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  1. Jocko

    Parent in Stands...

    ​or listen to the fence
  2. Who cares? Watch an R2 give signs to his teammate up to bat about pitches. Happens all the time.
  3. ​tell him to get hi a$$ back where he belongs kidding. my other hand finds its way behind my knee
  4. With a RH batter, my right hand is just behind F2 with my palm facing F1 (kinda like onora but I dont molest my f2s). Left hand behind left leg. LH batter....just the opposite.
  5. ​If they're playing the Braves and you're on the stick....wake up. You're dreaming.
  6. ​*Hands held up indicating time, and said LOUDLY "THE BALL IS NOT IN PLAY" If he doesn't get it after that, it's gonna be a long day
  7. Had this yesterday and I was shocked at the poor game management by the HTHC. Time is getting VERY short. HT ahead 4-3 in the bottom. VT hustles out, takes 2 warmup pitches and are ready to go. HT gets a leadoff walk. Then a 6-4-3. 2 down. Clock is under a minute. F1 delivers, B3 fouls one OOP. I have already requested baseballs from BOTH teams and have zero in my bag. I announce AGAIN that I need baseballs and brush the plate. VT SPRINTS balls to me. PLAY! Next pitch......B3 flies out. FREE BASEBALL. 24 minutes later, VT wins 7-4. Should I have changed my zone and preserved the win for the HT? Should I have brushed the plate a few more times to kill the clock? Had a sneezing fit? Found a way to burn about 45 seconds? Nope. I'm there to do a job and do it right. Which I did. Not my job to manage the game for the teams.
  8. The ball cannot be made live by the HP umpire until the batter is ready, the battery is in their proper position with pitcher engaged, and the pitcher has the ball. Once this criteria is met, HP should both verbal and mechanic the ball live by announcing "PLAY" with a point towards the pitcher.
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    NTSO anyone?

    @ricka56, I am indeed working for Wayne. Have a DH Sat and again on Sun. You live in the HEB?
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    NTSO anyone?

    Today I joined North Texas Sports Officials. Any of my new brothers on UE?
  11. Sunday I had one of the best games I've had in a long time. You know the feeling when you're seeing the plays in slo-mo, your timing and positioning is spot on, the plays unfold before you and fall gently in your lap like a linen napkin at a 5 star restaurant? Yeah. THAT kind of game. I had 2 whackers at 3B, A worm burner to F4 catch and double up on R2, 3 whackers at 1B, and a 3-2 final score. Was a GREAT day to be an umpire. Had a good partner (2 man crew), great field conditions, beautiful day, and one of those games where all was right with the world.
  12. That learning attitude is paramount. I won't rehash the don't go to your partner just to appease a rat that wants a different call. If there's a question about a dropped ball you might have been blocked out on, different story. But own your call. Right or wrong. We all kick one now and then. On plays at the plate, remember to stay in F2's glove side pocket and let him take you to the play. If you wind up in fair territory (I OFTEN do), so be it. Wherever you have the optimal view. Keep working and learning, my brother.
  13. young players equates to inexperienced coaches. ZERO leash. It's as much a learning process for them as for the kids. I warn early and eject with no remorse. NEXT time he steps on my field, he'll remember not to cross that line or I'll dump his ass again.
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    The clock

    I have a countdown timer on my watch and a kitchen timer i put on the fence (and hope this one doesn't get hit like the last one did, but that's why the one on my arm is the back up timer) leaving it up to a scorebook leaves you open to some dastardly acts of changing time to benefit their team. Don't wear a watch on the field. Keep a stopwatch in your pocket. My GHSA crew chief at CDP last year did mention the not wearing a watch on the field. I think the watch has been the only thing on my body that seemingly hasn't been hit by a ball at some point. Your post reminded me of that part. worn watches are taboo
  15. Sidebar The voices in my head are always either arguing amongst themselves or singing
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    The clock

    I have a countdown timer on my watch and a kitchen timer i put on the fence (and hope this one doesn't get hit like the last one did, but that's why the one on my arm is the back up timer) leaving it up to a scorebook leaves you open to some dastardly acts of changing time to benefit their team. Don't wear a watch on the field. Keep a stopwatch in your pocket.
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    The clock

    Tourney ball pool play, the clock starts on the coin toss. Bracket play, it's the last thing I do before we break the plate meeting.
  18. Send it my way. We'll keep it going around. I havent read it in a few years.
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    Wait.....WHAT?!?!?!

    I got this from my former local assignor. Local league uses OBR with mods. Anyone else heard of this? there are a few MLB rule changes that have affected our rules. First, offensive conferences have not changed for years and we still have a few “veteran†umpires who don’t know how many timeouts the offense may “REQUESTâ€. You should know that only ONE conference per offensive inning is allowed AT ANYTIME IN ANY GAME. Anytime a second offensive time out is REQUESTED and GRANTED a substitution must be made. So DO NOT ALLOW A SECOND UNLESS COACH WANTS TO REPLACE A PLAYER. If this happens there will be a HOLE in the lineup because they bat continuously and AN OUT will be recorded each time that player comes up to that. Not only that but a parent is going to be EXTREMELY distraught when his/her child has to sit out rest of game. So watch that very carefully. There were many instances where a coach took as many a 5 timeouts in an offensive inning…….and the coach knew better, but our umpires did not. They will take advantage of our IGNORANCE OF RULES so “study to show yourself approvedâ€. They laughed about it. Second, there are only THREE Defensive Conferences in a MAJOR League game now. They have adopted the HS and College rules. So here’s how that works. A coach may “REQUEST†Three timeouts to talk with pitchers or any defensive conferences. He may do that ALL THREE TIMES to one pitcher even in one inning. But after those three conferences HE MUST REMOVE AND REPLACE THAT PITCHER. Anytime he removes a PITCHER there is NO CONFERENCE CHARGED. No longer must he visit and remove a pitcher after second conference of any inning as in the past. SO WATCH THIS CAREFULLY AND DO NOT ALLOW THE REQUEST UNTIL YOU’VE TOLD THE COACH HIS OPTIONS. ONLY THREE USED DEFENSIVE CONFERENCES PERIOD PER GAME PERIOD.
  20. Hey Jocko - the waitress from the Longhorn Steakhouse called. She wants her check folder back. Tilted Kilt
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