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  1. This may not be new to some of you. I apologize if I'm bringing up "old news." I was at a regional PONY tournament last night. I've done PONY for a number of years, off and on, both in Texas and Virginia, and I think I generally prefer it to LL. But since I'm mostly as "have gun, will travel" kind of umpire, I move from gig to gig, crushing dreams wherever I roam, so I don't really pay attention a lot of times to the post-season of the different orgs. So I'm there this week, working mostly the Pony (14u) and Bronco (12u) divisions, with the odd Mustang (10u) game. We had section
    8 points
  2. No player can appeal a check swing. F2 can request that the plate umpire do so. I did a 1-umpire game once, and F2 asked me to appeal a check swing call. So I checked with the batter's 1st base coach, and he said the batter didn't go.
    7 points
  3. On a more serious note: T-ball should not have umpires, because it should not be in the least competitive. It should not be a proxy competition for aging, fattening daddy coaches. And it should never, ever, provoke argument of any description. T-ball should introduce little kids to the most basic fundamentals of baseball: hitting a ball, throwing, and catching. And above all: it should be constantly, unremittingly, hilariously fun for everyone there. Were I king of the world, we'd never see a T-ball question on this forum (maybe a funny story or video). The fact that we do
    7 points
  4. Hey everyone! Max just sent me a message to let me know that he is doing the Northwoods League All-Star game tonight at 7 p.m. central Time. Free live streaming on Northwoods League.com Congratulations Max, go get em! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
    5 points
  5. And throughout U-E, no one ever, ever--and I mean NEVER--goes off on a tangent!
    5 points
  6. Know how / where we (amateur) umpires can do our part, as a starting point? Stop saying at plate meetings, “If you disagree with a call (they all do, or will eventually), call time (they don’t call Time, only we (umpires) can / do), go to the umpire who made the call (they don’t, or won’t). We’ll get together and render our judgement (which is the source of the “go for help! You have to go for help!” pleadings).. “ Just stop it. Stop caving in and attempting to placate or appease the pleaders by “going for help” unwarranted.
    5 points
  7. All good except no need to go to managers unless asked. If no one asked, no one complained, there’s no need to go to them. Almost comes across like you need/want to justify yourself. You did the right thing, no one balked at it (no pun intended), just move on.
    5 points
  8. The umpire is in good position to see F2 set up well up the line and more or less right on the line. The runner takes a common route in foul to the back of the plate. The throw takes F2 into the path of the runner. At that point, for FED, I'd be considering OBS (legal in OBR): he's in the runner's path, blocking access, without the ball. The runner is too close for F2 to move into his path without obstructing him. However, the runner deviates INTO F2, moving a step toward fair rather than going farther into foul, and does nothing to avoid. He has time to do something that looks like
    5 points
  9. So I know who the guy is who is selling these masks… He is an NCAA post season umpire. He can be trusted...
    5 points
  10. After seeing the video, are you really getting that worked up over one strike call? As a scorekeeper, your job is to keep score and be quiet. You work for the game and the umpire. As a scorekeeper, you do not work for the coaches, teams, or players. As one of my respected colleagues replied, why don't you strap on the gear and see how you do calling a game? Until then, continue to be a self absorbed crybaby over meaningless games and calls. You're one of the reasons why youth sports has seen a huge decline in officials. No one comes to a game to hear your whiney ass complain about st
    5 points
  11. Strap on the gear, then you can call balls and strikes. Until then….. STFU and keep score.
    5 points
  12. Dude, its t-ball. The correct answer is enjoy the little tykes and quit worrying about it. And for the love of all things great and small ... don't EVER bring umpires into t-ball.
    5 points
  13. I did 10u and 12u tourney this past weekend in Ocala Florida. Almost everything I do throughout the year is solo, getting to work 2 man and 3 man all weekend was a blast. I had the championship game behind the plate and it was a great game. 13-3 at the end of 3 but finished 20-18 after 6. Coaches and parents were all extremely well behaved and respectful, the kids were thanking us umpires for being there and wishing us happy fathers day. I felt like I had one of my best games behind the plate, zero gripes about the zone. I met a bunch of great guys from around different areas and got to work w
    5 points
  14. If you have a local league that you can work with one guy and never have a problem, all the more power to you. In general, my thought is it sounds like a problem when you can't find umpires. It sounds like a problem when the number one reason is 'umpires are sick of the treatment they get.' Sounds like a problem that wasn't caused by umpires. Sounds like a problem that isn't an umpire's problem. Sounds like a problem that somebody should work on a good solution to. As umpires, our contributions to that solution are: to not put up with the treatment (from fans to TDs) ...
    4 points
  15. 4 points
  16. How about the head coaches spin with their foreheads on a bat and then see which one makes it the farthest to first base before falling down?
    4 points
  17. Meh. I just flip my indicator. Numbers-side up is heads. If it looks "unprofessional", not my call - the "professional" thing to do would be to have home and away sorted out before I get to the field.
    4 points
  18. Think of it this way: ejection is a resort—who doesn't enjoy a resort? Sure, it's a last resort, but still a resort.
    4 points
  19. I don't think I would tolerate this type of behavior on any of the levels I do, especially LL. I'm fine with however you want to handle this situation, either ignoring, warning, ejection, etc. But a coach coming out of the dugouts and yelling dropping obscenities to a spectator, no way am I letting that go. I'm going to have to intervene in some way. I'm certainly not going to ignore it. Situations like that often have a way of spiraling out of control. It could also reappear later in the game, too. I'd rather deal with it right away and perhaps prevent some future shenanigans. I thi
    4 points
  20. Plate Coat is done just two many variables to contend with including the size range It would be like buying pants that fit in the waist but you need to cut 8" off the leg Replacement Pad is done, with Covid and no Baseball for 15 months it was a tough call to order or wait. More on the Pad later Not going to comment as to why people get blocked because this is not the place
    4 points
  21. 4 points
  22. Man, that’s worse than getting put on Santa’s naughty list. Wait, has anyone ever seen both Santa and Ray in the same room? Coincidence I think not. Just saying. PS. Everyone knows Santa is Canadian. His postal code is H0H 0H0.
    4 points
  23. Make sure you have good lungs… you’re basically blowing your whistle every 1-2 seconds. Oh? Is someone here a Rumba Referee?? A Foxtrot Field Judge?? Huh! Nevvvvver woulda guessed it! As of typing this, I’m 46. Aside from a nagging hip injury that is hindering me (aggravated by having to drive the 7000 miles of this summer League I’m doing), I’ve largely fooled everyone I’ve encountered – assigners, coaches, coordinators, instructors, evaluators, colleagues – since I don’t look, or move like I’m 46. I even had a group of Major League Umpires fooled when I attended their Day C
    4 points
  24. GO NAVY! BEAT ARMY!...............oh..........wrong season.
    4 points
  25. Easy answer … Hat and ball bags match the piping or the primary shirt color. If the piping is navy, hat and ball bags are navy. If the piping is black, hat and ball bags are black. NEVER wear black hat and ball bags with that shirt!
    4 points
  26. That “local lingo” is used in many other places, too. There’s a common theme – it’s local. IE Amateur. During a plate meeting, covering the ground rules for most defined ballparks, there are zones and boundaries that divide Live Ball from Dead Ball territory. Occasionally, there are objects or structures that project into Live Ball territory (the zip lines that @Stk004 , @tpatience , @Biscuit , and @The Short Umpire all know of) that kill a batted ball, but keep a thrown ball Live. AFAIK, sanctioned HS Varsity fields, college fields, and any fields & parks used for semi-pro or pro ba
    4 points
  27. Only the defense can appeal Batting Out of Turn (duh) Really weird, unfair rule one: On a third strike if the catcher drops the ball the batter can run and try to reach first base. But, if there is already a runner on first, the batter is out, even if strike three is on a wild pitch to the fence. But, if there are two out, the batter isn't out, and can run. Really weird, unfair rule two: On a lazy fly ball to the second baseman, if there are runners on first and second the batter is automatically out...even if the second baseman really sucks But if there are
    3 points
  28. I’d have walked off the field the minute the TD re-entered them
    3 points
  29. This problem is getting nothing but worse. I lay the blame on several factors but first and foremost tournament directors (TD). TDs are the reason I no longer do any baseball in the summer. I now limit myself to HS/College where there are consequences to behavior. I will not name names but what I have found is that these summer 'leagues' are nothing but money makers. The people that run them let the coaches, players and fans act like idiots, because they want the money. Entry fees (teams), entry fees (parents), concessions, shirts, etc. When coaches, fans and players are not held accou
    3 points
  30. Seriously, I wore my same Schutt MaXV that I’ve worn for the past 7 years. Still securely protective and best ventilated CP for baseball at all levels… … and yes, there were guys throwing 92-95 MPH. Yeah, they called them “dignitaries” or “honorees”. No kidding! 5 hits, 3 “critical”… the one that got me in the abdomen caused an existential crisis – “Why are we here? What are we doing?” Why yes it is. It’s one of the two Wilson DynAlums that I’ve got with me on this road show, solely because: Won’t bend Light I didn’t pay for either of them,
    3 points
  31. After both knees got orthoscopic surgery, I managed to condition myself to be in pretty good shape. Even got back to jogging. But now, squatting at the plate gives me an occasional aggravating ache. And maybe I can't bust out from behind the plate like I used to. Then, after cataract surgery, I found that I was receiving a ton of glare noise in my left eye. The biology of the human eye system is amazing, so I understand better that I don't have the frequency response to clearly see the ball come off the bat. My life skills are fine, but I find myself a few steps behind now. In t
    3 points
  32. Ordered… should be on my mask by Wed…blue the only color offered.
    3 points
  33. Thank you all for your feedback. This men's league does have dedicated managers. Some are P/Ms but they M more than they P. (I heard that differently in my head) They make take an at-bat late in the game just to play. To Max's point, in this league there is no time limit, nor a mercy rule. The games are 7 innings and the longest game I have had this season for this league is 1:50. The leagues consists of college players all the way to guys in their 40s. And the guys in their 40s are no slouches. In fact the one catcher last night played minor league ball and his manager was Ga
    3 points
  34. Umpires are supposed to be impartial arbiters of the game. A uniform covered with corporate sponsor logos gives the appearance that the necessary/expected impartiality may no longer exist due to corporate influence. In short, it looks bad even if it's done with the most harmless of intentions. It's not something I personally would want to do if at all possible..
    3 points
  35. it's referring to being 'suspended' or 'muted' on the "Umplife" facebook page .... super strict over there, ...Ray and his moderators run a SUPER tight ship! (sometimes too tight in my opinion, but... it's his page )
    3 points
  36. I think America has confused what professional sports are...and what amateur sports are. Professional sports imply the players are being paid to play. What it really means, what it has ALWAYS meant is...professional sports is a business. Take money and put logos on player uniforms, the field (remember Spider-man bases at Yankee Stadium?), billboards, programs, etc...but, please...the umpires' uniforms should never be used for advertising. I don't care if it's cryptocurrency or "Crypt Keeper" mortuary services. It's disgusting, inappropriate and dare I say...UNPROFESSIONAL. ~Dawg
    3 points
  37. And I'd add the corollary -- if the fielder lifts the ball straight up without any other movement, then he had it in his grasp
    3 points
  38. It's either a grasp or a trap: it can't be both. It's a grasp when the fielder is holding the ball securely in hand or glove. It's a trap when he does not have secure possession, but merely presses the ball to the ground from above. Determining whether it's a grasp or a trap is a judgment call. It's a good idea to WAIT a moment and see what happens next: if the fielder fumbles to gain control, he obviously didn't have it before (or if the ball falls out of the glove or remains on the ground when the fielder stands). FED explicitly allows the ball to be grasped even though it's i
    3 points
  39. Standard, but not as good as having PU come up the first base line, imo. There's a far greater chance of a swipe tag then there is of a play to third AND it's harder to get right without PU's help.
    3 points
  40. That poor woman's back...slammed by two cruise missiles like that... ~Dawg
    3 points
  41. Who are you making that impression with: your assigner, or the other participants (players, coaches, partners, etc)? If you’re aiming to impress your assigner, there are three main things: Be on time; additionally, don’t skimp, shave, or short-change time on the participants. If there’s a run rule, understandable… but barring that, don’t set your own time limits to the game, whether implied or overt. The participants are there to get work in, regardless of how sloppy or how long it takes. Apply college rules (NCAA, NAIA, and whatever mods the league is using for the summe
    3 points
  42. Help from the coaches at younger ages?? They're the ones that probably started the fight.
    3 points
  43. Oh, and invest in a pair of plate shoes! One ball off the toes and I guarantee you will, but save yourself that first hit off the toe!
    3 points
  44. The problem with newer umpires is that they feel that they have to (a) be right, and (b) tell coach that they're right, and (c) not stop arguing with coach until coach is convinced that they're right. In fact, only (a) is necessary. Coach is entitled to think that we're wrong (indeed, he's entitled to think anything about us, but he's only entitled to say some of it). Some coaches want to argue until we're convinced that they're right. That's a waste of time too. I let coach have his say. Then I tell him what I saw. When he says, "that's not what I saw!" I say, "OK." De-es
    3 points
  45. Take everyone for ice cream.
    3 points
  46. 1) Laugh 2) Tell the "lead runner" -- good hustle! 3) Tell the pitcher -- way to chase and make a tag! 4) Tell the trailing runner -- way to read the play; good hustle 5) Laugh 6) Get the snacks ready 7) tell both teams -- here we go. Be ready
    3 points
  47. Drop dead is not uncommon around here, too. Typically there is no "reversion" (which is the correct way, IMO). I've had far too many "no new inning" games drag on 30+ minutes after the fact, typically because we had the wrong home team. I am a fan of drop dead in tournaments. Then again, I've been advocating for years that any run rule should apply immediately, regardless of who has or has not batted. If the visiting team goes up by 15 in the third inning (or whatever your limits are) ... ball game right there. There is no reason to allow them to waste another 45 minutes because the
    3 points




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