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Kevin_K last won the day on December 30 2019

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  • Birthday 11/26/1965

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  1. And in many cases, women get it right (in a lot of things) more than men.
  2. Managing the game sometimes requires us to do things that are not necessarily in a manual. I have never read in any manual that I should signal safe when a ground ball passes within a hair's width of a base runner or when there is no obstruction or interference when players come very close to occupying the same ground. I do know that when I signal safe and verbalize what I have, I tend to avoid situations that can spiral out of control quickly if my communication isn't what it ought to be. As I have read here on occasion, sometimes you just have to umpire.
  3. As long as F3 are still on the market any other shin guard should be disregarded. YMMV.
  4. Just because there is no specifically mandated mechanic does not mean we should do nothing. Preventive officiating would suggest that @Richvee's "You certainty can't stand there and do nothing. " view would be one way to let all participants know what was seen, what is occurring, and how players ought to proceed. Doing nothing would more likely lead to more of a sh*%show than doing something that is not necessarily in the the NFHS Umpires Manual
  5. The policy of the NJSIAA is that sunglasses worn on the bill of the cap are considered "styling that may be appropriate for other levels of the game" for which there is no allowance.
  6. Kevin_K

    MiLB Shake UP

    You are implying. Your readers infer. This is also a site where language is an important consideration.
  7. Kevin_K

    Zombie Threads

    If the revival of zombie threads was at the top of my list of concerns on social media I would consider my life charmed. Is this really a concern that makes any one unhinged? C'mon guys!
  8. @Joe0x7F is another of many users who has sought the input of this umpiring community with the hope of a particular answer. When the preferred reply is not provided, he makes an argument about why the answers provided ought to conform to his line of thinking. Why are these pitches not a balk? Because in the judgment of every umpire who has replied, the pitcher has not violated the requirements for the set position. The umpires see a discernible stop. Many of those who have replied have seen hundreds of thousands pitches. That experience affords each of them the courtesy from all of us that they are capable of telling a bounce from a stop. That is why those pitches are not balks.
  9. The umpires in the game called no balks. Do you think there should have been? I see a U1 who is not demonstrating proper mechanics, but no balks.
  10. Insanity is far less common in volleyball in these parts. The true loons are few and far between. Coaches know there is the seat belt option if they get out of control or if the players on the bench act the fool. Coaches disagree on calls but they move on. A coach told me one time that the ball doesn't lie. Eventually the team that is better will come out on top. Almost every ball handling situation is a judgment call and everyone gets it. Sometimes the call breaks your way and others it does not. Sometimes you get away with one and sometimes you do not. And there is no film of Earl Weaver berating a volleyball official.
  11. I'd say he never completely stopped. Something was moving.
  12. My assigner and I have a very open and Frank relationship. I have never worked for a better supervisor. He understands that volleyball is a distant second to either my job or my family. I understand that he has given me many wonderful opportunities and I would willingly do whatever he asked of me as an official. He knew about the situation within 30 minutes of the end of the match. I had nothing to be concerned about and did not want him caught unaware.
  13. So this Saturday I was all set to officiate the semi finals for the county volleyball championships. Both semis are played back to back, with one official up for the first match and their partner down the first match, and then the two officials y switch for the second match. For most parts of the country, county championships mean little, but in New Jersey, they are a big deal because there are so many schools in each county. Last night I got a call from my assigner. He said he had to remove me because I am on the "no" list for one of the schools. Not because of my ability to officiate a volleyball match, but because, according to the athletic director, of a "bad attitude." This past September I was at this AD's school for a big match with a very talented team. In the first set I heard the student section call out two visiting players by number. In New Jersey, that's a no no because of our sates's position on good sportsmanship. I motioned for the AD to come over to the referee stand because I wanted to let him know what I had heard. When he came over to the stand he said ,"If you're going to talk to me, you're going to come down off that stand. I'm not talking to you while you are up there." So I did. I told him what I had heard and he said, "I was over there and didn't hear anything." To which I said, "I didn't say that you did. I did." He replied, "So what do you want me to do?" I told him that if I heard something like that again, I was going to ask them to leave if the culprit was not found, to which he said, "Do whatever you need to do." The road team lost the first set and one of their players punched the ball into the floor and it bounced pretty high. Upon seeing that, the AD approached my stand and said (while I was still "up there") and advised me that perhaps I should pay more attention to what was happening on the court more than what was going on in the stands. I said nothing to him. Just stared in disbelief. I guess I am guilty as charged. No defense allowed. No witnesses like my partner who heard the same thing I did. Not the coach who has indicated in the past that she actually enjoys having me on her matches because I make her team play with better ball handling. Game, set, match. Let the masked man do his job..... Mrs Kevin_K and I shall now dine at our leisure this Saturday evening in a restaurant to be named later. You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming
  14. I did not purchase the shoes so when I received them as a gift I didn't really think about width. Most shoes I don't need to be concerned with width, but with the old mid 450/460, the EE fit much better I never had any concern about the V3 being to narrow.
  15. I went from mid to low and the lows were bigger than the mid. Perhaps a full size larger.
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