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  1. Going to watch other great crews and umpires work was something I routinely did my first few years if I had no game, a cancellation or even a rain-out when I knew other local fields (turf) would be playable. I still do it! And if you show up early, they'll probably let you be a fly on the wall of their pregame and post-game in the parking lot or locker room. You do that a few times, and you just might find some of those veteran umpires requesting games with you from the assignor. Guaranteed you'll learn loads and become a better umpire by just watching one game.
  2. I reiterate, because I do basically the same thing as Thunderheads suggests: Hand or hands up, "Time! . . . Step off! . . . Let the batter get set." Not saying that's gospel mechanics, but it works for me. And invariably, once done, I'll never have an issue with quick pitching from anybody for the rest of the game.
  3. Personally, I don't like the LL mechanic where the PU goes 1st baseline extended. I prefer to point to the right up the 1st baseline, give an audible unless everyone is already shouting it, clear the catcher to the right and move a couple steps toward 1st base. This puts me in perfect position to (actually) see any tag on the BR's backside as he's running toward 1st. If I move 1st baseline extended (like the LL video), I'm straight lined on any tag and might be just guessing that it looked like there was a tag. Then once BR has cleared the plate area, eyes go toward possible running lane inter
  4. I can't wait to start awarding balls to the batter next season: "Illegal pitch! Time, that's an illegal pitch! Failure to lean!" "Illegal pitch! Time, that's an illegal pitch! Yes, he leaned, but he did not pretend to receive a sign from the catcher when he did so!" Of course, if NFHS publishes approved signalling and audible mechanics for those calls, I'll certainly utilize those with zeal! There's already a Quick Pitch Rule. Why not simply make that a point of emphasis? If quick pitching is an issue in some states, just reiterate and emphasize that rule. It already
  5. (1) The Wilson Platinum or Gold will virtually eliminate the coverage problem, but you won't be running as fast or as agiley down the line--I originally got the Golds years ago, because they were bullet proof, but quickly bequeathed them because I felt like Gumby or a Transformer running anywhere; (2) I have the F-3's and yes I occasionally got nailed in the side ankle bones of my right foot, and every time, it was because my foot was turned at an angle behind the catcher--so it was my improper mechanics that was causing the pain, not the equipment. So, here's what I did this year to fix
  6. As Maven points out, it's all about feinting a throw to 1st base to protect the runner at 1st base, it has nothing to do with the dominant throwing hand of the pitcher. A right handed pitcher can fake to 3rd just like a left handed pitcher can. The rules are not discriminatory. The balk rules are there to protect runners, and runners at 1st are much more likely to be trying to steal the next base than runners at 3rd or 2nd, and are much more likely to be taking a bigger lead. Repeated game-delaying feints to 1st may also be a part of this particular balk rule. I tried to find the historic
  7. Last Friday, batter squares to bunt, and pitch is right at him in the box, pitch hits him in the chest. I'm blocked behind the plate. I immediately jumped out to my partner in "C," "Did he go?" "No!" "Then that's a hit batter!" So much for not checking with your partner on bunt attempts or when he's in "C."
  8. I will always work happily with any mobility issues a willing, dedicated, and reliable partner might have due to bad knees, hips, lower back, or just plain old age, or even simply being young and inexperienced. Some of my favorite partners over the years have been older veterans who I knew couldn't get up to 3rd from the plate (I just didn't go out or rimmed on trouble balls and they'd have my touch and throw back at 1st), or who I knew couldn't get to 3rd from A. I always learned a lot from those guys (they usually had the most perfect angle possible on any play--however far away they were).
  9. High inside pitches are often tough to see offers on. Catcher or HC should have asked for an appeal. Here your tracking of the pitch took the bat completely out of your field of view. Could you have sua sponte gone to your partner for help when you heard something weird must have happened? Sure. Is it your fault you didn't? Nope.
  10. I think you also could have been arguably correct if only one strike were called. This batter did not request time and then step out. The batter has an obligation to not interfere with the catcher and the play at the plate, and if the PU judged the batter was conceding the strike and leaving the box to get out of the catcher's way, I think an argument could be made there is no second penalty strike--the batter was not trying to cause unnecessary delay or disconcert the pitcher, he was doing what he was supposed to do--not interfere with the catcher's attempt to retire R-3. The purpose of this
  11. Another good reason to pre-game this is it often avoids conflict or protracted conversations. I prefer the PU and BU both call these instantly, who cares if both umpires call, "Time!" simulaneously?? BU isn't stepping on PU's toes--just like a balk. Also, Time! is the correct call for the BU, not Foul!. It's PU's job to determine if the dead ball is foul or whether the batter might be out. Then, if it allegedly happens again later in the game and neither umpire calls it, it's a quick conversation with the offensive HC: "Sorry, but neither of us have a batted ball touching the batter." "Can yo
  12. One of the things I'm working on again this year is taking a longer read step with balls hit to right field while I'm in A. There's actually lots of time to read the quality of the hit, as well as the right fielder. I used to just come charging in pretty quickly, or making the decision to come in or go out too quickly (probably still do that too quickly too often--I'm a work in progress :-). An old timer once told me to "count" my steps to slow down, and once I figured out what he meant, that helped. I've had this exact play you describe, and it's always nerve racking if I just come charging i
  13. Batter better have CLEARLY offered at the pitch (no question in anyone's mind) before I'd overrule my partner behind the plate on that one, especially since it's CLEARLY an inexperienced or rookie plate umpire, made no audible call on the check swing, and didn't come up quick for appeal to partner. That should be an automatic. We ALWAYS pregame check swings, even if it's a partner I regularly work with, helps remind me to always make an audible call and come out quick to my partner on the bases with two strikes: "I'll always try to make an audible call on check swings (i.e. No, he did not
  14. Great thread, thanks for posting, agdz! If you did 12 games in 90 degree sun over the 3 days, and that's the only time you and a partner got jammed up, I'd say you had a kick-ass umpiring weekend!! I remember those Memorial Day tourneys in the heat. By the last game on Monday, muscles all over my body were spasming with cramps, my eyes were burning, my knees were swelling, I almost felt like crying, was praying for a 10 after 5, and I couldn't wait to get to the nearest grocery store to chug an entire jar of pickle juice 😀. I simply can't do that any more. But what fun they were, what great f
  15. One way of looking at this that might help some (but perhaps confuse as many) is that technically, a "force out" is an out on a runner who was "forced" to advance because of the batter becoming a runner. The batter is not "forced" to run to 1st. He's just out if: "(10) After a third strike or after he hits a fair ball, he or first base is tagged before he touches first base." Other runners are out if: "(6) He or the next base is tagged before he touches the next base, after he has been forced to advance by reason of the batter becoming a runner." The distinction between a "for
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