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  1. Yes it is acceptable. Yes you can wear long sleeves or a plate coat. There are also open bottom jackets that are designed to tuck into your pants that work on the plate. The bottom line is, be comfortable when working games. If you need a jacket so you're not freezing and only have a pull over, by all means wear it. Honestly, nobody cares. If that's all you have, then wear it and others be darned. Not everyone can afford an expensive plate coat or all sorts of extra gear. Sometimes it takes a while to acquire a large variety of gear. There's not a coach, HS and below, in the history
    10 points
  2. I got to add my all time example... HS player strikes out on a smoking fast ball right down the middle....takes his bat and slams it on the plate 3 times very loudly saying F@&K..F#$%..F*&^...( everyone in the complex heard him) I look over to Coach and told him he needed a replacement for # 18....he had been ejected for profanity.... The Player Dad says: whats going on? The Player says: I just got FING ejected! The Dad say: what the F&^% for? The Player says: for something I FING said! The Dad says : what did you FING say?...........
    8 points
  3. "Horrible" is in the eyes of the beholder. Even in warm weather, I will usually wear a long sleeve shirt on the bases. I've had a lot of skin cancer issues the past 5-6 years, and I'm not going to expose myself to the sun any more than I have to, just because my partner has a contrary fashion sense.
    6 points
  4. I will add this war story (which I'm certain I have posted before): Normally, for the levels I work (shaving-aged players) I do not eject a player simply for swearing (as opposed to calling me a swear word). With that said: I was once working a high school game. A groundball was hit up the first base line, fielded by F1. F1 made a swipe tag attempt at the B/R and my partner (the base umpire) called safe/no tag. After the play, my partner came to me for help and I quickly told him that I didn't have anything different. Now...to set the scene...as we were talking, parents/fans of th
    6 points
  5. Have a photographic memory. Read the book. Easy!
    6 points
  6. The wedge is a great advancement in taking plays at any base. Most of us will use it at HP, but it's technique's can be used successfully at any base. Your understanding is basically correct. I have been taught to stay at the point of the plate and allow F2 to take me to the play. Imagine you are connected to him with a 6-8ft rope (or 1x3) that essentially works like the axle of a car. As F2 moves, move with him, keeping that distance Here is a good image. The gap between F2 and R3 is the wedge - a triangular window that allows PU to see the tag/no tag and the plate at th
    4 points
  7. At the last 3 people to post, find a seat if you're standing. And I say that only mostly in jest. Wendelstedt is not teaching the pivot this year. Yes, you read that right, no more pivots. Hunter and Jansen have relayed that they think MiLB will be getting rid of the pivot, potentially as early as this season.
    4 points
  8. Especially in High School .... Just look the part, and be comfortable! HS baseball in Michigan starts in late March for God's sake ... I've actually worn my "ThermaBase" heavy zip coat on the plate before. Cloudy, 40-ish deg, w/ 12-15mph winds ...I'm going to be warm, sorry. I'm clean, neat, pressed, my uniform is in-line with the requirements ... it's fine. Was it a bit bulky, yes, but I was comfy! Same goes for pullovers. If that's what you have, rock it. My personal opinion on the pullover on the plate is if you DO wear it, tuck it! It just looks better
    4 points
  9. I just had the seamstress taper the legs and seat a little. Basically had her “clean” them up so they looked like they fit better.
    4 points
  10. First of all... WE HAVE A KEN FITTS SIGHTING!!! Have you contacted Out West? It feels like they always stock them. So who knows.
    4 points
  11. My Riddell says it was made in 2004
    3 points
  12. I find it amazing that people worry this much about matching. Is there a book somewhere for fashion faux-pas for amateur umpires? "Oh, that jacket is just so totally last year Bob. I can't work with you anymore!" It is ridiculously expensive to start as a baseball umpire, then let's add another couple hundred dollars in coats, jackets, long-sleeve shirts, etc. so he can be sure to match up with his partner all of the time - even though he may only wear it once or twice a year! This is why we all need to go to black as our main color, instead of navy. You have to have navy for HS,
    3 points
  13. As Mr. noumpere pointed out we have already posted the case play for the FED so here’s what I found for the NCAA and OBR— From the 2016 BRD (section 202, p. 145): NCAA: The pitcher’s cap falls off during delivery: Point not covered. Official Interpretation: Umpires are to consider this a distraction to bother the umpire and the hitter. It is up to the UIC to correct this before continuing the contest. OBR Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: The umpire has the authority to have a pitcher remove any items or equipment that he believes is distracting. He may do so on hi
    3 points
  14. You came to the wrong place to avoid advice. Or war stories.
    3 points
  15. I'm at school now, and yes, it's been changed in OBR. The 2021 rule book/course manual we have reflects the change, and we covered it in class. So to summarize, OBR and NCAA, sharp and direct to any part of the catcher, and is legally caught (by the catcher). NFHS, sharp and direct to the glove or hand, and is legally caught.
    3 points
  16. Read it in reverse for subliminal messages.
    3 points
  17. Story of my (umpire-empire) life! You should never have to compromise the fit of gear. As Arik ( @BT_Blue) mentioned, the All-Star System 7 shinguards were made in shorter sizes, but they may not be available for retail purchase anymore since All-Star progressed to the Cobalt line. Would I wear them? Sure! The S7 shins are very good, certainly better fitting and lighter than any of the Wilson shins, but the Force3’s are just that much better, dollar for dollar. Huh! Funny! You found the West Vest to be... what’s that? “Bulky”?... too, huh? Hmmm... must be a characteristic of
    3 points
  18. That's what I did in my haste. Sorry, now I am confusing everyone. There is no V2 - it's a Cobalt. I have gone back and edited my post, but I can't correct everyone's quotations from my original post. I should have waited to post anything this morning, but started to post and then was distracted by other work and ended up making an inaccurate post.
    3 points
  19. Since you're a guest, I want you to know that this upcoming rant is not directed at you. This is why I hate it when umpires do this. It's either "time" or nothing. The point of any communication we do is to clearly inform the participants of something they need to know. This mechanic leads to more confusion and incorrect rule application by the umpire (as in this case) than it's worth (evidenced virtually here.) It's lazy, leads to more laziness, and is useless. In this case, by rule, the pitcher had to disengage the rubber and the ball was never legally put back into play.
    3 points
  20. Speaking as an IT pro... most likely not. I use a VPN to connect to my workplace(s) - that's perfectly valid and another issue altogether. Using a VPN so you can get to Netflix in another country - perhaps moral (and legal due to their "terms of service") issues, but I'm not going to point fingers at you, if that's what you want to spend your money on. Generic VPN for "privacy"? - probably not. Here's the thing, most communications are already encrypted with SSL (so "secure" - that happens whether or not you're connected to a VPN. What isn't encrypted? The names of the sites you
    3 points
  21. I have heard "picks to first" as an expression for the attempt. I have never heard "picks off the runner" as anything but a success term, akin to "retires the runner."
    3 points
  22. Was it a night game or a day game? Sorry, I had to do it before someone else did. I have to agree with our rules master, Senor Azul and go with E. You have to go with the one that makes most sense - or is the truest. E makes the "most" sense. Of course, if this is NFHS it doesn't matter what's right as they miss one or two a year it seems.
    2 points
  23. There's a reason I keep a stapler in my bag.
    2 points
  24. Here are two videos with UCU (United Collegiate Umpires) Head Instructor Brian deBrauwere. One is a 30 minute quick and dirty explanation of "Wedge Theory". The second is closer to a hour and goes more in depth. The important thing to remember is that The Wedge (some call it Keyhole as well as many other terms) is in fact a theory and not a position on the field. Hope these help some.
    2 points
  25. My buddy told me that. Whoop whoop!
    2 points
  26. I have gold team Wendy retrofit. Haven’t umpired in two years as I started doing triathlons now. I am seriously considering selling mine. Still trying to decide if I am going to umpire again
    2 points
  27. I understand where you're coming from, but respectfully disagree. Again, I'm hot-blooded and an older gentlemen working with me may need his jacket whereas I do not. Why should I be hot just so he can be comfortable? So I look good? Sorry, I can't get behind this reasoning. But then again, I hate the pivot between 1st and 2nd when I can pick up the touch/no-touch/interference/obstruction with a glance over my shoulder - but the regs mandate I pivot! I guess I'm a rebel. I know it's an appearance thing - but I'm told the higher levels (2 man, not MLB of course) do not pivot either, so
    2 points
  28. thanks for all the inputs! I think I am going to have to go Smitty, as much as I want a slimmer shirt around the torso, my torso doesn't agree with said slimmer shirt. The MLB style has been approved for use, but the default shirt is still the two stripe in our area. Luckily everyone around town (minus one youth league) is navy free... black and sky/polo blue is all you really see.
    2 points
  29. I coached for 15 years and I NEVER once thought to look to see if the umps had matching shirts sleeves. No long sleeves on the bases makes no sense at all. People have differences in what's comfortable. Players are certainly not wearing the same socks even, let alone sleeve lengths. As noted, and assignor can have whatever standard they want, but there are a LOT of games out there (in normal years), with assignors competing for the same umps. I think we should dress, and more importantly act, professionally, but wearing long sleeves on bases shouldn't be an issue for anyone.
    2 points
  30. Agreed on that for sure, but I think where you lost me earlier in the thread was no LS on the bases. Sounds like you are an assigner so at the end of the day you can have whatever standards you want, but are coaches out there that are wearing a beanie, hoodie, and baseball pants really thinking "Oh this base guy is wearing long sleeves/ that plate umpire is wearing a pullover, what a slob." ? I just don't know about that.
    2 points
  31. I am all about limiting the barrier to entry. Umpiring already has an expensive start up cost, when we start adding in unnecessary equipment and uniform "rules" we are only increasing that. Is your shirt the same color/style? Are your pants clean and wrinkle free? Shoes look like you have cleaned them? Lets go call the game. Like others have said, I would much rather my partner be in the game and not thinking about how cold he is/ how he's going to buy a long sleeve shirt right after the game so he is in line with the uniform regulations and doesn't have to gut it out in a SS shirt behind
    2 points
  32. All three look extremely professional. Unless your assignor/association has a mandatory uniform policy...what does it matter? And a little bit of history...in 1997 MiLB umpires were not allowed to wear a "base jacket" on the plate. Back then, you wore a short sleeve shirt or a plate coat (there were no long sleeve shirts). In 1998, us MiLBer's were suddenly allowed to wear a "pullover" jacket on the plate. The reason for change in terminology and policy? MiLB took over running umpire development from MLB and they didn't want to pay for plate coats anymore. Starting in 1998, Mi
    2 points
  33. I'm with JonnyCat, with one minor deviation. There are only two people whose opinion about this matters: you and possibly your assigner. And the latter only matters if it might affect your schedule or moving up.
    2 points
  34. Play on. The "detached equipment" rule requires intent -- I think the wording is something like "thrown, tossed or kicked" PLEASE DON'T SHOUT
    2 points
  35. Is this the hit you're talking about?
    2 points
  36. It is common here in my area that umpires will go into the gyms and call pitches during practices. Typically, the first month or so of practices are inside because of weather. The coaches like it as their pitchers get a feel for the zone and it gives the umpires a look before the first true live pitch. If you have a rapport with any school coaches or travel coaches, I would say reach out to them. Or have your assignor connect you. Also, the group in my area uses it as a training tool for newer guys.
    2 points
  37. Just because no one said doesn't mean they didn't think it. Not only does @MadMax have mad skills with gear, he also has the inside track on posters' inner thoughts.
    2 points
  38. You haven’t worked High School baseball east of the Mississippi River, have you? I worked with guys that owned one umpire shirt... only. You haven’t worked High School baseball east of the Mississippi River, have you? To quote one: “Navy’s all ya need!” How can you ever be putting on the “wrong color” if all we’ve got are [sic] navy??!! Besides! Navy or black hides the blood! Play on! I know, right??!! Fed’s got a rule for everything! Doesn’t matter if it makes logical sense or not, they got a rule for it! ... and be sure, @Sen
    2 points
  39. I really wanted to like the S7 cp. But I just couldn't do it. And by "do it" I meant stick my head through the opening.
    2 points
  40. System 7 line...Not Cobalt.
    2 points
  41. I think you have a typo there. Maybe 'phonographic memory'—but yeah, remembering sounds wouldn't help unless you had the rule book on audio.
    2 points
  42. I would start with the definitions. Get them down, as they provide the base for the rules and interpretations.
    2 points
  43. That’s awesome! So stoked for you!
    2 points
  44. 2 days into instruction, it's going well! Pretty tired by the end of the days, but having a great time.
    2 points
  45. 3 pages every BM. I might get in trouble again but that's how you do it.
    2 points
  46. What part of the country are you in? The Mid American umpire clinic in springfield MO happens every year in September(?), and is worth the investment if it's a reasonable distance.
    2 points
  47. I am going follow up on the posts above that discuss mechanics...but I have a little different take. First, kudos for using a "tool in our box" (as set forth above) and giving, what appears to be in type, a confident explanation before calling the runner out. Second, kudos for giving the explanation first and then banging him out (which is the way it is taught...as opposed to "safes" where we call "SAFE" and then give the explanation. For example, "SAFE! YOU DROPPED THE BALL!") My only suggestion...and the one that popped in my head before I even read any of the replies...is th
    2 points


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