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  2. Agree with noumpere. Advanced mechanic: call time before the scored runner touches the ball, once R2 is on 3B. Can't be INT if the ball is dead. And definitely: "Don't do that."
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  4. That could describe almost all umpires, whether in their second year or their twenty-second year
  5. I I'm not sure what the U14 softball rules say, and I respect those who might have a more strict reading of them, but I would look for a way to NOT call anyone out.. R3 helped, not hindered, No hindrance, no INT. That said, I would instruct R3 not to do this again.
  6. Thank you for sharing your situation. The more we recognize our brains need as much care as our muscles and our endocrine systems, the better off we all will be.
  7. 14U Softball. 0 outs. Runners at 2nd & 3rd. Passed ball. Catcher chases down and flips to Pitcher covering home (Pitcher drops ball)...runner at 3rd scores. After scoring, the scoring runner picks up the ball and hands it to the pitcher. While this is happening, the runner who started at 2nd is already standing on 3rd. The scoring runner cant be called out, she had already crossed the plate and scored before touching the ball. The remaining runner is already on third so there was no interference with a play that "could have been made." Is the runner on third called out?
  8. I’m on Bupropion as well. It’s been fantastic for me. And yes, as a kid I was the trouble maker who couldn’t learn at a desk. I really love working the dish but I’ve been exclusively on bases for the last few weeks since they want the Jr. umps to work the plate with adult umpires on bases to support and give advice to the younger kids. I find that I need a ton of focus on bases, which has been a challenge, but also really satisfying when I have a good game. Being an umpire has been such an eye opener. It honestly has changed my life. Thanks for your story…I relate 100%.
  9. Was formally diagnosed as having ADHD when I turned 50. Have been on Bupropion since and it changed my life. Bupropion slowed everything down and helped with anxiety issues. Was almost like I would have stage fright. And it also stopped me from blurting out something stupid and then wondering why I said what I did. Spent my first 15 years as an umpire without being treated. Wish I had been treated way earlier in life but if you were the kid who couldn't sit still in school you were just a trouble maker. And no parent wanted the stigma of having a kid on Ritalin. Even with that I find it hard to stay focused and it is the reason I like working the dish in the first game of a dh or in a single game. Every pitch you have to focus. If I'm scheduled for the bases I will try to get my partner to switch. Just me.
  10. I’m an adult with diagnosed ADHD. I have been umpiring as many games as I possibly can lately because I have found umpiring to be incredibly therapeutic. It’s been training me to stay focused for 2 hours at a time and be as attentive and detail-oriented as I possibly can. I’ve been an umpire for over a year, and I’ve become hooked on it because it makes me feel a bit “normal”, since I feel like it’s a job that people without ADHD typically do. At times, I feel a bit like a charlatan because umpiring seems like the kind of job that people with ADHD should absolutely not take on. It’s being going fairly well for me, but at times, I definitely notice that I missed something because I let my mind wander or I focused on the wrong thing. It’s usually minor, and I have been feeling pretty good about the games I’ve done these past several weeks. Admitting this is a little embarrassing, but I really wanted to know if there are other ADHD umpires out there, and if you have any techniques or tips on staying focused. Thanks for reading.
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  12. The umpire is neither the 10th defensive player nor is he the third offensive coacher. Supposing the fielder can't throw back to the pitcher--air mails it over his head. You might just deny the runner(s) a chance to advance or score if you gave the runner time to dust off. Mike Umpire n, where "n" is an increasing integer! 🙂
  13. HP Umpire Brian Knight ejected Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole and manager Aaron Boone (ball two call; QOCY) in the top of the 6th inning of the #RedSox-#Yankees game. With two out and two on, Red Sox batter Alex Verdugo took a 1-2 fastball from Yankees pitcher Cole for a called second ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px -0.69, pz 1.38 [sz_bot 1.54 / RAD 1.42]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 4-4. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 5-4. These are Brian Knight (91)'s 2nd and 3rd ejections of 2022.*This pitch was located 1.44 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect. These are the 167th and 168th ejection reports of the 2022 MLB regular season.This is the 55th player ejection of 2022. Prior to ejection, Cole's line was 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 2 HR.This is the 91st manager ejection of 2022.This is New York's 13/14th ejection of 2022, 1st in the AL East (NYY 14; TOR 10; BOS 6; BAL 4; TB 3).This is Gerrit Cole's first career MLB ejection.This is Aaron Boone's 9th ejection of 2022, 1st since Sept 16 (Edwin Moscoso; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).This is Brian Knight's 2/3rd ejection of 2022, 1st sine April 23 (Mark Kotsay; QOC = Y [Replay Review]). Wrap: Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees, 9/23/22 | Video as follows: Alternate Link: Knight tosses Cole & Boone during inning break following pre-HR ball call (Apple+/-)View the full article
  14. But that qualifier is only present in point 3....
  15. Almost curious how many if the posts covering the 9 years of this thread (almost 630 total posts), involve @wolfe_man?
  16. HP Umpire Ryan Wills ejected Cubs RF Patrick Wisdom (strike one call; QOCY) in the top of the 7th inning of the #Cubs-#Pirates game. With one out and none on, Wisdom took a 0-0 curveball from Pirates pitcher Manny Bañuelos for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and above the hollow of the knee (px 0.56, pz 1.52 [sz_bot 1.58 / RAD 1.46]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Cubs were leading, 5-4. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 6-5. This is Ryan Wills (118)'s 2nd ejection of 2022.*This pitch was located 1.80 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect. This is the 169th ejection report of the 2022 MLB regular season.This is the 56th player ejection of 2022. Prior to ejection, Wisdom was 1-3 (2 SO) in the contest.This is Chicago's 10th ejection of 2022, 1st in the NL Central (CHC 10; PIT, STL 6; CIN, MIL 4).This is Patrick Wisdom's first career MLB ejection.This is Ryan Wills' 2nd ejection of 2022, 1st since June 18 (Charlie Montoyo; QOC = Y [Check Swing]). Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates, 9/23/22 | Video as follows: Alternate Link: Wisdom tossed after cursing post-AB, though directed object in dispute (CHC/PIT)View the full article
  17. Read it again. It says slow pitch with stealing as the condition for leaving when the pitch reached the plate. It's this special case. "Normal" slow pitch doesn't have stealing.
  18. Can't help, sorry it's slow pitch softball. But, since it's softball and Friday night, have a beer. But I do have an indentation story which might help. Sometimes the printer gets the indentation wrong as in one year that made a catcher's balk real in the printed version of the OBR.
  19. Leafing through the rulebook in preparation for my first fastpitch softball game in quite some time. I came across this rule that has, for the moment, confused me. SECTION 4 - RUNNERS ARE ENTITLED TO ADVANCE WITH LIABILITY TO BE PUT OUT A. (Fast/Modified Pitch) When the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand on the delivery. B. On a thrown ball or a fair batted ball that is not blocked. C. On a thrown ball that hits an umpire. D. When a legally caught fly ball is first touched by a defensive player. E. If a fair ball: 1 Contacts an umpire or a runner after having passed a fielder other than the pitcher, provided no other fielder had a chance to make an out, or: 2 When a fair batted ball has been touched by a fielder, including the pitcher, and the runner did not intentionally interfere with the batted ball or the fielder attempting to field the batted ball. Effect - Section 4A-E: The ball remains live. F. (Men’s & Women’s Slow Pitch) Runners may advance when the ball reaches home plate, or: 1 When a pitched ball is batted. 2 Until the pitcher has possession of the ball in the infield and all playing action has ceased. 3 (Slow Pitch with stealing) Runners may advance when a pitched ball, legal or illegal, reaches the front edge of home plate. 4 When a pitched ball that hits behind home plate and strikes the umpire, or a thrown ball by the catcher that strikes the umpire. Exception: 3and 4 do not apply to Master's, Senior's Coed, Junior Olympic Girls and Junior Olympic Boys 10U, 12U, 14U, and 16U Slow Pitch (Bolding mine, as they are the points of my confusion). Section F seems to refer to, given no other context, a pitched ball. Unless I've been asleep way too long, runners in Men's and Women's slow pitch cannot advance on a pitched ball unless it becomes a batted ball. And clause 4: Given the indentation of this under section F, I think we are to assume that it's application is Men's and Women's slow pitch, right? Again, as with F, there's no advancement in slow pitch, right? Quite possibly it's been too long a day and I'm missing something really, really, obvious...so please help. Thanks!
  20. So f--- ball is the place to work on your f---ing language? I disagree. If that is the view of f--- ball in your area, then it is the place to get better at what you are doing, not a (root) beer league for the kids to get away with things they won't get away with in other games.
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  22. Worked many tournaments in my neck of the woods and never come across that terminology--thank you for the explanation!
  23. These are the coaches you have to step on HARD. "Tell you what coach, if he tries to pitch again when the batter is not ready, he's going to get ejected." I'll give you about ten seconds to go out and tell him. If the coach objects to that, run him because he is challenging your authority.
  24. Very cool! Must have been awesome to work on that field.
  25. Area of the country could matter: hell, in NJ, their state motto has the F word in it! It's hard to get much traction on this issue when every other YouTube video they watch is chock full of obscenities. For HS kids, it's a routine part of their vocabulary. I tend to distinguish ordinary "kids talking" obscenity from that directed at me/us or an opponent. The latter needs to be addressed, and there's no hard & fast rule about whether EJ is the right way—sometimes it's right for the first offense, sometimes just a KTSO. But I recommend addressing it every time in one way or another.
  26. That is EXACTLY why you SHOULD have ejected him. It goes with that time-honored saying, "What you permit, you promote." If it's under his breath, I'll probably be OK with it. But if it is loud enough to be heard by those close by, it's bye bye.
  27. Ah, in tourneys, ejections can have a couple of levels of 'severity'. The first is for minor things, which is 'rest of game'. The second is '+1', which means "this game, plus the next". Our tourney also has "Rest of day", "Rest of tourney", and sometimes, "Forever". The 1st 2 (rest of game vs +1) is up to the ump to decide on their own. Ump + Site Director can do a "Rest of Day", and typically Tourney Director is required for the other two.
  28. Yeah around here it is SO much needed "extra practice" for these kids they all need the extra work fielding hitting and in general paying attn to the game.
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