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  1. It really depends on your area and the level you desire. If D1, definitely need to go to camps, maybe even umpire school. If just wanting to dabble in lower levels, a couple camps and the right network and you’ll get games obviously assuming you’re competent. In my area they are often begging guys to work even up to the D2 level, especially mid week games although many areas are not like that. However, be prepared to travel, often for no compensation. Availability is huge in the college season. Assignors love guys that have flexible schedules. Since games get rescheduled so much, being able to work games at the drop of the hat (Again mid week) can really help get your foot in the door.
  2. I'm not a D1 guy but it seems there would be plenty of pitfalls to this plan, some of which were hinted at in the article. I do have to wonder if attendance would really increase enough to help many schools' bottom lines. With a large chunk of the games being played after school is out, I think schools would have to start marketing the games like minor-league teams, which would require additional staff. Lots of other additional costs to house and feed players (can't imagine you'd expect players to pay their own way over the summer, remember even most D1 players are getting only partial scholarships, if anything). The article also mentioned potential lost income for the programs and assistant coaches from not having as much time to run camps and clinics in the summer. Schools might even have to employ more SID's and training staff (or stretch them thin, running baseball right up to the start of football camp). How about kids that are draft eligible? Not to mention that this would practically kill the better summer leagues, although I know that is not the concern of D1 coaches. The plan definitely has some advantages, the better weather in the north probably being at the top, which would save travel money.
  3. Not I; wasn't getting anywhere with my bank for the PPP and upon hearing the program was out of money gave up. Would have only been eligible for around a grand.
  4. That is also my thinking; apparently the NCAA disagrees I guess.
  5. I also thought about generating discussion on this one. I think calling the runner out would be grabbing the shi**y end of the stick. How can you call a runner out for running out of the way of a fielder who is fumbling a ball (and never does field it cleanly and make a tag attempt)?
  6. Appreciate the heads up. What I'm hearing is that as Independent Contractors we won't be able to apply until April 10.
  7. Fair enough, I respect your stance. Have a good weekend
  8. @MidAmUmp Totally understand your stance. It just rubs me the wrong way that a good portion of their umpires never got a chance to do a game and are losing out on significant income and this is the most they can do (A ~$35 discount on an already overpriced membership). They are a multi-billion dollar organization, although I understand they are probably losing significant money as well. Heck, my small-time health club is even waving membership fees during this time.
  9. That is an impressive move; much different than the NCAA's no refund but give you 25% off next year. Thought it was practically a slap in the face myself.
  10. Too soon to ask for the $170 NCAA registration fee to be refunded to us?
  11. No known protocol here. Supposedly there is a coach-vote aspect to it, along with a state administrator who makes the call. Definitely no formal evaluations or game requirements nor association recommendations as I'm the head of one of the largest in my state. We've had guys whose first games of the year were at the state tournament (guys that work college games the rest of the spring) or guys who get selected for postseason who don't even register with the state or officiate any longer (good ol' boys club). I've gotten my share of postseason but it is sad for those trying to work their way up.
  12. Think I'll pass on a $70 timer. Kinda stinks for a northern guy, I can't really work weekdays with my real job so even if I work every weekend that the weather allows I'm lucky to get 6 doubleheaders. $175 for cbua registration, $75 for association dues, buying hats the conference wants, put in all the time to learn the little NCAA rules/test, blocking weekends that end up getting cancelled at the last minute with no compensation, kinda makes a guy wonder...
  13. zoops

    NCAA Test

    They want A.
  14. zoops

    NCAA Test

    Immediately is correct
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