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  1. Nice! Is that local collegiate group the one that assigns JUCO and D1? If so, we may find ourselves on the same field at the same time.
  2. @Richvee @LMSANS @BRUMP @rcjhyman and other NJ guys... Look what I just found..... I wonder what @JimKirk had to offer as a sacrifice to the NJSIAA to become an official vendor.
  3. VB: V/JV DH 2/3 sets, $127 or $134 each official (2) depending on the conference; Freshman solo 2/3 sets $76.50 Volleyball Tournaments on weekends 9 to 2:30ish Varsity $300-$350; subvarsity $250-$300
  4. @BabblingBlue68... There is no need to shoot any monkeys until they demonstrate that they want to be. I have ejected only a handful of coaches in twenty years of umpiring. The ones who needed to go or asked to go through their behavior were properly excused. None of them were personal. All of them, however, were deserved and I have regretted none of them . I have shot only one monkey, and the rest of the troop simmered almost immediately. Anyone who has seen me on a baseball field knows that I am competent, confident, and willing to listen. I won't yell across a field nor would I expect anyone to yell at me. Participants disagree with me at times and I with them, but there is no need for anyone to be disagreeable. Should they use that approach I make it abundantly clear that decorum will be maintained or one of us will no longer be counted as a participant. The message is usually received fairly quickly. You mention training in a couple of your later replies. You might do well to engage a camp of some kind that gives the opportunity for working with umpires outside of the LL setting. The perspective on relationships with managers and coaches shifts when parents are not the ones running the team. While there are arguments about calls in almost all levels of baseball, the way the disagreements are handled are much different in many cases. Others on this board have suggested embracing the ideas espoused in Verbal Judo to diffuse and redirect animated coaches. Even if it is only one skill that is improved, either of these efforts might be worth your time.
  5. There is a reason some umpires refer to coaches as rats. This tool is a great example. That he was around to make the second set of accusations is something that should have never been allowed to occur. Some one ought to school him on how to talk to officials. Some one ought to school him on appeals versus fishing for an answer he likes. Someone ought to clue him in that officials talk to one another. Someone ought to clue him in that bringing up perceived wounds from prior games gets tickets to the parking lot punched. He would not have been around to start a second round if I were in your shoes. The next time I saw him he would have no wiggle room. Say something stupid, ticket punched. Dump him every time until the message is received. Dump anyone who acts like this. Your afternoon always gets better and you will become more comfortable with every ejection. There is no regret in writing an ejection report that includes everything this jackass said. This guy should have been ejected as soon as he started with his prattling about whatever his gripe of the moment was. As our long missing friend @BigUmpire would have said, shoot one monkey and rest tend to fall in line. There is no game fee in the world that allows d-bags like this to stay with in sight and sound of a field when they are given enough rope to hang a warren full of rats. You said you partner was a senior guy who was "doing a great job behind the plate." Where was he when clown boy was demonstrating his ignorance for all to see? I would love to know how your post game conversation with your partner went. He allowed you to get steamrolled. You make no mention of your experience, so I presume that all of this ass-hattery is something you have no experience with or have not dealt with effectively (read eject). P-shah to the moral high ground. It isn't worth diddley squat. He should have been ejected..... twice.
  6. I have never worked a varsity game solo in North Jersey. 2021 fees were $86 per game.
  7. The best of my students will sometimes disagree with me when we engage in discussions about US History. Sometimes those debates offer the class a great chance to see academic excellence because there is passion and knowledge on display. In some cases, a student may have read something or been told something or made connections that are historically inaccurate. In those situations, the best of my students listen to many voices that offer advice that the information being cited is not factual. Sometimes my students become quite animated in the defense of their position. The really insightful ones listen to the voice of the many and consider that the initial position may be worthy of reconsidering. When they do listen to other voices they often see that their passion, while well intended, is being used to argue a moot point because their information is simply wrong. There is great satisfaction in seeing a very bright kid recognize an error, accept advice from others, and shift their position. The humility is refreshing.
  8. I have some questions for you @Rotten. If you had your hand up and it was your belief that F1 could not pitch because the BR was not ready, and F1 reacted to your signal indicating he should not pitch, how is it that you called two balks on him? Those actions seem incongruent. How did they react to the balks you created? What infraction did you cite? How did you justify telling F1 to stop through your hand gesture yet penalize him when he did?
  9. That's not quite accurate. In FED, it means the runner gets the next base even if the runner is retreating to the last legally acquired base.
  10. That's akin to those guys at clinics who are offered some suggestion on something about their mechanics and, rather than accept the suggestion, they reply with, "Yeah, but...."
  11. This positioning is optimal. Associations around here at the HS level teach the deep C, but that positioning runs counter to both angle and distance for any plays anywhere but 2B. It also allows you to stay out of the throwing lanes to 1B when F6 or F5 are charging a ground ball. The position may be a little hairy with a screamer up the middle, but the odds are in our favor that the ball is headed somewhere else.
  12. Easy Big Guy! Ya don't wanna blow a seal on that vintage model Gen X cardio system!
  13. Kevin_K

    Home Run

    Players do not have to agree. If MLB wants to implement a rules change they can. From the current CBA : If the Clubs and the Association fail to reach agreement on a proposed change which is subject to negotiation, the proposed change shall not be put into effect until the completion of the next complete succeeding season (including the Wild Card Game, Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series) following the date the change was proposed.
  14. Do you mean reading the article or providing microphones to crew chiefs?
  15. I saw this today: MLB Crew Chiefs to Wear PA Microphones, Starting in 2022
  16. Makes it easy when we end up with a DH then @Richvee! I prefer the front end on the dish. Of all the times we worked together, I had no idea.
  17. I was a "No catch!" proponent until this year when I had a minor kerfuffle on a D3K. @MadMaxoffered the same advice then as now. Every game, with every catcher, I now let them know what to expect. Whether it was college, high school, or rec, every F2, save one, thanked me for letting them know. Most said they have never had a PU ever discuss the D3K with them and that they appreciated the heads up on it. If that's what an evaluator has for me, I will consider that I had a very good game calling balls and strikes.
  18. Ahem.... paging @MadMax.... there seems to be a misunderstanding of a reference to the big yellow W. @mac266, whether you opt for covering your chest protector while wearing a plate coat is your call. Search for any number of threads on the big yellow W to see why @Aging_Arbiter said what he said. Here is one to whet your appetite.
  19. Isn't how many coaches think we make decisions on safe/out and ball/strike? Might as well start the game with all participants knowing that coin flipping is an integral part of umpiring.
  20. Silver dollars are currency. They check all the boxes that seem to be a concern.
  21. Simply because you can is not a directive that you must.
  22. On this we will agree to disagree. There are innumerable suggestions on this board about staying out of dugouts and not talking to the fence. This falls into both. Seems like the poo throwing contest was resolved sans any umpire intervention.
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