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  1. LVUmp34


    Definitely. I wore a mask out of Kevlar for years when I was a hockey goalie but just can't get used to the style for umpiring.
  2. LVUmp34


    I use a Diamond iX3 with the team wendy pads. Pads were replaced after 3 games as they ripped apart. Great CS by Ump Attire. I took a shot off a foul ball that sent my mask flying. Did I feel the hit? Yes. Was it painful? No. However, the mask did its job and no broken bones, swollen cheek, etc. Also, the mask had no visibile structural integrity issues. https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Masks/DFM-UMP_Diamond-iX3-Aluminum-Umpire-Mask-with-Quik-Dry?id=155
  3. LVUmp34

    Little League leaving early

    My understanding that if bases are loaded and there is a play at the plate for instance, and the runner left early and is called safe, but has no unoccupied base to return to, he is not out. He is then simply removed from the field of play. If a clean double was hit (judgement of umpire), wouldn't R2 score, R1 end up at third and B1 ends up at 2nd? R3 would be then be removed from field of play. That's how I interpret the rule and examples given.
  4. LVUmp34

    Rain, Cold, and Questionable Field Conditions

    I agree 100%. I had home team address the plate. The fence was another issue. I wasn't the umpire for that just watched a friend's son pitch. When it comes to safety I really don't joke around, in any sport.
  5. LVUmp34

    Inadequate pitching

    Does your 9/10 league have a max batter of 10 per inning? In my area LL Div 20 they announce last batter and nobody can steal, etc until the first strike is thrown. You just have to protect yourself best you can. I had wild pitchers from both teams the other night. I was hit a record nine times, two where there was no padding at all. I was in the slot and the catchers saved a bunch of pitches but there is only so much they can do. The only thing I said to everyone was to relax and the game is supposed to be fun. Again it's 9/10 year olds. After that they were consistent with their pitches and the catchers had more confidence and were not turning away from the ones in the dirt. My lower outside corner has been admittedly inconsistent so I tried working on that, making sure my head was above the catcher's height, etc. I picked a few things to concentrate on for the game and it went a lot smoother for me.
  6. LVUmp34

    Rain, Cold, and Questionable Field Conditions

    A bit late but: Lines not straight. Second base is off in space Rubber is not in line with the plate Home plate sticking up so sliding could be an issue. Broken fence in dead center with police tape in its place I coach pitch 5 days after it rained field was pure mud behind the mound. We put some flat soccer cones I had and agreed anything in that area was dead and an automatic single.
  7. LVUmp34


  8. I needed this last week. Took a shot directly off of my forearm. Catcher missed a fastball and it is still sore five days later. I seriously needed my hockey chest protector last game...It was rough with the catchers, but pitchers were all over the place.
  9. LVUmp34

    LL situation - Did I call it correctly?

    I was crossed up with the second game I did. (Sorry for the mix-up). I did not call a balk. The coach called for one. (I looked back at my notes from the game.) I just called time without calling for illegal pitch. Noumpere, good to know. I appreciate all of the feedback! I had a game last night, got to the field early and went through all of the comments and the rules again.
  10. LVUmp34

    LL situation - Did I call it correctly?

    Correct. The pitcher stopped and stuttered in his delivery of the pitch. If it was his natural delivery I would have called it as a ball or strike. The batter calling time while the pitcher was in his delivery caused the balk. It just seemed like a good opportunity to explain it to kids that were 9 and 10 year old kids.
  11. LVUmp34

    Line up cards

    I have a small notebook, but I also use my soccer referee card holder which gets the job done too. I don't use the red and yellow cards during the game though!
  12. Batter asks for time and steps out of the box while pitcher starts his windup. No runners on base. I do not grant time. The pitcher pauses more then usual and then delivers pitch after the coach tells pitcher to throw a pitch since I did not grant time. I called a balk, or in this case their team warning as it was 10 year old kids. I treated it as a learning experience for the pitchers and the batter with the coaches present and explained play continues until I call time. Was I wrong? Older kids I would not have done this. Thoughts?
  13. LVUmp34

    Catchers Mask

    I thought 2 piece was still allowed in Babe Ruth but they had to be attached to each other. If you remove the mask, the helmet goes with it. Basically a combo unit that also covers your ears. Old style: https://goo.gl/images/v243bV
  14. LVUmp34

    Umpiring while sick?

    I have been sick as a dog and have officiated sports. If I was doing the plate, I would probably switch with the base umpire, but that is just me.
  15. LVUmp34

    Back at it

    GPblue you are spot on. In the Lehigh Valley Area we are losing officials at 37% for all sports. New officials sign up, but after a year or so, they either go off to college or are not willing to take the abuse and drop out. I don't assign PIAA sports, but if games were only pushed back an hour, more would be available. Parents have become worse of the years in everything. I do feel that some senior umpires can be put off with new officials because they think they are taking games away from them. The initial cost of getting into baseball as an umpire is more than other sports. Kids that are interested have trouble getting to locations because parents don't want to drive them and sit in a car, etc. Personally, being an official is a great job. Most of the time it's good money, your weekend nights are usually free, etc. 4pm start times are just tough to do.