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  1. 5 points
    Was his mom on the field? Was she within the fence? Was she in the dugout? If she was none of those places, then there’s nothing you could... or, really, should do about it, despite it being a crass outcry, bordering on profane. We are to govern that which occurs within the confines of the fences (the ball field); ours is not outside the backstop and the fences. If she is causing a disruption that is affecting gameplay, then it needs to be addressed through proper channels, whether that be through or in conjunction with the team’s head coach, or the Tournament Director, their Field Marshals, or a Site Supervisor. You should not, though, go independently in picking a fan out, ejecting him/her, and then holding up the game to have that fan removed. Please understand, whether our calls or judgements are right or wrong, they are not immune or impervious to reactive outcries from the spectators. You can’t possibly expect to do this job devoid of being questioned or reacted to. Do you see college, Minor League, or Major League Umpires tossing fans during their games for their displeasure on a call? Lemme tell ya, what that mom said was Sunday banter compared to the verbal filth spewing from college and Minor League fans. Have I experienced this? Yes I have... I had a dad bang on the fence and call me a m’er-f’er... in Spanish... so loud that the other team’s parents recoiled in stunned disbelief and shock. What did I do? ... I was already beckoning over the Head Coach of that team to fix it, while the Site Supervisor and Field Marshal wove their way through the crowd and removed the fan on their own.
  2. 4 points
    Wow, @HokieUmp just took me back to my elementary school days............ Steel slides that melted your skin as you slid down them on hot days........... Swing sets that were 15-20ft high and kids would see how high they could swing before the slack of the chains snapped them backwards and sometimes falling to the macadam playground surface. Monkey bar play sets about 6 feet off of the (same macadam surface) ground. All of which, helped to shape a generation. You either learned: a) I need to make sure I concentrate and get good at (insert playground activity) so it doesn't hurt........or b) don't do that.
  3. 3 points
    If this means what I'm reading, I'm surprised you weren't ejected.
  4. 3 points
    Even if it's not covered under OBR, I enforced it as if it were in all youth games I did. >>shrug<<
  5. 3 points
  6. 3 points
    No, the problem is that the “youth athlete (of) today” has been coddled, bubble-wrapped, and either been given a band-aid for every boo-boo or a ribbon or trophy for every doo-doo. Kids spend far more time on console games than they do playing actual physical games. I’m currently 44. How did my generation (and the ones before mine) learn how to hit a ball? Because we were sent out of the house at the crack of dawn, told to go find something to do or else there’d be chores to do. We would meet up at the local baseball / softball / kickball diamond, throw down cardboard pieces as bases (if bags weren’t already there), and just make teams. We’d have anybody or everybody pitch, we’d have a variety of ages from 6-7 thru 12, and one – maybe two – bats for us to use. There weren’t any pitch counts, and we didn’t even really keep specific scoring. If we got enough kids together, we made a neighborhood team. Again, we might have 3 12 year olds, an 11 year old, 4 10 year olds, and Matt’s little 9 year old brother made 9, so we’d have a team. A league might be formed, and we’d work out something where we’d play teams from other suburbs. We wore t-shirts with numbers heat-transferred on the back, and maybe have 2 or 3 bats for the entire team to use. Again, there weren’t pitch counts, and Joey would pitch until his arm fell off (for the day) or he couldn’t find a strike if it bit him in the butt and wouldn’t let go. This was what Little League was all about. But then, something changed in society. In short, no one wanted to “feel bad” about losing. As soon as we couldn’t accept losing, then we had to go and make everything “Fair” and “Equal”. Could it be that this team is losing because it has more 11 year olds than 12 year olds? Then the 11 year olds should have their own team, and the 12’s should be on their own separate team. 10 year olds can’t run as fast to 1B, so they should only have to run 60 feet, not 70 feet. Why is little Liam giving up so many hits? Is his arm tired? Well, he should only throw 40 pitches then. But big Brian is dominating the other teams he’s pitching against? Oh, we can’t have that! We have to be fair! So, we’ll limit him to 40 pitches too! Kids can’t swing a “normal” bat and get hits? Aw... well, let’s make for them special bats that are lighter than a paper towel tube, but are stronger than a tungsten rod so it really creams a ball! Oh wait, those are really expensive, and kinda dangerous, so let’s make them “drop 3’s”... no, wait, “drop 5’s”... wait wait, the little kids need “drop 8’s”. Lemme tell ya, I see more joy in the pickup games of stickball and waffle ball, played by the little siblings (boys and girls) on the grass between fields, than I do amongst their brothers playing a “Little League” or tournament ball game within the confines of a very sterile baseball field. We are on the verge of regulating the game to death.
  7. 3 points
    ok guys............now we KNOW all of the equipment that he needs for his next umpiring venture in the slow pitch church softball league. THAT's why he's getting rid of the rest.......
  8. 3 points
    You can watch my plate job (its archived for the next few weeks at www.ESPN3.com) from Sunday at the Legion World Series (North Dakota vs. Massachusetts). In the middle of the game, the assistant coaches (they had 8) started yelling at me about balls and strikes. You can actually see me look in the third base dugout and turn my hands up by my side as if to say, "really?". (Note: Massachusetts was losing 8-1 or 9-1 at this point and would be eliminated if they lost.) Shortly thereafter, between innings, I called the manager (they are not "head coaches" in Legion ball) out, took out my line-up card (to make it look like I was talking to him about a line-up issue) and told him that "either he could take care of his assistant coaches yelling at me about balls or strikes, or that I would And, if I handle it, several of them are not likely to be around for the end of the game." The bottom line was that I was not going to be their punching bag because they were getting crushed and about to be eliminated from the tournament...especially when I was having a solid plate job. Amazingly, I didn't hear another comment from an assistant coach for the rest of the game. The moral of the story is that sometimes giving the head coach/manager a chance to handle his team is the best option. It can be a very useful game management tool.
  9. 2 points
    I see your side of the argument, but I just won't agree with it. Here's the problem, Arch - if I can use your "first name" - as I see it: you strike me as a guy that likes people. Sometimes, this is a lot easier gig if you don't. That sounds glib, and I'm not gonna lie when I say I'm using it for comedic effect. But I tend to go out on the field not looking to make it a good time or a good day for the players and coaches. I'm not looking to make it a bad day, either - I'm out there to call the game according to the rules. If I want it to sound noble, I could say I'm out there for the game itself. Sometimes, it DOES end up being just a good time for everyone involved. Most of the time, it's a "neutral time" - everyone gets, or doesn't get, what the day gives them. But my EJ totals are pretty tiny for the number of games I've done - other than the 30-dudes-at-once game I wrote about back in April or so - and I tend not to have too heated a time with participants in general. I try to be READY for it, if it happens, but it seems rare. I'm not sure why, but I've learned to ride that luck. But to get away from my freshman philosophy discussion, fact is, ERR'BODY knows it's two bases on a ball thrown out of play. So it's simple: dude's on second? Show him the way home. Otherwise, you've "coached" him if you say otherwise. And/or you're coaching the defense that "..... hey, something's kinda funny here!" So don't do that.
  10. 2 points
    Because it never makes you look good and never goes the way you think it will.
  11. 2 points
    Did they really say "timing play?" Doesn't that disqualify the witness?
  12. 2 points
    He became a runner. He was not put out. Gotta go somewhere. Put the sub on 1B.
  13. 2 points
    As Bruce Froemming once said when challenged about his vision, "Well, the sun is 93 million miles away and I can see it just fine."
  14. 2 points
    Off setting penalties, replay the down.
  15. 2 points
    OBR: Home run counts. Ejection takes effect after the runner scores. NCAA: Home run counts. Ejection takes effect after the runner scores. FED: Home run counts. Ejection takes effect after the runner scores.
  16. 2 points
    @Razzer does ... Maybe that's next in line for UmpLife
  17. 1 point
    R2 can NEVER become R1. It's the same question you asked before, just in a different format. If the defense is trying to tag R2 and R2 runs toward first, he's out of the baseline. If a runner is not attempting to return to a base missed, he can be appealed.
  18. 1 point
    Note that "tagging the base" and "tagging a runner" have different requirements.
  19. 1 point
    Well said, @Kevin_K. The only real “tricky” part with swimming is that, from a technical standpoint, certain cuts or types of swimsuit create an advantage, whether by reducing drag for being present (eg. longer on the legs) or not being present (eg. midriff baring 2-piece). But, as soon as you/we/they start determining a “decency and decorum” standard, you’re opening Pandora’s box.
  20. 1 point
    Whenever @lawump has those threads about what should be changed in FED, I always forget to mention this nugget.
  21. 1 point
    I'll throw this back at you: You award him 3B. He advances without retouching and OC comes out to question you on why you only awarded one base. What do you tell him? If you aren't awarding 2 bases from TOT, that will get you into trouble. If OC were to protest the game because you only awarded one base, you can bet "But I'm awarding from the fact he had to retouch" is going to get that protest approved.
  22. 1 point
    I’m not buying the assumption that pulling the bat back is “backswing (OBR) or follow through (fed) Int. By definition, those are when the batter swings and the bat goes around. This is a check swing/recoil. In the above play, the ball is dead because the batter interfered with the catcher’s ability to field the D3K. (6.01(a)(1)). Nothing to do with backswing. In FED, D3K int has to be intentional. Here, it is not intentional so in FED, this play is “ play on”.
  23. 1 point
    The center field shot shows his feet half over the line with his head and shoulders leaning past that. I understand that we don't have a straight on angle, but the catcher ends up entirely behind him. I've got BI if I see that in a game.
  24. 1 point
    But it is a "do not reverse" button.
  25. 1 point
    Don't wad them up after your games... Hang them back up and then when you get home immediately soak them in oxyclean and detergent for an hour or so. Then wash them and hang dry. Inspect them before you dry them to make sure all the stains come out. If they didn't... repeat the process.
  26. 1 point
    Have your crew's second base umpire act like an NBA referee during an in-bounds play: have him move his right arm, parallel to the ground (almost like a safe call with one arm) as he counts off the seconds. LOL What a joke.
  27. 1 point
    Coupled with no one else able to handle it. In this situation, I'm moving players to the field and standing around 2nd base. Definitely not dealing with it directly.
  28. 1 point
    I put sneakerballs in my shoes, bottom of my bag, and use dryer sheets as well
  29. 1 point
    I guess you should have led with “It’s navy.”
  30. 1 point
    This is the umpiring version of "If a tree falls in the woods..."
  31. 1 point
    They didn't have a better angle and there was no Oakland feed. Check_swing.mov
  32. 1 point
    We're a week away from the clinic! Turns out I am going, and would like to know, who else is going?
  33. 1 point
    Being it's 90° there today, it's probably to change out the cooling packs they can wear under the chest protector.
  34. 1 point
    Cooperstown Dreams Park is 50-70 – 50 ft pitch, 70 ft basepaths. 21 of the 22 fields are identical, with 8 ft high outfield walls set at a uniform 200 ft distance. Leading off and stealing (attempts) are allowed. During pool play, Balks are 1 warning (immediate Dead Ball, ala NFHS) per pitcher; thereafter, and then in Elimination Bracket play, Balks are called and enforced ala OBR. There are no DH’s. CDP uses a unique continuous batting order / Extra Hitter hybrid. It works for them, and has spawned its use in other local youth leagues. There is no pitch count. No wooden bats (broken bats are a hazard); no big-barreled bats; no altered bats. Anything else is allowed. Little League fields are much too small. It is my “professional” opinion that there should be 2 distances for baseball: 50’-70’ and 60’6”-90’, and that’s it. 12U is the cut-off. If a 10 year old wants to “play up”, then let him, he’s either gotta sink or swim.
  35. 1 point
    As I said I would (in another thread), hear are some photos from the ALWS photographer's website:
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    Are you saying he calls a wide zone on your team and not the other? If he calls you one way and the other team different, I'm with you. Though I don't know what you do about it. If he calls it the same each way, what's the issue? I watch MLB games just about every night and the zones you see called are different. The teams adjust. Walk-fests are not fun for anyone and don't teach the game. Get the kids swinging and putting the ball in play.
  38. 1 point
    1. Because I've seen it happen. No - really! 2. 28" bat + 12" arm extension = 40". The outside chalk line is 6" + 17" + 6" = 29" from the inside line of the batter's box. So small kid can stand 11" inside the batters box - basically in the middle - and reach a ball pitched on the chalk of the other batter's box. That's where I call minors and some majors LL games and I see plenty of hits. Believe it or not - even from farther outside than that!
  39. 1 point
    Defensive holding, five yard penalty, automatic first down. Oops, wrong sport, sounds like Obstruction, if so, score the run.
  40. 1 point
    This statement is true as far as it goes. But my bar for "if necessary" is extremely high: we'd be talking about a very hot game between 2 teams that hate each other, and they give me no choice but to get involved in this action. In most cases, a simple return of the runner to base and a joking "nice try" to the fielder are sufficient (when making this ruling, I will sometimes add the informal sweeping arms/off the base signal and verbalize "he pushed him off!") If the runner seems pissed, I might further tell him to cool it, and give the fielder a KTSO. You might regard these as informal warnings, which they are. A Warn & Eject sequence will be written down and communicated to the coach. Note that per FED 3-3-1 PENALTY, a written warning entails restriction to the dugout, so we'd need a sub to replace the offending fielder. (OBR-based codes do not as such have a restriction provision.)
  41. 1 point
    BUT .......YOU CAN ........... take it off and have Douglas make you a custom pad!! That's what I have! I HAD a 15 just like this one, and put gap protection and Thooks on it ..... THEN, I had Jeff make me a 13.5 pad and had him cut me a lower piece of plastic for the bottom ... BOOM, custom 13.5" Douglas!
  42. 1 point
    I don't mean to pile on, but I agree with the first half of that statement.
  43. 1 point
    Thanks to all who watched me at the ALWS. I was on the plate for the championship game last night (08/20), but we received about an un-GODly amount of rain in the second inning and we couldn't finish the game. They are finishing it this morning at 10 a.m., but I will not be on it as I had to be at my real job this morning. (Real life sucks sometimes.) The highlight for me on the field (other than being on the plate last night) was nailing a runner's lane interference call for a third out in a big game on Sunday where the offense was trying to mount a rally (and that team needed to win to stay alive). I always teach at camps that you have to have guts to make that call because its always going to result in an argument (and this one did). I'm glad I practiced what I preached. One has to love it when ESPNU comes back from the commercial and the announcers say, "we're going to show you that the umpire got this right." I'll try to post a few pictures of my time there in the next few days in the photographs section of this message board.
  44. 1 point
    I believe the technical term for your response is the YGBFKM stare.
  45. 1 point
    @ArchAngel72 , in my experience a "that's nothing" call from a partner tells me he's very experienced. It means that not only did he see the action, but processed it and came to the conclusion that there was no infraction AND understood in the moment that others might think otherwise and that his "no infraction" judgment needs to be communicated accordingly. I considered it an important milestone in my own development when I signaled my first "that's nothing" on the field. I am working hard to make it a more natural part of my game for sure. FWIW.
  46. 1 point
    In fact, there are a ton of times a "that's nothing" with a safe signal is the proper mechanic. A few examples: - When a batted ball almost hits a runner, but just misses him - When F2 blocks a pitch and gets tangled up with the batter who is legally in the box - When there is an overthrow and a runner and fielder get tangled and immediately untangled - When a base coach unintentionally gets hit with a throw Essentially, you would use it when something odd or unusual happens that isn't an infraction, and you need the coaches to know that you saw it and rendered a judgment on it.
  47. 1 point
    Like this: I guess that was not a topic that interested @ArchAngel72.but actually it's not "nothing", it's "nothin"
  48. 1 point
    Great transaction with @acpar72. Fair price, fast shipping, paypal, product in excellent condition.
  49. 1 point
    I didnt care. Even when I lived in California I wanted one.
  50. 0 points
    Don't roll around in the dirt! I wash them inside out, with the recommended "cap full" of detergent, along with a scoop of Oxy-Clean.

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