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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Does the purchase of this model of chest protector come with its own squire?
  6. 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?
  7. 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....
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I like it so much I have two - both with @Razzer harnesses. They never move and offer more than enough protection.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. You aren't from NJ where the mantra in many locales is, "Vote early, vote often "
  16. @JonnyCat.. Since I am on the other coast and have no understanding of California's education system, is students in the classroom in July and August a typical thing? In this section of the country schools are usually not in session until right around the Labor Day weekend. Sometimes before, sometimes after, depending on the calendar. As I suspect will happen here, new normals may make it necessary to go to things like split sessions and/or a hybrid of in person and online learning. If things like that happen, school districts and their teachers will need to come to modifications in labor agreements. I know that if I need to work double sessions in person and through online portals, my workload will change significantly in order to maintain the same level of competency among the students. Whatever comes, those who can adapt will thrive and those who cannot may wither, and that applies to all members of the school community.
  17. How do they fit them in the can?
  18. I might start with a conversation on the myths of the game that can help him understand what he does not understand about the game and go from there. There are several resources available online to reference.
  19. Kevin_K

    Zebra Web

    Are you suggesting that they went away from the pocket calendar?
  20. Or point at the batter "Yes he did!" ^^^ this!
  21. Kevin_K

    Zebra Web

    @Biscuit and others.. forgive my inability to effectively communicate. When I download a CSV file from I will likely receive a data set with game dates, places, partners, etc that can be uploaded to my Google calendar. In many cases, schedules change for any number of reasons. That would suggest to me that the data set in the CSV file would change and my Google calendar would not match the correct information contained in Zebraweb and not be much use to me. Logic would suggest that I would then need to download the most current data through another CSV file. If I did that, and I wanted to upload it to my Google calendar, would the newest data overwrite the old details on my Google calendar, making my Google calendar correct by deleting the old information and inserting the new? Arbiter would update my Google calendar without me having to do anything.
  22. Nice Supreme Court reference my friend!
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