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  1. You might be an umpire if you see some sort of argument going on anywhere (Costco parking lot, Starbucks, etc) then throw up your hands and yell "TIME!" I did that once in a bar, where two patrons were about to throw down. So startingly it was that everyone stopped and revaluated the dumb situation (including myself).
    6 points
  2. Well, they are wearing navy, so.....
    6 points
  3. I, too, wanna hear what mask you got that has a “too small” strap / harness to it (my guess is either Wilson or Champro). The primary problem with these two brands of standard stock harnesses is how un-elastic their elastic is. Because they don’t expand and contract as much, people they have to keep them rather tight, and then they get really challenging to take off and put on. I favor Honig’s, All-Star and even Diamond stock harnesses over Wilson’s, despite (and especially because) the presence of the MLB logo on the back. If you want a little (or a lot) more luxury, then either All-Star’s delta-flex for umpires, or the UmpLife cam-buckle harness is the way to go. I use an All-Star on my FM4000, and UmpLife harnesses on my other three masks. Both of these have rather long, accommodating straps with the right amount of grab.
    5 points
  4. Travel game, 12 or 13 year old's, field with no fence. Batter crushes one to right field which of course gets past F9. B/R is rounding 1st when F3 obstructs him (in the way, makes the runner veer around... you know the kind) so I point/call the OBS. Since EVRYONE is watching F9 run after the ball, I kept pointing to the infraction well until the B/R was almost to 3rd. He rounds and is going for home when a great throw and a relay get the ball to F2 for an absolute banger of a play. Partner does his thing and bangs the out. I come up big: TIME TIME TIME. THAT is obstruction, pointing to 1st base. Partner and I awarded home. Could we have just protected him to 2nd? Of course... but the point of the rule is to remove the act of obstruction, not reward the offense for their infraction.
    5 points
  5. Many moons ago, one of the the more thoughtful and experienced members of this community, @JonnyCat, offered the group some insight that I have fallen back on many times. This play reminds me of that sage advice: Use the rules book to solve problems rather than create them. By rule, R2 is protected to 3B. Any further award is judgment. As many might agree, perspective affects judgment in almost every case. When in doubt, however those words from the past come rushing forward to provide clarity. The rules allow us to judge R2 to be out at HP because he was only entitled to 3B. While that is the letter of the rule, it also provides for judgment to grant further awards. A call of out and declining to award home is certainly supported by rule, however, that may cause more problems than it solves. BU does not strike me as the strongest umpire either. His lackadaisical pre-pitch posture, lack of an obstruction call, inattention to keeping his chest to the ball, and failure to keep his head on a swivel particularly when F2 is throwing a back pick to 2B all suggest that he may not even have considered, let alone call, obstruction on R2. This video would be great resource to use in an intermediate training class for the 2 man system. There is a lot to be learned here!
    5 points
  6. A local kid that I've watched grow up from behind the plate has invited me to be with him and his parents at his college signing day. He said I was behind the plate for so many of his games he felt like I needed to be there when he signed up for the next step. I was blown away! I never thought calling balls and strikes would create this kind of memory or moment in life. Maybe not important to a bunch of people but the thought that I could have an impact on 1 kids life just really made my day.
    5 points
  7. overstated, but I always used "If the BATTED ball doesn't leave the infield, PU doesn't leave the plate."
    5 points
  8. I am a 4 stitch guy by preference, but really it depends on mask/pad combo for safety reasons. You don’t want your hat bill to be too close your mask or you run the risk of your pads decompressing on impact into the bill of your hat and transferring that energy right into your forehead. Someone more technical might be able to give you a better measurement.
    4 points
  9. Why does my neck hurt now? (and thanks for the great review and pics)
    4 points
  10. I do not know of any mechanic, approved or used anywhere, where BU goes home from the middle. In 3 and 4 man, there is a mechanic where U1 slides down to the plate, but not in 2-man. If PU goes to 3rd, and there is an overthrow, PU also has the plays at the plate. Are you saying on a play where R1 goes to 3rd and batter gets out at first, BU should head home? I guess I could see the logic in it, since there are no other runners left except R1 who is now going to third....maybe use it in Rec Summer Ball, but anywhere you may be evaluated, I would not recommend it.
    4 points
  11. I find that this is often the biggest time waster in games. When training umpires, I emphasize keeping the between inning time to a minimum. There are up to 13 inning changes in a 7 inning game. If an umpire spends even an extra 2 minutes per inning BS'ing with the crowd, coaches, partner etc, that tacks on an additional 26 minutes to the game. I teach that umpiring is not a social event, and you're not running for office, so keep the chit chat down. We don't get paid by the hour, so get the game moving. Agree with MadMax's advice in the first part of his post. You're there to work a game, and there is plenty of time to BS afterwards.
    4 points
  12. 0 stitches. All-Star Cobalt skully for the win.
    3 points
  13. Yeah, like that's never happened to any of us.
    3 points
  14. This is a great post. Another way to say this would be to state what Joe Brinkman said during week 1 of the 1997 Brinkman/Froemming Umpire School: "Don't take the sh!tty end of the stick." If there is some doubt as to whether or not the runner would have scored "but for" the obstruction which argument would you rather have after the play: (1) an argument with the defensive coach who is mad that you scored the run or (2) an argument with the offensive coach that you let the out stand??? Unless you are 100% sure that the runner would not have scored if he had not been obstructed, I am taking argument #1 every time. I can handle this argument because I can end it every time with, "skip, if your player didn't screw up and obstruct the runner we wouldn't even be here!" Electing to take argument #2 is "taking the sh!tty end of the stick." Which leads to the second words of wisdom uttered by Mr. Brinkman during the first week of umpire school: "penalize the team that screwed up!" His point was that if you penalize the team that screwed up you can always end the argument by saying, "skip, if your player didn't screw up I wouldn't have had to make that call!"
    3 points
  15. I'll reiterate what others have said ....bolded isn't / shouldn't be your judgement reason .... the play was close, period. Don't give the advantage to the team that faulted. Give R2 home, and it's an easier explanation to the defensive coach than it would be to the offensive coach
    3 points
  16. Ask a nerd! Decently written test, would say only 2-3 were written ambiguously or possibly incorrect unless you understand what the writer was thinking.
    3 points
  17. If you have obstruction and the play is that close at home, you could definitely award him home. I agree with noumpere. He has to be protected to at least 3rd there. But can easily be protected to home. If he's thrown out by 30ft, then thats different.
    3 points
  18. Must be the off season.
    3 points
  19. Best topic/discussion in a while…i had 45-ish ncaa games last year and about 25 (most games were DH) different pre-game answers to this scenario. I heard BU has everything (despite cca manual saying otherwise) about 75% of the time I heard PU will take third if BU has to commit to 1st (ball that has no chance at being double play, such as dribbler or muffed ball) about 15% of time I heard exactly as CCA says 10% of the time. Most common reasons to go against the manual: 1) A good BU can get that play at third 2) Mechanics are developed to be in the best position for the most likely play. its #2 that makes me accept that… I probably had 500 balls between college and summer where I watched slide at second and play at first and 1 ball where R1 was not only safe at second but advanced to third on a ball that never left infield. But I think the best answer is the one about reading the situation …I now head towards the mound for slide at second ; if they are safe or no play there, I’ll drift a step or two towards third while preparing to help at first. If he’s out or clearly not advancing, I’ll take a step or two towards first for a better angle on swipe/foot. If overthrown, I hightail it to third, but as I said, that maybe happened once last year
    3 points
  20. This is when a plate coat comes in handy.
    3 points
  21. If I may interject, it's absolutely imperative that a PU "actively processes" this situation instead of reflexively reacts. Both of the above perspectives have merit. The trouble is, amateur umpires either get delinquent or lazy in situations like this; the lazy ones get yelled at, demerited, chastised, or (worse) chalked-up / written-off as lazy. The delinquent ones (good intentions, slow in recognition, reaction, and movement) unfortunately compensate either by over-communicating (again, good intentions) or by... "over-reacting" to the point of heading off to 3B as soon as the ball leaves the bat! You just can't. Say it's a sawn-off drubber at the plate, or a bunt. Not only does PU have Fair/Foul responsibility, but he's the only guy in the entire ballpark that can (properly) judge RLI. If he starts bounding down towards 3B, you can fuhgetaboutit on selling yes/no on potential RLI. Similar can be said about a bounding ball towards F3 and 1B. PU must stay on the line to judge Fair/Foul, and if there's a potential swipe tag coming, or pulled/missed foot by a F1 covering... Point is, that move to 3B may be advised, but it's not automatic.
    3 points
  22. You rush home after work to make sure that you get the latest delivery from Ump-Attire before the wife gets home and see it. Trying to avoid the inevitable "What are you getting now? Don't you already have everything".
    3 points
  23. You can't watch baseball with your family on tv, because you have to constantly remind them that the box is wrong and most announcers are brainlets when it comes to rules.
    3 points
  24. Agreed. Unfortunately the search function is very poor, imo.
    2 points
  25. that's what I'm going to do. Have all the "loops" replaced with standard eyelets. Thanks all!
    2 points
  26. When the wife hits you on the back of the head in the middle of the night to wake you up as she says, "you're not at the ball park, stop umpiring!" (I've been known to loudly call games in my sleep.)
    2 points
  27. Another vote for the ump life harness. It took some getting used to, but now I’m hooked.
    2 points
  28. Mr. Richvee, it is written into every rule set that one umpire cannot overrule another. The principle I was taught is that umpires can and should confer but ultimately it is the calling umpire’s decision. Here’s how Hunter Wendelstedt puts it in his 2013 WRIM (p. 148): “When determining where to award runners because of obstruction, it may be necessary for more than one umpire to rule on the play. If one umpire calls the obstruction, and another makes the call of out on a play following the obstruction, the initial umpire may call time and award the runner the base he would have received had the obstruction not occurred.”
    2 points
  29. This past week I found out I was accepted to a collegiate umpiring group and will start to umpire college baseball this coming spring. The long standing members here will remember but I think I first joined UE when I was 15 doing in-house LL games. Excited for the challenge ahead, and looking forward to continuing to improve and climb the ladder.
    2 points
  30. What @MidAmUmpsaid is what I hear at different clinics and training sessions..... Tag = left; obstr = left; balk = right. Of course, when I try and replay in my head what *I've* done on obstruction, I got nothing. I also point even if it's an "That's nothing" deal, just to 'seal the deal.' I tend to use the left hand for that as well, but I throw lefty, so that has an influence. The one thing that ALWAYS happens at camps and clinics, is the "oh, lefty huh?" comment when I give my punch-out. I shoot the right hand forward, and the pull the cord with the left. If that stops any advancement, or keeps me out of a gig, so be it - if I tried that move, or just about any right-centric punch-out, I'd punch myself in the face.
    2 points
  31. The rule that tells us that a runner is presumed to have reached a base even though he has not actually touched it is 5.05(b)(3) Comment—in other words the base is his even though he has not legally acquired the base. Rule 5.06(a) tells us that a runner acquires the legal right to a base when he touches it before he is out. 2021 OBR Rule 5.05(b)(3) Comment: If catcher’s interference is called with a play in progress the umpire will allow the play to continue because the manager may elect to take the play. If the batter-runner missed first base, or a runner misses his next base, he shall be considered as having reached the base, as stated in Note of Rule 5.06(b)(3)(D). And for high school the following interpretation can be found in the 2016 BRD (section 362, p. 242): FED Official Interpretation: Hopkins: If BR misses first but beats the throw, he is “considered safe” and the umpire should so signal. If the defense appeals, the umpire will reverse his call. 2015 NFHS Baseball Rules Interpretations SITUATION 20: The batter hits the ball to the shortstop who bobbles the ball and throws late to first base. The batter-runner beats the throw but does not touch first base. RULING: The runner beats the ball on the play and is considered to be safe. The defense must appeal the missed base or tag the batter-runner before he returns to first in order to have the out declared for the missed base. (8-2-1 Penalty)
    2 points
  32. I understand the logic if R2 stopped at third and you had to decide whether to award home -- in your judgement / viewing he would not have reached home. We are allowed to consider post obstruction evidence to help with the decision -- and in the OP we have it.
    2 points
  33. so a wv gold for 1/2 price. seems like a great entry point, especially for guys looking for something that can take them from LL to MLBU.
    2 points
  34. Got the CP. It’s basically a knock off WV gold. Padding is the same and everything. Not a fan. Gonna get rid of it. I’m accepted offers lol
    2 points
  35. That's how I interpret that in the summer for sure.
    2 points
  36. Beyond an upgraded CP harness and decent mask pads I would recommend quality inner soles for your plate shoes. Neither NB or Smittys shoes come with good versions. NB are particularly poor. Good inner soles make a big difference IMO. Also, add to my recommendation, a personal protection system that works for you.
    2 points
  37. Sorry guys, I work at Amazon so I just got off 60 hour weeks and lost track of time. Here are my thoughts though. Out of the box it is extremely similar to the WV gold. In all, if you want a cheap option with good protection this one is up there. It comes with the standard harness that should be thrown away on arrival. A flex harness really improves this CP and I think it will live in my car during the HS season for a couple reasons. 1. I don’t have a garage so if my car gets broken into I won’t cry if it gets stolen like I would if one of my frankensteins was stolen. 2. The fit is good enough to look presentable at a game. So the first picture is of me in a WV gold TW. Second picture is a regular Gold and third is the champro. So there is of course quite a difference in profile but for me the trade off is worth it. I now have a complete that I’m not worried about losing. As far as differences go, the champro has a larger shoulder pad and utilizes the WV platinum style gap protection. It is wider and flatter than the WV gold as well. I purchased the medium. Otherwise it is very similar and I think is a good CP. I think this would work fine for pretty much anyone. I might like it more than my champion too and am happier with it than my Cobalt.
    2 points
  38. I guess I'm different ..... Yes, I love baseball, and yes I love to umpire, and, while some of these are truly funny, and I get it, I really do .... it's just not me, meaning, the baseball-umpiring part of my life doesn't find itself entangled in any every day stuff as mentioned above. Like for instance, I'm taking a quick break before my 3pm meeting (yes, some numbskull scheduled a 3pm friday meeting 🙄) but ... It's January, and yes, I have a camp coming up next month that will be fun as it always is, but ...I'm not looking outside at the snow thinking to myself "wow, I wish I had a game today" But that's just me ALL THAT SAID .... You might be an umpire if: For no reason, you drop to your plate stance, pretend a pitch is coming in, and go through your timing and strike mechanic! I'll do that on a rare occasion ...
    2 points
  39. This here is the REAL difference between a guy who's had 1 year of experience 20 times and 20 years of experience
    2 points
  40. +POS used to have a powder blue turtle neck with the +POS logo on the neck. Very sharp and good quality. Man, +POS used to be the bee's knees in umpire gear.
    2 points
  41. I have always said this...Plate Coat by Day...Dinner Jacket at night
    2 points
  42. I was on the Umpires Manual sub-committee. I know that we proposed, and it was approved by the full rules committee, to put a comment in the Manual that umpires should ask the coach whether they want to take the result of the play or the penalty. (I am positive this happened as I remember the discussion in the room...and there was very little disagreement with this philosophy (for the high school game)). With that said, it appears that it was not published in the umpire's manual. (This is not the only example of this happening...something being approved for publication (such as a case play or umpire manual edit) but being missed. It is an innocent mistake.) I am going to work to bring that to the Board's attention to see if they can add it to the next Umpire's Manual. I can assure everyone that it was 11-0 in the room for umpires to bring it to the coach's attention. Sorry for the slow reply. Been under the weather for the last three weeks. (Non-Covid!)
    2 points
  43. It is imperative that on field communication is clear between partners. As we all know, a pregame is great, but when an Oh sh*t moment arises we all need to be on the same page
    2 points
  44. There's three things potentially at play here: We have to realize truly how much force a 5 oz. baseball is carrying when it hits you (and your mask) at 95 - 105 MPH. Those springs are designed to engage at these sort of forces and only "bottom out" when that overwhelming force is smackin' it. Impacts on the outer cage – the floater – may have slightly flattened it, forcing it outward and setting the travel bolts (and the springs and shocks encasing them) at the improper angle. If you loosen the three connecting screws between the floating cage and the foundation cage (don't lose them! they're specifically threaded metric machine screws), the floating cage may contort into a shape that'll surprise you, reflective of the impacts that it's taken. The shocks may have dried out and stiffened, preventing the springs from fully compressing and the travel bolts from allowing the floating cage to depress. Some mineral oil will likely lubricate and soften them. If you'd like to really give them some TLC, then loosen and remove the travel bolts and disassemble the spring brackets, taking the shocks out and placing them in a jar of mineral oil for a few days. Now, Force3 may have made it difficult to loosen up those travel bolts by using ThreadLock on them when they assembled the mask, so be careful, and don't strip them trying to take them out.
    2 points
  45. I hear ya @MadMax. I was just offering another option for something that is clearly eating at @mac266. If this is the problem of the day, it seems that life is pretty good in the southwest.
    2 points
  46. I was taught and use my right hand for almost everything. Calling obstruction/interference/balks/awarding bases with my right hand. For instance, point with right hand and verbalize, "that's obstruction." Award bases, if any, with right hand. Similar mechanic in other situations as PU or BU. Often times as a PU, I won't point to the balk as my initial call. I will just verbalize, "that's a balk." Then take appropriate actions as necessary. If the pitcher for instance, rolls through his stop and delivers a pitch, you have to stay down and be ready, particularly when balks are live. Can't really come up and point. Just verbalize it. Exception is on a check swing appeal. As PU, I'll gesture to my partner with my left hand open while asking, "Name", did he go.
    2 points
  47. VU, are you directing this advice towards us (fellow umpires), or to coaches and/or parents? If the latter, good advice! If the former… uhm, it’s not really our duty / role / place to do all this cat wrangling. This is predominately within our control, especially when we realize how much / often we (potentially) talk to the fence, the coaches, or even to our partner without any grasp of how much time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’… into the fuuuutuuuure.
    2 points
  48. And as if reading our minds... UA puts out a video listing at talking about the ball bags they carry.
    2 points
  49. You go to a minor league game and have no idea what the 18 players did but were all consumed with what the two guys were doing.
    2 points
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