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  1. First, wtf was PU thinking in choosing not to answer? But whatever. Second, if you've gone with the "ask first" rather than "call first" mechanic, and everyone is waiting for PU, well, make 'em wait. Eventually, PU will answer the damn question—start walking over there if needed, keep asking—and get your answer. As it was, you showed yourself up by making it appear that you were guessing (and PU then nailed the coffin by confirming exactly that). And third: coach running his fielders off to "avoid an appeal" isn't a thing. If the O coach wants to ask me to get help (and if I need i
    6 points
  2. Make your call. If you are 100% certain F3 held the bag tell everyone as you are making your call: " He held it!" or something like that. If you are not certain, make your call as you would normally. If anyone asks you to get help, call time if necessary and conference with your partner(s) so only the umpires are a part of the conversation. I am not a fan of yelling across the field to get input on a play. If no one asks you about a pulled foot or a swipe tag, the call belongs to you and stands as it was judged.
    5 points
  3. What chest protector should I get?
    5 points
  4. @conbo61 nails this here ......... I concur. That being said, please go to this forum, upper right corner and search for "mask recommendation" ...it comes up with 237 posts. Not all of them are exactly what you're looking for, but there's enough info here for you to read about masks for days and days! I did the search here, and I copied the link for you, I hope it works. If it doesn't work, let me know .... https://umpire-empire.com/search/?&q=mask recommendation&type=forums_topic&nodes=9&search_and_or=or&sortby=relevancy PLEASE .... DON'T
    5 points
  5. Good suggestion on Huaraches. Our stock is good. And on sale. Downside is D width only. https://www.ump-attire.com/Products/NIKE-HUARACHE/Nike-Alpha-Huarache-Elite-2-Turf-Shoes Adidas Turf Hogs are discontinued. Very little stock and sizes with anyone. Scanning other retailers, I found the most remaining sizes here: https://officialsports.net/product/newadidas-turf-hog-lx-low-black-white/ Another really good suggestion on grip is Under Armour Turf but these are going fast (another solid new item that ends up discontinued too quickly by manufacturers). We have stock on most
    5 points
  6. Guy 1 sounds like a solid platform to build on. Guy 2 , well, you may need to have the tough talk. Look, if you don't want to be here, you don't have to be. But if you are going to be here, participation is required. I am assuming LL or some other youth type rec ball. With that said, they need to understand that this could be the most important play/moment/game in that player has ever had, and we need to make sure we get the call correct.
    4 points
  7. It's a bad call, but any game is improved by dumping Harper.
    4 points
  8. Can't have interference without, well...interference.
    4 points
  9. Older, more physically mature, and baseball savvy F2's are usually far better at protecting their PU then their younger counterparts. Getting hit is part of being an umpire, but it is likely that those who work 12U are getting more shots because of F2 bailing out, missing a pitch, or suiting up with the tools of ignorance for the very first time. I will accept the inherent risk of 80-90mph fastballs because the guy in front of me understands his responsibility not only to his team, but to the guy standing behind as well. Because there are others who are willing accept the risks associate
    4 points
  10. @MadMax would say is .... "it's all about the pads" ...so .... replace your pads w/ Team Wendy pads, keep your mask and you're good to go!
    4 points
  11. Since so many folks describe getting a shipment from U-A as being like Christmas morning, I can see where Jim Kirk can seem like Santa. Yet another reason U-A has superior customer service. They just want to help officials get the gear they want. Even if they don't have it.
    4 points
  12. NOTE: I wrote this for my non-umpire friends. There are some bits of explanation in here that umpires don't need, but try reading it from the perspective of a non-umpire. So there I was, calling a JV high school game from behind the plate. I was the only umpire (and working one umpire sucks!). The batter walked up to take the box, and apparently he and the catcher knew one another. They had probably played on a Little League team together or something, but the schools were about a 45 minute drive from one another. One of the batter's teammates was encouraging him f
    4 points
  13. Not only is this wrong...it's patently stupid to encourage your RH batter to stay in the box when R3 is coming home...the batter is far more likely to hinder his own player than the defense.
    4 points
  14. If Max could finish a post in a single evening we’d see A LOT more from him
    3 points
  15. In today's fairly quiet varsity game I had a minor disagreement with the DHC that helps emphasize how important on field communication is and that sometimes we can fail to do the little things that really good umpiring contains. Top 5, home team up 7-1. R1, 2 outs and 2 strikes on the batter. F1 throws a 60 foot breaking ball that the batter attempts to check his swing on. He does not. I clearly see the swing, the pitch bounce, and hear the ball skip into F2's glove. F2 had dropped to block the pitch and I pointed at the batter with my left hand and told everyone that, "Yes he did!".
    3 points
  16. this is ALSO why the armchair umpires go online and bash umpires, lumping us all together.
    3 points
  17. Around everywhere else , we play baseball and the move described is a balk. Jump turns and jab steps are considered moves from the rubber. F1 must throw to first and it's a one base award if the ball is thrown out of play.
    3 points
  18. New Jersey is too small to have a section called central.
    3 points
  19. If you ejected him, I wouldn’t have had an issue with it. He (theoretically) threatened injury to a player on the other team, and you were still within the confines of the field. Without an ejection, you could (should?) probably just submit a special report to your state association. Let that make its way from the state office to the AD/coach. Not only is it terribly unsportsmanlike...it’s about as dangerous as you can get on a field. I’d put people on alert about what was said. Who knows what happens down the line...another opponent, another year, etc. They can not only file it away
    3 points
  20. I would allow it only for F2 to broadcast back to the dugout, and only to remark on how good my zone is. Kidding. No, not legal for FED.
    3 points
  21. First, let’s look at current NFHS rule 1-5-11: ART. 11 . . . Non-traditional playing equipment must be reviewed by the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee before it will be permitted to be used. As far as I can tell the last time the FED ruled on anything technology-related was in 2015 when they approved dugout usage of video monitoring or replay equipment for coaching purposes during games. The rule governing the use of technology aids by the coach is 3-3-1h and is illustrated in related case plays 3.3.1 Situations O and P (also see case plays 3.3.1 OO and PP for video). Since there
    3 points
  22. I'm pretty sure it had been called.
    3 points
  23. That's the OBR rule. For Fed, the rule is "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't teach an old dog to make a silk purse out of a pig-in-a-poke." On your other questions-- I wouldn't use the term "disengage." That term specifically means "step back off the rubber before making any other move". On the 3-1 move, the pitcher doesn't disengage, he "breaks contact" with the rubber, and THAT's what allows him to then feint to first.
    3 points
  24. I bought the Mag pads
    3 points
  25. Updated my Diamonds with MAG pads and Zett (navy Zett en route for the navy mask too - plus visors for both):
    3 points
  26. Yes. If he never disengages the rubber by stepping back with his pivot foot he is still considered a pitcher in the set. Without coming set, F1 cannot legally deliver a pitch to the batter. With a runner on base it would be a balk. Unlike other bases, F1 cannot step toward home for the purpose of retiring an advancing runner without the aforementioned disengagement of the pitching rubber.
    3 points
  27. I took this from Stevetheump.com website. They publish NFHS Points of Emphasis and Rule Interpretations. This is SITUATION 20 from Year 2013: SITUATION 20: With runners at first base and second base, the runner at second bluffs a steal of third by running hard to third before he stops and retreats back to second base. The pitcher, seeing the runner take off hard to third base, legally throws to the unoccupied third base. The third-base coach wants a balk called on the pitcher since the runner from second stopped. RULING: A pitcher may throw or feint a throw to an unoccupied base in an att
    3 points
  28. Please give me his email so I can tell him he's a stubborn SH*# that makes everyone else's lives harder. I don't do FED anymore and don't have access to case plays, but I know that exception is in the rule itself--it shouldn't need one. This has not been a balk as long as I have been alive.
    3 points
  29. I actually do disagree with this, to a certain degree. The optics are often more important than being "right". Unless egregious, the optics of one ump being "overruled" by another on a simple judgment call is much more detrimental to game management than whether or not the runner did actually beat the throw by half a step. I would say it's often more important to assert yourself and own your judgment. Appeasement is a political maneuver and should only be used in very specific scenarios. Those mistakes in judgment, if they even are really mistakes, work out in the end - both te
    3 points
  30. I'm going to fight this. All the way to City Hall if I have too! As a great man once said:
    3 points
  31. If you're looking for replies..... considering it's one of those traveling road-show coaches, "Go f--- yourself" is a classic. An "Ol' Reliable," if you will.
    3 points
  32. LOL.................he said, the floor does not recognize the gentleman from the Pacific NorthWest.
    3 points
  33. That's not true. A caught batted ball negates OBS on the BR, because a runner who's out can't be obstructed. A runner who hinders a protected fielder is guilty of INT whether or not the fielder catches the ball.
    3 points
  34. Also, make sure to pre-game your possible conferences on plays at 1B...specifically swipe tags, pulled feet or running lane violations. Remember it's only HC's that can ask U1 to check with your partner. (I've had some 1B coaches who are not managers try and ask this. Depending on their tone my responses have ranged from, "Did you take the plate meeting today? No? That's a warning for you...and now I am issuing a warning to the manager, too." to simply..."Please check with your manager." Yes, it's clunky when they are respectful to ask them to go to their manager and then have the manager come
    3 points
  35. I am a mask junkie and generally roll to a game with 4 mask in my bag. I don’t know anyone with a Champro that has not got their bell rung. I took my son’s from him and simply gave him one of my Wilson Dynalites. With that said install Team Wendy pads on whatever mask you settle on. Also get a good harness to steady your mask. I recommend Ray Brownlee’s Ump life harness. Other recommendations include the Colbalt All Star CP with Ray’s CP harness asWell. Do not skimp on mask and chest protector. After doing all that grab some Force 3 shin guards...you can thank me later...lol.
    3 points
  36. Once the manger's confirmed that the players were properly equipped, your responsibility for the player's equipment has been satisfied under rule 4-3-b. Unless some one brings my attention to non-conforming equipment, I will never go looking for that kind of trouble. I have never looked for a NOCSAE stamp on a helmet or a BBCOR label on a bat once the manger has confirmed all of their equipment is legal. Only when it is brought to my attention later would I do anything to question the legality of their equipment unless there is an obvious concern like a knobless bat, a cracked batting hel
    3 points
  37. Your mask is important but, the mask is a system comprised of three (or four, if you have an additional TG) parts. The most important part of the mask system is the pads. The frame stops the ball from impacting your face, the pads are what absorb the energy in the collision. Your existing frame is not a problem and you could continue to use it with better pads IMO. I'd toss some Team Wendys or All Star LUC's and keep rolling for the time being. That is unless you want a new mask. But, be aware, buying a new mask may not get you out of replacing the pads anyway.
    3 points
  38. I'll expand my remark for newer umpires. Some guys seem to think that they're not allowed to say anything, or that they're somehow cheating or helping one team if they say anything. I disagree. Let's assume that coach is not teaching this and that nobody's cheating: the batter just loses track of the count and takes off by mistake. Our job is communication: when I say "strike TWO...that's TWO!!" when the batter takes off, I'm communicating the call, so everyone can work from the same (if I'm lucky, correct) info. This is not cheating: it's preventive umpiring. Nobody thinks the
    3 points
  39. Your mask and chest protector are the two most important pieces of equipment. You will find MANY opinions on these boards at to the ideal rig. My point? Don't skimp on your mask. The couple of bucks you save could end up being put towards an emergency room co-pay. The first hard shot you take with a good mask/pad combo you will realize that the investment was worth it. For what it is worth, I use a Dyna-Lite Steel with Team Wendy pads. I also have a traditional Force 3 I plan to use this season. Once again, there will be no shortage of opinions here. Good luck and congr
    3 points
  40. Maybe this was the cause of the returns...no one wanted to admit it.
    3 points
  41. This reminds me of that scene in "Miracle on 34th Street" where Santa starts sending Macy's shoppers to competing stores all across NYC when the item they were shopping for was out of stock... ~Dawg
    3 points
  42. @Rock Bottom, may I suggest Adidas Turf Hogs or the brand new Nike Alpha Huarache Elite 3s? Talk about grabby.
    3 points
  43. Freshly chopped Nike, mizuno pads, mizuno harness and samurai shovel (no dent, just the angle lol)
    3 points
  44. An official ruling would include a run being scored since F3 advanced at his own risk and was not retired. Further, since R1 was improperly declared out at 2B, correcting the error of the umpire would place him back at 2B. R2 should be at 3B and there should be 2 outs. Just because it's Little League does not mean umpires can MSU resulting in teams being placed at a disadvantage (offense) or given an advantage (defense).
    3 points
  45. Don’t let play start until the music ends. If if gets tiresome, were you have to hold up play several times, inform whoever is on charge “ that’s it. If you can’t stop the music before the AB, there will be no more music.”
    3 points
  46. I really like what was said here about overcommunicating. There has been a modern trend of "stuff that Grandma can call" doesn't need a signal or a verbalization. I don't subscribe to this. Can of corn catch gets a hammer mechanic minimum from me. Trouble ball in a high leverage moment? On a catch, that's getting two hammers and "That's a catch! That's a catch!". On a non-catch, that's getting two safe signals and "No catch! No catch!" All foul balls get at least my hands up. I disagree with the notion that an umpire doesn't look "as sharp" or "as professional" motioning the ball dea
    2 points
  47. Guest Guest, you still haven’t told us what rule set was used for your game. I’m guessing from your second post that it was, indeed, a FED game. So here are a couple of case plays I found dealing with a lost count. 2000 NFHS Baseball Rule Interpretations SITUATION 10: With R2 attempting to steal third, the left-handed B2 swings to protect R2. The plate umpire does not see the batter swing. The next pitch is a called strike, and the plate umpire announces the count as 1-1. The coach of the defensive team wants the count corrected to 0-2. RULING: Since a pitch has been taken on the disputed
    2 points
  48. Why are you fooled by the BOX on TV?
    2 points




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