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  1. 20 hours ago, MadMax said:

    Now, to that particular play... can we really assume that BR would have reached 1B safely had PU judged Fair? No. Neither can we say that anything else would have transpired, so we can’t just go placing Runners. Thus, a “Do-Over” is the only recourse LL has available to it.

    In the Little League Baseball clip (link below), there's no one else on base and it doesn't appear anyone on the field adjusted what they did with the incorrect call. F2 threw out BR by several feet, and it doesn't look like BR even slowed down. If I were the guy behind the screen, we're calling BR out.


  2. 57 minutes ago, Umpire in Chief said:

    Also, in Virginia with the local HS's they have taken much of the lightning responsibility off the umpires and on a school official. I've been told to go on a lightning delay before I've seen or heard any traces, and I'm okay with that, but officials don't have to wait until told by the school official either. 

    And that's how it should be. With today's technology, a site admin has unlimited access to the weather with much longer notice than me seeing or hearing the signs. Either way, if someone knows the threat is near, there should be no questions asked.

  3. 1 hour ago, LRZ said:

    Sarcasm? Lots of reasons why umpires may not wish to "advance"--time commitment, travel, work, family commitments, age. Let's give ArchAngel72 credit: he's here and he's learning. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best damned umpire in your LL region.

    Not at all sarcastic, though the tone might have been harsh.

    If all he's interested in right now is Little League baseball and officiating at his current ability, then good for him. But "advancement" includes much more than what level of baseball you're working.

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  4. 11 hours ago, The Man in Blue said:

    The coach of one of those teams asks if I tossed the kid and I say no.  He explains the first base coach’s reaction (seeming like he hoped I did) — he probably wanted me to because the kid is a problem (he’s been kicked off three teams so his parents keep changing schools).

    Herein lies another piece of "the problem." He's a known problem child, yet the coaches have no fortitude to kick him off the team (or allow him to join, apparently).

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  5. 15 hours ago, ArchAngel72 said:

    ? Advancement?

    where am I going with a volunteer status volunteering for more? 

    If all you want in your officiating career is to volunteer at your local Little League, then I'm glad you've found your happy place. I, apparently falsely, assumed you had aspirations to move into more-competitive baseball.

  6. 9 minutes ago, ArchAngel72 said:

    I mean heck we have coaches who wont put out 10 yr olds to catch because they are afraid the kid could hurt himself as they have not caught before.  Whats the harm in telling a kid wear your glasses or take them off or put them in your back pocket ? 

    Keep up the strawman arguments. It will do well in your advancement.

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  7. 20 minutes ago, Richvee said:

    I know they're amateurs. I know there's nerves. I'm not bashing, just observing. It's easy to armchair umpire. We all know it's tougher on the field. 


    Added to this: they're working 6-man mechanics when most of them have minimal experience in anything over 2-man, especially on a 60' field. I don't know how much training they get to prepare, but unless it's a season's-worth, they aren't ready for it.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Thunderheads said:

    don't be "that umpire" .... please.


    39 minutes ago, Richvee said:

    3. Don't be "that Guy"

    He's been told this multiple times in multiple threads. I'm beginning to think it's his M.O. I was the same way when I started - I just learned fairly quickly that being a contrarian just for the sake of being a contrarian won't get you anywhere.

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  9. Coach, you see the 5th pellet to the left of the plate? Nope... the 5th. Coach, the 5th. From the left, coach. Yes. That one. See that pellet? He drew his line three pellets more to the left. Three. Yes, three. To the left, coach. Left. No, coach, your other left. Coach, three plus five is eight. Yes, coach. Eight pellets. You got it."

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  10. How about a way to tag your own post with the ruleset being used, similar to the tags that get added to some topics? That way, if I give Fed, I can tag it as such. Have this ability through the whole forum, but make it "strongly suggested" in the Ask the Umpire section.

    Now, the issue would be people actually using the tags. Secondary proposal: section admins that only have rights in the Ask the Umpire thread, solely to keep order there and add tags as needed.

    Tertiary proposal: One, two, three.... Not it!

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  11. 10 hours ago, agdz59 said:

    Unless a TD or UIC tells me otherwise I'm using my judgement and calling that a mockery or unsportsmanlike, take your pick.  You aren't taking the game seriously from that stance.  No way in hell you can hit anything from there - it's the definition of mockery.

    Enquiring minds want to know: How would you have ruled when Eddie Gaedel came to bat?

  12. 1 hour ago, grayhawk said:

    I suppose U1 could read the play and head home as a crew saver, but that's a lot to ask of a volunteer LL umpire, and risks a double call.

    Agreed. PU should only go that far out in this situation if there's 2 outs. Anything less and you have to stay close enough to be there. He could still see the play from nearer the plate and would have set himself up perfectly for the play there.

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