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  1. First, in the lower age groups, the coaches you’ll find are of the “hey I played JV Ball in HS – I know the rules” type of coach. They simply don’t know but think they know. Second, the ones that will tell you “we just want to get the call right” are lying to you: they want to get the call they want. (How many times have you made a banger call of Safe on first, when the first base coach will say, “hey can you check with your partner; I think my runner was out.” – I didn’t think so. ). So it is reasonable that, whenever you make a call they don’t like, they will try and “shop” the call to someone else, hoping they will get at least a discussion that may lead to what they want. The experienced Umpire will, when approached by a coach wanting you to change (or even talk about) a call made by another will become completely uncommunicative and tell him “I can’t help you”. When asked by a coach “can I appeal that call?” (made by your partner), your response should be “not to me”.
  2. Nope. I've taught my (Umpire) kids: "If after the game, the coaches come out of the dugout saying to their team, "Hey, great game guys...hey, .anyone know where the Umpires went?" then you've done your job. Nothing good comes of staying around...
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    Walk-up music

    I have only gotten involved in this issue once. We had a tournament in a complex with 4 fields closely situated. Each field had a PA system run by a normally 12-13 year old kid. Each field had a rendition of Who Let the Dogs Out, which they played after EVERY Inning. After 3 games it got old. At the beginning of the 4th game, I told the “PA Kid” that I would buy him a dog and a coke if he NEVER played WLTDO. Best 3 bucks I ever spent…. Otherwise, it’s fun for the kids, I don’t care..
  4. You have to understand that, if a coach, AD or other other "hey, the storm is way over THERE!" loudmouth convinces you to keep the game going and the worst happens, they will be the first in line at the Courthouse suing your ass with the excuse "hey it's the UMPIRE'S responsibility to keep us safe!"
  5. Let me try: Ball hits the batter out of the strike zone and he doesn't swing: Dead Ball, HBP, award 1st Ball hits batter while the ball is in the strike zone: Dead Ball Strike Ball hits the batter while he's swinging at it, (and it don't matter where the ball is): Dead Ball Strike Note, it's not a foul ball, and where the ball ends up doesn't matter. Dead Ball, nobody advances, and if it's strike three, he's out. Better?
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    Obstruction?

    At the Coach's Meeting I always told the coach's "Gentlemen, you are not protesting enough". I hear over and over that "well, they're not going to change the call, what's the point?" Here's the point: When you protest, no matter how it comes out, someone is going to learn something. Sometimes it's you, and sometimes it's the Umpires. It may happen again with the same Umpires, and, if they've learned, they get the call right, ok?
  7. I always told my rookie Umpires, “Look; suppose you suspend a game for lightning but you didn’t have to. What happens next? They re-schedule the game (something they do all the time.) Now, what if you DIDN’T suspend a game, but should have? What can happen? Something life-changing….When in doubt, get ‘em off the field…..
  8. Adult championship game: LA vs Detroit. I’m BU. Close play at 1st, I bang it safe. SS starts on me: ”Blue, we got him by a half step” I ignore. Same SS “Oh, Blue, he was out by a full step” I ignore. Same SS: “Oh Blue that wasn’t even close”. I had enough: ” “Y’know, the more you talk, the stupider you sound”. His own Team broke out into laughter and yelled “You got him, Blue”. Had to chuckle…
  9. personally, if it's not distracting to me or the batter, and he can throw strikes, he can strap a live chicken to his arm...
  10. Wow,I haven't seen this in years. Easy fix; when you see the kid crouch down, call "time" and walk around to the front of the plate. Tell the batter, "step back", and clean the plate, while watching him out of the corner of your eye. He will most likely take a practice swing. There's your zone....
  11. I believe the proper mechanic here is to turn to the HC and ask "do you want to handle this or should I?"
  12. Seen a few of his videos. Pretty spot on and entertaining.
  13. Softball Rules are "nearly" identical to baseball. So, you had Offensive Interference. So, (1). the play is dead. (2). The person who interfered (R2 in this case) is Out. (3). The B/R is awarded 1st. (he didn't interfere and you have to put him somewhere (4). All runners return to their last touched at the time of the interference. So, you've got 1 out and the bases are still loaded.
  14. Female Umpire story; I trained a number of females, and nearly all of them did a fine job. One girl (about 17) worked her first game on a Coach Pitch field. I watched from behind the fence. The ball rolled to her and she picked it up. The Coach Pitcher, about 25 feet away, held his glove hand up and said “throw the ball here, HONEY”………she was the CF for her Varsity Softball Team. She nearly took his hand off….. I almost chewed through my lower lip….
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    Losing Count

    Happens more than you'd think. Shoot, it happens in MLB. Usually, it's after something goofy happens and then you think "did I click over the indicator?". Best way, is to play ball and hope the batter puts the ball in play. Otherwise, you call "ball" or "strike" and let the batter show you what it was. Then, you've got to eat it, go to a scorer/coach/fan/make a phone call and ask "OK, what's the count?"
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    Home Run?

    Absolute nonsense. Score the run, brush the plate, throw out another ball. The coach should have protested the out call. I guarantee you someone would have learned something.
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    Flyball

    You watch where the ball was when it was touched. If it was in fair territory when touched, it's fair. If it was in foul territory when touched, it's foul. The feet don't matter.
  18. Put it in a dugout, and you'll never know if someone spit in it. Put it on the ground and a live ball will eventually hit it. Hook it to a carabiner and hang it from the fence. Find the loudest mouth fan and hang it in front of him; he loves that.
  19. Multi-State Tournament. High Intensity. As Staff, it was an exercise in diplomacy to keep teams happy and keep the tourney moving. No one complained about the fee, as we made it abundantly clear beforehand. Couple times I had to tell teams, "you may want to re-consider before protesting". Worked more than once. Two out of three protests were on pitching rules, one was a ball in play/out of play issue. It was an experience, I gotta tell you.
  20. No, not really. I UIC'd a UTrip WS. We'd been to a couple before, and saw them deal with "My runner was safe and the Umpire called him out, we protest." Didn't matter that the Umpire explained that they couldn't, they just wanted to hold up the game and b^#ch. So, when we ran our own, we imposed a 100$ protest fee. Out of about 48 games, we had three protests: one upheld, two denied. Quiet tournament. Spent the money on fruit, water and Gatorade for the Umpires.
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    Throwing the bat

    I liked our League's rule: the Umpire has the option to (1) warn (2) call him out or (3) eject. This allows him to judge the player, the infraction, or the frequency. So, if you can tell that the kid's working on it, or if he just not interested in trying, you can judge accordingly. Very seldom have we had to eject; they usually figure it out.
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    Out or foul ball?

    If the ball hits third base and skitters into foul territory, is it a fair ball or foul ball? There ya go......
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    Out or foul ball?

    I hear ya, Maven; I just figured he was confused enough as it was, and just answered the original question.
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