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  1. I noticed this last week: I can view the home page of the new Ump-Attire website and I can click on and view the sub-catagories (ie: baseball, basketball, football). But when I try to view the individual product descriptions, all I get is a blank page. I am running IE 9.
  2. Last part first...the run scores because this third out was not a force out. It's impossible to have a force out once the batter-runner is put out before reaching first base. The runner who left early is out only if properly appealed by the defense. A proper appeal would involve either touching the runner with the ball before he gets back to first or touching the base left too soon with the ball before he gets back. If neither one of those happened then, no, this runner should not have been called out.
  3. I used nail polish remover to get rid of the big white "REEBOK" label on the heel of my plate shoes and it worked great. But those shoes have vinyl outers and they're black. You might have an issue with staining or darkening on light colored leather. Maybe you could try a liitle on an inconspicuous spot to see if it stains.
  4. ASA and FED strike mechanic calls for the upper arm (from elbow to shoulder) to be parallel to the ground when making the signal. So, if you see guys with their fist "way up in the sky"...they aren't doing it right!
  5. Absent some obvious act to interfere with the thown ball, I think that the probability of this being interference is pretty close to zero. You have a batter-runner legally advancing to first base on this play. When F3 decides to throw home, where else would you expect the batter-runner to be besides "in the baseline"? It's an old saw, but it applies here: We can't expect a retired runner to go *poof* and disappear the instant he is retired! The fact that the batter-runner was just standing in one spot might open up the slim possibility of interference (but I'm having a hard time picturing it that way). How much time would you say elapsed from the instant that F3 caught the ball, to the time he threw home? If it was like a "pivot" catch/turn/throw, that means the B/R would have maybe about one second to react. Was he running and then stopped about the same time that he was being put out? There's no rule that requires him to veer off any certain direction. He was in the baseline to begin with and it's a reasonable expectation that he would still be in the baseline a second or two after being put out. Or, did he stop way before he was actually put out, long enough that it might make you, the umpire, judge that he had abandoned his effort to advance and was instead purposely trying to position himself in the path of any impending throw. I think that's about the only way you could justify an interference call here. But it's a matter of timing. Most of the time, a batter-runner who is trying to reach first base will be moving toward first base, not just standing in one spot waiting to be put out.
  6. The first thing I'm going to do is let the alleged adult role model, who "blew a fuse" in front of his eight and nine year-old players, know that he needs to take it down a notch and chill out. If the guy's popping gaskets before the game even starts over something as frivolous as this, he needs to be made aware that his behavior is unacceptable and won't be tolerated. Let them know, and let them know early, that if there's something that needs discussed we will discuss it, but we're not going to put up with hissy fits and temper tantrums. Shut it down before it gets any worse! Once the coach gets calmed down...I'm going to ask him once again if he could please correct the line. It's funny how much more responsive to requests like that people can be once cooler heads prevail. If he again refuses...I'm not going to drag this out. I'll walk over, wipe out the line with my foot, then get them to playing ball. If anyone asks how I'm going to call the batter's box, I'll just tell them, "It's my judgment. Now, let's play ball". And I'd better not hear one more peep about the batter's boxes! They had their chance... After the game, this one probably deserves a follow-up with your league officials. Let them know which coaches are being tools and let them straighten it out.
  7. Are the Gerry Davis pants made by Cliff Keen and identical to the pants that they sell?
  8. More like double the price of just the CP. That's not a platinum. It looks like the entry level Wilson hardshell. But still a nice bag full of gear.
  9. Huh? I don't see anything here that would even remotely rise to the level of "hate".
  10. A little bit of a tangent... Where does this whole "advise the new pitcher of the situation" thing come from? Is there any organization out there that prescribes this as a necessary umpire mechanic? If there is, I've never seen it. But I've sure seen lot's of umpires who love to do it! And not just do it, but make a big show of it, actually pointing at each runner on base as they announce that, well, there's a runner on that base. Do they just like to interject themselves into a game as much as possible? Are they trying to grab the spotlight? Do they really think this adds anything to the game or it's administration? The new pitcher has a set of eyes and a brain- I'm sure he can figure out where the runners are. And they usually have a passel of coaches milling around who should be capable of informing their own players of the game situation. By what convention did the umpire ever get stuck in the middle of this?
  11. So, one ball width off the plate...roughly 2.8 inches. Hold your finger and thumb 2.8 inches apart. Now imagine trying to gauge that tiny distance on a fast moving object, in relation to a floating three-dimensional space, the sides of which are imaginary lines projected vertically from the ground. I doubt that many Little League batters are skilled enough in their judgment of pitches to even differentiate between a ball 2.8 inches away from a given spot. I really, really doubt that a coach from the dugout or coach's box can accurately gauge a 2.8 inch difference in the ball's path. Which means we wouldn't even be having this conversation if the umpires had just kept their mouths shut about how they were going to enforce their strike zones. Just call 'em....don't explain 'em.
  12. Yeah, I'm kind of scratching my head, too. This forum has page after page after page of posts about the purdiest looking pants, tucking in your jackets, creasing your caps and polishing your shoes. Then an umpire at a level where you'd think they know better breaks one of the cardinal rules of umpire uniforms and it's like, "So what?". Who cares? I thought that you guys cared!
  13. Comment 1: As the umpire, it is dumb, dumb, dumb to get into explanations about "my" strike zone with coaches before a game. All you're doing is setting yourself up for an argument (as evidenced by the above post). First, figure out what your strike zone is going to be. Make it something appropriate for the skill level of the players and expectations of the participants. It shouldn't be ridiculously large or ridiculously small and should be close to the parameters laid out in the rule book. Then be consistent in calling that same zone for every batter, on every pitch, for the entire game. And don't "explain it" before the game. Just go out and call it. If you're consistent, then they'll figure it out for themselves. Comment 2: This has happened to me time and time again. I get a coach who is complaining about the strike zone. So, I ask him what the definition of the strike zone really is. More often than not, they don't have a clue (again, see the above post as evidence). Coach, you're complaining about the definition of the strike zone, but apparently you don't know the Little League definition of the strike zone! It really is the armpits to top of knees. And as far as the "ball width" inside and out, that could mean that the ball is just nicking the edge of the plate, with the edge of the ball furthest away from the plate being 2.8" away (which is a proper interpretation of the strike zone), or that the edge of the ball closest to the plate is 2.8" off the plate (a generally accepted practice), depending on how the umpires are interpreting the "ball width off the plate".
  14. Careful. He might take you to task for "making a call on the play"! Or maybe not. I suspect he's more than open to hearing "calls" that agree with the result he's obviously searching for.
  15. A couple of years ago I almost had to dump a coach over the pre-game coin flip! Now that's pretty stupid. Tournament director told us that home team would be decided by coin flip for all the games that day. Coach claimed it was supposed to be done by seeding and that his was the home team. But instead of just calmly trying to hash it out, the guy just went from zero-to-100 ballistic. Red-faced, vein-popping, spit-shooting nuts- over the coin flip. Maybe this is stupider...from my game last weekend: I'm on the plate, about midway through an inning I notice that the home coach (team on defense) is standing outside the dugout, leaning against the face of it. I take a couple of steps toward him and say, "Coach, you need to be inside the dugout". His answer: "No I don't". Wrong answer. A second time I say, "Coach, you need to be inside the dugout" A second time he says that he does not. I again tell him that he does. Instead of complying, he decides to come to the plate area to argue about it. "No umpire has ever told me that before! I've been coaching from that spot for the ten years I've been the coach for this school! I'm allowed to be out there to coach my defense!". For a fourth time...Coach, you need to be in the dugout. "No I don't!". Yes you do...for a fifth time... "No I don't!". Okay. You're ejected. This was high school varsity. They should know better. Plus, our state mandates a $100 fine for ejected high school coaches. Pretty...darn...stupid...
  16. Well ,sorry for offering commentary that might help you better understand the rules- which you obviously do not, or else you wouldn't be here asking people to explain them to you.
  17. You're asking us to judge a play without seeing it and the devil is often in the details. One man's "shove" might be another's "putting hands up to lessen the collision". You say that the throw was off-line and the catcher was drifting into the baseline to catch it. Is it possible that had the catcher not moved into the runner's path, there would not have been a collision? When a fielder suddenly, unexpectedly or unavoidably moves into the path of a runner, sometimes a pretty spectacular collision can result. But it's not the runner's fault. It's not automatically interference and the runner isn't automatically out. I'm sure that you're looking for some kind of indictment of this runner's actions, some way to "prove your case" that he should have been out. We can give you the rule (no, you can't plow over the catcher), but we can't judge all of the circumstances surrounding the play- because we didn't see it. And make no mistake about it, interference is always a judgment call.
  18. Don't forget that if you are an NFHS member (many states include membership in their umpire fees) then you can access all the rule books, case books and umpire manuals through the NFHS Arbiter website. If so, then you already have a fully seachable rule book, cross referenced with the case book, on any internet device.
  19. I did notice that on the Honig's website, their product description for poly-wools still says, in big capital letters, DRY CLEAN ONLY. If they're "officially" machine washable now, to me that would be a selling point to note. The "dry clean only" thing was what kept me from springing for these pants. I can't imagine not cleaning my pants between wearings, especially in the summer. The layer of dust you might get is reason enough alone to clean them, not to mention the sweat saturation. No way am I wearing those pants again without them being cleaned! Taking them to a dry cleaner between every game just isn't a practical or workable solution.
  20. Mechanical designer for a large automotive parts supplier. At my old job, for twenty plus years I got off work at 4:00. Being in a large metropolitan area, there might be a hundred games available on any given day and that allowed me to get to pretty much any field or school in time for a game. I was routinely working in the neighborhood of 100-120 games a year. Five years ago, the company I worked for shut down their plant in Ohio. So, I had no job, it's the middle of a recession, no one is hiring and the automotive industry is looking like it's on it's last legs. At least I had plenty of free time for umpiring! After working a couple of contract jobs, I finally landed my current position. I like the job, but it is a 60 mile commute from home. This totally blows my high school schedule during the week. I did contact the single high school in the tiny town where I work and they have given me a couple of games. Overall I've gone from doing over 100 games a year to about 60.
  21. A little bit of a tangent... I understand having an "official" scorekeeper and running all the changes though him. Recording changes is one thing, but having the scorekeeper interject himself into the game, possibly giving one team an advanatge or puting the other at a disadvantage, by pointing out a possible rule infraction is something else altogether. Aren't official scorekeepers supposed to be neutral third parties? Don't the rules say that batting order violations must be appealed by a team coach? I'd be having a little talk with my scorekeepers to get that straightened out.
  22. To keep mine from sagging down, I had to tighten the top two shoulder straps as tight as they'd go. They can't get any tighter because all of the slack/adjustment is gone. Is that what you meant by having your straps "as high as they go"? This adjustment gives my head just barely enough clearance to fit through the opening when puting on the CP. But once it's on...it's perfect. It completely covers the collar bones and it doesn't move at all.
  23. I can find only one FED case play that involves an off-line throw pulling a fielder into the path of an otherwise legally advancing runner. 8.3.2 SITUATION K: F6 fields a ground ball and throws to F3 in attempt to retire B1 at first. The ball is thrown wide. As F3 lunges towards the ball, F3 collides with B1, knocking him to the ground prior to possessing the ball...while the runner is short of (the) base. RULING: Obstruction. Wonder why this runner wasn't called for malicious contact? Because it's not...
  24. The thinness alone doesn't bother, because I know that this material is different from conventional pads and they may not need to be as thick. What bothers me a little bit is the fact that the chin pads are only contacting my face in the chin area. Other pads contact all the way up the sides of the jaw to the cheekbones. What I'm thinking is that if less surface area is in contact with my face, then the force of a blow is not distrubuted over as much area. Instead, it's going to be more concentrated at the chin, resulting in higher stress in a smaller area. Since I started using these pads, I haven't had a really hard hit to the mask- just a few minor deflections that I'd expect any pad to handle.
  25. I picked up TW pads last year and have been happy with them. But there is something about their fit that I'm curious about. Just from looking at product pictures for the mask pads, and pictures here where others have installed them into their masks, the pictures I see make the pads look thicker than the pads I received. It's not just the pictures that make me think mine are on the thin side. It's also the way they fit in my mask. With most any brand of pads I've ever used, the chin pad wraps up the sides of my face to where the upper edges of the pad rests against my cheekbones. Not so with the TW pads. They are not touching my cheekbones. It feels like they are just cradling my chin and not even touching the sides of my face. This leads me to believe that the pads are thinner. If anyone feels up to it...if you have TW pads, could you measure the pad's thickness? I would be curious to see if mine are the same thickness (I can measure mine later this evening and post what I got).
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