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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. 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
  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
    6 points
  4. "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.
    5 points
  5. 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
  6. 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.
    3 points
  7. 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
    3 points
  8. You came to the wrong place to avoid advice. Or war stories.
    3 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. My buddy told me that. Whoop whoop!
    2 points
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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,
    2 points
  17. 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
    2 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
    2 points
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Read it in reverse for subliminal messages.
    2 points
  26. Actually, Mr. Scissors, there are several rules involved in deciding how to call this play. You can find all those rules listed in the article I have linked to below. The batter has the absolute right to the pitch and the catcher (or any other defensive player) cannot take that away from him. However, it is possible for the batter to give up his right to the pitch. I recommend that you read an article written by Gil Imber of Close Call Sports titled Case Play 2018-3 - No Strike, No Balk, No Steal [Solved] that discusses the exact type of play asked about in the OP. Here’s the link to the
    1 point
  27. 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
  28. MY MAN!!! Always thinking! YOU, my friend need to be a moderator! @Umpire in Chief Who started the pivot conversation? That person can start the post/thread, and I'll move some stuff over once it's done. Thanks @wolfe_man !!
    1 point
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  30. 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.
    1 point
  31. 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
  32. The portion of a foul pole above the top of the fence line is over fair and dead ball territory, so a batted ball that strikes it is both fair and dead. If the batted ball is airborne (still in flight) when it hits the foul pole it is a home run. If the batted ball bounces in fair territory and then strikes the portion of the foul pole above the top of the fence then the hit is considered to be a ground-rule double, since the ball would have bounced over the fence. The ball is dead when it struck the foul pole over the fence. Either way the umpire would signal dead ball and make the appro
    1 point
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. Here’s the only mention of uniforms in the actual USSSA baseball rules-- USSSA OFFICIAL BASEBALL NATIONAL BY-LAWS & RULES Edition Dated: August 1, 2020 7.01.E Protests on uniforms shall not be allowed. It shall be the League / Tournament Director’s responsibility regarding uniform legality. Violation of the uniform rules shall result in the violator being allowed to immediately conform or be removed from the game. Managers and coaches may wear athletic type gear. It happens occasionally in USSSA tournaments where two teams with the same name or same color schem
    1 point
  36. Thanks. We were all quarantined together for about 6 weeks, if memory serves, and NO ONE ELSE GOT SICK. My son's symptoms were so mild he complained that we weren't sending him to school. I was fortunate to be allowed to telework the entire time, so our income was never interrupted.
    1 point
  37. 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!
    1 point
  38. I'm pretty sure I shared this story before, but it's always good for a laugh. Years ago, I used to work the local Catholic League HS, where we were taught this: when a kid cursed, we'd say to him, quietly, "Son, I don't mind that kind of language, but my partner's a priest, and it really upsets him."
    1 point
  39. LOL - even after reading and re-reading it took me about five times to see this part "or touches the batter or his bat".
    1 point
  40. Nah, I get heartburn from eating something fast between games & venues, only to arrive at the next venue and my partner implores, “Yeah, can you take the first two plates?” Ugh.
    1 point
  41. Correct. In order to grab BI you have to have the batters action hinder/impede F2's ability to make a play. INTENT DOES NOT MATTER (my emphasis).
    1 point
  42. Profanity in the heat of battle on a game-ending play is going to be a gray area. I agree with noumpere, and will add that there are way too many variables (heat of the game, volume of the profanity, etc. etc.) for there to be a definitive answer. The pop-up slide is probably an illegal slide, regardless of intent, for FED (that would be INT, and the run would be negated). As this was an OBR game, the HP collision rule would apply, and the contact is probably legal.
    1 point
  43. @mac266 I sent you a DM with contact info
    1 point
  44. Thanks for your comments and kudos. As all of us are taught, slow everything down before making your call. It's easy to get caught up in a play like this to bag a runner out quickly. I think my reasoning for making a call like I did was that I had time to see this play develop with the slow roller off the bat and both first/third crashing on the play, not the case on most plays but this one seemed to work out (at least I thought so). I agree, less words on a quicker play is always better. I had some really good instructors years ago and their words of wisdom stick with me to this day.
    1 point
  45. As a coach, because of the explanation you gave in real time, I wouldn't even leave the bench. And you need to give a very short leash to any coach who does. In fact, if you granted the other coach his request, that's when you're going to get an argument from me. Because now I perceive you're pandering to their coach, and letting him push you around. And if, in this scenario, you did get help, and the other ump convinced you to change your call, I'm almost certainly getting tossed - at that point, I don't even care what the right call is. You made a strong, definitive, well-gro
    1 point
  46. How many times does the manager ask you, "Can you get help on that?" How many times does the manger ask, "Where was that pitch?" I have had games where that happened a lot! And the notion that EVERY call can be challenged sets a dangerous precedent. In the OP, the ump explained in an instant why he made the out call. Its the same as "Safe! He's off the bag!" That's excellent preventative umpiring because you are explaining a subtle difference that you saw that could have been seen differently elsewhere on the field. You were within your authority to answer exactly as you did, and I thi
    1 point
  47. Yup...you were 100% on this. If you go to your partner there, you are sending a message to BOTH managers that anytime you are working their games they can come to you and get help. There are some calls (nearly ALL of them judgement calls) where it's inappropriate, unprofessional, and unnecessary to get help from your partner...and what you have described here is one of them. Managers are always looking for an edge...an opportunity to get a call for their team. As long as they are respectful in asking for time and address the umpire crew respectfully, we have to permit this as part of
    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


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