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MidAmUmp last won the day on October 23 2017

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About MidAmUmp

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    Aurora, MO

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    Graphic Designer
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    NCAA D1
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  1. Knee Pop

    It’s probably the hardest balk to call. The plate guy can try to focus on the front foot. U1 in 3 man can watch the front knee. It’s hard because it happens so quick. One thing I tend to consider when I’m at 1st is what did R1 do? If I think the move was iffy and R1 stutter-steps then has to dive back, it’s probably a balk. If I think the move was iffy but R1 goes back in standing up, I’d let it go.
  2. Catcher's balk situation?

    Man...the plate umpire in that video is a freaking stud.
  3. 2018 Mid-American Umpire Clinic

    No age requirements...but you must be potty trained. We had a 12 year old come one year.
  4. Chairs and buckets ok. But no beer coolers or bbq.

    I've never been there, but know several guys who've worked post-season there. They have asked for clarification and the NCAA says it is okay for players & coaches to sit in that area. You can google the stadium and see several photos of how the area is marked clearly as dead & cameras, ball girls, players and coaches are in that area. Not saying I agree or disagree, just that the NCAA says it's a legal portion of the dugout.
  5. Chairs and buckets ok. But no beer coolers or bbq.

    You can clearly see the white dead ball line in front of the players sitting on the chairs. That area is dead. It has been questioned by regional umpires in the past and the NCAA has approved it as a dead ball area.
  6. MSU @ Alabama Batter's Interference

    Probably for the same reason you asked the following question... And that's actually what he did...then they got together. Better to get the crew together and make sure you're right, than end up screwing it up.
  7. MSU @ Alabama Batter's Interference

    Enforce them in order. Catcher hit the umpire's mask first, so Umpire Interference takes precedence over Batter Interference.
  8. MSU @ Alabama Batter's Interference

    He called Umpire Interference. Go to 1:25 in the video, you can kind of see the catcher hit the umpire's mask with his elbow. I went back and watched the actual clip on ESPN3 and you can see it...the video above almost cuts it off, but the original clip shows it and it also shows the umpire calling time right after his strike 3 call.
  9. Catcher’s Interference - Give a foul tip signal while looking at the press box Pitcher going to his mouth - waive to the box, lick your hand, then signal 1 with your left hand. Scoring a run on a timing play - Point to the plate “Score the run!” Turn and point to the press box “That run scores!” Waiving off a run on a timing play - turn to the press box, waive both arms over your head and say “No run! No run!” Substitues - waive to the scorekeeper (hope they waive back) and point to the position of the fielder or hitter or runner. If it’s multiple substitutions, that’s pretty much been covered. I signal the number of changes if I have more than 1. So if they have a new CF & 1B, I’ll waive, hold up 2 fingers then point to center (more up in the air than straight) and then point to 1st base (more towards the ground). If the subs are straight in I’ll then signal a line straight down. If they are flip flopping in the lineup I’ll make a back and forth motion with my hand. I always signal higher for an outfielder and lower for an infielder so they don’t get confused when you point towards the right side of the field. Some leagues are using pitch clocks. If so the league should have some standard hand signals to reset the clock, etc. It’s usually a home run signal or pushing upward with your right hand.
  10. Partner meets but doesn’t want help

    I would say you should contact your assignor and give him a heads up. Better to hear it from you than the coach first. I’m not sure (and I’d be curious) why he came to you in the first place if he wasn’t going to change the call. I probably would have asked him that when you huddled. I don’t know your experience level vs. his, but I would have a real hard time breaking that huddle without changing the call. I would tell him, “Either we’re changing this call or you’re taking the heat for this.” Finally, if the call didn’t get changed, I wouldn’t have talked to the coach. I would have directed him to go talk to the calling umpire. By simply telling him: “Nope, don’t talk to me. Go talk to the calling umpire” you’ve told the coach that you don’t agree with your partner without completely throwing him under the bus. I’ll stand with my partner every time I can, but I’m not going down with a sinking ship either. I mean, if my buddy wants to fight the cops, I’m not spending the night in jail with him. He’s on his own.
  11. 2018 Mid-American Umpire Clinic

    I think I’ll be there this year.
  12. The 2018 Mid-American Umpire Clinic will be September 6-9 in Springfield, Missouri at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center and the all turf US Ballpark in Ozark, MO. Please see the attached clinic flyer for more details. Register online at www.midamericanumpireclinic.com/home.html 2018 Clinic Flyer.pdf
  13. Two runners on third, lead runner out?

    The crew got together and fixed it. The end result was R2 was called out.
  14. Relief pitcher not beckoned

    Unannounced Substitute 5-5-g-2) when the pitcher engages the rubber.
  15. Strike Call

    This isn’t bunk...it’s about 75% the reason. The other 25% is evaluations. It’s much easier to evaluate MiLB prospects and current MiLB umpires early in their career if they are all working the same stance. But, yes safety is a major concern when you consider several MLB and MiLB umpires have had their careers cut short due to concussions and head/neck injuries thanks in part to working the scissors or knee.