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  1. Best pair of Shin Guards I have ever had... just drill out the rivets and it comes right off...
  2. Courtesy Runner

    WOW...how can you say that... "fundamentally, there's no difference"... There is A LOT of difference... In the original post F2 is substituted for by S1 and is REMOVED from the game... in your situation he bats as the catcher, gets a hit as a catcher, then is entitled to have a CR as the catcher because he NEVER leaves the game... you have a totally different situation in your statement and yes what you are saying is 100% legal... all the time...

    Yes to qualify for Varsity you need to take it by 2/15

    The rules test in TX is easier than the NFHS test...
  5. Courtesy Runner

    Wow really didn't think that this would get so intense... I really disagree with what our State Association has said but... I don't write them I just enforce them so... so if you umpire in Texas it is Legal...
  6. Courtesy Runner

    This was my logic... but by the TASO State Rules interpreter.. Crew Chief above has the correct ruling. Below Crew Chief Posted 05 December 2011 - 05:29 PM Double Johnsons confuses the issue. F2 is due up to bat, PH1 comes in to bat. He singles, at this point many coaches will ask for a CR on the premise that the sub is going to catch. This is what the BRD is referencing and is illegal, the original F2 is still in that position until somebody actually catches. Now if he reenters the original F2 then certainly he cane be CRed for. If the original F2 did not have reentry rights there can be no CR for anybody, there is no catcher at the time.
  7. Courtesy Runner

    This is the correct ruling...
  8. Courtesy Runner

    Team A's catcher, Johnson, is pinch-hit for by S1. S1 gets a hit, and the coach of Team A re-enters the catcher, Johnson for S1. With Johnson re-entered the coach can now use a courtesy runner for Johnson. True / False... why?
  9. Wilson Shins Frankensteined

    It is as easy as cleaning them... get the body sweat salt off them they will last!
  10. Wilson Shins Frankensteined

    These are the best shin guards on the market ... bar none Looks like a lot of work to change almost nothing... 1. change the rivets? was this for looks? No one sees them unless you wear them on the outside. 2. Isn't the knee cap suppose to be a floating knee cap, 3. If you take care of metal straps they don't rust... I did take my metatarsal foot flap off though Sees to be a waste of time and money and i know that a little TLC after each use keeps these in great shap.
  11. 2012 NFHS Rules Changes

    This logic doesn't make sense at all. How about your organization keep balks as live balls? Then, when the Fed eventually changes it, you can use the same line. Your organization not agreeing with the rule isn't a reason for them to not do it. My organization (and most in the state) doesn't agree with some of the uniform rules the state has; however, we're instructed to follow the rules, as disregarding them looks less professional than actually fighting to have them changed. There's no real answer, other than to defend myself. As evidence of my character, I'll show that there have been times I've removed bats and helmets from the game (possibly from the game in question). However, imagine the same happened in YOUR game. This is close to the transcript that would occur: Lawyer: Did you check the equipment? You: No, I didn't. Lawyer: Do you recognize this (shows a copy of the rule book that was in effect the year of the incident)? You: Yes, that's a Fed rule book. Lawyer: Could you read the highlighted passage, please (flips to the page that details the bat and helmet check)? You: (reads the passage) Lawyer: So, you didn't check the equipment as detailed in the rule book? Good luck after that point. I'm happy the equipment check is gone. I felt it was a waste of time and it opened up a liability door on the umpires that should be squarely on the coach and school. However, I never ignored it, even when my partner tried to talk me out of it. Lawyer: I understand from you previous testimony, as an umpire, you did not enter the dugout to check equipment, correct? Me: That is correct sir. Lawyer: How did you verify the equipment used was legal? Me: At the plate conference, in from of my partner and the opposing Head Coach, I asked if his team was properly and legally equipped by NFHS rules and regulations. Lawyer: What was his reply? Me: Yes they are. Lawyer: How is the coach going to know if his team is is equipped properly? Me: They are given the same rule book that I am. They are also required to attend NFHS meetings that cover equipment, rules and all current points of emphasis. Lawyer: Thank you for your time... Lawyer: So you asked if the team was properly equipped by "NFHS Rules and regulations?" Umpire: Yes Lawyer: so you expect the coaches and teams to abide by the rules Umpire: Yes Lawyer: So you as the official choose not to abide by the rules? but you enforce them? Umpire: No I call and abide by the rules and enforce them. Lawyer: All of them or just the ones you want to? Umpire: All Lawyer: So you check the bats and helmets per the rules in the book? Good luck you lose... As far as hidden equipment coming out after the check (thank god it is gone) you just have to state to the court: "We check the bats and helmets that were presented to us when we asked for them at the beginning of the game" You were wrong not to check them and not only you would have been in trouble but so would have your Association Board, the Districts for overriding a "safety" rule, and coaches. So if your Association thinks that the FPSR is not a good rule you will not call it? Enforce the "safety" rules you are really protecting yourself when you do...
  12. 2012 NFHS Rules Changes

    Why? Exactly... Why? If my partner did that or anyone in our association was guilty of this they would stand on their own and be responsible for their own actions. He won't take it off... eject him... very simple hope it wasn't something of value ($ or emotional) As I stated before you have no right to do that... again just eject him! I do not believe any member of TASO would rip a helmet apart or a chain off of a kids neck. I have called many games with guys from chapters all over the state and can not picture that happening. Are you in the Alliance chapter? Just curious. Yes I am with the Alliance Chapter...
  13. lightning caused the balk!

    Just something you might want to consider if this happens again (if you can).... once you suspend the game and get everyone in a shelter (generally dugout is not the best choice), tell everyone you will be back in 30 min to restart the game and find a place you can wait out the storm away from everyone... This releases you of the responsibility keeping players, coaches inside the shelter and no one can chirp at you about restarting the game early. I know a lot of places don't have someplace to hangout but this is what I try to do... even to the point of going to my car...
  14. 2012 NFHS Rules Changes

    Why? Exactly... Why? If my partner did that or anyone in our association was guilty of this they would stand on their own and be responsible for their own actions. He won't take it off... eject him... very simple hope it wasn't something of value ($$$ or emotional) As I stated before you have no right to do that... again just eject him!
  15. 2012 NFHS Rules Changes

    Why? Basically because I am an A-hole! Plain and simple. After seeing the cheap bastards and idiots keep using them I decided to make sure they can't. I have not heard a word from any coach or player except for the Little League mommy since I started doing that in 2007. I guess I tear up three or four a year I haven't even had an incident worthy of a warning in any game where I ripped a helmet up pre-game. Sort of sends a message that I am serious I guess. I actually do a lot of smiling, chuckling and "Wowing!" on good plays, funny plays and close plays and have a general all around good time in 99% of the games I work no matter how big a deal the game is. I am always hustling and having fun working a game, especially the plate. Besides, I believe most would rather have me destroy an already unusable under any rule helmet than toss a player or coach/manager,. I am sort of saving them from themselves. I haven't seen a relatively new helmet cracked. It is always older, cheaper, really scratched up ones that have cracks. I guess we can just agree to disagree on this one. Well the best part now is that we don't have to check them in pre-game anymore... but if you see one on the field take care of it.... I guess you will have to keep up your strength but ripping telephone books in half now... have a good one!