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JonnyCat last won the day on February 8 2018

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  1. So sorry to hear that. Thoughts and prayers to you, Steve.
  2. I agree. A couple of observations: 1. Looks like the clubhouse caterers might be a wee bit busier. Ya know, munchies and all. Players might have to have some in game snack time. 2. Maybe MLB is looking to cut down on the balls and strikes arguments. Players might be a little more mellow! Maybe not such a bad thing.
  3. Interesting. https://www.foxnews.com/sports/major-league-baseball-marijuana-no-longer-considered-banned-substance
  4. JonnyCat

    Sad News

    Just learned of the passing of fellow umpire and UE member John Dowdy today. John was a Little League umpire for many years in Southern California and was a LL World Series umpire in 2015. I believe he worked out of D62 in Orange County, CA.Went by johnpatrick here on UE. Terrific guy and a great volunteer. He taught at Western Region for years and touched many lives. I had the pleasure of attending pro school with him in 2015, just prior to his world series. RIP my friend. You will be missed but not forgotten.
  5. JonnyCat

    $500 Fine!

    I agree, $500.00 "fine" is just ridiculous. Good luck collecting it anyway. Who would be stupid enough to pay it? He's just going to walk and find another league. And what kind of a league has rules like that anyway? Sounds like dunce caps should be given out all around! Here's an idea, try selecting better coaches. I could go on all day about this situation, but if I want to waste time ranting about idiots, I should just grab a beer and watch "90 Day Fiance."
  6. JonnyCat

    $500 Fine!

    This^^^^^^. Too many Jacka$$ coaches in youth sports. Also, did anyone catch the age group of these kids? According to the article: "However, a 5-year-old player on his team scored toward the end of the game even though Williams said he ran down the sideline yelling at the child to fall down and not score." 5 year olds? And he waits until the last 2 minutes to put in the subs? Are you kidding me? That tells me all I need to know about this coach.
  7. Here's what I have been taught and I do it for all levels. Works for me, YMMV. Manager comes out, ask for time, I grant it. While he's walking to the mound, I'll make the notation of a visit on my lineup card. Then I'll leisurely brush off the plate. At that point I'll turn around and look at the mound visit going on. Many times it will be breaking up and I have nothing to do. If it's not broken up, I'll walk towards the mound and stand on the 3rd base side of the mound about halfway up looking at the coach. Many times the meeting ends there. If not, I'll ask the coach politely if he's going to make a change. He'll say yes or no, make the change or he just concludes the visit. Using this technique, I've never had to hurry up a coach or tell him to get going. But I'm not averse to telling him it's time to break it up. No matter how the visit ends, I always hustle back to the plate and put my mask back on. I like to beat the catcher back so no one is waiting on me. I don't recommend storming the mound and immediately telling the manager, "Let's go." (Not saying you're doing that.) He may still be deciding on a change or trying to give his reliever more time to warm up. Hope that helps.
  8. Thank you, Maven. I just bookmarked this page for future reference! As a contractor, I particularly like the "IKEA effect." Kenny Banya: "Gold, Jerry, Gold!"
  9. As a graduate of the class of 2015, I'll try to give you some insight into the UTA, (formerly TUS). Keep in mind, my perspective is from a 50 year old not looking for a job. However, I paid a lot of attention to the dynamics of how the school was run and what it takes to get a job.There was no pressure for me, so I was able to really pay attention to the intricacies of how the school functioned and what they were looking for. I'm assuming you are looking to get placed in MiLB. I blogged everyday I was there for some additional insight. You can do a search here on Umpire-Empire to find the daily posts. Hope this helps, and I'm always happy to answer any questions.
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    I have the same thing.
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    I'm assuming you are asking about the classroom exams. Tests are multiple choice on the rules. Typically, I want to say, that the tests were about 20-30 questions each time. The final was cumulative and as I recall that one was about 100 questions. For me, they weren't hard as I had a really good grasp on the rules going in. I think my final grade was around 92%. I got a few 100%, and I only scored below 90% a handful of times. I can look at my notes from school and give you more detailed information. To be perfectly honest, I hardly ever studied for any of the tests, I wasn't looking for a job. I would look at my notes the night before and I'd go over some things with my roommate. The tests don't try and trip you up. They are pretty straight forward on the rules. The classroom instruction is great and there is plenty of time to study for the exams. Depending on how strong you are with the rules going in, you only need to spend an hour or two each night reviewing the material. Some guys had study groups. I actually looked forward to the exams to test my knowledge. With that being said, I had no pressure because I was there solely for the experience. Don't get me wrong, I worked hard everyday in the classroom and the field. I took it very seriously, but I also had nothing to lose. Hope that helps, and I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.
  12. I'm assuming that you are asking as to why so many amatuer umpires calling youth ball have such tight strike zones. I see it in all levels up to and including HS ball. One of my many concerns with training umpires is making sure they call a proper zone in accordance with the level they are umpiring at. In my opinion, the reason for many amatuer umpires tight strike zone are two fold. One. Most peoples frame of reference is what they have grown up with, i.e watching pro baseball most of their lives. Many, many people apply what they see on TV to youth baseball, not just on the umpire side, but when coaching, as well. I see it all the time, they think what they have seen on the professional level is how the game is supposed to be played, either consciously or subconsciously. How many times have you heard people get mad at rule modifications for youth games (such as coach pitch) because it's not "real baseball?" Second, and more applicable, is the fundamental lack of training and an understanding of a proper zone for the level of play. Many umpires are not propperly trained, don't understand how the zone should be called, are often not set in the slot, and/or don't track pitches properly. It's easy to call a tight zone when you are not tracking the pitches properly. Pitches down the middle, ones that Grandma in the stands can call, are easy. When you're not seeing or tracking pitches properly, the ones in the periphery of the zone are harder to call. Lack of training and poor mechanics often lead to a tight and inconsistent zone. There are other factors, but in my experience, these are the two primary factors.
  13. For the most part no, they cannot be in the game at the same time. There are exceptions due to injury or ejection, but those are not common.
  14. Thank you Senor Azul. I really enjoy your contributions to this site! Yes, that is the same Mike Mussina. He is still listed as a member of the LL BOD and Rules Committee. I believe he was born in Williamsport PA, and still lives nearby.
  15. Senor Azul. For some reason they changed the wording and didn't mention it in the front of the rule book. Normally, LL will announce significant changes in the front section of the rule book, but it is not in the 2019 edition on page 4 under "Significant Changes for 2019." Not sure if they just missed it, or if they did not think it was significant. I teach LL rules and mechanics at our District and am friendly with many of the Western Region instructors, and the WR UIC, so I'm usually on top of the rule changes. One of my colleagues helps teach a rules class at Western Region. He is the one that alerted me to the catch and carry rule change. I haven't seen any major announcement from LL regarding this change. I'll keep looking though, and report any findings.
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