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    Tested many ways

    ....................in ONE game. WOW! Had the plate last night for a Varsity game. It seemed as though we had almost every call imaginable. 2 Balks, partner had 2 or 3 Safe....OFF THE BAG, check swing appeals, several bangers at each base, I had a RLI , Dead ball strike**, injured F9 running into fence, injured catcher (thumb), injured BR (ankle at 1B), wind blowing out at about 20 mph on an all dirt DRY infield, 1 restricted HC. Well, that's all I can think of at the moment. I'm just glad the HT didn't use their ambidextrous pitcher (yes, they have one). 9-7 after 2 innings. Both teams were hitting holes/gaps. Final score after 3:15 VT-14....HT-11 OH what I would give for a 1-0 game in 1:30 - 1:45. **Bottom 6, HT down by 2, bases loaded, 2-2 count, batters hands in the strike zone and WHAMMY! 80 y/o HC unaware of what a dead ball strike was.
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    AED units

    Hey folks, I know I post many things on here that SWMBO does/says etc., but I feel this worth mentioning as it may be beneficial to some of your local organizations. As the UIC for my local LL for 15 of the last 20 years, SWMBO stepped up to run concessions this year. She is also helping our Safety person, who has been on deployments and in training. SWMBO went out and got seven (yes 7) AED units donated to our LL organization. We have 1 at each of our fields now. Last evening, one of those units had to be used. While initially, one thinks about catchers taking a foul ball to the chest, pitchers to the chest, etc., this was a dad coaching Tee Ball. He collapsed during a game. There happened to be 2 nurses at that game. One started CPR, and the other retrieved the AED. After one cycle of CPR, and one shock from the AED, his heart beat and breathing returned. He was talking to the EMT's loading him into the ambulance. My contention is that I am "self proclaimed" FIFTY TWO and FAT and that very well could have been me that dropped. If at all possible, I encourage you to make mention of this to your local organizations and ask them to acquire an AED for the field. You never know when the life that is saved may be yours.
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    AED units

    Just a follow up. Here is the article that Little League posted. https://www.littleleague.org/news/dedication-to-saving-lives-results-in-a-life-being-saved/
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    +POS Ball Bags - Navy

    WOW. I'll eat crow on that one.
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    Umpire like a Girl

    I thought I'd throw this out here for your viewing (and roasting) pleasure. Since being the league UIC 15 of the last 20 years with this league, this is the first time (last year & this year) that I've had a female JR umpire. During March, LL was promoting #GirlsWithGame. Well, me being my self, sent a tweet to our local news reporter with #GirlsOfficiatingGame. Word got to WP, they invited her & the family up to tour the facility, met with our Director of Umpire Development for LL, and was openly welcomed by the entire class that was in WP going through the Umpire School. https://www.abc27.com/news/top-video/umpire-like-a-girl_20190430223729/1967515595 two final notes before the critiques begin - the live broadcast went further than what is shown here, and reporter clarified that the runner at home was out for sliding head first. The 2nd note- It's true that TV adds at least 20 POUNDS.........well, not to her so much..... Now, ENJOY!..............and let the roasting begin........
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    8u HC disagrees with VTAC’s coaching, warnings given

    I have a couple of .........for a lack of a better term.......ADULTS , that I have to remind at the plate meeting. It's one of those, we're buddy buddy, and coach football together, but when on different baseball teams, they occasionally lose their sense of control. "Gents, you are here as a role model for these children. If you cease to be that role model, you will no longer be needed for this game." Before you get started, I know..........not a good tone to set at the plate meeting with these @$$ clowns. But it works.
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    +POS Ball Bags - Navy

    That post is 2 years old. IF it were me and they hadn't sold, I would surely have given them away by now.
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    Infield Fly Rule

    .........and probably an ejected coach.....or two?
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    hit by a pitch

    ......................unless his hands are in the strike zone.
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    Was at our field the other day talking with my JR umpire.....I asked (between 1/2 innings) if he thought it was about time to call the delay. He said that he could still see. The VERY FIRST PITCH of the half inning, the ol' #1, right down the heart of the plate, the meatball, the pitch any decent batter wants and drools over............no swing, over the top of the glove, and smack into the catchers mask. Oddly enough, time (and the sun delay) was then called, and umpire informed that there will be an o-1 count on this batter when we resume.......as he kind of looked at me out of the corner of his eye with the "yeah, yeah, I know" expression.
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    Ever heard of this mechanic?

    ........................Rizzo must have pre-gamed it with the umpires????
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    Not the same, position, but adjusted, yes. We have one LL field if in C position when sun is setting, pre-gamed with partner to take and make initial IFF call, I'll echo and stay out of fielders way. You can see the line drives & grounders, but noting in the air. Opposite field, we put lights on this field, as for about a month out of the season (if it isn't cloudy) the sun sets directly in the pitchers window for the batter, catcher & HP. We call a sun delay, and just before it drops behind the mountain, we fire up the lights and resume as soon as possible.
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    Force 3 V3 Chest Protector - any reviews?

    Guys, I'm 5'10" with a 52" chest. Go ahead and ship it to me if you want a review from someone not so skinny.
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    Rulebook in your face?

    Correct, he can protest. Mark the scorebook and move on. Let him plead his case to the protest committee.
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    Live-ball Appeal Scenario

    Much appreciated. However, you & @Rich Ives are probably the only 2 that are the exception to the rule that I have discussed things with. I have several HS coaches that I would bet money on, have NEVER cracked a rule book.
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    Live-ball Appeal Scenario

    Not saying that at all........I just enforce the rules and don't worry about what coaches do, think or "hope for" unless it violates the playing rules.
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    Feedback: Game Tracking Website

    Badda book badda boom
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    Umpire like a Girl

    Brothers & Sisters, I'm here to tell you that the only kind of make up I have ever worn, was camouflage face paint.
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    Feedback: Game Tracking Website

    SWMBO wonders why her hind parts don't get smaller. She downloaded an "app" to track caloric intake. I said "Just stop shoving food into your mouth". Didn't go over well. I'm all for the app now!
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    Feedback: Game Tracking Website

    don't forget the "credits" line in the software to put your name out there after you copyright it.
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    State Championship

    ahhhh...................the cartel..............
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    Feedback: Game Tracking Website

    yes, and not use site to site miles, not town to town like Arbiter.
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    Live-ball Appeal Scenario

    I guess there's a reason this is called Umpire Empire...............and not coaches corner........