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  1. 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.
  2. 4 points
    this post is useless without photos!!!
  3. 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.
  4. 3 points
    This is no mere "second ball" scenario, as the umpire lost track of the game and HE threw the other ball in. The cited rules all address the "accidental" second ball from a bull pen or neighboring field. Apples and oranges. My point earlier was that it's a mistake (and poor officiating) to expect the rules to magically solve all the crap that can happen when we screw up. Nobody can write a rule book like that (well, absent an escape clause: "The umpire has authority to rule on anything not addressed in these rules"). The general prescription is the one I provided earlier: do what seems fair to both teams, apologize (once), and get the ball back in play as quickly as possible.
  5. 3 points
    Withholding judgment ... ... but why would you want a decal for a product that is not what you have? It would be like slapping a Porsche hood ornament on my wife’s Caravan.
  6. 3 points
    I cannot point to a signal in an NFHS source that is no longer included in their umpiring signals. As far as the point toward the play and verbalizing, it is something that I have learned through clinics and onfield observations. It is akin to this
  7. 2 points
    @Razzer does ... Maybe that's next in line for UmpLife
  8. 2 points
    Just trying to picture this...The sunglasses on his cap caused him to whiff on the catch how???
  9. 2 points
    The interpretation is not correct, ... it's been spelled out to you that it's not correct. don't be "that umpire" .... please. If you're misinterpreting a rule, and trying to apply it where it doesn't belong, that means you're making stuff up. Don't do that.
  10. 2 points
    Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez took issue with MLB umpires ("Awful!") for a missed HR call (correctly overturned via Replay Review) despite Keith himself having missed the same call during his first (and second) viewing of the play. With the bases loaded during Friday's Mets-Royals game, 1B... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  11. 2 points
    I think the parents want the win. The kids don’t give a sht at the levels I’m familiar with.
  12. 2 points
    Come on, spark2212, join the crew! There is a lot more fun--and, I have to admit, BS, too!--to be had on the field than on your couch in front of the TV. Volunteer with your local Little League in-house and see how it goes.
  13. 2 points
    The reports of the System 7 having a smaller neck hole was one of the final decision making factors for me in picking the Force 3 over the System 7 when I got my last CP. I have an 18.5 inch neck and expect CPs to be tight around my neck but when I read about this I knew it wouldn't work for me.
  14. 2 points
    For the player yes...for the team, the out is usually harsher...there are exceptions but most teams in most scenarios would rather sacrifice a player than an out. Now, if this was like soccer where an ejection also leaves you down a player for the remainder of the game...or like hockey, put a player in the penalty box for a defensive half of the inning. Most ejections are a contrivance of the player or coach anyway. Very few players or coaches are surprised when the ejection occurs. Coach getting ejection has no other detrimental impact. But often players get ejected: when they were never in the game when they have just left the game at a point in the game where there is minimal impact (eg. the DH after his third at bat, the starting pitcher who has thrown 105 pitches) Even when that's not the case I think you'd have a hard time pointing out more than a few MLB player ejections in the past two seasons that had any meaningful impact to the outcome of the game. Imagine if the defense arguing resulted in a two base award, sometimes a run, for the offense...or the offense arguing resulted in two bases backwards, or an out...or a strike.
  15. 2 points
    What CP is best? This is like asking which girl is the hottest? So much depends on personal preference - for beauty is in the eye of the beholder! That said, you've already been given many opinions and good tips for selecting a good CP. I've tried them all and my body type may be different than yours, but here is what I have found to be my favorites thus far. For reference, I'm 5'11" and weigh around 235 most of the time. I'm XL in shirts, 38 waist in most pants (40 in suit and umpire pants for more room in the thighs) and I wear a 48 jacket. Sometimes I think it's important to understand the person's size doing the referring as what works on a 150-175 pound man will probably not offer me enough coverage... also, what works for me and covers all my ribs won't provide great coverage on a 6'4" man most likely. Here are my favorites. I did not list them in the order of personal favoritism because I'd be hard-pressed to have to say that one really stands out above the others in the top 5. Any of these CP's I feel would be excellent CP's for the majority of umpires today. Schutt/Adams HDX XV $69+ Pros: cost affordable, much cooler than other CP's, lightweight, hard-shell, upgraded harness on Adams . Cons: flimsy velcro holding all in place, plastic is thin and may crack over time, with a couple of mods that are easy to do, this is a great CP. Douglas with T-hooks and Gap Protection $225+ Pros: great fit, slim profile, great protection, American company. Cons: Expensive! with the mods I mention, well over $225! Stock harness needs replaced immediately. All Star CPU4000 aka System Seven $150+ Pros: great protection, American company, replaceable/washable padding, Flex harness is standard, fit doesn't make you look huge Cons: a little pricey at $150+, would recommend one mod for most guys to keep shoulder caps from moving. Wilson Gold L/XL $135+ Pros: Solid protection, great coverage, lasts forever, t-hooks are standard Cons: need new harness right off the bat, these can be hot as sofa foam isn't cooling, honestly you may not like Wilson, but you can't knock this product other than harness & padding needs updated. Wilson Platinum 13" $115+ (see above as it's basically same as Gold, but I prefer Gold personally over the Platinum - also hard to find the longer 13" version now) You'll notice I left out Champion, All American, V-Sport hard-shell protectors. They just don't offer the right fit and coverage for a bigger guy like me. I know smaller guys love them and I love the look of the AA, but I just can't get them to fit me right. I'm trying to frankenstein a CP now after seeing Ray's F3/Unequal V1 with Gold front plates and Schutt shoulders - I may try to use a Schutt front for a little more coverage - but it's @Razzer's idea so he gets the credit. My personal goal is to reduce my profile without sacrificing coverage and protection either. My personal opinion is that there is no perfect CP. You will have to find one that fits you best and in which you feel comfortable/safe. Then, fit it to you or make mods to fix the things about it you don't like. Happy Hunting!
  16. 2 points
    But, but...he never actually touched him with the glove! SMH.
  17. 2 points
    Coaches should not be allowed to pick what umpires work their game. Talk about having homer umpires.
  18. 2 points
    I don’t know if I’d agree it’s hard to advance. At least not from youth to high school, high school to lower level college That said, there are things you must do to advance to any level, besides the obvious things like know your rules, be professional, in shape, responsible, etc. 1. Go to clinics. Specifically clinics that fit the level you wish to attain and where people who will be assigning at that next level will see you. Try to go to one clinic a year. 2. Don’t attempt or expect to skip levels. Youth, sub varsity, varsity, etc. Skipping levels doesn’t help you and it will show on the field that you are not ready to advance. 3. Rarely does if happen quickly. If takes time and many games to get go the point where the next level doesn’t overwhelm you. Seems to me too many people expect to work a year or 2 of LL and/ of sub varsity and think they’re ready to move up. That’s rare. 4. Be a good “ soldier “. That means if you accept games don’t turn them back, keep blocks up to date, do any games your assigner needs you for , and don’t complain I’m old school so the term “ pay your dues” resonates. Not to sound like an old fart, but I think this is a major point that’s lost on a lot of the younger generation . There’s no instant gratification here. You don’t advance without paying your dues. Is all of this “playing the game?” . I don’t think so ..some might disagree. If you think it’s playing the game , and you don’t want to play the game, then yeah, it’s real hard to advance There’s no substitute for experience. It takes time. Some advance quicker than others for many reasons. Availability and ability probably two of the more important assets one can have to speed up the process Never stop learning. If you’re not getting better your getting worse.
  19. 2 points
    The NCAA put out a video last year on a play where the batter was forced out of the box by a pitch and unintentionally hindered the catcher's attempt to retire a stealing R1. The official NCAA ruling was interference, even though the batter was just trying to avoid the pitch. Sometimes, life just ain't fair.
  20. 1 point
    here's a sharp call from the game Here's the missed bangers, happened on consecutive batters IIRC :
  21. 1 point
    did you see the NJ/LA game today? 1BU had a rough time on consecutive bangers
  22. 1 point
    NJ doesn't allow it by any players in high school. Perhaps you're seeing a "trickle down" effect in your area of NJ.
  23. 1 point
    I believe the technical term for your response is the YGBFKM stare.
  24. 1 point
    On this board and on another, I have tried to post when I am offering an alternate rule set. It is very helpful to have discussions across rule sets, but we do need to be careful to point out when we are doing that. Simply posting “an answer” is not necessarily sufficient if it is the right answer but in the wrong code. I like yawetag’s idea of tagging rule sets and nominate him to implement that ... See what happens when you leave a meeting for a few minutes!
  25. 1 point
    I second this. I don’t want to sell a mask under false pretenses but this could help people know what to look for as buyers.
  26. 1 point
    I also say shame on the manager for not coming out to question the call
  27. 1 point
    2004 NFHS Interpretations: SITUATION 19: B1 bunts and F2 fields the ball in fair territory in front of home plate. B1 is running in foul territory when F2, in fair territory, throws errantly and hits B1 in the back. B1 continues running and touches first base. RULING: The play stands. F2 made an errant throw. Although B1 was not in the running lane, his position did not interfere with F2’s throw. (8-4-1g Exception)
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    Correct, two rules govern the batter's interference situation, with 6.01(a)(5) applying here due to the strikeout. With the batter not already out, use 6.03(a)(3).
  30. 1 point
    My clock isn't that accurate.
  31. 1 point
    As with any written rule you have to look at interpretations that go with it. Does this quote make you feel any better? "If, in the judgment of the umpire(s), this behavior is occurring, both the player and the manager may be ejected from the game. It is the discretion of the umpire to decide if the action is blatant and consistent to the point where ejection is warranted." https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/hey-blue-protesting-unsportsmanlike-conduct/
  32. 1 point
    @The Man in Blue I’m ashamed to say that I am part of the emoji generation. Whenever I read an article from contemporary news outlets, (vice, huff post, etc...) and even some big name news sources for that matter, I can’t do it without my red pen in hand. A lot of them are simple mistakes that should have been taught in middle school, and caught on the first edit of the article. I can’t understand how multimillion dollar corps allow such atrocious errors to make it into print. People are too accustomed to speaking with ambiguous pictures. But on the same hand I can’t put the full onus on my generation because I’ve had professors try to teach me that nothing really has meaning, so it doesn’t matter what we say...
  33. 1 point
    <——————————— And this guy (me) is their bandleader! I’ve said it before... It’s not that I would not use Wilson gear. It’s that, if given a choice, I would compare the options based on qualities and characteristics, not on name; and – this is the crucial component – I would not buy it brand-new, full-price retail. Wilson gear is good, but it’s primarily comprised of obsolete materials and methodology. The justification for a premium price tag no longer holds merit; all we’re paying for is the name and MLB licensing logo on it.
  34. 1 point
    I’ll even say it ... that is just ridiculous. I did approach an ejection one time but it was because the player and coach were being disrespectful and playing games when instructed to remove the jewelry four times. First inning: I noticed the earrings and told the player to remove them. Second inning: I noticed them again and advised the player and coach to remove them. Third inning: Player comes out with bandaids over them. I follow her to the dugout and issue a warning to the player and coach. Then I hear all kinds of excuses: she just had them done, they are permanent, etc. ... I asked if she was going to play school ball in the fall. She said yes. I advised her NFHS flat out says NO, so her career in school ball is over if they are permanent. She was coming up to bat to lead off the top of the inning and the coach asked if I was going to call her out. I said “No coach, I am going to eject her if she comes on the field again. She has been told four times now.” Coach asks “So then what, we have to take an out?” I advise “No coach, by rule the game is over and you forfeit because you have no subs to fill the ejected player’s spot.” Amazing how fast they came out. I wasn’t going to eject her for the jewelry, I was going to eject her for their shenigans, As I said though, I am no longer judging that. I like the NFHS rule of NO and will enforce it all day long. However I am tired of having arguments in codes that won’t back their own rules though. Why do I feel that way? I have seen a girl turn her head on a ground ball that hopped and hit her in the ear. It shoved the post of her “little harmless stud” into her neck. Mom and dad took her to the hospital. I’ve seen a batter get hit in the ear and the post punctured the skin (not near as serious as the other, but enough for blood to stream). I’ve seen a baseball player go head first into second and his necklace scratched his throat enough for blood to flow. Any of those could have been worse and all of them happened, whether you saw it or not.
  35. 1 point
    To all of those having issues with the S7 neck area, you can form/train the CP successfully with a mold and some heat. It gives you as tight of a fit as you want, which doesn't sacrifice any protection around the neck/collarbone. I have a 17.5 inch neck and had some rubbing at first. I put a ball into the neck hole and left it in my hot garage for a week or so, then it was fine. I'm sure you can do the same with a hair dryer on warm in a fraction of the time.
  36. 1 point
    Gonna be "that guy." This is Korean baseball.
  37. 1 point
    To be fair, it was the Reds. The last time their manager came out on the field it didn’t end well.
  38. 1 point
    As an established member..........I don't care about the ads. If it pays the bills, go for it!
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    NFHS, most definitely obstruction. Rule 2 Playing Terms and Definitions SECTION 22 OBSTRUCTION AND FAKE TAG ART. 1 . . . Obstruction is an act (intentional or unintentional, as well as physical or verbal) by a fielder, any member of the defensive team or its team personnel that hinders a runner or changes the pattern of play as in 5-1-3 and 8-3-2; or when a catcher or fielder hinders a batter as in 5-1-2b, 8-1-1e, 8-3-1c and 8-3-2. When obstruction occurs, the ball becomes dead at the end of playing action and the umpire has authority to determine which base or bases shall be awarded the runners according to the rule violated (Exceptions 8-4-2c, 8-4-2d). ART. 2. . . A fake tag is an act by a defensive player without the ball that simulates a tag. A fake tag is considered obstruction. ART. 3 . . . The fielder without possession of the ball denies access to the base the runner is attempting to achieve.
  41. 1 point
  42. 1 point
    Hunter tried to ignore Clint but I think in the end Clint was trying to fire up his struggling team.
  43. 1 point
    The rule book, unlike most coaches, is your friend: Rule 6-2-4 defines a balk, in part, as "any feinting toward the batter or first base...." Generally, if something is not prohibited by the rules, it's legal.
  44. 1 point
    NFHS and Little League have not adopted the OBR and NCAA prohibition of feinting to 3B. 31 pickoff is legal if, as you say, done correctly. But NFHS differs in how it can be done correctly as opposed to how it was able to be done correctly in OBR. In Little League, the only OBR based ruleset that still allows the 31, the pitcher has to disengage in the feint to 3B if he is going to throw to 1B. In NFHS the pitcher does not have to disengage in the feint to 3B and if he still is in contact with the rubber then can and must throw to 1B. That move however is rarely seen since most pitchers naturally disengage in the feint to 3B. The wheel move also would be an incorrect move in LL and NFHS.
  45. 1 point
    ATLROSS, please note that "force" is a term of art which is not applicable to a runner returning to tag up after a catch, as the catch of the BR's fly ball removes the force. Here is how OBR defines the term: "A FORCE PLAY is a play in which a runner legally loses his right to occupy a base by reason of the batter becoming a runner." OBR 5.08(b) has an approved ruling virtually identical to your query: "APPROVED RULING: One out, Jones on third, Smith on first, and Brown flies out to right field. Two outs. Jones tags up and scores after the catch. Smith attempted to return to first but the right fielder’s throw beat him to the base. Three outs. But Jones scored before the throw to catch Smith reached first base, hence Jones’ run counts. It was not a force play."
  46. 1 point
    I looked on their site and they don’t have them for sale. I suppose i could call them. Thanks
  47. 1 point
    Order one from Ump-Attire right now and it will be there by Thursday.
  48. 1 point
    Protection, a some point, is a trade off. The ill fated Davishield was a very low profile c/p. Trouble is that it couldn't protect you against a baseball. My AllStar System 7, IMO, the best protection you can buy ( if it fits your body). And yeah, it's a bit bulky. I've got what might be the "Holy Grail" of protectors. Low profile, and "cool". But trust me, it doesn't protect as well as my AllStar. In the end, you need to cover all your boney parts with protection against the velocity of the balls attacking you at the level you're working at.
  49. 1 point
    this is cluster F*#K waiting to happen!
  50. 1 point
    This doesn't make sense. The point of P/DH is to allow the pitcher to simulatenously occupy 2 positions, pitcher and DH. If one position is replaced, the P/DH remains in the other positions. Further substitutes for the replaced position (a P/DH remaining as DH, but replaced as a pitcher) can replace the original replacement (pitcher) in this example, while allowing the former P/DH to remain in his other role. If a P/DH gets replaced by a P/DH, that new P/DH can be replaced by either a pitcher or another hitter, and remain in the other role. Maybe NFHS will allow that in the official version of the rules for next season.

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