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  1. These side clips were missing from mine as well. Went to the fabric store and purchased some - but they were metal. Ordered some plastic ones on Ebay for a permanent solution.
  2. Yup, me too..... Says shipping direct from Adams July 2nd.
  3. LLSBWS in Delaware . . . anyone going?

    As far as I know, LL Softball isn't all that big. I don't think I've ever seen it in the South (AL, GA, TN). Usually is USA (ASA), U-Trip or PGF national tournaments that get the best teams/umpires.
  4. These may be stupid questions, but I'm curious: 1) I've seen lots of plate umpires touching catchers on their back when the plate umpire gets set. Is that just to get a reference on where the catcher is? What is the purpose? Don't you as an umpire have to get to about the same spot with your eyes anyways (we're instructed eyes @ top of the strike zone, inside corner of the plate regardless of where the catcher sets up)? As a SB umpire, we are told to never ever touch the girls. Ever. I might pat a catcher on the helmet if she makes a great play or does something funny, but many won't even do that. Just seems like a really weird habit to me. 2) Why don't you wear a shirt over your chest protector when you wear a coat - I think you call them plate coats? We always wear the pull over jackets so no one sees the CP, at least not very much. The CP/plate coat combo looks very odd to me, not sure why the exposed CP would be the look that you would want to have. That's all I have questions for now. Really love the forum here, picked up some great advise on equipment from Max for CP3 (Schutt HDX) and via searching threads for shin guards (Force 3). Just one more note, we are adopting more and more mechanics from baseball. We implemented the "wedge theory" on tag plays, utilizing 3rd baseline extended for plays at the plate and the two out (non-timing play) signal from baseball this past year in college and it's made a big difference in getting in the correct position and getting calls correct. I have a big appreciation for what you guys do, especially those of you that do it well! Thanks!
  5. Going flash sale

    Awesome! Thanks! Just ordered some for Fall ball......
  6. Mask

    Spend the money on the better equipment. You'll be thankful every time you work a plate game. The price difference is less than a game fee.
  7. Wilson Ti low profile mask. It's in great shape. $100 shipped.
  8. Mask Sun Visors

    Just a curiosity question, but what is the purpose of a mask sun visor? https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Replacement-Mask-Pads-Straps/F3-MSUN_Force3-Sun-Visor-for-Defender-Masks I've always worn a cap under my mask - 4 or 6 stitch - and have never had issues with the sun. I tried a buddy's mask that had a visor on it, but I couldn't even see the visor when the mask was on because the visor was shielded by the bill of the cap. Is the visor for those that umpire with their hats turned around? I seem to remember on the MLB umpire mask list on a different thread that there are several MLB guys that use the visor. I umpire softball so maybe its a little ball thing. Just curious.
  9. WTB: Icon STEEL or Wilson TI

    LOL. I re read the original post and thought - you forgot to tell him you wanted to sell the thing! Sorry, I'm still a newbie on here.
  10. WTB: Icon STEEL or Wilson TI

    I mean it's available..... for purchase. It's the silver finish.
  11. WTB: Icon STEEL or Wilson TI

    I have a Wilson Ti low profile.
  12. Greetings all! New to the board - I'm a fast pitch softball guy. Currently I have a Force 3 V2 mask and I'm looking to go to something lighter. I have recently acquired a Wilson Ti mask without pads and the previous owner said it was low profile mask. I ordered some Wendy's pads and a Wilson strap (Ump-Attire) for the mask and am looking at getting it black powder coated (everything for NCAA softball has to be black). Reading some of the articles on this site, looks like most prefer the Standard Profile frame due to it deflecting shots better. I also read that you pretty much need to wear a 4 stitch hat with the low profile frame. These things have lead me to thinking maybe I need to get a standard frame instead of the low profile. Was wondering your thoughts on this matter - Thanks.
  13. Never heard of a day of rest required for SB. What age group and sanctioning?
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