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  1. Normal? I have been witness to the evolution of the @Richvee strike and punch out calls I might select a different adjective, but normal is something different for everyone isn't it?
  2. Update.... After speaking w/ Arbiter, their reply is they don't know. Their rep and I went through a couple things and here is what we found. When I am signed in under one of my groups, I cannot see anything beyond October 2020. When signed in under other groups, I can see through June 2022. The group I cannot go beyond October with is a college baseball assigning group. The rep said he has never seen anything like that and he needs to escalate the situation. I'll update as the drama unfolds.
  3. Each year around this time I go into Arbiter to update blocks for the upcoming school year. There are dates in the 2020-21 school calendar that I know I cant work or I can open the full day because I may not have to be in class for things like Spring Break. When I tried to update my calendar Arbiter would not allow me to enter anything after October 31, 2020. Anyone know anything? On edit.... Arbiter will not allow me to see my blocks beyond October 31, 2020. I can enter them in the date range, but cannot see the months beyond October in the drop down box.
  4. Nothing in that interview is news. The biggest concern is individual behavior. Will coaches and non-playing participants wear masks as their own guidelines offer? Will spectators spread out? Will participants accurately conduct a daily symptom evaluation? Will they wash their hands? Will everyone keep their distance (think batters/catchers, middle infield slides/tags)? The combination of the virus and the irresponsibility of others offers a dangerous matrix. I know that I do what I should to protect myself and what the current guidelines say I should do to help protect others (read wear a mask). I have little faith that all the other people I come in contact with will do the same. If other people were reliably utilizing best practices, the precipitous rise in infection numbers and rates would not be a concern in so many places where normal behaviors are still being practiced in this abnormal time. YMMV.
  5. If its no concern to return to baseball why do umpires have to sign a waiver? Just sayin.....
  6. 14u is not MLB. Perhaps a review of some of the pitches called strikes in the Atlantic League last year and the reactions of players and coaching staffs would suggests that where a pitch is caught matters.
  7. If you are missing pitches at the knees you may not be seeing them as well as you can. Perhaps your positioning behind F2 is keeping you from seeing the entire zone. Check to make sure your height and depth allow you to see the entire zone You can also use the location of the where the ball is received to assist in your decision making. If F2 receives the ball within his shoulders, at or above his knees, and below his eyes, its probably a strike if he is lined up behind the plate. When batters impeded your look, you can go up or down to get a better look or you could use F2's receiving the ball as a gauge to its strike worthiness. Never ever move out over the plate, away from the slot. As @BretMan mentioned, it can be a killing zone
  8. That there is how things are supposed to work! Responsive, adaptable, and humble..... just like the partner each of us should want to be. Nice work @JimKirk
  9. I went on to my Arbiter account today to look at a rule in the NFHS site on Arbiter and guess what's gone? No more NFHS option for Kevin.
  10. I got ya @Thunderheads.... How would even the most sage of those among us know without some inkling it was there? You misdirected our attention with this apparently incomplete list of features: FEATURES Dispersion Instep Guard provides more inner foot protection Toe box is designed of the highest grade Thermal Polyurethane possible, with greater density in high impact zones ABZORB® - a blend of Dupont™ Engage® and Isoprene rubber - in heel and forefoot provides superior shock absorption and cushioning throughout the game Strategically placed mesh strap on inside of metatarsal guard that promotes air flow and breathability Guard releases for easy on/off Mid-cut provides greater ankle support High gloss is easy to clean / polishable Snug-fit integrated neoprene sock liner provides additional comfort between foot and hard toe Nubby outsole for enhanced traction 31.3 ounces per shoe (size 15) The official plate shoes for MLB umpires For baseball or softball Men’s sizing in all widths
  11. Kevin_K

    +pos CP

    Does the purchase of this model of chest protector come with its own squire?
  12. A mostly all expenses paid three week visit to the ER, ICU, and infectious disease ward with a bonus prize of eight days on your own deluxe model ventilator?
  13. Huh? At who's hands? Your green eyed partner? Granny Clampitt looking for something to carry her squirrel hunting shopping list in? And how? By leaving your mobile locker room open during a game? Laying it down at the snack stand to record the nutritional data of your post game meal of tube steaks? There has to be more to this than a glancing reference. My curiosity has been piqued....
  14. Kevin_K

    Ruling on this play

    So in applying the same logic, F8 taking a position within the infield and being able to catch a fly ball with ordinary effort that no infielder (as their listed position indicates) could get to would not result in an infield fly call?
  15. Kevin_K

    First One

    I'm a big fan of the STFU stare more than wasting time engaging them in any pedantic banter or offering any salvos that provide an opportunity for them to demonstrate how dumb they might actually be. Either way, if they ask me to punch their ticket, I will oblige.
  16. Today I received notice from the NJ Division of Unemployment Insurance that I am eligible for PUA benefits. I filed the claim on April 21 after the state gave guidelines to independent contractors on how to apply for benefits.
  17. I never realized how much I touched my face prior to this. The first time I went out after the lock-down began I did as instructed with a mask and did my best to stay six feet away from people. I took care of my business, got back into my mobile locker room and removed my face covering. On the 15 minute drive home, I realized that several times I was unconsciously reaching to my face to scratch an itch, rub my eye, cover a sneeze, or whatever. Since then, I keep my mask on until I get home and have the opportunity to wash my hands just so I don't breach the sterile field of my personal intake valves. My wife says the Clorox wipes she makes me keep in the car are effective in killing anything I have on my hands, but I guess I am being overly cautious given the numbers in this neck of the woods. I have always found it fascinating how obtuse we all are to our own idiosyncrasies, especially when some one else mentions them.
  18. I like it so much I have two - both with @Razzer harnesses. They never move and offer more than enough protection.
  19. Bubonic plague is spread by a bacteria. The primary method of transmission was through the regurgitation of blood into a host from an infected flea whose digestive system would become blocked as a result of the bacteria. Pneumococcal plague, also caused by a bacteria, is more virulent and is spread through airborne droplets. Both can be treated with antibiotics, unlike a virus. My day job is being a history teacher. I wrote a research paper on plagues as an undergrad. It was a fascinating, but morbid, topic
  20. C'mon @MadMax, you have to be consistent. Here you ask for documented proof and in another forum you say: "According to the manual, NFHS still grants the PU the right to decline an appeal request (_IMO_, this is one of the symptoms of the "god complex" for Fed PU's). However, the majority of leadership in High School Umpiring Associations / Groups, and in Directors of Tournaments that use NFHS rules strongly recommend (or, direct) that PU's should just grant any and all check swing appeal requests." While I would presume that you have experience with some, you likely do not have proof that a majority teach this. I know of at least two HS associations in NJ that do not. While I do not embrace the philosophy, many of the umpires I work with receive their only training from the "Why change?" crews leading their association's "training" committees.
  21. I thought R2 went more then 3' out of his path to avoid a tag. At the :34 mark R2's left foot can be seen between F5's feet in the angle shot from behind F5. Less than a second later, with F5 stationary, R2's left foot is about 4' to the right of F5. In trying to avoid a tag, R2 deviates more than 3' from a direct line toward 3B. I would sell it harder than usual because F5 dropped the ball, but I would not be concerned about making that call. My .02.
  22. You aren't from NJ where the mantra in many locales is, "Vote early, vote often "
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