Jump to content

Kevin_K

Established Member
  • Content Count

    1,115
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    22

Kevin_K last won the day on September 14

Kevin_K had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

751 Good

2 Followers

About Kevin_K

  • Birthday 11/26/1965

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Not Telling
  • Location
    Sussex County NJ

More information about you

  • Your Association Name
    Skylands Umpire Assoc
  • How did you hear about Umpire-Empire?
    Search Engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing, ...)

Recent Profile Visitors

6,283 profile views
  1. @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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I'd say he never completely stopped. Something was moving.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. I went from mid to low and the lows were bigger than the mid. Perhaps a full size larger.
  9. Kevin_K

    Pitch Framing

    For any of you who actually know me, saying that my brain operates in peculiar ways should come as no surprise. So.... I would like to see how a game would go if I gave a strike to every pitch that F2 butchers , frames, yanks , transplants into the strike zone. It is apparent to me that their coaches teach and/or approve of this silliness. Why should I not give them what they want? If only.....
  10. Kevin_K

    Live ball

    Same reason that they believe the hands are part of the bat and tie goes to the runner. To paraphrase @MadMax from another thread.... a nine letter word that starts with "I" and ends with "gnorance"
  11. Kevin_K

    Obnoxious Coach

    Because there is nothing in non-fed rules that would offer legitimacy to ejecting the coach, I would likely have a much tighter leash on everything he does. Outside the coach's box - ""Stay in the box coach (and specifically not use his name)" Standing in the dugout opening - "In the dugout coach" Wants to chat me up - STFU stare and walk away Balls and strikes - Ignore, Acknowledge, Warn, Eject Should he ever wonder why, I would likely let him know discreetly.
  12. Over the course of my twenty + years in the classroom, I have learned that close scrutiny of the attire worn by female students will do nothing but cause me significant troubles, whether the attire is within or beyond the guidelines of any dress code. That mountain is not worth dying on.
  13. I put the sweaty gear in the cabin of my car for the ride home in the A/C to start drying it out on those really humid days. Shoes go in the foot well of the front passenger seat and other gear is laid out on the seats. When I get home I put it in the basement where I have a dehumidifier it its dark outside. If it is still daytime I let it sit in the sun to dry. I have two sets of everything that allows me to rotate gear even on days when I may have more than one game. My gear does not smell and I have never used any chemicals to mask its scent. At the end of the season all the gear is cleaned with soap and water and left to dry before I stow it.
  14. Kevin_K

    tag

    This coming from the guy who always uses SWMBO when referring to his wife? Rhetorical question, right?
  15. I wish it was only "something". I can only speak for myself. I know its a bunch of somethings with yours truly.
×
×
  • Create New...