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  1. 12 points
    Coach: Where is your zone? Umpire: For you or for them?
  2. 10 points
    I knew this a few months ago but I didn’t share it here. I have been hired into college baseball at the D3 and NAIA level in Southern California. Looking forward to this year and many more. Feel free to hijack this thread if you’ve been hired into a higher level
  3. 8 points
    I just finished my 2018 season with what I feel was a great way to end it. I was fortunate enough to be selected to work the Tennessee State baseball tournament this year. I also was fortunate to be selected for the Class A championship plate. One team had a Vanderbilt signee, probably top 10 MLB draft selection on the mound, throwing 91-95. The other team also had their #1 going, so I was looking forward to a good game. I was not disappointed. The game featured 23 strikeouts from both teams, went 12 innings and ended 1-0. MTSU stadium was packed, wonderful environment, crowd was loud and rowdy. I had two batters interference calls, one on each side, 2 runners on same base, both left base and were tagged out. It was just a great way to end my year. Folks that don’t umpire don’t understand why we do what we do, but I know you guys will be able to relate. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. 7 points
    What's the first rule of Fight Club? NEVER talk about fight club! What's the first rule of Crossfit? NEVER shut the F*#K up about Crossfit! Hahahaha. You're welcome.
  5. 6 points
    The New Flex CP Harness is a change from my original and offers a true 4 point connection with excellent support and comfort. Already being used by MLB Umpires Adam Hamari, Phil Cuzzi, Todd Tichenor and Tom Hallion with more orders coming in everyday, MiLB umpires have already been ordering the new Flex It will fit any 4 point connection harness on the market today The old harness was really a 3 point connection with the top straps being one point of connection which was worn tight to the neck and snug on the sides. Guys were wearing them too tight all round causing undue stress to the neoprene which sometimes resulted in tearing or breakdown. The New Flex is a true 4 pointer and has contour for the sides which will take the stress off the neoprene when worn correctly. Tight on top, snug on the sides. Available in Black/Grey Trim or Grey/Black Trim
  6. 6 points
    Just an Update... I'm still alive and well. I do plan on being more involved once again, at least on the site. I've had another job change. I left the Waterpark in April. It was an absolutely great job and a ton of fun, but only May through September. Not much for an HR person to do at a waterpark in the winter with only 5 employees and I needed much more responsibility and a challenge. I'm now at a defense contractor running their HR dept. So now as I'm settling in at the new job I have made it a point to return to the helm of Umpire-Empire. @Thunderheads, @LMSANS @johnnyg08 @Stan W., @Majordave, @HokieUmp & @MidAmUmp have done fantastic at keeping everything rolling smoothly and I cannot express just how much I appreciate it. So I haven't umpired since March 2018. Just haven't had time. Do I miss it??? Yes and no. Yes, I really miss being on the field calling games and working with other umpires. But also no I don't miss it as much as I thought I would. I enjoy the time at home with my family. Looking back I wonder just how I was able to squeeze umpiring into my schedule. I have been non-stop with various activities this spring and cant imagine the travel and just overall time away from home. A couple of weeks ago I attended my first game as a fan in probably 5 years as my ECU Pirates came and visited ODU. This is the first game I've been to since @dumbdumband I went to an O's game. Now I still watch the game as an umpire and see the game very differently than the average fan, and I hope that never changes. Will I return to Umpiring? I plan on picking up some fall ball games this fall, but there is no way I'm going to work the number of games I once did. I'm thinking 1-2 a week tops and if I don't get a game, I just don't get a game. Also, I know the site is in major needs of some software updates. You guys see and experience the issues with TapaTalk and that's on my list. I need to: do some tweeks on the server side of things update the forum's software. THEN TAPATALK! Finally fix the automatic promotion feature ( Established member, Inactive, new member, etc...) But I will be around more and have enjoyed living vicariously through you all. Also, I will be continuing my Quick Tips YouTube series in the next couple of weeks. I've trashed the ones I had in the can to be released. And have already started a new set of topics I want to cover. As always thanks for your continued support of Umpire-Empire!
  7. 6 points
    Jonathan, I wish you the best. I appreciated what you said in your post. We have all been there at one time or another. I hope someday you can get back on the field because whether you know it or not, more people appreciate YOU than not. It's not easy to forget A-holes, but this world is coming apart at the seams. Sometimes being on the baseball field can help take us away from all the crap we experience and work, home, you name it. When it no longer stays fun and takes this type of turn, take care of yourself first.... I wish there was something else I could say to keep you on the field. I would be proud to work with a guy like you as I'm sure others here and around the baseball world would too. But in the end, do what is right for you. I'm sure God has great plans for you and other's around you. Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us. And thank you for making us all realize more than ever we are the THIRD TEAM out there. We need to look out for each other no matter what!
  8. 6 points
    Group Position Date & Time Sport & Level Site Home Away Fees Status Accept Decline 107584 R1 11/10/2018 Sat 3:00 PM Volleyball, State Finals William Paterson University, Rec Center TBA TBA $75.00 Accepted on 10/28/2018 State Finals for volleyball! Second go round for me. This time I am sure that I will not be as edgy as I was last time. Can't wait for the match. It is a real joy having the best seat in the house to watch two really talented teams go at it. I will try to not suck. But, as I say to SWMBO, I can't make any promises
  9. 6 points
  10. 5 points
    Not when you are watching your ten-year old from 200 feet away through chain link fence, players on the field, and three more rows of parents. Pretty easy.
  11. 5 points
    First of all, let me state for the record that I swear a fair bit, and do so enthusiastically. #TeamSwearing (Although, the idea of 12-year-olds not being smart enough to 'pick their spots' is disconcerting.) But I have to ask - when you're doing this Lifer Baseball Hard-ass Coach Guy routine, what age range are we talking about? Because - and imma just be blunt here - depending on where we are on the age spectrum, and what kinda ball we're talking, you're arguably what's wrong with kid baseball. Having coaches who think they're some kind of junior-grade Joe Girardi*, turning everything into a dick-measuring contest, is a bad thing. I'm sure I'll get a lecture, defensive or otherwise, on The Way Of The Coach, but it's a terrible example to kids in general, and even just when confined to "how to compete." What you put in that section might be fine in the paid-player game, or maybe even the college game, but given the context of this thread, it's pretty terrible. And yeah, I WILL be running you, because once you bark "the game's over there," you just started the paperwork process. And I'm not too worried about what you're interested in - I got assigned your game on Arbiter, not Tinder. Where I look, and when I look there, aren't your concern - maybe you're not completely one of those "on the edge coaches," but the way that whole part was phrased makes you sound like you're spoiling for a fight from the plate meeting on. *Joe Girardi might not be that bad, and might even be a lovely human. But I grew up hating the Yankees, and have no plans to change that.
  12. 5 points
    Slightly different angle, I believe umpiring to be the best job a high schooler could have. Where else could I make $20 an hour, while setting my own schedule, and doing something I love? Even after spending close to $1000 to overhaul my equipment, get stuff to do basketball, and pay for gas, I still came out way ahead last year, and I'm getting even better games and pay this year, with way less overhead (driving a way more gas efficient car!).
  13. 5 points
  14. 5 points
    The following are broad observations. I know some areas have parts of this controlled better than others, but this is a generalization. It's not because of the Internet and cell phones. It's because there's no accountability to those who act this way, and everyone -- including umpires -- is responsible, some unwillingly and beyond their control. This follows in all levels -- kids, scholastic, amateur, professional -- of all sports -- baseball, football, basketball, hockey. Spectators have nobody telling them to stop. Fans nearby, at the best, say nothing, and usually cheer on the spectator. Someone who does speak up is usually drowned out by the aggressor, or just simply ignored and mocked for being an upstanding person. With no apparent repercussions to their actions, they continue -- game after game, night after night -- and, even worse, encourage others to do the same. Yell at the officials, curse the opposing players, insult their families. Parents think their child is the next [insert highest paid athlete in their sport here] and no one can tell them any different. After all, the moment you don't believe it is the moment the tower crumbles. Spending thousands on coaches, thousands on travel ball, and hundreds on the newest [insert applicable equipment here] -- all for an 8-year-old. They coddle their child, explain to them that the call went against them (even when it didn't), that everyone else is responsible for their bad night, that they're still the best on their team. These parents hear the above spectators and either completely agree or disagree, depending on what team they're biased toward - and all other opinions be damned! No one ever tells these parents that their child isn't as good as they think, will never be that good, and maybe Johnny just wants to pick daisies instead of fielding that 200th grounder you've fungoed to him and he's thrown back a third of the way. Coaches are stuck a lot of times. They want to field a team that can win, but they constantly have parents telling him how to do his job. Who should be playing what position, how he should have made a different move at a different time, how he's not giving that child a chance. If a parent is misbehaving at a game, he risks looking like the bad guy by saying something. If he doesn't play someone enough, the parents argues. If he doesn't win enough games, everyone gets mad. BUT, coaches aren't wholly innocent either. Often, they are just as bad as parents when it comes to deflecting blame, often to officials or other non-team people. When a coach misbehaves, sometimes punishments don't do enough. A game suspension and fine may not stop a coach from doing it again. Often, the coach's actions are defended, especially when a call is wrong or even if the perception of an error against the team is there. Even umpires are responsible. Many times, issues aren't handled appropriately at the time, leading to the next crew having to deal with it and hearing "they didn't say anything the last game". Sometimes umpires can be stuck, too. Whether it's an association pushing toward more warnings before an ejection, a UIC that won't back the correct actions of his umpires, or even a threat of every ejection possibly leading to missed opportunities in the future, umpires feel they have to give longer and longer leashes to players and coaches. These warnings rarely come with any punishment to the offenders, and all the umpire finds is a wake of coaches, players, and spectators who have no respect for his actions. I could go on, but I think I've made the point. Through the years and very slowly, the line of accountability has moved. I don't know that it can be stopped. Even in MLB, coaches are expected to "get his money's worth" during arguments, while umpires are "putting himself in the game" in that same argument. Umpires are vilified as "awful" when fined for their actions; players and coaches are lauded when they are. Suspended umpires are
  15. 5 points
    Was that your first post-season assignment, @Aging_Arbiter?
  16. 4 points
    this post is useless without photos!!!
  17. 4 points
    From a clinic standpoint, I think Richvee hit the nail on the head about attending the RIGHT clinic. You need to choose a clinic that is the right fit. I am constantly getting asked by umpires if I think they should attend our advanced clinic. I ask about the levels they are currently working and several will say they work at the HS level. You want to attend a clinic that will challenge you, but also allow you to stand out. A high school umpire attending an advanced 3-man clinic can end up hurting a guy more than it can help them. Assigners are there looking to hire umpires. Not able to keep up with the speed of the game, not knowing where to go, etc. will hurt you in the eyes of the assigners and can set your career back a few years. However, attending a 2-man camp with the same assigners...standing out in that camp may get you hired in an entry level college conference and a good reputation going forward. If you want to take flying lessons, you don’t take them from the Blue Angels if you’ve never been in the cockpit. As far as advancing your career in general, be patient and enjoy the ride. It’s cliche but “trust the process”. The assigners know what they are doing. Maybe they have a goal for you that you don’t realize. They see the big picture. It’s better to be a couple of years late and succeed when you get there than be too early and have it blow up on you because you weren’t ready. I’ve had the opportunity to work some higher level baseball, but there are a lot of times I miss running around a high school or a division 2 baseball field. Those times were so much fun and there was very little pressure. Now at the D1 level, it’s a job. Everything is on video, everything is scrutinized, the more technology the teams have, the more we’re under the microscope. Assigners aren’t going to put you in that environment until they know you’re ready, so as I said, trust the process and enjoy the ride.
  18. 4 points
    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.
  19. 4 points
    Those in charge being responsible for the actions of their direct subordinates? CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZY, maaaaaaaan. That never happens, except pretty much in every walk of life. Don't like paying the price for having clowns as assistants? Don't have clowns as assistants.
  20. 4 points
    I'm guessing the record set above is number of umpires on the field for a coach pitch game?
  21. 4 points
    This video was produced by the Ryan Lemmon Foundation which is a huge supporter of high school baseball here in Orange County. They wanted to show the behind the scenes of high school umpires and their families. Great inside look of the brotherhood!
  22. 4 points
    Chutes & Ladders, triglycerides, triceratops notwithstanding, this vest is the real deal. Compared to others on the market, it’s an absolute steal at $72. It has been a tremendously capable substitute for my Riddell. No, I’m not taking offers for the Riddell. I said sub not replacement. Not going to Pipp my Power!
  23. 4 points
    If I may reply to who was first I am a hockey guy who once had his hand in everything goaltending. Growing up or Shoulder pads and chest pad were 2 separate units which I solved that problem by joining the two parts into one. I used the same design as my current harness although it was not neoprene at the time....this was over 30 years ago using the triangle donut only inverted I then adapted the donut to baseball when I payed baseball and did some catching. Next came umpiring and what we have today is nothing more than me figuring out what to do with it. Many people over the years have had me fix and make better all kinds of sports equipment as it was just a hobby On the new W Harness all I will say is I gave an umpire samples and last year I asked what happened to those samples...The MFg has them In those samples were a cooling vest, female harness and thinned out CP pad with ventilation I also do not believe the inspiration came from the W catcher CP because what they had was covered in plastic and rubber parts One thing comes to mind and that is the length is identical and elastic is used...coincidence ? My age right now 57 so maybe I was first
  24. 4 points
    The big difference between this latest Champro Rampage and the All-Star FM4000MAG, @umpstu, is “origin of purpose”. I’ve said it before, All-Star is a catcher’s company. Through exhaustive design process and testing, All-Star arrived at a mask geometry that was physically unique in the industry, and not only presented a signature look, but most importantly allowed the maximum amount of contact between the pads and the wearer’s face. The mask also presents minimal flat facets to an impacting ball (which cannot be said about that stupid Wilson Ti Low Profile). Here’s my extensive review of the FM4000MAG: In summary, the FM4000MAG is All-Star’s flagship, signature, tentpole mask. It is the ideal non-mechanical mask for the professional catcher. Similar to the origin of the Nike “Icon” Titanium as a catcher’s mask (for Jorge Posada), and it passed along to interested umpires, the new FM4000 has attracted the interest of umpires, and All-Star has (refreshingly) already accommodated umpires by casting it in black and making a for-umpire harness for it. There’s also hints of one-off customizations being done for umpires (Guccione, for one). It’s important to emphasize, though, that this mask is targeted at professional and high-level catchers, and accordingly, commands a price point to match. Champro, though, is not a top-tier company. They are not on par with Wilson, Rawlings, UnderArmour, Nike, Mizuno, or All-Star. Nor are they necessarily trying to be. Champro exists in that second tier, alongside Schutt, Diamond, Champion, Easton, and Boombah, their size and corporate simplicity allow them to be more reactive to developments and bold on advancements. These second-tier companies are also heavily invested in and dependent upon overseas (ie. China) production. Chinese production facilities and factories have no restrictions and no scruples about copying production techniques and products to market through other channels. So, without knowing the exact details, it would appear that All-Star laid down the groundwork on how to make a die-cast Magnesium-alloy mask, and Champro either approached their fabricator, or their fabricator approached them and presented that they could do a weld-less, die-cast mask too. It’s worth mentioning, Champro and +POS had both offered Magnesium masks before, but these had been bonded (not welded). While light and strong, they still had the potential of the bonded joints being popped apart if struck hard / often enough. Besides, since they were offered by little-known names like Champro and +POS, they lacked the market recognition of the big companies like Wilson. The Champro Rampage draws its layout from some very progressive Japanese mask designs. While the FM4000 is ideally suited for catchers, the Rampage is much better suited for umpires. It has a larger forehead section so it can accommodate larger hat bills (and even a hard hat!) and sun visors. The extended chin guard is much taller, so it can be worn without a dangling throat guard, but has just enough forward rake to it so a dangling throat guard can be used. The ear guards are minuscule, which doesn’t matter much to umpires because we shouldn’t be turning our heads much at all (but this mask may not be ideal for new umpires in training). Two big factors stand out over all else, though... It’s not sold with any advanced, specialized pads. The use of Magnesium, with how low-density it is, means that any impacting energy will instantly transfer to the pads. So, it is more crucial than ever to have high-quality pads. All-Star addressed this by dramatically increasing the volume of the pads and inserting a hard-cast distributor plate within the pad. Even Force3 has put Kevlar within the body of the Defender’s pads! I’m certain that this is reflected in the cost of the masks when sold with these advanced, specialized pads. Point is, the time of foam-filled leather sausages is over! The good news is, the Rampage’s layout will accommodate Team Wendy’s, MemoryFoam and other “newer” pads. It’s die-cast Magnesium, without welds, and as such, it will not bend and it will not break. The All-Star has the added benefit of being exhaustively tested and refined so that the geometry – like a stealth aircraft – presents the minimal amount of flat facet to a ball impact. I can’t say the same for the Rampage. We also know that the FM4000MAG is injection-molded (the injection tabs on the earguards indicate that), so molten Magnesium is forced into it for even distribution, while it looks like the Rampage is gravity-tray molded and pressed (think like a waffle iron). I’m confident that the Rampage, as a line, won’t fail, but individual masks may have uneven material distribution. I am looking forward to getting one and trying it out, but I will certainly be putting TWs in it immediately... ... oh, and putting a Honig’s or +POS harness on it. That harness is uuuggggllllyyyy, and is only like that to get noticed. It’s no less ugly than a big yellow W on the chin – anything to get noticed.
  25. 4 points
    Say only what you have to. Give an explanation in simple terms, either explaining what you saw or what rule you are applying. What you say can and will be used against you
  26. 4 points
    I've been ambivalent about using a "dangler". Isn't the mask extension enough? Yesterday in a D3 game, a D300 catcher passed on a 92 mph pitch. My partner the PU caught it in the throat/upper CP padding; it completely missed his extension and he has an excellent stance. Scary. He choked and gasped for a while, but insisted on finishing the last inning and a half. His voice was low and hoarse after the game. OK, I'm putting one on each of my masks...
  27. 4 points
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/0Z68er4M2vruBO0a2 Beyond incredible!
  28. 4 points
    I need to clarify something you said (placed in bold by me). The Force3 UnEqual is not a traditional hardshell CP. It lacks any of the external plastic carapace plate segments that define a hardshell CP. These carapace plates serve two purposes – structural & shape foundation, and force/energy distribution (not absorption; this is important later). Hardshell CPs carry with them several shortcomings and problems that are tolerated when one considers the protective needs they provide. Bulk (volumetric size), weight, flexibility, dexterity, ventilation & breathability, and damage to other equipment (ie. shirts, jackets) when impacted are all factors that, rightfully so, take a back seat to the incredible speeds and forces at play in upper-echelon levels of baseball. That’s not to say that mid- or lower-level baseball isn’t just as perilous, but these environments have an additional factor affecting them and intensifying those noted factors – frequency. The MLB guys have the “luxury” of donning a CP for 41 games, as part of a 4-man crew (less running), in a monitored environment. They may get hit once a game, but the average is likely much less. Granted, the forces are like comparing a hammer to a piledriver, but far too often, manufacturers and users alike fixate on the one-blow piledriver and are surprised when all those factors contribute to failure when beset with a dozen “small” hammerblows. So, that’s where softshell CPs come on the stage. Because they lack the external carapace plates, they reduce weight and bulk. Ventilation and breathability are drastically improved. Without hard surfaces, shirt damage (holes, tears, bruises, scuffs) is virtually eliminated. The shape is not dictated by the rigidity of carapace plates, thus can conform to your own shape and provide more localized protection, as well as reducing hinderance of (your own) movement. So too, because it conforms to your shape better, the CP itself is less likely to shift out of place or droop (and this is where a Flex-style harness makes all the difference). Softshells, though, lack one key component – energy distribution. Sure, they’re comprised of the very same foam (or often better and more advanced than the Wilson CPs) performing energy absorption for the hardshell CPs, but they get overwhelmed by the localized application of force energy. A softball, because of its less density and greater surface area, doesn’t “pack as much of a punch” – it doesn’t carry and transfer as much force energy. A smaller, more dense baseball, transfers and applies that increased force energy to a more localized point of impact... if only we had something to distribute that energy laterally to be absorbed by other foam further out! And that’s what a hardshell does. Kevlar is actually not a plated, hard surface. It is a fabric, woven from strands of aramid synthetic fiber. It is far more likely to be found in textiles and cloths than in plates. It is so incredibly useful in “bulletproof” vests because of its tremendous tensile strength-to-weight ratio. It doesn’t deflect bullets, it actually catches them, elastically deforming to absorb all that energy and prevent hyper-localized failure and penetration. Thing is, though, as any LEO or soldier will tell you, in a purely-Kevlar vest, while the bullet may not enter your body, you do experience localized trauma (bruising, pain) from that tremendous amount of energy. Thus, most ballistic vests and jackets have – you guessed it – trauma plates in them to further distribute and dissipate that energy, laterally. But again, why not just use nothing but trauma plates? Because they’re heavy, bulky, cumbersome, don’t breathe, and don’t conform to differing body shapes or allow freedom of movement. So what to do? Strike a balance between fixed, hard trauma plates, located in specific, crucial spots, and backed and reinforced by Kevlar. Wow, I just described a Force3 UnEqual... Version 2. Admittedly, Version 1 lacked the “trauma” or blast plates. The pure-Kevlar construction meant that all that superfluous “sofa cushion” foam, needed for absorption and stand-off distance between you and the carapace plates that would otherwise be there, could be done away with. This reduced bulk and increased breathability. The fit could be like a glove, and the need for additional shirts (bigger size) or replacement shirts (cut or torn by impact) was eliminated. However, when wading into the same treacherous waters as traditional hardshell CPs, those hyper-localized impacts were being felt (despite no baseball ever entering an umpire’s body!). Trauma would appear in the form of bruises and aches, which in a ballistic vest is a welcome concession to the alternative! As such, Force3 reworked the UnEqual design and introduced blast plates. These are plastic plates sandwiched beneath the neoprene outer skin, above the Kevlar sections, which themselves are backed by a membrane, sizing foam, and a wicking fabric. Has the UnEqual Version 2 been perfected? No. It still has some revisions ahead of it. Is it a hardshell CP? No... but neither is it a softshell. It truly is a hybrid, an enigma, an evolutionary branch. Its cost scares a lot of potential users off of it, but that’s due to its advanced materials and Made-in-the-USA nature. It could stand to use thicker, but “holey-er” plates – thicker to provide greater force dissipation but holed to increase ventilation and reduce weight (see the Schutt-Adams XV). Its single greatest challenge, though, isn’t a 95+ mph baseball. Force3 is a progressive, proactive entity that will constantly strive to improve. No, its greatest challenge is a television camera, peering in at a Major League home plate, showcasing a Big Yellow “W” at the collar of the guy calling Balls and Strikes. Everyone could benefit from that not being there anymore.
  29. 4 points
    Wow! That's pretty cool. I've been sworn AT as an umpire, but never sworn IN.
  30. 4 points
    Foul ball off the catcher's helmet. Hit the throat guard on the way up and took my mask with it. Without the throat guard it would have knocked my mask off and hit me like an uppercut. I still enjoy chewing and swallowing my food.
  31. 4 points
    Thank you everyone. The opinions and insight are great. I think I'm going to go with the Force3 shin guards. I feel like I did a decent job of getting good, quality equipment to start with so why skimp now on the last piece. I did buy plate shoes. They are actually going to be the first thing to arrive. I got the New Balance 460v3 in all black.
  32. 3 points
    Wow I go away for a couple of days and this is still brewing... I stick with my statements from the prior thread. But wow who would have thought it would still be discussed. All this is going to do is make them come up with more clever and innocuous signals. But even at this level how much control do 12-13 y/o have ; none is anywhere near a Maddux and can put the ball exactly where they want it. If I adjust my helmet with both hands, its inside; one hand outside; brim middle. If I have 1 hand on my knee its inside, 2 hands outside, no hands middle. You get the idea. They will become more clever, making the rule impossible to enforce. From the article I actually agree with Keener: You don't want to EJ a kid at this level Unless the umpire is 100% sure, a warning is appropriate. So I stand on my original thought. It will have to be ridiculously blatant for me to touch that. They may be relaying signals, but ow do I know what they mean or they're tipping pitch locations? Maybe it's some sort of other offensive signal? Then whats to keep the catcher from setting up inside and getting the pitch over the middle (might not work on the opposite side - at lease for a called strike). Still a whole lot to do about nothing.
  33. 3 points
    I used, "that's nothing" yesterday. R1 takes off, batter swings and it just slightly over the plate but the pitch is outside and the catcher is not hindered. Pointed the strike and then gave the "that's nothing" on the batter's action. Shows that I saw he was over the plate but that I rendered judgment that there was no interference. Nobody said a word.
  34. 3 points
    I love how the umpire looks at the batter as the batter is looking at him and he just points to his ear!
  35. 3 points
    Well, ...the Michigan (MHSAA) Districts finished on Monday due to weather on Saturday, so my Final was on Monday..... State ranked #1 and #17 going at it. The paper covering the District tourney was there Monday and got a nice shot of my FM400 MAG, and ...well, if I do say so myself.... a nice side-shot of proper head height?! LOL
  36. 3 points
    It will occasionally happen. So flash your “what’s the count sign” to your partner. He doesn’t know it because he doesn’t carry an indicator on the bases and goes by your count, ask the catcher and the batter what the count is, explaining that you need another cup of coffee. Or do nothing and the baseball gods will take you off the hook. The trick is it can and will happen even at the MLB level. There are guys that will tell you they don’t use an indicator at the plate. It’s skill worth emulating if you can do it. If you can’t and lose the count my above advice is what I recommend.
  37. 3 points
    What’s the point? The Head Coaches are at the Plate Meeting with the umpires, right? Do you actually believe that Aaron and Zack are going to leave that “highly informative” Plate Meeting you just conducted and relay to their Assistant Coaches that they better not step out of the dugout to argue a call because the umpires will only allow or tolerate Aaron or Zack to approach them, and even then, that they should only approach the calling umpire, and that if needed, the calling umpire will get together with his fellow umpires, and still get the call wrong... I mean, right. That long run-on sentence is trying to prove a point. It’s all unnecessary. Aaron and Zack don’t give two craps about you and your “instructions”. And when it comes down to it, there are some HCs who have little or no rein over their ACs, and frankly, don’t care if they get tossed. Try it. Stop giving instructions or reminders on procedures, protocol, or sportsmanship, and just see what happens ( @Richvee, @conbo61 and the rest of the NJ boys don’t get this luxury). How you conduct yourself as an umpire – positioning, hustle, projection, communication – is much, much more effective than what you espouse at the plate meeting.
  38. 3 points
    Ditto here. I have the Force3 shins and am more than happy with the straps on there.
  39. 3 points
    We recently saw the post about a catcher getting hit in the throat, and leaving in an ambulance. Trust me, I wish nothing bad on my fellow arbiters, but don't you think it's better than laying in the hospital thinking "clack - clack" to your self over and over?
  40. 3 points
    My (only) favorite about JV / Freshman ball? 1 hr, 45 minutes... drop dead. 2 and a half innings later... We gone!
  41. 3 points
    To say that since the case said pitcher and first baseman, so it must only apply to that EXACT situation, and to put it in this memo like that, is one of the most insanely pedantic and childishly surly things I've ever seen in this context. But in a way it does highlight the sloppiness of NFHS sneaking it in with a last-minute case and not removing contradictory cases. Just remove the glove from the definition of a lodged ball in the rule if that's what you want to do.
  42. 3 points
  43. 3 points
    Keep it, best WV out there!
  44. 3 points
    To be honest I got hit with a missed fastball while working the Area Code Games underclassmen last year and it hurt like a mofo. Was one of those perfect storm type things. But tell you what, I wouldn't trade my Force 3's for any other shin guards. I don't care what level ball you work, you don't need five sets of shin guards, one for each level. Spend a little extra for the Force 3's and use them for every level. They are protective and they are so light you might forget you have them on. One extra game fee.
  45. 3 points
    I'm as surprised as anyone.
  46. 3 points
    Oh, and my 8 stitch hat fits in there just fine.
  47. 3 points
    I write and circle each head coaches first name at the top of their respective lineup cards. Every game, no matter how long I've known them.
  48. 3 points
    We are not fat. We are chunky. Chunky is a size. Long live chunky.
  49. 3 points
    I never liked the way they looked and was adamant that my mask extension was enough ..........it isn't, ..........it wasn't, ............all my masks have been equipped with them for years now...
  50. 3 points
    Darn it... now I have another person to keep an eye our for. This is now three years in a row! Think they will put is UE handle up on ESPN so we all know who he is?

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