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About LLWS#32

  • Birthday 06/10/1976

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  1. All good suggestions. Let me also suggest if doing LL then go over some of LL's safety expectations: -Any player who is catching for the coach during infield warmup in a helmet -Catcher with the extended chest protector and dangling throat guard -No adults warming up the pitcher -No on deck batter (Major's and below) -Bat size and BPF etc Let me also suggest if you really want to enhance yourself as UIC then ask your League to pay your tuition to a clinic at your Regional Center or Headquarters
  2. The field work will be very low pressure. Unlike other umpire schools/clinics/camps no one will be belittled and the sarcasm from the instructors will be kept to a minimum. Definately a good opportunity for new umpires. On another note, you will probably not get 3/4 man mechanics. Likely the field mechanics will totally concentrate on 2 man. If you are looking at getting evaluated at a regional tournament this clinic will not totally replace going to your regional center for training.
  3. Your local league (if you are a volunteer) really ought to pick up the tab on your registry membership.
  4. I went last March. It is a good deal for the $$ and a must if you have "above state" LL aspirations. Good mix of classroom and on-field. The on-field mechanics have to be kept on a level that rookie umps can handle but the classroom stuff is excellent. Don't know if the format will change any as the LL UIC retired and a new one has not yet been named to the best of my knowledge. The food is also pretty decent but if you opt for the dormitory sleeping arangements beware!! The biggest thing in my opinion is the chance to visit the complex if you have never been. If the weather has been cool and the ground is frozen/thawing then you might not get into the stadiums.
  5. If the rule code that your game is being played under doesn't address the comment made by the SS then you as an umpire simply don't have the ability to place the runner at second or third. Furthermore, if the defense is able to get an out then it stands. You may have an EJ. We as umpires must remember that the rule book does not give us the ability (not even 9.01C) to make up rules. You are going to get yourself into an protestable situation by making up rules.
  6. MS: 4 man mechanics at Southern Region have field umpires going out on trouble balls which sets rotations into motion. Fair/foul was split at the front of the bag. At SR tournaments the assumption is that all assigned umpires have been through the SR clinics/refreshers and read the manual so everybody is pretty much on the same page (hopefully). By the semi-finals of a SR tournament 6 man crews are used. When I was at SR in '05 we had one 6 man rotation that allowed U2 to release on trouble balls to center-field, otherwise the LF/RF umpires had all catch/no catch responsibilities. Another fair/foul division occured at the feet of U1/U2. Since '05 mechanics have changed somewhat but there are still rotations. At the LLWS 6 man crews are used throughout the entire tournament. There are no rotations as LF/RF have all catch/no catch. Umpires are coming in from all over the country and world with a variety of mechanics/training so things are pretty simplified. I have heard some criticism of using 6 man (even 4 man) on the '60 diamond. The critics have no concept of how fast things happen on the '60 with the level of play at LLWS. No way 2 or 3 could handle it. Plus the extra base umpires are needed to help handle the tv administrations between half innings (this can completely take you out of your game concentration...another thing that critics of LLWS umpires don't understand) As far as 6 again with the skill of the outfielders and laser beam drives and the speed at which the ball leaves the park...I think its a good idea. We were told not to be sleeping when on a line...nobody wants to be the first ump to have a judgement on a ball leaving the park overturned on replay!
  7. I absolutely cringe when I hear an umpire talk about "getting the rocking chair" when working four man at 3rd or any other position. Sure, you're going to have fewer outs/safes but missing the point of using 3/4/6 man crews. Instead of the attitude that "I have less to do" take one of more to do. Fair/Foul coverage is split on the wings thus fail/foul judgements should be better covered. Tag ups and touches should also be extremely well covered. Game pace and game management should also be better. A couple of additions to 3/4 man crew mechanics on the '60. Only U2 should rotate in on the ball to the outfield. Do we really want 3 or 4 adult bodies on a constricted infield? If U3 really wants to be on the inside for a call then do it only when sure of a play developing and "J" hook from foul territory (U1also if possibility of a play developing behind the batter-runner). UIC (unless trailing batter runner, moving to rule fair/foul or moving in a rotation should also observe action from Point of Plate instead of moving out. Because we work mostly 2 man this can be a real hard habit to break. LL 4 man mechanics vary region to region. At SR tournaments (pool play rounds use 4 man) base umpires go out on trouble balls in many situations causing a rotation to occur. I really enjoy 4 man because of this motion.
  8. I used the WV since its introduction in the 1990's--went to the K1 in '05. Wore them both in every level of baseball from 10 years olds to wooden bat summer league with college players. The K1 is superior in protection around the shoulders and clavical area. Where it lacks you shouldn't be taking shots anyway-assuming your plate mechanics are good. My K1 is 5 seasons old now and still looks like it just came of of the packaging despite the fact that its been used heavily, traveled up and down the east coast and been checked onto airline lugguge several times.
  9. What type of All-Star game was it (MLB style exibition or post-regular season Tournament All-Star (LL type)? Despite that, if they run themselves then they run themselves!
  10. In any organization where people are trying to move up or be promoted there are always going to be accusations of "politics." I am from a non-influential, rural district and used to worry about politics when I traveled to LL state tournaments but have found that I did better when I ignored that kind of stuff. I definiately think it helps to have the right contacts in LL but that again is true in any group. Personally, I tried very hard to get noticed for simply being a good umpire and other intangibles like physical appearance (I am in the same shape that I was 12 years ago when I was a DB on a college football team) and simple hustle. I have tried to use those characteristics to set myself aside from the politics. Like I said previously I also took advantage of every clinic/camp that LL offered. You just try to control the factors that you can control.I think this model worked in the end. I have been assigned the plate on the final game of every level of LL tournament offered-District/State/Regional/LLWS. One factor that many don't realize--at the LLWS you can't officiate your own region and having West Region in the Championship game knocked out two very good umpires... I guess that is politics and as was mentioned above if there have been umpires from your district who have gotten regional/WS bids recently then you're going to wait...suppose that's politics also.
  11. I worked the LLWS last August. I am from VA DXV. My path was much different than most of the people who go. First, only 15 umpires will be selected each year. 10-12 of them will be from US regions (1-2 per region) the rest will be international. I can't speak for how the evaluation process works in your local league/district/state but I took advantage of of every LL training opportunity I could get through Southern Region. SR and WR clearly have more stringent evaluation processes. The other SR umpire and the 3 who had been through WR were excellent.It took me six years with LL umpiring (I had 10 in other organizations before joining LL) before getting a bid to SR in 2005. I was the only ( of 8) umpire at SR to get a WS recommendation that year. The Regional is the first level where you are depending on an evaluation to move up. It is not enough to simply umpire well, you have to get to their camps/clinics and learn the region's mechanics. The wait list varies from state-to-state withing SR (Va umpires were for the most part unsuccessful at SR in the 1990's and early 2000's) but I got my WS bid for the 2008 tournament. It is more common to wait 10-15 years after successfully umpiring a regional. All in all it took me only 10 years with LL umpiring (I am 33 years old). Most LLWS umpires have 25-30 years with LL making the process more of reward for some than anything. I like to believe that my process was one of talent/hard work than reward--illustrated by the fact that I got the plate assignment on the Hawaii vs Mexico final game(didn't hurt that SR was eliminated-you can't umpire your own Region). It was noted by Brent Musberger as the World Championship game was beginning that I was the youngest umpire at the LLWS in recent memory!! 1.Talk to people in your region who have advanced at least as far as a Regional(alot of myths exist-I bet Mark B. would mentor). 2.Take advantage of Regional level training opportunities--one of the great things about LL umpiring is the regional center's training...relatively cheap and usually very good. 3. Ask about volunteering at state/regional tournaments in non-umpiring roles. 4. Only volunteers can umpire beyond the district level--nobody who has been paid to umpire LL games (even locally) is eligible. 5. Be patient 6. You may have caught something in the previous post worth knowing...go umpire the European Regional in Kutno Poland...they always need umpires
  12. BrianDawn: If you go to the series let me know through this forum. I attended for the first time last year (as an umpire) and had a blast on the field. My 5 year daughter also had a great time and wants to go back this summer with dad as a spectator. Your boys will have the time of their lives! Word of advice, take care of housing as soon as possible...Williamsport isn't all that big and hotel rooms in the surrounding towns run out quick. Skip opening ceremonies and attending the first couple of days of pool play
  13. All good advice. Here's something I don't think I've seen yet in this thread: Get somebody to videotape a couple of innings from several angles. Its easy for us say "move up in the slot" or " get your head height right" much different though if you can see yourself. My biggest improvement came in the '06 season after seeing myself umpire a televised game at the end of the '05 season...a chance us amateurs don't often get. I not only got a chance to tweak a few things but it also allowed me to "delete" a couple of annoying habits--the kind of things only other umpires notice....the things we call "polish." I've been fortunate enough to get 14 Live TV ops with 4 on the plate.
  14. LLWS#32

    Would you EJ?

    Cato: If the player's coaches are serious about sending a message then suggest that they limit the kid to his 3 defensive outs and his 1 at bat (spec. pinch run if he reaches safely). You'll find out then which side of the fence the adults are really on!
  15. LLWS#32

    Would you EJ?

    Cato: Great discussion-this is why I like this site (umpire-empire) as opposed to others--nobody got rude in the thread. I think we'll just have to disagree. This is a debate (the confuse/hinder) I've discussed with others in the past and as the District (XV VA) clinician I've advised not to call interference without contact as I think you're getting into a protestable situation.
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