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  1. When I'm logged in, I'm unable to see any forums other than off topic, and I can't message anyone.  Is this issue affecting anyone else?

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    2. Richvee


      Looks good. Thanks.


    3. Richvee


      However, I cannot send PM's. I get a message that says I'm allowed zero messages per day.

    4. Umpire in Chief

      Umpire in Chief

      Thanks, I think I've fixed that now too. Please let me know.

  2. 1.) Your partner is an idiot. 2.) You still shouldn't have gotten help. Don't try to rationalize it. 3.) It doesn't matter if nobody can hear it. If the coach threatens you, he's done. The second situation is tough, and I can't say I would have handled it better. Something to think about, however, is that if the pitcher really is staring the kid down, tell the AC that you will handle the situation instead. Going after a coach who is defending his player is only going to inflame the situation.
  3. Sounds like a tough day. First things first, you shouldn't have gone for help on the play at the plate. It's your call all the way, and it creates a really bad aesthetic when you go to your partner who's across the field. When he tells you "throw me out so I don't have to cuss you out", he's threatening you. Run him immediately (he was asking to go anyway). As for the other 2 ejections, do you think you could describe the situation in more detail? What did the AC say to the pitcher? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Someone once said on these forums: "use the rules to solve problems, not create them". The rules are a toolbox, and some "tools" are only appropriate for certain levels and certain contexts. Applying the rules in a way that makes the game fair and fun is part of what makes a great umpire.
  5. If there's a questionable check swing on a D3K, you need to come up right away and come up big. Don't wait for someone to ask. The batter immediately started running to first, so maybe he thought he went. This suggests that maybe you could have gotten it yourself (which is always preferable in these situations). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I think it's sexy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I use this approach a lot. coach - "Come on Chris, he never even tagged him!!" me - "ok" coach - "That is so bad. That is just, ... , so bad!!!" me - "ok" (coupled with a "that's really something to think about" nod) It communicates that I hear them, but I'm not fazed by what they're saying. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I'm agreeing with ElkOil here. You were unnecessarily confrontational here, especially in a situation where the coach had a good reason to be confused. You shouldn't be yelling from a distance. Calmly suggest that he come over to discuss it, i.e. "Okay, let's figure this out" while motioning for him to come over. Then explain in a conversational tone that the first pitch was indeed a strike. This is also an example of why to always give the count loudly after a steal. Maybe say something like "that was a strike, 0-1", especially when it might not be clear to people. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Although it seemed to work, I'm not a big fan of "one more step and you're gone". Maybe "coach, you need to slow down!", coupled with a stop sign. Ultimatums are never a good idea. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. This is an example of one mistake leading to more mistakes. One of the hardest things in umpiring is bouncing back from a royal screwup and putting your game back on the rails. When one screwup become two screwups, it's easy for things to go downhill quickly. You go into defense mode, and all you can think about is how badly you want the game to just be over. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. @lawump The game went went well. I nailed most of my rotations. It was an exhibition game at Petco, so I'm glad I didn't f*** it up Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. @Matt, look at my signature, and then imagine yourself as Earl Weaver Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. You're reasoning is wrong. It was the bottom of the sixth, the home team was winning, and time expired. I'm not sure where the conceptual hurdle is here. What issue do you have with her opinions on the coach? It sounds like the coach was being a douche-nozzle. B*tching about not getting extra minutes because the umpire broke her toe, in *preseason* game, when you're losing by 6 runs. That's putting the "rat" in "rat". From the other posts I've read from the OP, she manages the game well and doesn't go looking for confrontation, as you seem to be worried about. Still can't figure out if you're trolling or not.. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. @Matt I think you're the only one who's seeing that chip on her shoulder. Sounds like time had expired and the game was correctly ended. Unless you think adding stoppage time for the injury, and then forcing the plate umpire to officiate another full inning with a broken toe should have been the correct course of action. In that case, feel free to do that when it happens to you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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