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I've only recently joined after ghosting the site for awhile and have found it to be an extraordinary resource, however, for the talk I see lamenting the shortcomings of poorly trained and informed umpires (which I completely was before seeing this site) I would like to suggest that a dedicated subforum be established for new umpires. Apologies in advance if this has been previously suggested, I couldnt find a similar post on the search function. I would envision it containing the following:

-UmpEmp's informational videos

-Frequently made mistakes in mechanics, coach interactions, and rules

-Links to the various rule sets

-Recommendations for starter gear and such

-Allow the more experienced umps to post advice and whatnot

-And other resources as seen necessary

I have no doubt this hasn't even outlined a small part of what could go into such a section, but I feel like it would vastly improve the experience for first-time users and rookie umpires like myself.

Thanks!

-LoneBlueStar

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Isn't that just the entire site?

The "Ask the Umpire" forum is supposed to be for flame-free Q/A, including from newer umpires. I'm not sure the other suggested topics warrant a section for noobs.

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1 minute ago, maven said:

Isn't that just the entire site?

The "Ask the Umpire" forum is supposed to be for flame-free Q/A, including from newer umpires. I'm not sure the other suggested topics warrant a section for noobs.

I would see this as a way to gather the myriad of resources on the site into a more organized fashion for those unfamiliar with it. As to your point on the Ask the Umpire forum, I completely agree, new umpires should be asking questions there, but having a section that addresses common misconceptions and other basic information would help focus those questions and perhaps provoke ones previously unthought of. Thanks for the reply!

-LoneBlueStar

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Great idea. Can’t hurt to try it. 

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I've been giving it some thought and am toying with a new YouTube series to go with the Quick Tips & Good Call Blue.

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Must-need info for new umpires:

- How to find assigners, umpire directors, associations, or tournament directors.

How to talk with said persons, once found, and what sort of expectations should be considered.

- How to construct and maintain an Umpire Resumé.

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It would also be a good place to start a FAQ section.

#1...Appeal of a base left early is a time play, not a force. :cool:

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