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  1. I second the Champion hardshell. Here's my thinking about gear, I would get stuff that's serviceable at any level you work. You will save money in long run and not have to worry about getting crap as a younger umpire.
    3 points
  2. Totally agree with this. I'm going to sign up to do HS ball in a year or so, so I went and grabbed the F3s on advice from @MadMax and absolutely love them! Now, yeah, they are TOTAL overkill for anything below Varsity, but I see it as not having to buy shins for at least 5 years. Same thing with my Champion PX00, it's overkill for everything below JV, but like the F3s, it's light enough and breathes well enough that I don't have an issue with it. -BR
    2 points
  3. That's (apparently) what I'm remembering, and the logical interp of its removal. And, why (probably) this was on the test. I'm sure it was discussed on this board or others when it was removed. The general logic with this removal and the "overslide the base on a walk" play is that the defense can't *make a play* that negates an award, but that the offense must still *run the bases legally* to take advantage of the award. Those plays are both in the old book I have on my hard-drive.
    1 point
  4. Here in Missouri (there's no ah @MUAump2 ) we get the best of both worlds. This past week, my little sister took her skates out and was skating in our backyard and on our driveway (which took five days to clear). Contrast that too last spring where I had seven of my team's games cancelled in a row over two weeks. "Fun" times. We have a similar saying that goes "if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes." Here's an actual radar image from a week back
    1 point
  5. We've had a new HS assignor for a couple of years. This year, he is ahead of the game <no pun intended>. Our first meeting was tonight, but cancelled because of the weather <we have it at a local HS, but HS closed due to weather>, our first play date isn't until 3/22..........and I already have 17 games on my arbiter.
    1 point
  6. Mr. beerguy55, they were describing stealing home as a lost art in 1989. In fact, they were blaming it on Billy Martin who as manager of the Twins turned Rod Carew loose in 1969 to steal home seven times during that season. In an article written by Dave Anderson for the NY Times in April 1989 he tells of Billy Martin teaching Carew to take advantage of pitchers who had long windups. Carew’s success actually hastened a change in how pitchers delivered the pitch with a runner on third base. Here’s the title of the article and a link-- Sports of The Times; Why Nobody Steals Home Anymore https://www.nytimes.com/1989/04/16/sports/sports-of-the-times-why-nobody-steals-home-anymore.html
    1 point
  7. Well, here’s what a college umpire did just last season in a game between USC Trojans and Loyola Marymount Lions. In an article written by Matt Monagan for mlb.com titled “An umpire halted a college player's at-bat and had him hit balls into the sky to test the fog” he described the scene as follows— “A game between the USC Trojans and LMU Lions was getting foggy on Tuesday night. But just how foggy was it? Could the fielders still see the ball? Could the hitters still see the outfield? How would the home-plate umpire determine whether play could go on? Well, he'd halt an at-bat and do this, of course: “Home plate umpire William Van Raaphorst asks Dillon Paulson to pelt a fly ball to RF to test the fog….Conclusion: Take ‘em off the field.” I think you need to hit the ctrl key and click on the following link for video-- https://twitter.comi/status/973749062930333697
    1 point
  8. Until R3 steals home, or gets some other advantage from a big leadoff - in my experience pitchers get burned, and learn that lesson, around the high school level. Giving R3 too much of a lead, even with infield in. I'd argue it's no longer "most"...I'd agree that was true up until about 25 years ago...I think today not only most, but the large majority, pitch from the stretch with R3 - except maybe with two out (and only R3). (not to mention the trend at higher levels for relief pitchers to always pitch from the stretch)
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  9. I'll rival @MadMax for long post of the day : I bought a +POS Cobra off facebook marketplace a few weeks ago. I've been wanting to try one for a while but was, like everyone else, afraid of how long it would take to arrive. I'm 6',2" and 190, so I need a protector for a tall and slender build. In my 20+ years of umpiring, I've worn a 15" black Douglas (that I wish I had back), a Honigs K2, a Wilson Gold, a 15" All Star System 7, and a 15" Champion. I started with a ribbed Wilson, but that doesn't count! As far as protection and comfort for my build, I'd rank them: * All Star (Very underrated CP in my opinion. Never felt a shot. Breathes in hot weather. Has a bulky feel because of the large chest plate, and I know some don't like the neck opening.) * Douglas (I loved the black Douglas, but was hit in the shoulder and it hurt! This was before Douglas would add protection, so I sold it cheap. Stupid.) * Champion (I don't have anything bad to say, and suggest to any umpire just getting started on a budget to go with a Champion.) * Wilson Gold (Good protection, but that thing didn't fit me. I was never comfortable in it. Hot, hot, hot. Even with a Delta Flex, I pulled and tugged all the time. Plus, the Gold needs to be about two inches longer for me) * Honigs (The bulky shoulder protection looks like old videos of Hershel Walker carrying the football. I wore it a couple of years and gave it away. The guy is still wearing it.) * Cobra (Untested other than making it fit. I've installed a Delta Flex harness and it feels pretty good so far. I expect it to go toward the top of this list.) As was mentioned, I've spent a while with a heat gun on the shoulders of the Cobra. The neck is about the same width as the All Star, which works well for me but would be uncomfortable for some. The outer plates on the Cobra are thick like the American-made CPs listed above, much thicker than the Champion. The Cobra is low profile - not as much as the Champion - but there is a balance in protection/profile. I like it, and will wear it when our HS season starts in a couple of weeks. I don't think there will be any problem with protection. I'm wearing the 13" model, which has about 2" of padding at the bottom which is not covered with plastic, but the padding feels good, so I'm not worried about it. It has removable throat padding, which I'm still playing with. I'll give an update whenever I take a direct hit to the chest or shoulder area. I work a lot of high school and American Legion and a few crappy NAIA games where guys can throw harder than their catchers can catch. It's too bad +POS has such a terrible reputation now for processing and shipping. I think they still have some quality products. The bottom line on this CP for me is... I'm happy with it because I paid less than half what a new one costs. Not sure at this point if I'd pay $169 for this CP on a website that isn't always trustworthy. The jury is still out. Update soon. I don't know anyone wearing a Schutt and haven't seen one in person. I'm intrigued, so it probably won't be long...
    1 point
  10. You hit the nail on the head by saying you will be using the F3's for five years. Should be able to get a Champro protector to last a while and also use that at higher level ball. I'd never recommend buying junk if you're only going to have to replace it in a year because it breaks. I don't know if it's overkill for lower level ball since you tend to get the crap knocked out of you more often at those levels. Might as well protect yourself.
    1 point
  11. Welcome to the forums! Great to see some fellow teens be serious about umpiring. I started at 14, as it sounds you did, and I wish I'd found this resource as soon as you... I'm in the same boat as @BlueRanger, doing 9u to 14Um, and would give pretty similar advice to the others here. Don't cheap out, and have gear ready to take you to the next level. If you think about it, getting quality equipment really isn't that expensive (think of it in game fees), but will have a huge effect on how long the gear lasts you, the protection you get from the gear, and your comfort. For CP, I have the Champion, and it does a great job. I think the others here have said enough about it, so I'll just say I concur with them. For Shins, I splurged and got the force 3's. I'm not going to say I necessarily recommend them, but only because they're total overkill for what you'll be doing in the near future, and they're expensive. That being said, I can't see myself getting a new set of shinguards anytime in the foreseeable future. You feel nothing when you take a shot, and they're super comfortable. They're pricey, but they're the best. Sounds like they may not be the choice for you, but I'd keep them in mind if you ever decide you want an upgrade. The piece of gear I've picked up that has surprised me enough has been an odd one. It's my socks! I was shocked at how much of a difference it made for me. I picked up a pair of the force 3 socks off of ump attire (pretty sure it was to get me into the free shipping range), and I'm super happy I did. Doesn't have to be those, but a few nice pairs of thick, but breathable, calf length or higher socks would be a great investment.
    1 point
  12. Without a doubt the Champion Body Armor chest protector. For shin guards at the level you are working I'd suggest something light and comfortable, like Diamond Featherweights. (Or whatever is comfortable you can find used. I'd spring for the Champion CP new if you can't find a used one as you will never have to upgrade if you don't want.)
    1 point
  13. Whatever the various manuals indicate are helpful, but the best advice I have received on all coverage/rotation issues is to have a good pregame to make sure everyone is on the same page and to communicate with each other when on the field. The communication should be pre-pitch with signalling as well as verbal communication during the play.
    1 point
  14. Welcome, fellow Ohioan. It's great to have some younger folk in the ranks! My son started out in almost the exact same path - youngsters till he was 18, though he did get certified at 17 so he could do middle school and freshmen games. One thing that helped him - and me starting out - was to scour the local Play It Again or other used sporting goods shops. Honestly, for shin guards, a decent used catchers' set will work just fine. You can often find Champ-Pro guards, as well as All-Star (which I'd much more recommend). Same for chest protectors, though those may be a bit more rare. I found a Wilson Charcoal a few years ago for $30 and a Diamond Ultra-Lite mask for $15.
    1 point
  15. @Heave-Ho You seem like me a few years ago when I started, but don't do what I did and blow $$$ on cheap crap that breaks fast. Based on my perception of your ambitions to gradually move on to higher level ball, here's what I would get: CP: - Champion Body Armour Hardshell This CP is used by MiLB umpires, is very lightweight, breathes pretty well, and features excellent protection. I use this CP for all my games, which range from 9u all the way to 14u Majors (upper 70s low 80s pitching) and have never even seriously felt a shot! And the best part? It's the CHEAPEST CP ON UMP-ATTIRE!!! (~$55 depending on size) Shin Guards: Two options I would suggest: - Diamond Ump-Lites These sacrifice some protection for being ridiculously light and only having two straps. They should be just fine for what you're doing, but if you may feel shots to the legs a bit more. -Champro Pro-Plus/Diamond iX3/Wilson Guardians All of these shins are basically the same thing. They have a thigh plate with a floating kneecap and thicker padding, which combine to offer better protection. They're still lightweight, but not as much as the Ump-Lites. Hope this helps! Oh, and which starter package did you buy originally? -BR
    1 point
  16. The Adams HDX (I think, used to be Schutt) is good and pretty inexpensive. I'd also recommend the Champion hard shell. You can find a lot of information on this stuff throughout the site. Both of those will be good at higher levels too. I always liked making sure my equipment would protect me above the level I'm currently doing so that I could comfortably take on higher level games.
    1 point
  17. We all found out that we needed to go 1/2 up on the original 450's. Common knowledge. My feet are slightly wide, so went with the 2E, and my "normal" size (10.5) on the V3's They seem to have a tad extra room for hot days when my feet tend to expand a tad. Or maybe the plastic heats up, and give a little. If you have any doubt, do go with UA. That should be a no brainer.
    1 point
  18. Yea....We're freezing out here in California. Today it's only suppose to get up to........... ummm never mind.
    1 point
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