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  1. You'd think that, but yelling "back" proved catastrophic.
    3 points
  2. Ok, a few things ... first, stop following that 'umpire auditor' on twitter second, don't over analyze what the MLB guys do. They are light-years beyond us mere mortals third, your strike 3 call should be what comes natural to you. Again, don't overthink it ....if it feels right, go with it
    3 points
  3. Hi everyone. Not new here but returning, with years of college and working retail being an umpire fell to the side, but now that I’m working a 9-5 I’m picking it up again. I’m excited to hit the field again and to be back in this community again!
    2 points
  4. To refresh your collective memories, I started the thread. Football is still a possibility; most of the teams played the regular fall season, but some are going to do a special spring season due to COVID (although hindsight is making that look stupid, as COVID cases are on the rise). Training is in January for football, February for baseball. Baseball is my priority. I did travel ball and a rec league this year, which was my rookie year, and went from doing 8 year-olds to high school in my first season. I'm joining the high school association this year and will make that my focus. Tr
    2 points
  5. This is true for me also. Also, I can't open my messages unless I get an email and go in that way. Using Apple's mobile browser (Safari) I am unable to see them at all otherwise.
    2 points
  6. That's great, but if you do ........ post them as a new thread within the equipment forum and label them as such, ok @TChildsUMP ?
    2 points
  7. I am going this year! I'm super stoked about it, even if there's no MiLB placement. I've been looking forward to it for 5 years now, so I don't mind going twice.
    2 points
  8. Pretty sure someone has brought this up. But Umpire Placement Course (umpirecourse.com) has a bunch of leagues they supply to all over the country. From Northwoods (midwest) to West Coast League (Northwest) to Pecos (down south) and many more. And from all accounts the owner, John White, is as stand up a dude as they come. That is a one week course that happens right after Wendelstadt. And I believe there are discount rates for guys that stay after Harry's and attend UPC.
    2 points
  9. The longer answer is still yes, but it's getting harder and harder to get hired without pro ball experience, specifically at the AA/AAA level. There aren't many power 5 openings a year, and, as JSam said, they're looking for the best umpires available. There are always gonna be a few guys getting released from/quitting pro ball, and they've just spent 4-10 years working over 100 games a year with the best players, umpires, and standards. They've been 100% focused on umpiring in that time, without a primary job interfering. So, you either have to be better than some of those guys leaving pro ba
    2 points
  10. I thought you were going to say.... as @maven is apt to say, "Day game or night game"?
    2 points
  11. Since I have been a member of this site I have read @maven' s posts with a certain level of regard that the information in them was reliable and poignant. Often the replies provide multiple methods to help address a concern or a rules interpretation. As his handle indicates, he is the guy. This post, however, brings all of that into doubt. This photo is not recent. I'm not sure that I can continue to hold him in the same esteem any longer.
    2 points
  12. The American League adopted their DH rule to take effect in 1973. The very first man to appear at the plate as a DH was Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees on April 6, 1973—he faced Luis Tiant of the Red Sox and got a walk. It didn’t take long before the NFHS adopted their DH rule which first appeared in its 1976 rule book.
    1 point
  13. What's Ty's umpire cap size? He said in the video he was wearing a large and it worked great. Thanks .......
    1 point
  14. All base coaches are automatically qualified.
    1 point
  15. The part you bolded is jms' interpretation / ruling on the play. not the wording from RefMag. RefMag's ruling is in his previous paragraph ("in short ... the double play would stand.") Jms' reference to 8-5-d seems to be from NCAA, which does state to get a double play only if the runner intentionally interferes with a double play likely. That's different from the FED ruling (get a double play if it's likely, regardless of intent)
    1 point
  16. Very well, thank you! I think I remember reading 6.01(a)(5) at some int. obviously It did not stick well enough at that time. It certainly helps to have additional context in which to apply the ruling
    1 point
  17. When I'm on mobile (not Tapatalk, just the web browser) I can't see the notifications bell at all. I can see what threads are starred, but I can't actually find or open my notifications.
    1 point
  18. #1 you're right. If the catcher's initial throw doesn't retire R1, call R1 out on interference since the batter is out on strikes. #2 in both (a) and (b) I have the runner out for interference by the batter. In the MiLB Umpire Manual (2019 edition), section 6.27 says I believe this interpretation would cover scenario #2 that you described. However, rule 6.01(a)(5) might be a better fit for this play. It reads This rule might be more applicable for scenario #2. The batter isn't continuing to advance or returning to a base, so I think you would be justified to call him out
    1 point
  19. All legal. Everyone remembers the "It's a balk to throw to an unoccupied base ..." phrase but forgets the rest of the rule "... except for the purposes of making a play."
    1 point
  20. UPC actually had to change their dates for 2021, so that camp is happening January 18-24. Any normal year you're exactly right though.
    1 point
  21. I went to Harry’s this year. I was hired into MiLB and returned to a full college and HS schedule
    1 point
  22. I did, what feels like a lifetime ago. Went to the Evans school in '08. Came back to my job, and just working for different umpire orgs since. No college yet, although I haven't really put in the hard yards for it.
    1 point
  23. Thank you Stk, pretty sure thats the road I'm going to take. I've been in touch with an instructor from Harry's. I work for myself so summer leagues would be right up my alley. Anybody else on here go to pro school and then return home to their day job and doing hs/college games?
    1 point
  24. It sounds like going to Wendelstedt this year might be something worth considering for you. Since there's no professional jobs available, they're offering placement into summer collegiate leagues out of school this year. That would probably interfere with your day job come June/July/August, but it's a good opportunity to jump start a college baseball career.
    1 point
  25. I don't remember him ever saying that. I do remember him saying, "It's impossible to balk to second base."
    1 point
  26. Short answer is yes. They are looking for the best umpires period. They don’t care where you come from, if you can work you can work.
    1 point
  27. In that act, being legal... he can feint, right? So if he can feint, he can throw – regardless of who it’s towards or where they are. Or, since he can legally feint, he can begin chasing the R2 down, if he wishes. This is all provided that there is a “legal move to 2B”, as you mentioned. So... Yes Yes Yes And, as @maven is apt to say, “This is legal in all codes”.
    1 point
  28. https://stripesplus.com/ BOGO 40% off on Smitty, Cliff Keen, and Adams shirts, pants, and jackets and all protective gear. They also have a decent amount of the NB v2 base shoes still in stock at about $65
    1 point
  29. In fairness, Hudson does it in three and four man mechanics. Honestly, the real reason that most organizations want their new/young/inexperienced/"people that don't get it" umpires to use the hammer and not point is because that group generally does not have the best timing or an understanding that they can adjust the point so you can still keep your eyes forward. A great example of this is watching Cubby Culbreth call strikes. Especially with runners on.
    1 point
  30. What you're missing is FED's lack of logic.
    1 point
  31. You did not specify which rule set so we cannot answer definitively yet. If your game was played using high school rules we do have actual rules to give. However, I’ll go with Little League for now. I found a website called llumpires.com and I think it is owned by Kevin Hunter. His site is not directly associated with or endorsed by Little League. There is a blog about the topic of throwing bats that is dated June 10, 2016. Here is an excerpt that should help. I was at a Little League clinic at which Andy Konyar, who was then the Umpire-In-Chief for all of Little League, was asked this q
    1 point
  32. Not discontinuing. Just those shoes have a different logo on the tongue than the current version. https://www.ump-attire.com/Blog/PRODUCT-ALERT-MLB-Logo-vs-NB-Logo-on-New-Balance-Umpire-Shoes
    1 point
  33. No, keep the commies out of this. "That's nothing" is preferable because it rules explicitly on the action in question. And, in general, we should avoid telling people what to do if possible: our job is to rule on the action, not to dictate it. If someone doesn't want to play on, that's his prerogative.
    1 point
  34. Keith ....... let me start by saying I love the look of a visor. But in all reality, the visor does 3 things: 1) looks cool 2) keeps sun off the brim of your hat keeping you cooler 3) keeps rain off of the brim of you hat keeping it drier. The visor does not block sun because the brim of your hat does that, of which the visor is sitting above
    1 point
  35. Related to me; Coach: "Where was that pitch?" Coach: "Wow - where was that pitch?" Catcher: "They're balls Dad."
    1 point
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  37. The BALL location, and NOT the FIELDER location determines whether the ball is fair or foul. If the ball had not passed third base, then if the ball was over fair territory when touched, it's fair; if it's over foul territory, it;s foul. If the ball passed third, then the location when it passed third is key.
    1 point
  38. Yes. For both a batted and thrown ball, if the coach has time to vacate the space needed by the defense, he must do so. Failure to do so is INT ("teammate" INT). If he does not have time to move, it's nothing. Play the bounce. We should give the safe sign and verbalize, "That's nothing!"
    1 point
  39. +1, all points. For whatever reason, a lot of daddy coaches seem to have bottomless pits of empty souls that require constant validation from children's games that they're worthwhile human beings. No lopsided victory is ever enough to satisfy these awful specimens. That's not illegal in baseball, just bush and unsporting.
    1 point
  40. What you do differently: Don't talk to the fence. If there's an issue - and I'm not completely convinced there's one here - you'd talk to the coaches. To the home coach: you *might* say something about "how about calling off the dogs, skip?", but you could certainly say "hey skip, you're starting to raise a lot of bad feelings here, and it might lead to some on-field issues." To the away coach: "you need to get your fans under some kind of control here." But talking to the fans directly is just gonna lead to more bad things than good, in general.
    1 point
  41. If the BU felt, for whatever reason, he had a bad look or was blocked, he could have come to you immediately. He did not, so we can assume either (1) he felt comfortable with his call, or (2) he was not sure, "out" was his default call, and he would have welcomed a challenge so he could go to you. I agree with Mike and Jeff, but I would add that there are ways to "invite" your partner to ask for your help. Some people pre-game a confidential signal to indicate, "Hey, I've got some information, if you ask." When a situation arises, you look at your partner to establish eye contact, so he c
    1 point
  42. It's the Field Ump's call. You should offer NOTHING unless HE asks you. (Not the coach or the manager either!) I blow 'em as I sees 'em! Mike Las Vegas
    1 point
  43. I wear long compression leggings. And have since I first started back in the early 90s. I wear them regardless of the season. As for the shin guards rotating like Kyle mentioned. I had MAJOR issues with this happening, going all the way back to my playing days! This all stopped with the Force3 shin guards because of that fabulous padded insert.
    1 point
  44. The definition of "Lip Service"
    1 point
  45. Like you said, Rob needs to detail what LVSHL has done to combat the bullying, or his comment is just wasted breath.
    1 point
  46. They should have to play several home games with zero fans in attendance.
    1 point
  47. Kudos to Alyssa for putting two in the back of the net during that. The story is disturbing, but this just piles it on IMO: "The Parkland Ice Hockey Club deeply regrets the actions of a group of fans regarding the bullying of Alyssa Wruble," Parkland Vice President Rob Bilger said. "We, along with USA Hockey have a zero tolerance for bulling. Unfortunately, bullying has been an ongoing problem for years in the LVSHL (Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League) and it needs to stop." Hey Rob, how about stepping up and holding your fans accountable then? Bullying doesn't stop u
    1 point
  48. My daughter played on a volleyball team for a few years and the coach made us sign a sportsmanship agreement and we had regular parents meetings. I thought it was great and to the best of my recollection we only had one parent/child "leave" the team for sportsmanship. This was a great idea and I think would work great -- if enforced.
    1 point
  49. I still believe that baseball is as bad as it is simply because there's no real penalty before being ejected. Because of this, there's no cool-off situation. In football, you lose yards. In volleyball, you lose points. In basketball, the other team gets free shots at points. Yes, ejections can occur, but that's a last resort move with intermediary steps before that. Each of these steps gives a moment for the coach to reflect on whether they want to keep going. Imagine if baseball had one of these penalties. You come out of the dugout to argue while on defense - BOOM - runners are awarded
    1 point
  50. Just on this question: OHSAA will suspend officials who speak to the media; repeat offenders risk losing their permit. And Twitter counts. Social media.
    1 point


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