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  1. That's my gear of choice for Little League. I love it and haven't had any problems with it. It's wonderful on muggy mid-Atlantic days.
  2. As a Little League UIC, I would absolutely make accommodations like this to keep you out there with us. Or, if you could do plate, not expect you to get up to third. (I would also try to tap your expertise and get you to help in training and evaluation, but I realize that's not what you asked.) I would suggest being candid with your assigners/association and try to see what can be worked out. Also, you know, give yourself time to heal. Maybe a season off would give you a chance to come back at full strength (but that's more of a question for your medical team.)
  3. Max, I love reading your posts and always learn a lot. But I think I found a distinct difference between you, and many of us less experienced umpires, on signalling needs. Not specifically saying we need a U3K signal--but in my case, running a teen and volunteer Little League umpire program, it's nice to try to instill the signal rituals that reinforce the situational awareness you have ingrained in yourself through experience. I mean so few of them listen to me anyway but i try gosh darn it I try
  4. This is setting off all of my quackery alarm bells. "Wellness industry." An orthopedic surgeon as the medical cite (not that they can't know things, but it's outside their specialty lane. I don't see anything that would hurt anyone, but I also don't see anything that couldn't be done by blending a banana and salt into tap water. I mean, I usually get Powerade Zero so I shouldn't judge. If you're enjoying it, great. But I'm seeing more snake oil than penicillin here.
  5. In LL Majors and below, headfirst slides are outs. I haven't called one in years; I'm up to four so far this season.
  6. Welcome! I'm doing LL up in Arlington. Maybe we'll see each other at a tournament sometime!
  7. Correct--no "receiving the throw" protection in LL. Sounds like a great call to me.
  8. When I moved out for a postdoctoral fellowship, I figured it was time to give back to a community, now that I couldn't claim perpetual studentdom any more. I'd umpired (if you can call it that with no training or support) for youth rec while in high school, so I figured on that and found my local Little League. I had so much to un-learn, but I did. I'm glad to be part of a League and community, stay involved in baseball, stay somewhat active, strive to perfect a craft I'm pretty good at (if I do say so myself), and teach teen umpires to grow in their personal development. The proudest moments are definitely the letters of recommendation I've been able to write for those young folks I've seen grow through our program.
  9. Fielding the throw is not an exception or "protected behavior" in LL. We're weird that way. See the first note from the RIM excerpt Senor Azul posted. For most other codes, I believe, act of fielding the throw is a relevant consideration.
  10. You're allowed to suspend the game for "unsuitable weather conditions" in the Little League code, and I'd assume similar language in other codes. In this case, those conditions would be "insufficient cloud cover in front of the sun." I've done it in our league before, and I think it's completely legit.
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    LHP Feint to 3rd

    Correct; feints to third still allowed in the LL code.
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    Yeah, we put up a cone halfway down. We were literally throwing bases out on park fields every week, it wasn't a precision operation for us.
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    My grad school league did this. We called our own games, was supposed to be friendly. I was F3, bases loaded, did exactly this--stepped on first, then threw home. The 1B Coach, in charge of that call, looked and said "But you took away the force first....OHHHHHH" and acknowledged I had found that exploit.
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    Passing runner

    I mean, you would think that, wouldn't you?
  15. I've seen it in LL, but nobody in my chain is teaching that right now.
  16. Being outside at 60' is necessary on "closed-base" rules sets where BU is responsible for calling runners who leave early. (E.g., Little League Majors and below.) If you have runners leading off, I would agree with you 100% to be inside. Though even at 70', it's a step-lively situation. It took me a couple of years after we started the LL "Intermediate" level to get a hang for clearing F6's throwing lane to first without a last-second adjustment.
  17. I bought some to use last year, and then...sadness. Haven't been behind the plate since. Was looking forward to it, though.
  18. That's always the way I've been taught in LL; with the tag of "for the love of Klem, don't let the horsing around take place so you don't have to pick up that end of the stick." As you describe it, I'd have been in the same spot as you.
  19. I signed up for it, and I'm enjoying it. It is pitched at the possibility that you have never umpired a game in your life, but getting into enough advanced techniques that I'm getting something out of it. I wouldn't say it's tough, but I've always been a good book learner/quiz taker. I do wish we had a little more discussion of edge cases of stuff like interference and obstruction, and a little less on the fences needing to be minimum 400' away. I think with another pass, the material could run a little more smoothly (there are a number of relevant MLB clips embedded, and they are good examples, but letting then run through six replays of the case while the announcer is repeating the patently wrong thing dilutes the value--at least add your own commentary track.) I think the stuff about their school style would prep you well for going and the hints about things they key on in their evaluation make a nice "cheat sheet" if you want to stand out and buck for a recommendation. I did have a nice discussion with the instructor (everyone got 30 minutes if they wanted it), and he was very welcoming of me as a Little League guy, not someone who is likely to ever come down to the school. We had good discussion of the different challenges I face vs. guys bucking for D1 or the minor league jobs, and the challenges of teaching umpires. So I'm glad I did it, would recommend it if they offer it again, don't think there would be repeat value.
  20. Welcome! I can already tell your English is better than my Korean, so don't worry about it!
  21. I'm probably doing the same. In slow-mo, it does look like F3 made a full extension and didn't really shy up because of the runner, so I can see an argument for no call.
  22. I think, from following the Juan Soto saga a the start of the season here near D.C., they are doing rapid spit tests with follow-up swabs that have better Pd/Pfa. From a cost/pain in the rear standpoint, yeah, I can see why you'd do that. But it's going to lead in some persons forced to sit out unnecessary. Just the cost of doing business in these times, I guess.
  23. I was just shy of 2, you old fogeys.
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