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  1. Aging_Arbiter

    WS assignment

    I received notification a while back, but didn't want to intentionally toot my own horn. After thinking about, I have been honored with quite a milestone. I have been invited to umpire in the 2013 SRLL World Series in Bangor, Maine. I will be visiting maineump and his contingent Aug 11-17. I hear they put on quite a show in Stephen King's back yard. I guess I'll have to keep my sarcasm and quick witted remarks (normally reserved for the likes of Jax and such) to a minimum.
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    Retention Ideas that work for you

    I can tell you that I may be one of the "retention issues" next year. I've umpired for 19 years, done everything from a local 7-8 tournament, to AAABA, to being selected for Bangor, ME this year. This was my 3rd year with a HS association. The first year, being the new kid on the block, no qualms or questions. My 2nd year, I started asking questions about Varsity. This year, I provided limited availability, only due to having no vacation time available to get to the game site. I used it all for a total knee replacement last September. So I could understand why I only got JV assignments again this year. However, I have pointed out to several key members of our organization that they will continue to lose guys because most of the OLD FOLKS either a) don't want to do JV, or b) feel it is beneath them to work JV. If nobody wants to share next year and allow others to have a chance to move up, Here is ONE retention issue.
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    Head First Slide while advancing in LL Jr. Div (Yes/No)

    Not to mention the baseball mommy or daddy that buys a donut for a 2 & 5/8 bat, not realizing lil'10y/o johnny's bat isn't that big.
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    Head First Slide while advancing in LL Jr. Div (Yes/No)

    What is the evil of donuts? (Other than the fat contetnt, of course. ) One could be turned into projectile vomiting.......the other, a projectile to injure a temmate
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    Head First Slide while advancing in LL Jr. Div (Yes/No)

    Unless you have brought them to eat for an early game........... NO DONUTS
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    Head First Slide while advancing in LL Jr. Div (Yes/No)

    I haven't done any LL 70ft so I wasn't sure, I didn't go look in the RIM. Thanks 7.08 a (4) says Tee Ball, Little League Majors & Minors only. Based on that statement, by default, Intermediate division is allowed to.
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    Bad spot...

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    Ump Attire Out of Stock Issue

    Yes folks.........Jax is back.
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    What is a cast?

    But technically, neither are casts. Correct? Cast, half cast, soft cast, air cast are what would be illegal. I'd lean towards what you described as being no different than someone wearing an ankle brace/support.
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    An Ejection leads to 5 arrests

    I applaud and support NASO for their efforts. NASO will not protect me in the parking lot OR on the field from emotional people. People like this have no regard for the law when they lose their minds and do something they will regret the next day. Laws did not protect the people in Boston, laws did not protect the children at Sandy Hook, and laws did not protect the World trade center, Pentagon or United Airlines Flight 93. Being prepared and protecting yourself will. So THAT's why I kept that baseball bat in my truck as a training tool........................
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    unfortunately, SWMBO likes to give me my partners post game on the ride home. TRUE STORY: SWMBO: Did you tell him he needs to be louder and sell those close calls? Me: Yes dear, I mentioned his emphasis on closer calls. SWMBO: Did you talk to him about his head height and getting into the slot more? Me: Yes dear, his chin was below the top of the catchers helmet, I saw it. Yes dear, no more hiding behind the catcher. SWMBO: Did you tell him to rinse out that pathetic looking sweat stained hat of his? Me: Yes dear, I mentioned that perception is reality and lack of professionalism will cause more headaches. SWMBO: Did you tell him that this is LL and the strike zone is not the same as HS? Me: Yes dear, I told him that if he opened it up some, we'd get home & to the fridge alot faster. SWMBO: Did you tell him to let his equipment work FOR him, and not to bend over so much at the waist? Me: Yes dear, I let him know that he is putting undue strain on his back & neck. SWMBO: Is there anything I missed? Me: No dear, I think you got 'em all.
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    French Umpire

    parlez vous batting out of order? WELCOME!!!
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    How do you get dressed for a plate job?

    Sorry guys.........reading this just made me chuckle........ You put your left foot in, you take your left foot out, you put your left foot in, and shake it all about.........
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    You have NEVER seen this happen before!

    sounds like something right out of "The Bad News Bears"
  15. Wanna bet? I'll bet you that .02 I threw out there.
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    Mouthy Manager & Mouthy Player

    To answer your "deep catcher question", What I do is wait until the catcher throws the ball back to F1. I then set up where I NEED to be. When the catcher backs up and runs into you, You'll likely get "sorry blue" as the F2 squats right where you want him. As far as the rest, you were a little more leniant than some will allow. personally, I would have issued bench warnings to both sides and not just #13. As far as the manager "flying down the line", that in itself is an act to show you up. Side step, and let him keep flying to the parking lot.
  17. I'm still a bit confused about the operner.............. semi-competitive U10 travel league. Isn't that the purpose of travel ball? Better competition? Hmmmm......competition.....competitive................ I don't think mom & dad would pay out the wazoo for travel ball if lil' johnny was picking dandelions in RF. Just my .02
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    Rules study disk

    Ah, perhaps you refer to the Frisbee® Sport Disc? Why would that have baseball stuff on it? For the same reason they have Frisbee Golf? **** if I know.
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    Never work with or for this guy again

    And what we have here ladies & gentlemen, is a perfect example of an NFHS "Teachable Moment"
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    A quick "scoring" question

    sorry, my indicator only has balls, strickes & outs. Not used that that score book thing.
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    Rules study disk

    What's a disk? A disk.....you know......the round thing that's flat.........and says FRISBEE on the top?
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    Tempe Regional

    wave to us on camera
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    Show us your favorite park you've called a game in.

    Point Stadium, Johnstown, PA AAABA National Tournament (including umpire locker room)
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    A quick "scoring" question

    Assuming that the F8 came up with the throw, to the cutoff F6 and to the base F5. I would score as 8-6-5. Personally, I don't care how they score it in the book, since it was a force out and nobody scores. LL 4.09(a) exception.