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Everything posted by catsbackr

  1. catsbackr

    Baseline at Home Plate

    3 feet is a lot shorter than you think. 3 feet is basically from the center of your chest to your outstretched fingers. Not very far at all.
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    Ebay finds

    Just a reminder to watch Ebay if you're looking for equipment. I picked this West Vest up for a friend for $77.00 including shipping. Wilson West Vest Umpire Chest Protector Black Wilson West Vest Umpire Chest Protector Black (121196452477) | Sale date: 10/22/13 Tracking number: -- Estimated Delivery: Fri. Oct. 25 - Thu. Oct. 31
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    Orange Riddell

    Go VOLS!
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    Schutt XV Chest Protector

    I am writing this review on the Adams, I assume it is the same as the Schutt. I wore the Adams yesterday for the first time in a Juco game. The weight and comfort was great. I took 1 foul ball to the chest, no ill effects at all. I have worn a Wilson Gold forever and the protection seemed similar. My only complaints are the width of the neck and the way the shoulder caps attach with velcro. The neck pads seemed like they rubbed my the whole game. I am going to try and manually widen the neck and hopefully that will take care of this issue. My neck is wide, 19 inch shirt size. The shoulder caps fell off while trying to get my jacket on while dressing. In the end, my partner had to kind of help me get the jacket on and keep the caps in place. I will continue to wear this CP this year and see how it is in hotter weather. So far, so good!
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    First games of the year!

    My first games of the year are tomorrow. It's supposed to be 45 degrees and windy. Welcome to college baseball!
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    foul ball danger chart

    Stay in and move up. Ask the catcher to give you a little room on the inside. Just don't move outside.
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    Google Pay/Arbiter Pay questions

    One of the associations I work with is going to Google Pay and another to Arbiter Pay. I've set up an account and added the information in Arbiter, but only added the Google Pay app on my cell phone. I really need some information on how the money gets to me with Google Pay. Feel free to PM me, I realize this may be a simple answer I'm just not aware of.
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    First games of the year!

    As a follow up, the first game was cold, 36 degrees at first pitch. The second game was much warmer, 44 at first pitch. Games went 6-2 and 2-1. Sore as hell today!
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    Why Follow The Pitch Into the Mitt?

    @beerguy55, It could just be me, but, I think others would take you more seriously if you had a different handle. Like I said, it could just be me.
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    First games of the year!

    I kind of doubt any of the rest of you will be playing at all. I mean, -35 degrees, 5-foot snow drifts? I was more talking about actually playing baseball.
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    Equipment left out

    A little bit of preventive umpiring would go a long way here. Keep the equipment in the dugout.
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    West Vest customization

    @eagle_12 hooked me up with an American flag!
  13. Your going to have a hard time selling anything without pictures.
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    All American v. Champion

    @BT_Blue, The first AA I got was a 13-inch model gifted to me from a Double A umpire. I later purchased a 15-inch model from a member on this site. I have owned a Champion too, along with just about every other CP made. If I were you, I'd go with the AA. The padding is great, it's low profile and the plastic is much thicker. Plus, it cool as hell to own something that is no longer made!
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    On deck batter

    My objection is that if your in HS and your not ready to hit without practicing off of a tee, then you might not be ready to hit period. The on deck circle is way too late to think about practicing. It's kind of like a coach running down hitting advice while his batter is in the box. It's too late then, when you get in the box, you react, way too late to coach.
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    On deck batter

    In the on deck circle? Are you serious? This HS baseball right? @Rich Ives, you've got much different HS players than we do here. Really, with a tee in the on-deck circle in HS? Maybe someone could soft toss to him, too.
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    On deck batter

    Why would a HS aged on-deck batter want a tee to warm up with?
  18. Do away with 6-man. Too small. It would be like doing 6-man on a softball field.
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    West Vest customization

    OK, thanks @NicNag
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    West Vest customization

    I love the flag. How did you remove the "W"?
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    High School Pitching Rules

    Are you saying to allow the catcher to not wear the hockey style mask? To allow the catcher to wear a 2-piece? Your posts are very hard to understand.
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    Shoe comparisons

    If I were you, I'd try the T4040V4 or the 3000V4. I had the MU950V2 and was not very happy at all. They were not that comfortable and really wore fast. Any thoughts to the new UA turf shoe? I have a wide foot too and they fit fine. I did get a half size larger. Good luck on your search.
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    Ohio High School letter to parents

    This was in a Chattanooga, Tennessee publication yesterday: If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Tennessee, this message is primarily for you. When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it. Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Tennessee has an alarming shortage of high school officials. It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing. Why? They don’t need your abuse. Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of licensed high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled—especially at the freshman and junior varsity levels. Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future. If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become a licensed official at HighSchoolOfficials.com. Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Tennessee are always welcome. Karissa Niehoff Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations
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    Austin Hedges' Force3 HSM

    I bet the top part of the mask, covering the forehead, will bend when hit.