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  1. 17 points
    Hey guys, thanks for checking in with me. Overall, I consider myself to be extremely lucky to be where I am at this point. I am completely independent, and am back to running my business. I don't have quite the stamina that I had prior to my injury, but I had a record month for my business in April and there are lots of reasons to believe I can continue to bring value to my clients and referral partners. I'm mobile and walking without any assistance, though I do walk with a pronounced limp. I only have one PT session left, partly because the insurance company says so, but also because my therapist says that they have really done all they can do for me. They have given me all of the exercises that I can do on my own and I continue to do that at home and at the gym. I go to the gym three days a week and do the elliptical along with a ton of stretching and resistance training. The difficult thing to deal with is that I have a few conditions that don't seem to be improving (yet). I have something called Dural Tension which basically is a tightness caused by the damage to the nerves. It is particularly present in my right ankle/foot area and results in a range of motion loss in my dorsiflexion (the opposite motion from pointing your toes). In addition, I have hyper reflexes in my right leg, along with spasticity which makes controlling my gait difficult. Each of these conditions is my main concern when it comes to getting back on the field because they are directly related to the challenge I face when trying to run. My overall sensory deficits have not improved in any measurable way. I still have the same numbness and tingling that I had following my surgery. Though I can still feel touch, I also still have no hot/cold/pain sensitivity on my left side below my chest. My right hand has gotten stronger and my current grip strength is 82 which is miles better than it was just a few months ago. I never had great handwriting, and it still sucks, but it's more than serviceable and legible. I am going to work a HS All Star Showcase game on June 1st. It's a 4 man crew and I will be U1 and we'll just not rotate so I don't have to cover home. I can't wait to get back in uniform and be on the field with my brothers, if even one time. Nobody knows what the future holds, so I am going to cherish that day and game like it's the World Series. Sorry for the long post, but it's almost therapeutic to write it all down. Thanks again for checking in and for all your support.
  2. 13 points
    Hey all, Thank you so much for the concern, prayers and well wishes. I’m two weeks into a month long rehab at Long Beach Memorial Acute Rehab Hospital and my progress is evident every day. I’m walking with a walker and getting stronger. The amount of support I have received, especially from the brotherhood, has been unbelievable and humbling. My wife and I truly appreciate those that have donated to our gofundme as that money will be used to help me transition back home safely. My goal is absolutely to get back on the field as soon as possible, and I believe that is God’s plan for me. Along with my wife’s help, we are going to win this battle together. All my best, Steve
  3. 10 points
    First, don't EVER talk to a fan. Ever. (did I make that clear?) Second, Ignore / Acknowledge / Warn / Eject You ignored at first; AC was throwing hands up and asking where some pitches were - not a good thing, but not worth anything. The moment he says "it's down the middle," you jump to Acknowledge - "I had it down, coach." This tells him you understand what he's saying, but it's not the place to argue. He replies with "it's a strike all day," you're in Warn - "That's enough!" If he doesn't understand what that means, he will soon enough. After "That's enough," if he says anything back to you other than "Sorry," you're probably in Eject. This is all increasingly so because he's an assistant coach. Leashes for them should be much shorter, but that comes with him understanding his leash is shorter. Oh, and don't ever talk to fans.
  4. 10 points
    I knew this a few months ago but I didn’t share it here. I have been hired into college baseball at the D3 and NAIA level in Southern California. Looking forward to this year and many more. Feel free to hijack this thread if you’ve been hired into a higher level
  5. 10 points
    Well, used my FM4000MAG today and it impressed me. I took two shots and it did a great job. Of course one shot was to my right shin guard and the other was to my right thigh, but the mask was great during those two incidents. The big pads, especially the chin pad, absorbed all of my tears when I was hit in the thigh. Oh, it is unbelievably light and the view is fantastic. Of course Jim Kirk says stay tuned when the black model is mentioned.
  6. 9 points
    What a great umpire!! He's gotten every call correct!
  7. 9 points
    With all the recent posts this week about the insane actions of game participants in these independent professional and collegiate summer league playoff series (see the posts about the garbage can and the giving of third base to a fan), one would have to be utterly MAD to work such a playoff series. Utterly MAD I tell you!!! And that is why I’m happy to tell you all that I’ve heard through the grapevine that our own @MadMax has been named the crew chief of the Expedition League Championship Series crew! And our own @jwclubbie, who is mad to think being our “clubbie” qualifies him to be an on-the-field umpire (LOL), is crew chief of the NorthWoods League Championship Series crew. Congrats to both!
  8. 8 points
    Last Sunday I was in Toronto visiting Crew 8 Hallion Cuzzi Tichenor and Hamari who all use my old CP harness The crew are all using my new UL FLEX CP and Mask Harnesses Hallion did not even consider waiting until his next plate job, he asked me to fit it for him and the mask harness. I launched this new product today and have been at it all day doing custom work for umpires all over the US If anyone would like to know more or order just shoot me an email Regards Ray UMPLIFE
  9. 8 points
    I was fortunate enough to be selected for the MHSAA State Semi/Finals last month. My first game (semi) I had the plate and had this photo taken ...I thought I'd share.....
  10. 8 points
    I think the largest thing with OP is missing is the glamour, night life and chicks that come with the gig! Just cannot keep those umpire groupies away! Oh, wait... that's Rock Star... I get easily confused! Bottom line... I take the 25 or so HS game fees a season and pay off or pay down a bill, take a vacation, or something similar. Am I going to pay my house payment with this extra 'side job'? Nope. I could work games almost every day of the year, but as other posters have already said, this is a hobby. Get out there, get some exercise, see the sun, make a 14 year old cry... all the important things!
  11. 8 points
    FIFY. Waste of your time and breath. Roughly half of the coaches you’ll give that little speech to will know when and how to approach an umpire, and that they are responsible for their team and fans (and most of them want their fans kicked out anyway). You just insulted them. The other half that don’t know won’t listen to you anyway. Just give your first name, get theirs. Examine and validate the lineup cards. Ask the all-important question, “Are all players properly and legally equipped?”. Cover ground rules, ask for any questions regarding ground rules. Barring those, if this is a timed game, click the button on the timer or stopwatch, and break the meeting. I bet you will have a good game... or at least no worse than you would have had you continued talking for five minutes to an unreceptive audience.
  12. 8 points
    I nominate this post for U-E's Joke of the Year.
  13. 8 points
    I got the matte black w/ the graphite pads (gray) .... nice lookin' combo!
  14. 8 points
    Get some Team Wendy's
  15. 8 points
    You can't put a number on a per day bases IMHO, it really all depends. I'll give you a quick math situation. No camp goes into business to lose money. However, no camp owner does a camp to make money/living by any means. Camper tuition $500 x 30 campers = 15k not bad right. ok now for camp cost - 6 staff members and 2 coordinators come to the camp. Staff fee $250 per day (d1 game fee average) 4 days = 1k. Staff air and lodging double occupancy = $400 staff perdiem/parking/bag fee/gas = $100. So 1.5k per staff = 9k. So 6k left. 2 coordinators lodging/air/perdiem = 600 per = 1.2k no stipend is given. 10.2k total so far... then you have camp shirts/stickers/hats/lanyards/thumb drives, etc... $20 per camper = $600. Conference room rental space = $400 as well as tech cost $800 (projectors, screen, video, gopros, camera, either rented or bought and chopped over 5 year cycle). 12k now. Staff shirts/hats/pull overs. 2 shirts 1 pull over 1 hat every 3 years.. with embrodery is 150 per staff. $900/3 = $300 per year. 12.3 then website hosting/ webdesign/llc cost = $800. So 13.1k and then we have paypals fee of 3% on the 15k = 450 + 20 per month service fee = $690. Giving us a grand total of 13.8k in cost. total net profit is 1.2k for a camp. So the question is would you run a camp for this much $$$? I'm surprised more camp owners don't charge a hell of alot more. But they want to cover cost to give back for the passion. So the real question should be what are you willing to give to gain the knowledge/skills/evaluations/network that they provide? If you want cheaper camps they are out there and they can be extremely good. I know when I went to my last camp I took 10 days off work went to both camps provided paid for a single room and the two day layover plus my airfare. Food all in was around $2k minus the ppl I lost out of my bank. But it changed my life and my career. Camps are an amazing vehicle to showcase both good and bad. They can give you honest feedback and make you look in a mirror really quickly. I come on here and I see guys talk about a $500 nike mask or 1k power, but no one invests. CEU are needed in every profession and even more so in ours. Good enough is not good enough! Put your foot on the gas and go get what you want. If its not at your local association then go outside of that. Go outside of your region, state, hell country if it means getting what you want and loving/learning the game. Expand the brotherhood and dont' put a pricetag on it! Ok I'll get off my soapbox now. So.... Yea.... it all depends. Your mileage may very.
  16. 8 points
  17. 7 points
    As a Christian, I believe in the power of resurrection. My days as an official are not over yet. After some counseling and many conversations with several fellow officials, I have decided to give it another whirl. I've already talked to my assignor and he has agreed to have me back in the association next season. I'm also planning to officiate football in the fall. Ump-Attire ought to be happy with this news, as I will have to buy all new gear. So far, I've lost about 80 pounds with a bit more to go! I will be a much better official this time around. Thanks for your support when I left earlier this year. It was partly what made me consider giving it another shot. Jonathan
  18. 7 points
    Said loud enough to the catcher, but meant for the coach to hear............. I hope they keep up with those "good takes", we'll be out of here sooner than expected!
  19. 7 points
    on 2 separate occasions, you mention "it took a second to figure out what hit me" You're umpiring a baseball game. I'll go with ......IT WAS A BASEBALL that hit you.
  20. 7 points
    The first one of the year came early. And out of nowhere. But that is no excuse to whiff on it. Preliminary round of tri-county tournament. Seed 12 hosting seed 19. Top of the 5th with the home team up 12-4. I am U1 New F1 takes the mound for top of the 5th and retires leadoff hitter. 2nd batter laces a single to CF and I come into the middle to notice F1 has studs in his ears. I call time and advise the head coach that his team has a warning on jewelry and direct F1 to remove the studs. F1 says he cant. I suggest to him that he can either have earrings or pitch, but he cant do both. DTHC comes out to talk to my partner and several other ASSociate coaches are milling about outside the dugout. One of them shouts out that studs are allowed . It's a new rule. I approach DTHC who is calm, understands what I said, and just wants some clarification. As I near the dirt circle at home plate, the same ASSociate coach starts walking toward me and barking "It's a new rule this year!" I have no idea who this jack-wagon is and I suggest that he needs to get back in the dugout. He think other wise. As I am having a conversation with the head coach, he says other umpires have allowed F1 to cover the studs with band-aids. I tell him that the studs need to come out. He instructs F1 to come to the dugout to take out the studs. As I say this, our friend the ASSocaite coach comes towards me once again shouting "It's a new rule this year!" At that point I realize he has requested to have his ticket punched. I acquiesced to his request when he pointed at me and yelled, "You need to read a rule book!" Ticket punched. Buh by. Thanks for flying K2 airlines. Your stop is now. Sometimes things just fall into your lap.
  21. 7 points
    How dare I what, friend? What you do is akin to lopping the roof off a DeLorean (goodbye gullwing doors!) just so you can have a convertible. Barbarian!
  22. 7 points
    On average he had the correct number of stops
  23. 7 points
    Coach: You make that call when we're getting our asses handed to us like this ? Umpire: Sorry about that coach ? Coach: What ? So you're sorry that you made that call ? Umpire: No no, skip, I'm empathizing. My therapist said that I should empathize more and be sarcastic less.
  24. 7 points
    I usually don’t wash my pants until after a few games but when I do, I put them in the washer inside out so the outside doesn’t fade as quickly. Got that trick from a MILB guy
  25. 7 points
    I found that using this new signal, below, really is subtle and lets only my partner know we need to speak:
  26. 7 points
    I haven't read this whole thread. However, this was sent from the NFHS to all states this week: Ball in glove (2-9-1, 5-1-1) With the change of interpretation by the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee, CB 2.9.1 Situation D: No longer will the ball be immediately dead when a ball is "lodged" in a player's glove. The player may take his glove, with the ball in it, and toss it to another fielder to record a force out at the base. CB 5.1.1 Situations Q and R should be removed. They are no longer valid.
  27. 7 points
    The real story behind the picture? The Australian manager told this guy, that I had the authority to make him cut his hair. He was sucking up to me, to try to talk me out of it. He was a great kid, and one heck of a ball player. We got to hang with Gerry Davis' crew today. Great guys one and all. Got to watch them work tonight at the Classic. Games on Monday the 20th - 3:00 at Lamade (3B) and 8:00 at Lamade (LF Line)
  28. 7 points
    Make sure you put the pads with the wrapper, in the trash where they belong.
  29. 7 points
    Buy both plate and base pants. I cannot stress this enough.
  30. 7 points
    Coach loses his SH*# and wants interference called on the grounds crew for placing the mound in that exact location...and then tells F5 he is an idiot letting it all happen. Since his son is F1, coach blames F5 for everything, including the fact that F1 walked the bases loaded. Also, logs into to GameChanger that night and edits the play to reflect E5 to ensure that his son's ERA isn't impacted. Coach and son spend the remainder of the season telling everyone how the ump screwed them over. And that's the way it is.
  31. 6 points
    I guess I didn't screw up enough the first three go-arounds. So they brought me back and this year I'm the crew chief for the American Legion World Series. The games will be August 15-20. They should be on one of the ESPN networks, again (usually ESPN U).
  32. 6 points
    The New Flex CP Harness is a change from my original and offers a true 4 point connection with excellent support and comfort. Already being used by MLB Umpires Adam Hamari, Phil Cuzzi, Todd Tichenor and Tom Hallion with more orders coming in everyday, MiLB umpires have already been ordering the new Flex It will fit any 4 point connection harness on the market today The old harness was really a 3 point connection with the top straps being one point of connection which was worn tight to the neck and snug on the sides. Guys were wearing them too tight all round causing undue stress to the neoprene which sometimes resulted in tearing or breakdown. The New Flex is a true 4 pointer and has contour for the sides which will take the stress off the neoprene when worn correctly. Tight on top, snug on the sides. Available in Black/Grey Trim or Grey/Black Trim
  33. 6 points
    I had one that had obviously been thinking about this....... Batter asks Catcher "Are there a lot of hot chicks at your school"? Catcher: Not as many as I would like there to be, why? Batter: I don't like my coach anymore so I'm surveying schools that we play............
  34. 6 points
    I'm not talking about 'new' as in 'new to me' ....but I'm talking my first piece of BRAND SPANKING new equipment! My FM4000 MAG will be at my door this afternoon and I must say ....... I'm pretty damn excited! Photo to be added later!
  35. 6 points
    I'm not talking about the first year guy. I would never expect them to have everything you could need. But the guy/girl that has been doing this for over a decade and hasn't bought a new shirt in 7 years or doesn't have a jacket? That's the person I have the issue with.
  36. 6 points
    If this pic wasn't of an MLB guy, most of you guys would be roasting him. (me, I couldn't care less. Be comfortable out there)
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  39. 6 points
    Kiddie ball umpire starter set.........."Throw that inside pitch again son"............
  40. 6 points
    The first game of today's double header The second game of today's double header Yesterday's game Tomorrow's game
  41. 6 points
    This should be called a very aggressive lead-off by R2.
  42. 6 points
    I personally love the look of a mock over the protector when wearing the plate coat
  43. 6 points
    This is a baseball forum, so it should be a shoutout for the save.
  44. 6 points
    I don't normally do this, but I just had to weigh in on the subject of patches. I guess I'm in a particularly venomous mood today! Disclaimer: This rant is in no way directed any anyone in particular, just my general opinion. I for the life of me can't understand the obsession with patches. We go round and round in my area at all levels about the patches, particularly at the HS level. Our HS association spends more time policing the patch requirement than anything else. We have members that haven't bought new uniforms since the 1990's it seems. I guess it's okay to have crappy looking uniforms but God forbid you show up looking sharp with creased pants and pressed shirts without their gaudy patch. Even if you have a logo on your hat, you still have to eff around with that ugly patch. You can go without the logo on your hat, but not your shirt. I don't get it. What in God's name is wrong with just the logo on your hat? I don't know, but apparently it's a mortal sin and subject to a fine if you don't have a patch on your shirt or jacket! A patch! You can show up with a filthy wrinkled ugly as heck navy shirt and as long as it has a patch on it, you're good to go! Really, at the HS level and down, who gives a flying F&@# what association you work for? Does anybody care? Does the HS coach not know which association has been working their games for the past 30+ years? Is the LL coach really that concerned if the umpire(s) are volunteer or from an association? Will the travelball (or Daddyball) coach temper his distain for your calls because he knows which association you represent? Does the TD of a weekend tournament not know which association they hired to work their games? Do the spectators look at the patch and say, "Oh great, the "XYZ Association of Extremely Talented Umpires of the Divine Burning Embers of the Holy Strike Zone", are working our game. I will have absolutely no reason to complain about anything on the diamond today!" Said no one ever! And branding and advertising doesn't matter either. It seems we waste so much time and energy on the patch. News flash. Nobody cares about the patch. Nobody cares what association we work for. Many of the umpire traditions and practices are stuck in the 1970's. The patch is a prime example. How about focusing on making sure your umpires look sharp, work hard, and try to get the calls right?
  45. 6 points
    At the risk of a complete hijack. Some years ago my little cousin was staying over. He was rummaging through the basement and came up with box of 8 tracks and asked “uncle Rich do you have the console to play these video games”
  46. 6 points
    Maybe more like this.....Invariably the batter hits the next pitch out of the park Coach goes off on umpire claiming “That’s on you blue, you called him out on an infield fly and changed the call. You need to learn the rules”.....An so ends this coach’s day on the diamond.
  47. 6 points
    Group Position Date & Time Sport & Level Site Home Away Fees Status Accept Decline 107584 R1 11/10/2018 Sat 3:00 PM Volleyball, State Finals William Paterson University, Rec Center TBA TBA $75.00 Accepted on 10/28/2018 State Finals for volleyball! Second go round for me. This time I am sure that I will not be as edgy as I was last time. Can't wait for the match. It is a real joy having the best seat in the house to watch two really talented teams go at it. I will try to not suck. But, as I say to SWMBO, I can't make any promises
  48. 6 points
    I actually just hired someone who had "soccer ref" on their resume, and it came up while I interviewed him. As an employer I do see sport officiating in a couple of lights - one is about a balanced life that involves more than just your job, much like playing sports, or volunteering, or some hobbies. The other is about the skills and requirements that are definitely transferable to any workplace - integrity, situation management, dealing with diverse sets of people, dealing with emotional people, dealing with conflict, mediation, sticking with a hard decision, learning from mistakes, self improvement, working with a team (partner) to a common goal, etc. I recommend you highlight those items during an interview - those skills are valuable and apply almost everywhere. Don't be afraid to use umpiring situations when asked those typical HR-provided questions about conflict, or making mistakes, or naming one of your faults. Playing team sports at a competitive level and officiating sports, when on resumes, jump out at me like beacons. High level team sports provide invaluable experience in collaboration and time management, especially during school - show me someone who can balance schoolwork, team practices, team travel, part time job, and a social life, and I'll show you a rock star you want working for/with you for years. Show me someone who can work a full time job, umpire evenings and weekends, continuously improve both, and have a family/social life - why wouldn't you want that guy on your team? And to just level set the type of people I'm hiring - it ain't burger flipping or anything remotely resembling minimum wage. Post-university, professional, anywhere from 5-20 year industry experience.
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