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  1. I got to add my all time example... HS player strikes out on a smoking fast ball right down the middle....takes his bat and slams it on the plate 3 times very loudly saying F@&K..F#$%..F*&^...( everyone in the complex heard him) I look over to Coach and told him he needed a replacement for # 18....he had been ejected for profanity.... The Player Dad says: whats going on? The Player says: I just got FING ejected! The Dad say: what the F&^% for? The Player says: for something I FING said! The Dad says : what did you FING say?...........
    8 points
  2. "Horrible" is in the eyes of the beholder. Even in warm weather, I will usually wear a long sleeve shirt on the bases. I've had a lot of skin cancer issues the past 5-6 years, and I'm not going to expose myself to the sun any more than I have to, just because my partner has a contrary fashion sense.
    6 points
  3. I will add this war story (which I'm certain I have posted before): Normally, for the levels I work (shaving-aged players) I do not eject a player simply for swearing (as opposed to calling me a swear word). With that said: I was once working a high school game. A groundball was hit up the first base line, fielded by F1. F1 made a swipe tag attempt at the B/R and my partner (the base umpire) called safe/no tag. After the play, my partner came to me for help and I quickly told him that I didn't have anything different. Now...to set the scene...as we were talking, parents/fans of th
    5 points
  4. The wedge is a great advancement in taking plays at any base. Most of us will use it at HP, but it's technique's can be used successfully at any base. Your understanding is basically correct. I have been taught to stay at the point of the plate and allow F2 to take me to the play. Imagine you are connected to him with a 6-8ft rope (or 1x3) that essentially works like the axle of a car. As F2 moves, move with him, keeping that distance Here is a good image. The gap between F2 and R3 is the wedge - a triangular window that allows PU to see the tag/no tag and the plate at th
    4 points
  5. At the last 3 people to post, find a seat if you're standing. And I say that only mostly in jest. Wendelstedt is not teaching the pivot this year. Yes, you read that right, no more pivots. Hunter and Jansen have relayed that they think MiLB will be getting rid of the pivot, potentially as early as this season.
    4 points
  6. Especially in High School .... Just look the part, and be comfortable! HS baseball in Michigan starts in late March for God's sake ... I've actually worn my "ThermaBase" heavy zip coat on the plate before. Cloudy, 40-ish deg, w/ 12-15mph winds ...I'm going to be warm, sorry. I'm clean, neat, pressed, my uniform is in-line with the requirements ... it's fine. Was it a bit bulky, yes, but I was comfy! Same goes for pullovers. If that's what you have, rock it. My personal opinion on the pullover on the plate is if you DO wear it, tuck it! It just looks better
    4 points
  7. My Riddell says it was made in 2004
    3 points
  8. I find it amazing that people worry this much about matching. Is there a book somewhere for fashion faux-pas for amateur umpires? "Oh, that jacket is just so totally last year Bob. I can't work with you anymore!" It is ridiculously expensive to start as a baseball umpire, then let's add another couple hundred dollars in coats, jackets, long-sleeve shirts, etc. so he can be sure to match up with his partner all of the time - even though he may only wear it once or twice a year! This is why we all need to go to black as our main color, instead of navy. You have to have navy for HS,
    3 points
  9. As Mr. noumpere pointed out we have already posted the case play for the FED so here’s what I found for the NCAA and OBR— From the 2016 BRD (section 202, p. 145): NCAA: The pitcher’s cap falls off during delivery: Point not covered. Official Interpretation: Umpires are to consider this a distraction to bother the umpire and the hitter. It is up to the UIC to correct this before continuing the contest. OBR Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: The umpire has the authority to have a pitcher remove any items or equipment that he believes is distracting. He may do so on hi
    3 points
  10. 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
    3 points
  11. Here is what the rules writers say on the language: Situation 12: At the plate conference, the home team head coach provides to the plate umpire three baseballs. The plate umpire notices that while the baseballs have the NFHS Authenticating Mark, they do not have the SEI/NOCSAE mark. RULING: The game shall be played, but the home plate umpire shall provide a report to the state association. The baseballs are required to have both marks to ensure that proper testing has been done on the baseballs. SEI/NOCSAE testing provides a means to maintain a consistent and uniform standard for high sc
    2 points
  12. Was it a night game or a day game? Sorry, I had to do it before someone else did. I have to agree with our rules master, Senor Azul and go with E. You have to go with the one that makes most sense - or is the truest. E makes the "most" sense. Of course, if this is NFHS it doesn't matter what's right as they miss one or two a year it seems.
    2 points
  13. I would say (alluding to my original post) that what puts them above the Golds is that they are "permanently" assembled and not held together by straps on each component. I hated that my Golds would disassemble themselves because of the Velcro.
    2 points
  14. There's a reason I keep a stapler in my bag.
    2 points
  15. Here are two videos with UCU (United Collegiate Umpires) Head Instructor Brian deBrauwere. One is a 30 minute quick and dirty explanation of "Wedge Theory". The second is closer to a hour and goes more in depth. The important thing to remember is that The Wedge (some call it Keyhole as well as many other terms) is in fact a theory and not a position on the field. Hope these help some.
    2 points
  16. Good point. This is the line I try to use. If I’m to the point I’m sweating, it feels like I’m wearing a wet garbage bag. Any chance I sweat, I go to a long sleeve, under armour cold gear underneath. If it’s 40+ with minimal wind, I can do that. Start to get below that and/or bad wind, I think about jacket, as I won’t be sweating. The UA cold gear is a lifesaver.
    2 points
  17. My buddy told me that. Whoop whoop!
    2 points
  18. I have gold team Wendy retrofit. Haven’t umpired in two years as I started doing triathlons now. I am seriously considering selling mine. Still trying to decide if I am going to umpire again
    2 points
  19. I'm all about the NO pivot. ...I'll be 55 in one month .... the 'glance' is MUCH more fluid, and effective for ME!
    2 points
  20. I have no argument. "Hockey Mom" is a terrifying species in an of itself - between a Hockey Mom and a mama grizzly with cubs it's a close call which I'd rather encounter...and I've done both. I've seen my share of douchebags on both sides of the border. However, I would fight a bear for you.
    2 points
  21. Not to hijack the thread...but I'm sick of all these "Canadians are so nice" posts all over the internet. I mean, Blue Jays fans are complete buttheads (see the "beer throwing at umpires as they walk of the field" incident from a few years ago) and there are a TON of videos on YouTube of Canadian parents going batSH*# crazy at youth hockey games. I'm beginning to think Canadians aren't really that nice...they just have a great marketing department.
    2 points
  22. I understand where you're coming from, but respectfully disagree. Again, I'm hot-blooded and an older gentlemen working with me may need his jacket whereas I do not. Why should I be hot just so he can be comfortable? So I look good? Sorry, I can't get behind this reasoning. But then again, I hate the pivot between 1st and 2nd when I can pick up the touch/no-touch/interference/obstruction with a glance over my shoulder - but the regs mandate I pivot! I guess I'm a rebel. I know it's an appearance thing - but I'm told the higher levels (2 man, not MLB of course) do not pivot either, so
    2 points
  23. thanks for all the inputs! I think I am going to have to go Smitty, as much as I want a slimmer shirt around the torso, my torso doesn't agree with said slimmer shirt. The MLB style has been approved for use, but the default shirt is still the two stripe in our area. Luckily everyone around town (minus one youth league) is navy free... black and sky/polo blue is all you really see.
    2 points
  24. I coached for 15 years and I NEVER once thought to look to see if the umps had matching shirts sleeves. No long sleeves on the bases makes no sense at all. People have differences in what's comfortable. Players are certainly not wearing the same socks even, let alone sleeve lengths. As noted, and assignor can have whatever standard they want, but there are a LOT of games out there (in normal years), with assignors competing for the same umps. I think we should dress, and more importantly act, professionally, but wearing long sleeves on bases shouldn't be an issue for anyone.
    2 points
  25. Yes, there are. And it's not necessarily a conscious thought--it's that this guy looks different. They may not put their fingers on it, but something isn't the same as others they've seen, and it colors their perception.
    2 points
  26. Agreed on that for sure, but I think where you lost me earlier in the thread was no LS on the bases. Sounds like you are an assigner so at the end of the day you can have whatever standards you want, but are coaches out there that are wearing a beanie, hoodie, and baseball pants really thinking "Oh this base guy is wearing long sleeves/ that plate umpire is wearing a pullover, what a slob." ? I just don't know about that.
    2 points
  27. I am all about limiting the barrier to entry. Umpiring already has an expensive start up cost, when we start adding in unnecessary equipment and uniform "rules" we are only increasing that. Is your shirt the same color/style? Are your pants clean and wrinkle free? Shoes look like you have cleaned them? Lets go call the game. Like others have said, I would much rather my partner be in the game and not thinking about how cold he is/ how he's going to buy a long sleeve shirt right after the game so he is in line with the uniform regulations and doesn't have to gut it out in a SS shirt behind
    2 points
  28. I would like to recommend you take a look at the TV series Have Gun – Will Travel (Season 4 Episode 4). The series is set in the 1870s and the episode is titled Out at the Old Ball Park--it first aired on 10/1/60. In the episode the protagonist Paladin answered a newspaper ad for an honest umpire. During his job interview Paladin states that his resume includes serving under Gen. Abner Doubleday in the Civil War, and witnessing the first openly pro team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings play in 1869. And my favorite part is that he wore and used his six-gun as part of his umpire equipment during t
    2 points
  29. Had a Varsity game a couple of years back, F1 throwing BB's. Opposing F1 came to bat in bottom of 3rd. First pitch was the old "right down the middle", as B1 watches it go by. "He drops his head (obviously upset with himself) and drops an audible (but not going beyond earshot of the 3 of us in the vicinity of the plate) F bomb.....steps 1 foot out of the box, looks at the catcher and says "Dave, any chance I can get you to call the same pitch?" A good chuckle was had by all 3 of us. Context.
    2 points
  30. You came to the wrong place to avoid advice. Or war stories.
    2 points
  31. Play on. The "detached equipment" rule requires intent -- I think the wording is something like "thrown, tossed or kicked" PLEASE DON'T SHOUT
    2 points
  32. Hi all, It's been a good run, but it's time for me to hang it up...I've successfully umpired my way through college (partially -- tuition is expensive), but this season I'll either be working or back in school depending on the success of my med school applications. Either way I don't think I can fit umpiring into my life for the foreseeable future, so it's time to get rid of some of the gear I've accumulated, and time for you to help out a hungry student! I've tried to be reasonable with the prices and I'm happy to consider discounts for multiple items. Payment by Venmo or Paypal go
    1 point
  33. Crimany. I had 'B' all the way but now I have to worry about a 'possible conference' to determine if dusk is day or night? Come on man!
    1 point
  34. BT_Blue, I think you may have misread what Shawn0331 wrote in the first post: "I DID NOT eject the pitcher even though it was an eject-able offense." I'm also curious why it mattered that the "pitcher (Offender) was sticking up for his catcher who also happened to be his brother...."
    1 point
  35. If the pitch had been allowed to cross the plate and it had been called strike three, the batter would be out for the third out and no run could score as Mr. Sandpaper alluded. Since it was a college game in the video here is the NCAA rule (2019-2020 rule 8-2e-2 and exception)— Batter Becomes Base Runner SECTION 2. The batter becomes a base runner: e. If any defensive player interferes with the batter’s swing or prevents the individual from striking at a pitched ball; Exception—If there is catcher’s interference on a squeeze play or a steal of home, the batter is awarded f
    1 point
  36. Generally when F2 goes out to get the throw and then tries to tag the runner on the back. All this talk about "lines" and "angles" never made much sense to me (I get that it might make sense to others). Just stay / move so you can see between F2 (specifically his glove -- or where it will be) and Rx. Most / many newer umpires struggle with this. They either instinctively don't move, or move to 1BLE, or they jitterbug all over the place and never get set to see the tag attempt. Starting and staying at 3BL extended is a good compromise that (a) gets it right
    1 point
  37. Having both knees replaced tends to cause you to frown on the pivot................he says as glancing over his shoulder
    1 point
  38. I'm 41... and I've been about the Triple A pivot for 20 years! Lol
    1 point
  39. Nah - we'll all just apologize for getting fired at.
    1 point
  40. It doesn't look terrible at all. Maybe one guy is always hot and the other cold - why would they need to wear the same outfit? So, if I'm doing the bases and it's 50*, and the plate guy goes short sleeves because he's always hot behind the plate, I have to freeze my butt off in short sleeves on the bases? Show me a team or coaching staff that all wears the same uniform. Hell, the MLB lets coaches wear hoodies and I think THAT looks BRUTAL. One ump wearing short sleeves and one a pullover is nothing compared to that look. And look at the pant length differences, stirrup vs. socks, sock
    1 point
  41. See St. Azul's post above: If this situation is not corrected, F1 will be removed as pitcher. It will only take doing it once and the situation will be fixed.
    1 point
  42. I prefer to use the Steven Seagal litmus test on whether to dump or not with regards to profanity: Project Name. (2).mp4
    1 point
  43. Sleeve lengths have been allowed to vary by rule as long as I can remember and I'm pretty old. I guess the leg length is just an extension of that. Hats used to come out of the box flat-brimmed. Players curved them. Could thus be argued that flat is the intended way to wear them.
    1 point
  44. True. Many people upset with the design change. But even with that, better than Force3. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    1 point
  45. I'm with JonnyCat, with one minor deviation. There are only two people whose opinion about this matters: you and possibly your assigner. And the latter only matters if it might affect your schedule or moving up.
    1 point
  46. My experience is that by being with them off the field and showing them that you are working on your craft will tend to buy you more consideration when the pitching is for keeps. They are usually eager for us to add that extra element of reality to their workouts. In the cage you are more a human being than an umpire. The coaches I have worked with in the cages have asked for my thoughts on not only their pitchers, but also for how their catchers are working. My .02. YMMV
    1 point
  47. This ^^^^ You used a mechanic and verbal to indicate what you saw, and why you called it. You used the tools in your box to communicate and keep the coach in the dugout or in his box. If he comes out, I am going to listen to his question, and then assuming it is a request for help, then I am going to politely decline, own my call and tell him that we need to get back to baseball. I 100% agree with @beerguy55 that if you go for help on this, you just opened Pandora's box, especially if you overturn a call you emphatically made. And to answer the OP original question... there is
    1 point
  48. I think the big answer is that sentence, is indicating you will go, if you feel you missed something. Now let the guys who work over 50-100 or more games a year on the bases give the number of times they went for help in a season. Assuming the pulled foot or play that they went for help on the first time that year, did not happen exactly the same way several times every game. Maybe they can help with letting everyone know the exact distinction between an appeaser and a get your own call philosophy.
    1 point
  49. I was impressed until I read the charcoal ball bags
    1 point


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