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.
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    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
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    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)?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    Thanks for the help, all. I'm going to look for more info about camps that I may be able to attend.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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?
  17. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Shaking my Head

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

    We will have to agree to disagree. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
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    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
  23. 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
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    High School Benches Clearing Brawl

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    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.