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Everything posted by hckyosgood30

  1. Super Regional Crews

    This is so the powers that be can have more flexibility from year to year. There are very good/ great amateur umpires out there. However, the committee has to see them in big games and they must meet the criteria for d1 post season. Then have to be put up by a coordinator and selected (no easy feat). Then once you've made post season work your way up and become trusted through years of consistent excellence and beating out some of the best in our field. If you can shine that bright for that long and brand yourself you will make it up there. But I can't blame the committee for wanting flex and stacking the field if they deem it needed.
  2. Online Clinic

    Alot of people have had this issue today. When your in eligibility tab do the system requirements check. If you are running a browser that brain shark doesn't like or an older version on adobe then you will have issues. This has fixed the problem for everyone that I've talked with today. I hope this helps. Also, the NAIA has its own arbiter that most NAIA conference require for registration and passing both the NCAA and NAIA tests. Just an FYI.
  3. Samurai Gears Website/Mizuno Pro Plate Shoes

    what is the web address?
  4. Your Umpiring New Years Resolutions

    1. Continue to master the rules. I'm good but I'm not the best yet at my level. 2. 4-man maximization and making it second nature like 3-man. 3. PPP - pre pitch preparedness - continue to play the game of chess to know what could happen before it does, so my surprises are minimalized. 4. I agree with paying it forward. I believe if we don't then we are not doing our job. 5. Continue to build my brand (networking) to get to the next step. Best is 2018 boys!
  5. best band to keep your shirt tucked in

    https://magnetuck.com/products/magnetuck This is what I use and they work perfectly for both umpiring and for my professional life. They don't mark up your shirt and its not a stupid guarder!
  6. Black and Blue clinics

    So how was your BBUC experience this year?
  7. College site apparel

    If only I knew what was expected....... Slacks, dress shoes and a polo/button down shirt w/ no tie. Sports coat and note pad ready if you want to impress and are going for a job (hint coordinators will be there). Also I'd suggest shooting BBUC an email about the 3man camp.... Or maybe talk to this Mike Blinci feller that Stu was talking about... He may or may not be at this "local clinic" in Santa Barbra. Just my $0.02
  8. Kneeling for National Anthem

    I have had a conference coordinator tell us. He has sent out an email to all of the coaches and admins in our conference. And to remind the coaches at the plate meeting. If someone takes a knee they will be ejected from the contest. He sees it in the same light at the national anthem stand off. If you want to protest then by all means do so. But just like protest around this country you can and may have consequences that you need to be ready to live with. i.e. jail time, fines, ridicule etc... I believe that there are better ways to protest injustice in this world and athletes do have multiple avenues and media outlets to help spread the word and fight for their cause. They also have the financial and PR resources to do it as well. A millionaire kneeling on the ground to help build a home in the inner city when no cameras are around speaks more then anything someone can do on Sunday to me. There are thousands of programs out there. Each person who has taken a knee should pick one and give a games salary to that program. And the NFL should fine the players and have 100% of the proceeds go to programs in their given city. Lets try to work together and all stand for this country instead of bringing a new "trend" to the public. Which can further tear into this country and make all of us go to our knees hopefully in prayer for the country in which we live.
  9. Black and Blue clinics

    @Magic order this and take the navy covering off and powder coat it the color you desire. Enjoy and I hope to see it at BBUC! https://global.rakuten.com/en/store/kz-i/item/10001391/
  10. Black and Blue clinics

    Hold on a second boys.... who ever said it wasn't getting used or loved? This was purely incentive to get Arik going, since I've heard for years about "I'm going next year FOR SURE".... and then I hear of the many items that he's purchased that would've paid for the camp if he'd came... and the many searches he's had for other items. So that is where the offer came from. I have both a spyder throat and a shovel that I rotate on my Nike. But if giving up a piece of gear to get someone to help themselves then I'm more than happy to do it.
  11. Black and Blue clinics

    The offer is for this year only @BT_Blue shooter.... And the jaws theme is playing for you. @HCueds send me a personal message and I can give you all of the details. We have had several guys come to our camp prior to pro school I'm happy to say that almost all (save 1) has gotten a job in professional baseball. There are several factors to look at now in pro ball which I'm sure billy would be more than happy to talk to you about.
  12. It is not a secret and I will not get in trouble for it. I run a camp for collegiate umpires and we go over this on night one! Alot of guys want the status of being a D1 umpire but have no idea what goes into it. It's like FB they see 1% of what we do and judge off of that. They don't see us in the gym, in the rule book, networking, training, organizing camps. On the phone with our mentors/up and comers. The time away from our family and friends. The time spent on the computer getting things organized and done correctly. Doing the details and having talent and availability is the first and biggest thing. But once you do that then the real work begins. That is when you start to brand. Without a product and packaging you don't have a brand. You can't go to a camp 1 time. You can't make friends in a day. You have to repeat the process over and over and hone your craft on and off the field.
  13. dumbdumb.... you say politics, I call it branding. Your brand is not just what you put on the field. So you want examples of how "politics" work in collegiate baseball here are some examples that I have seen. First lets all remember that there is a sitting period for all CWS umpires currently. So you can't just go to the CWS. You must do a certain amount of games each year for a conference. The conference coordinator must then select you to post season. The NCAA national committee and advisors must then select you to work a regional. Most of the guys working regionals have also worked multiple conference tournaments before that. Next once you've worked multiple regionals you can be placed to a super regional. You must work at least 2 supers in order to be considered for the CWS. Ok.. now you've made it to the CWS! if an umpire went in 2017 than he is not eligible to go again until 2020 at the earliest. That is the sitting period in college D1 baseball. Ok, with that established now lets look at branding to get there. First you need to be able to work on the field at a high level for multiple years and be trusted by your coordinator to get to step 1. At this level everyone can work! Ball, strike, safe, out and judgement should all be on point. It comes down to handling people. That also means, going to the NCAA meeting each year, having a clean background check each year, passing your test each year. Having high coaches, CC, U1 and evaluators scores. You need to be a good crew member and have someone above you speak for you. This comes with networking and not just showing and going to a given game or series. It means traveling as a crew, picking up the rental car, getting rooms blocked for the crew if your the CC or designated to do so. It means having the means and the knowledge to make all of these arrangements seemlessly. If you don't think word gets around that your a last minute louie or a cheap SOB then your wrong. You need to take care of your business on the field and lead men. Which means not just looking out for #1 but understand that if your partner sinks than we all sink and will all most likely be in a NCAA video in January! You need to umpire for TV and look good on TV doing it. This is a lot of polish that comes with time. The NCAA likes guys who give back and work at camps to help lower level umpires. That mentor guys and evaluate and/or assign at a lower level b/c they can understand what the NCAA is trying to do and work very well with administration at the host institutions. Your uniform needs to be TV ready at all times, and you should take your health seriously. I get tested for 4 of my D1 conferences every year and get a physical and body analysis done. We have out of season meetings and networking conferences in September. Those you can't just blow off. Have your arbiter and blocks good to go early. Have sharing turned on all of your conference that you work. Nothing worse then having a phone call from a coordinator with an opportunity and arbiter says your available but your not. We have hudl that we have quizes on, as well as PoE that my coordinator wants us to watch and can see if we do so. The NCAA has quizes and can see who is looking at them and in how timely of a manner. You need to know who is your boss, who you want to be your boss (and they have to know you). You need to know what that boss. Like's and dislikes in his umpires. Who is your mentor/idol, who is directly in front of you, next to you and behind chasing you. You need to know who your direct competition is at all times. You need to see how those guys work and what is working for them and what is not. You need an up dated umpiring resume and references to give a coordinator on a moments notice. You need a game plan on how your going to navigate the to the next level. All of these things can be learned from a great mentor and from going to a camp that allows you to network and start to build you brand. No kissing babies or mowing lawns will help you. Be the guy the coordinator wants to call, and knows your ready to go. Just my $0.02 your mileage may very. I hope this helps you or someone else out. Best of luck!
  14. ISO ZigTech Plate Shoes size 10.5 or 11

    size 12 not to hijack from zsnell. Since I'm a difference size.
  15. CWS

    love you too stu!
  16. CWS

    Tbroze lets put this to bed real quick. Are the best umpires in the country at the CWS every year... NOPE there are politics involved just like in anything MLB, MiLB, HS and LL. There is a rotation, there is a sitting period for the top level guys otherwise you'd see the same 8-10 guys year in year out. And everyone would lose their minds on, "no thats not fair"... Ok so here it goes. Did this umpire have a "big" in your opinion bad zone today... YEP. But do you know that this umpire was also the alternate and was called in and got on a plane b/c a crew chief went down with an injure less than 48 hours ago. NO. Have you ever worked in this type of an enviroment where you're being judge by 27 cameras and ESPN and 30k + people? It's really easy to call pitches from the couch, hell its easy to call them from the 1b foul line. But we support umpires here. We can say that he might be to far back, moving his head, to high/low, not enough slot foot as a training avenue. But lets not blast the guys who have been doing this at an extremely high level for years and own the coaches and administrators respect. As for the other calls they've "missed" yep there have been several and guess what, if ESPN where to show multiple games at any level with this much coverage I'd bet my life savings you'd see more missed calls than this. They've also had some nut cutters that have been 100% right! Oh by the way there are multiple guys at the CWS this year who have MLB time and multiple cws, super regionals, regionals and MiLB experience. Now to the issue of you being there... I run an umpire camp that the national coordinators D1, D2 and D3 come too every year. Private message me and you can have a spot and show them what you got and see if you can jump over the guys in the line and put those brass balls to work. I don't care a guys age, I've seen 55+ year olds go from hs to D1 in 5 years without pro experience. I hate excuses from guys on why there not there. I love working with guys with passion and that can out umpire me! That is my challenge to myself every game, give to the brotherhood and out work everyone on the field to be the best. So come on down and I'll see you in October where by the way 2 of those umpires are going to be there. Just my $0.02
  17. Catcher Interference - Coach Takes the Result

    NCAA we enforce the CI and the coach needs to know his options. The second conference was b/c the DHC wanted to protest and since it's post season that gets the CC involved. The CC in this case talked the coach out of his protest. The call is 100% accurate.
  18. ISO Mizuno Shovel

    nope, i'm not selling it. And it doesn't matter which one you go too. I will be there.
  19. ISO Mizuno Shovel

    All will be a mute issue if BT_Blue doesn't sign up and come. I've heard him want to for YEARS! So I'm just trying to give him a little incentive. I've had multiple people asking for me to sell it to them instead of giving it away.
  20. ISO Mizuno Shovel

    I have one just sitting at home. Keeping it for a rainy day. So how about this.... If you still want it and you come to BBUC its yours.
  21. 13 inch Douglas CP

    do you have a pic of it?
  22. Echoing Balk Calls

    Echo your partner.... Also, you shouldn't just "kill the play" The balk can be acknowledge and the play continue in many circumstances. As for the confusion part. If we're working together I call thats a balk! and you echo me and now the balk is not full filled then once the play is over/killed then if the coach wants an explanation as soon as his foot hits I'll ask, "bob if you have a question on the balk come to me..." "I have no stop" that is the calling officials responsibility to the crew. If you wanted to go farther you could even say it in the call..... ie. "thats a balk, no stop.... thats a balk". The point I believe the NCAA wanted to get across was that they don't want to see one umpire call a balk and the other 2 are looking around like "really?" but to work as a team and a single unit that trusts one another.
  23. 2016 Camps

    The main camps that I know of and that my bosses recommend are as follows. On the west coast Black & Blue Umpire Camps. Midwest is Mid American and east coast is COG. Now there are also several others such as southern/international camps, triple play umpire camps and the mike walsh memorial advanced umpire camp. All of these camps will help you it is just very dependent on where you live the area which you want to move up too. And how you perform. Go and getting seen can help jump start 10 years of evaluations but that goes both ways.
  24. 2016 Camps

    The main camps that I know of and that my bosses recommend are as follows. On the west coast Black & Blue Umpire Camps. Midwest is Mid American and east coast is COG. Now there are also several others such as southern/international camps, triple play umpire camps and the mike walsh memorial advanced umpire camp. All of these camps will help you it is just very dependent on where you live the area which you want to move up too. And how you perform. Go and getting seen can help jump start 10 years of evaluations but that goes both ways.