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Everything posted by MCLEOD36

  1. Warren. Like riding a bike, after about 10 minutes, was able to take off the training wheels. Looks great congratulations. John.,
  2. I try and talk to the catcher first, if he doesnt understand. Start calling Balls. If coach gets chippy, talk to him. Dont move out, just up and back. But if you like the slot, talk to the catcher...... Varsity guys understand it; JV not so much.
  3. The Poly/Wools are great, even in the Florida sun and they actually breathe very well. I use the Smitty Pants (Plug for Ump-attire.com) for non-varsity games or goof off games, but for anything serious, the Poly/Wools and they are well worth the coin. John
  4. Like Penfold....talk to the catcher first, if he "gets it" no more issues. I will sometimes talk about it when I am giving him an initial look, just to set up the ground rules with him. But only with experienced guys.....or you have a heap of trouble with coaches....
  5. no....2/14.....Valentines..... well, I thought everyday was Valentines..... Just have to get flowers the day before and save the 250% markup ha ha....John
  6. As said above. Get the good stuff. Platinum chest protector; great mask (I use catchers Easton Stealth Mask; and usually crack one a season); I also use catchers shin guards Easton Stealth ones and cut off the bottoms; New Balance Shoes; both plate and base........ and wear a throat protector 6'' one...That will cover it... Dont get cheap. For pants, if HS, buy the Poly/wools; but for average games the smitty combo pants work great..and in FLA...HYDRATE....John
  7. HYDRATE BOYS....or try this.... it does work nicely. http://www.blackicecooling.com/personal-cooling-products-ccx-k.html
  8. Brad. I too use catcher shin guards, Easton Stealth, I cut off the flaps at the bottom. They are heavier, but never have I been hit there and been hurt.
  9. I like that nothing about the bellybutton. So your zone is a "cigar box"? Ha ha... For me, just look at his normal stance, if he crouches top of letters and bottom of knees...
  10. Warren. I always try and remember this. Leave on the side of the winning team if possible and MOST IMPORTANTLY. If both sides are yelling at you during a game, you are doing a hell of a job....John
  11. I never sweat, I glisten... the best ball bags are the ultimate ones from www.umpattire.com Jim and staff do a great job too
  12. Kyle. You forgot a very important one. Smells like cologne, leave it alone.....
  13. Pete makes a great point. If you can do it, by not calling time, take a second or two and do it. If a man on third, take a peek..... if a kid just slid into home, and you have a dirt pile, call time and make it pretty..... Dont use your feet unless you can make a quick swipe to remove a bit. The guys that dont take out a brush, look like garbage....
  14. I have a rather large coconut, thus the one that fits me best is the Easton Stealth Catchers Helmet. I love it and have cracked two, but very protective. You can do a little searching and usually can find the price of it on a retail side of $119, to be dropped into the $65 dollar range...and YES, I wear a 6'' Wilson throat protector with it, and that is also a KEY.
  15. Very well done, congratulations. As my dad would say, it (talent) skips a generation.
  16. The other thing I will add is; get the 6 inch one, the 4 inch one actually can snap off/bend back and slice you a bit in the throat if jostled around. I have been using the wilson 6'' one for years and wearing a bucket yes sometimes gets cumbersome, but well worth it.... I have been hit 5 times in the neck area and in all times, even with bucket (aka hockey mask) they protected everything.
  17. I have one of those little lightening detectors and it works very well. On overcast days, it goes in my pocket. I always try to error on the side of caution even with college kids and adults, with littler guys, be very careful. When umpirring with guys like Bri, always hand him a nine iron to hold on the pitchers mound..when he is on the bases lol
  18. Lets see in FED, you can use WOOD bats...lol...... The best thing to do is get both the FED rule book and case book, they are both very helpful and can help in understanding plays and issues. In time, Carl Childress "SMITTY" does a very nice book outlining all of the FED/NCAA and MLB differences, but if you go there first without experience, you will get lost very quickly. John
  19. Jax. I am with Bri on this one, that should be about a 10 to 15 sec conversation. Look him in the eye after that and just say enough....
  20. Having your son there is just cool. As for the other dopes, I would only listen to the headcoach and ignore the others. If they persist, call head coach over, take out your scorecard and lineup sheet.... and go "COACH NO MORE COMMENTS FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY"...... and voila, it is quieted down. If not, BYE BYE... And I love the threats, YOU will never work here again. Well until the tournament director comes over and kicks them out of park...ha ha.
  21. I tend to be clear and louder with strikes, and give the count on the odd pitches, then everyone is happy. And that animated bs, is just not good. If a guy, knows he was rung, I am softer, slower and pull the chainsaw. If the guy doesnt, loud and quick.
  22. Guys. I love mine, but my recommendation is see if you can find one, slightly used like I did. Will save you a ton of money (ie $300 or so). You just have to pick your spots to use it.
  23. Thunder. A simple "time" is cleaner. Dead Ball kills it, and other things could have happened at the plate, catcher interference, foul ball, etc. and you just have to be careful there with your partner. And on the other side, overtime, I tried to be overcommunicative (or explained things more) and that typically bit me in the tail. AC and some HC will give you a deer in headlights look and only hear what they want to hear. Thus, I let them come to me today, and try not to listen to the outside the fence or dugout stuff.
  24. You and me both brother.
  25. That Brian is just so dirty.... Here is the real answer "RUN"....now, if Bri and I are on the field together, and since he is faster than I am, I tend to bring a pocket knife to cut his achilles, then I got him. LOL.... Sorry, season over for about 30 days...time to rest my knees and enhance my humor...
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