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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
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  2. 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
  3. Read it in reverse for subliminal messages.
    3 points
  4. 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
  5. ^^^^ This. I will not wear a pullover jacket on the plate. Ever.
    2 points
  6. I dont have a ruling here. Only a story. Watching my son's HS team play their cross-town rival in the sectionals, a kid was ejected for calling another player on the other team a dickhead (or something else vulger). Immediate ejection. But the context was these kids were friends, played on the same legion team for two or more years, hung out a lot and knew how to push each other's buttons. In fact, the ejectee was caught stealing a base and the other kid was the one tagging him out. The tagger said something smartass, the ejectee called him a dickhead as both were going to their dugouts, a
    2 points
  7. 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.
    2 points
  8. What have I heard about my association plans?
    2 points
  9. Everitt was one of the first (if not the first, at least the most evident) MLB Umpires to regularly wear a hard hat (what we call a skullcap). Using a conventional, standard skullcap – like the Rawlings CoolFlo – is admirable, but impossible with a FM4K or FM5K (the Mag) because of the geometry. The forehead section of those masks are dramatically more shallow than other masks, such that you’re limited to a 4-stitch hat in there, safely. You’re going to be really risking things with a 6-stitch (I do, and I know it), and you can absolutely fergetaboutit (did I say that right, @conbo61?) on a sk
    2 points
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  11. 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
  12. If I'm not mistaken the definition of a Foul Tip was changed sometime before the season started. Now as long as it hits some part of the catcher, some part of the body or equipment, and is then secured in the hand, hands, or mitt it is a foul tip.
    2 points
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Exactly what I was going to suggest
    2 points
  16. Apparently his identity has already been stolen. Better close the barn doors before the horses return.
    2 points
  17. A Champion CP might be a very good fit for him. To me, they're nice for smaller-bodied umpires and still offer hard-shell protection. https://www.ump-attire.com/Products/P2/Champion-Body-Armor-Umpire-Chest-Protector
    2 points
  18. 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
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  19. 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
    1 point
  20. Nah, I get heartburn from eating something fast between games & venues, only to arrive at the next venue and my partner implores, “Yeah, can you take the first two plates?” Ugh.
    1 point
  21. You came to the wrong place to avoid advice. Or war stories.
    1 point
  22. I've found that a majority of the guys that can "recite the word salad" in the book are not very good regarding game management. It might just be the guys I have worked with.
    1 point
  23. U13, the f word, out loud, addressed to an opponent? Under his breath or to himself, ok, but loud enough to be heard by the PU and presumably the runner? This is not situational, IMO. I don't like automatics, but this is over the line. Kid, learn a lesson the hard way and take a seat on the bench.
    1 point
  24. Funny story I heard in Poland. Right before the game, the umpires are checking on the field, when an assistant coach says, "Let' get this G*****D******ed game started!" The umpire felt that their authority didn't quite apply yet, but he wanted to make a point. So he glibly responded, "Coach, don't you dare blaspheme on my field!" Gotta love that! Mike Las Vegas
    1 point
  25. Community and league standards apply. The "right" ruling will vary between urban and rural, coastal and midwestern, northern and southern, ... You'll get better advice asking those in your area and others in that league.
    1 point
  26. Here’s a link to a blog by Jim Kirk of Ump-Attire you might find helpful. It was written in October 2018 and is titled Umpire Plate Coats: Why Veterans Wear Long Sleeve Shirts And Jackets Instead. https://www.ump-attire.com/Blog/Umpire-Plate-Coats-Why-Veterans-Wear-Long-Sleeve-Shirts-and-Jackets-Instead
    1 point
  27. From the 2018 MiLBUM (section 5.11, p. 45): If a runner is attempting to steal a base when the catcher interferes with the batter, the runner is awarded the base on the interference. Runners not attempting to steal or not forced to advance remain on the base they occupied at the time of the interference unless Official Baseball Rule 6.01(g) applies. Under Official Baseball Rule 6.01(g), if a runner is stealing home when the catcher interferes with the batter, the additional penalty of a balk is invoked, which enables all runners on base to advance (whether or not they were stealing).
    1 point
  28. Technically yes but if you’re asking me, I’ll always say no. I’d much rather wear a long sleeve or plate coat than a jacket on the plate. Unless it’s the MLB plate jacket with the gray shoulders or another jacket cut for the plate, I wouldn’t consider it. Only time I’ve worn a jacket on the plate is for high school ball bc the shirts with the vertical stripe are crap in the long sleeve and they barely keep the wind/cold off of you.
    1 point
  29. People get so indignant...seeing all kinds of bush league crap at all levels over the years the correct answer is, 99.9% of the time, get on the rubber and pitch.
    1 point
  30. Very close... "Fuhgeddaboudit" "A" for effort.
    1 point
  31. I rotate between the System 7 an a UE V2. I really like the maximum protection of the System 7. BTW, I rotate two pairs of Force3 shins. They are so good that I don't want to do a plate without them on. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
    1 point
  32. We are offering virtual only for 90% of the meetings, but can go in person to a couple of them too. I think they definitely see the value in being able to have more meeting since guys don't have to travel, etc
    1 point
  33. They are holding this one end of the month Jan 29-31. It's in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. https://www.nationalumpirecamps.com/camp-signup Great instructors including some former pro guys and high level DI umps. If anyone has questions or wants more info let me know.
    1 point
  34. It may be the recitation, or it may be the confidence that one has as a result of knowing the rule well enough to recite it. Just like much else in officiating, there's an art to communicating the rule. Sometimes, being succinct is more powerful than using the word salad that is often found in the rules. Other times, the verbiage is a useful tool. The trick is to know when to use each.
    1 point
  35. COVID might (will) change the answer, but pre-Covid most HS and college coaches would welcome you to call any "cage games" they would have. I'd suggest coordinating through your association so the coach doesn't field and try to schedule calls from a dozen different umpires.
    1 point
  36. Beat me to the Champion recommendation as well. Hit your local Play It Again sports as the season gets closer and people start trading stuff in to replace it with new stuff. You might be able to find a steal of a deal there. But at around $60 or so. The Champion is hard to beat. (Cool side note about the Champion... at one point, it was amongst the fastest growing choices for MiLB umpires because of its protectiveness and its low price point.)
    1 point
  37. THANKS! That worked great!
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  38. I know OBR is now anywhere on the catcher just like NCAA. Not sure about NFHS
    1 point
  39. “Wilson’s all ya need.” “Buy for the baseball you want to be doing.” “If the guys in the Bigs use it, it must be right.” Whew! Aren’t we glad that ya came here and talked with us, huh? I think my esteemed fellow gear-geek Wolfe’s got you on the best track for your son’s first few years of umpiring – either a Small Champion P2xx (in your case, it’d be a 13” P220), or a used Wilson Gold in Small (but even this might be a bit hefty). The advantages the Champion have over the Wilson are on width (narrower), bulk (lighter, less superfluous material), and cost (half the price t
    1 point
  40. While I’m in agreement with your professional sentiment, I’m going to point out that you’re mistaken. There are no “Tom”s here. His name is Tim.
    1 point
  41. Admins - as someone who does cybersecurity for a living, I just died a little - are you able to protect "Tom" from himself and either delete the post, or at least his name and phone number....until we're absolutely sure he wants that searchable by Google and the entire world. Recommend he create an account and invite PM's instead.
    1 point
  42. 1) this is legal! And out of the vase path (not line) only happens with a tag attemp. Mockery only appears 2 or 3 times in the entire book. This is not one of those times. Bush League? Damn right! But NOT illegal. 2) probably don't want to post your phone number to a public forum. Hundreds of people come on here over a short period of time. And a majority of them are only guests like yourself.
    1 point
  43. Tighten up your top strap. It is probably coming to far down the back of the helmet and taking it with the mask.
    1 point
  44. I have the S7 shins and love them. My only improvement suggestion area, which does not looks like it was addressed in the new Cobalt shins, is I find the ankle protection is vulnerable. It does have a firm plastic insert, but not as protective as the Wilson flaps only slightly overlaps at the top of my mid NB plate shoes. However, they are low profile, light, and very easy to move around in. They breathe very well in hot temps and the pads come right out for easy washing. I'm only 5'11''. I bought a 17" pair and cut the top extension off. They fit like a glove with perfect placemen
    1 point
  45. I'm just catching up on some reading on this site and came across yours. How is your family doing?
    1 point
  46. @mac266 I sent you a DM with contact info
    1 point
  47. Yes. The codes differ a bit in wording, but the requirement is that runners be in the vicinity of the base before the umpire puts the ball in play. This requirement was added to the book precisely to prevent runners from gaining the advantage of a large lead when they cannot be put out. The umpire needs to check runners before saying "play."
    1 point
  48. 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.
    1 point
  49. That will be the one time that right after donning that other, unacceptable colored shirt to complete the game that someone from the state or your association will walk up, not know what happened and ding you! Just Murphy's Law.
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