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  1. This topic is new to the Free for All forum, and was inspired by @JaxRolo 's "Good Morning" thread. This thread has picked up steam and has featured photos of peoples mornings, sunrises, etc. The other day, I received a PM from @Rulekeep with the idea to have a PHOTOGRAPHY thread where we can post photos that we're proud of, regardless of the subject matter. I discussed this with Warren, and ...here we go! With Warren having the "GALLERY" which is typically umpire related, .... let's try to keep this section separate from umpire stuff. Warren's caveat: All photos and posts within this thread are subject to all rules and regulations of Umpire-Empire. Photos can be deleted/taken down at the moderators/administrators discretion if warranted. Please enjoy! Looking forward to great photos!
  2. Tips for Having a Great Plate Meeting

    oh ..absolutely!! I think we're in VIOLENT agreement!
  3. Tips for Having a Great Plate Meeting

    great tips and video ... However, I have one small comment (it's my personal opinion) ... Having the base umpire stand there like a statue I feel is a little silly (not directed at Warren as I've heard this before). I personally like to finish my meeting by saying right before "Ok John, can you walk us around for the ground rules"? ... is this: "Mike, am I missing anything?" It allows just a touch of banter, and will appear that we're a 'team' working together, making sure we've covered everything Just my .02
  4. Masks

  5. Hi all ... just wanted to know if anyone else aside from me, @UmpJeff and @Jeff C. are going to the Bruce Doane Camp in Grand Rapids, Feb 2nd and 3rd? If so, we should meet after the Friday evening session!
  6. Your Umpiring New Years Resolutions

    Pause Read React - Concur! Timing - Again, ....I concur w/ Warren! BALANCE! THIS IS HUGE! I started doing this last year by taking an additional day off during the week. This will be my second year doing so, and it DOES HELP tremendously! I have Tuesday, and Friday's off during HS season (of course no games on Sunday). I actually believe that the balance makes you a better umpire! Improve - Attending a different camp this year in Grand Rapids, MI
  7. Masks

    psychological effect? No .... one mask is light, the other is considerably heavier. That's 'physics'
  8. Original West Vest padding

    M/L size....Needs to be cleaned and has a small tear but still functional and could work on a second/ back up chest protector. Make me an offer via PM! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  9. Reebok Field Magistrate plate shoes?

    The "Shamu" reference was to the very first iteration of those shoes .....the ones pictures are the 2nd version w/ the stripes much more low-key
  10. Adidas Base Shoes

    I don't see any mesh....So off Jim says out takes a great shine, then you'd have to assume that cleaning is easy [emoji16] Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  11. Selling a call

    that explains the mudiness on my headset
  12. Selling a call

    nope. I just put in my older ear buds and it's only coming through the left ear ....so that's why it sounds bad on my over the ears set (Jabra 2300 headset)
  13. Selling a call

    something wrong w/ the audio here Warren .....
  14. Adidas Base Shoes

    @Scott K .... does this upper take a shine??
  15. Transaction Experience Thread

    All, It has come to our attention that there are a fair amount of transactions that take place between us U-E members. In an effort to improve the site and make everyone involved more comfortable, I am creating this thread (sticky) within the Buy, Sell, Trade forum where U-E members can mention their good transaction experiences, and, just in case, their NOT so good experiences. In the situation you do have a poor, or less desireable transaction, please be fair. No name calling, no embellishing, period! This is your warning. Good transactions should be mentioned as such, ....(think eBay): good communication, fast payment, equipment in good condition, etc, etc. If you'd simply like to start out by stating the members in which you've had good expereince with, you can list them, this way eveyone can see all at once, it's up to you. I have been on different forums that use a thread like this and it can be very helpful to people who are purchasing or selling something for the first time. If you have any questions, PM me. BE FAIR, BE NICE I will start: GOOD TRANSACTIONS WITH: Jocko Conlon FranklinT JaxRolo Slo8140 If I've forgotten someone, let me know, I'll add you
  16. Douglas Custom Gear

    Yup.... and they'll add a piping color to your pads along with custom colored pads Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  17. Douglas Custom Gear

    No mistake, ... they will do ANYTHING you want. Not cheap by any stretch, but their quality is great, and customization is cool! email Jeff Cook ..... jeffcook@douglaspads.com ...... He'll tell you what's up!
  18. Douglas west vest any offers?

    My God ... WHY ??? That's THE piece!
  19. Father's Day Masks

    correct, he put the Father's Day blue pads in his black dyna-lite .... sharp
  20. Mask-It Colors

    attached are: gray primer finished w/ a clear coat and, .... matte black
  21. Douglas Chest Protector vs. Team Wendy West Vest

    Get the T-Hooks for sure. Also, make sure you get the gap protection (flat plate-style). WV w/ TW I believe has gone for $250+ here? Try to do a search in the for sale/trade forum. I don't delete posts, I just lock them, so they should come up! Good luck!
  22. wrong name on lineup card

    That was my point with the number. If Joe Smith is on the card and it's Joe Smyth on the field (or vice versa) ..... if the number is correct for Joe Smi(y)th, then that's who that is. You can also look to ensure there isn't a Smith AND a Smyth.
  23. wrong name on lineup card

    Tha'ts easy ....2 words .... PLAY_ON ..... Smith, Smyth, SMithe, doesn't matter ......especially if you have a correct number. My God, a mis-spelled name? Please! Choose your battles and play the flippin' game
  24. wrong name on lineup card

    I've never heard of a line up card "mis spelling" that forfeited a game???? That's ridiculous, and umpires that do stuff like this give us ALL a bad name
  25. This forum has nothing to do with equipment .... let's keep it that way, thank you.