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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
    8 points
  2. Have a photographic memory. Read the book. Easy!
    6 points
  3. It’s not your fault, @Scissors, but All-Star I-Bar LUC mask is not its name. That’s what some lazy bozo on Amazon called it, based solely on the obvious clues on it – made by All-Star, it has these things called I-Bars, and LUC? someone said there’s LUC on there somewhere. It’s actually the legendary FM25. It was originally designed for catchers, featuring rectangular ear guards, a pronounced chin guard that could serve as a throat guard, and a double-wire eyeport. Rawlings and Wilson had competing models. Despite Nike debuting the iconic single-wire Titanium at the turn of the century,
    6 points
  4. 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
  5. First of all... WE HAVE A KEN FITTS SIGHTING!!! Have you contacted Out West? It feels like they always stock them. So who knows.
    4 points
  6. Semi related, anyone from UE headed to school this year? Last minute I decided to go for it, so I'll be leaving in a week!
    4 points
  7. Impossible. No work gets done when using Internet Explorer.
    4 points
  8. Read it in reverse for subliminal messages.
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  9. 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
  10. That's what I did in my haste. Sorry, now I am confusing everyone. There is no V2 - it's a Cobalt. I have gone back and edited my post, but I can't correct everyone's quotations from my original post. I should have waited to post anything this morning, but started to post and then was distracted by other work and ended up making an inaccurate post.
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  11. Since you're a guest, I want you to know that this upcoming rant is not directed at you. This is why I hate it when umpires do this. It's either "time" or nothing. The point of any communication we do is to clearly inform the participants of something they need to know. This mechanic leads to more confusion and incorrect rule application by the umpire (as in this case) than it's worth (evidenced virtually here.) It's lazy, leads to more laziness, and is useless. In this case, by rule, the pitcher had to disengage the rubber and the ball was never legally put back into play.
    3 points
  12. Speaking as an IT pro... most likely not. I use a VPN to connect to my workplace(s) - that's perfectly valid and another issue altogether. Using a VPN so you can get to Netflix in another country - perhaps moral (and legal due to their "terms of service") issues, but I'm not going to point fingers at you, if that's what you want to spend your money on. Generic VPN for "privacy"? - probably not. Here's the thing, most communications are already encrypted with SSL (so "secure" - that happens whether or not you're connected to a VPN. What isn't encrypted? The names of the sites you
    3 points
  13. I have heard "picks to first" as an expression for the attempt. I have never heard "picks off the runner" as anything but a success term, akin to "retires the runner."
    3 points
  14. Not for me. I'm best when I'm Zen, let it flow, and the game comes to me.
    3 points
  15. ^^^^ This. I will not wear a pullover jacket on the plate. Ever.
    2 points
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. What have I heard about my association plans?
    2 points
  19. 2 points
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Exactly what I was going to suggest
    2 points
  25. Apparently his identity has already been stolen. Better close the barn doors before the horses return.
    2 points
  26. 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
  27. I really wanted to like the S7 cp. But I just couldn't do it. And by "do it" I meant stick my head through the opening.
    2 points
  28. Did the pitcher toe the rubber and deliver? That's a pitch! If F2 comes out, that CI. The batter has every right to offer at the pitch legally. Yes, score the run. Did the pitcher disengage before he threw home? If so, he's a fielder and the batter's actions are interference with a defensive play. Mike Las Vegas
    2 points
  29. System 7 line...Not Cobalt.
    2 points
  30. If using the NFHS Rule book, use one of the three pages to wipe with? What? In a digital age, Fed can’t be bothered to produce and circulate a digital version? Well, if you’re going to provide me paper, then... Note: I’m not saying that NFHS Rules are for sh!t*, I’m saying the physical, printed book is. We know why they continue to publish it. * I may be implying, but that is inconclusive.
    2 points
  31. 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.
    2 points
  32. If a balk was called with R1 and R2, how did the BR hit into a 4-6-3?
    2 points
  33. 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.
    2 points
  34. You'll look even more ridiculous umpiring in a bloody shirt or no shirt at all. Switch to the other color shirt, Honestly, no one who knows the details will care
    2 points
  35. I would start with the definitions. Get them down, as they provide the base for the rules and interpretations.
    2 points
  36. That’s awesome! So stoked for you!
    2 points
  37. 2 days into instruction, it's going well! Pretty tired by the end of the days, but having a great time.
    2 points
  38. 3 pages every BM. I might get in trouble again but that's how you do it.
    2 points
  39. 2014 NFHS Baseball Rules Interpretations SITUATION 9: The home plate umpire, while positioned to make a call on a runner attempting to score, is hit by the ball in the mouth. His uniform shirt and pants become soaked with blood. RULING: The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee re-affirmed that if blood is on an umpire’s uniform, he will need to have it cleaned with the proper solution by a trainer, or change his uniform/gear. If he is unable to do so and he does not have spare clothing, and his partner does not have any gear or uniform pieces that will fit, it is permissible to wear wh
    2 points
  40. Made my own from a summer weight sport coat w/ box split and custom-made ball pockets: Yeah, we be pimpin'.
    2 points
  41. How deep is the hole? My guess is that it's just an indentation from manufacturing and only cosmetic. I would call All Star to see what they say about it. I wouldn't be overly concerned though... Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
    2 points
  42. What part of the country are you in? The Mid American umpire clinic in springfield MO happens every year in September(?), and is worth the investment if it's a reasonable distance.
    2 points
  43. It's never used alone. You need the rest of the context to answer. Just like so much reading in English. "A mouse is on the desk" -- what image comes to your mind? You won't know Whether I meant a rodent or a computer device until you read more.
    2 points
  44. I mean. There really are only two options here, right?
    2 points
  45. You can also check out the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy. woundedwarriorua.org In operation since 2014, WWUA helps Recovering, Injured & ill service members use that sense of camaraderie, and provide them an avenue to be able to transition back into their community through umpiring. You can also find the link at the bottom of the UA website.
    2 points
  46. https://youtube.com/user/swanamaker It's mainly a bunch of short clips for training. But it was a pleasant surprise when I noticed the channel name on one of Kevin Fitzgerald's Facebook posts of a case play video. I also recommend checking out the Strong Beach Umpires (Long Beach, CA) youtube page. Also newly discovered today by joining their Zoom clinic this morning... New Mexico Officials Association (NMOA) has a bunch of great videos for all sports. But in particular about 15 hour long videos with the likes of Billy Haze, Brian DeBauware, Mike Everitt, Bill Miller, and more!
    2 points
  47. You cannot return an obstructed runner to a base behind one where they were retired. Either they are protected to the base they attempted and are awarded that base, or they are not and they are out.
    2 points
  48. Remove the inner pad and move it up a bit above the top cap, problem solved for me anyaways.
    2 points


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