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  1. Had game 67 tonight. Arch, you NEED to come south, brother!
  2. And as I recall, @BLWizzRangeris a new umpire. One of the things coaches are gonna do, is test a new umpire - even if he's just new to *them*. They're not always coming out for the "good of the game - getting the calls right!", flag-waving deal; they're sometimes coming out to see if they can't get over on you. I've been umpiring 18 years now. But I'm only in my 3rd year in Texas, AND I'm in my second chapter in that time. So there are a number of schools I'm seeing now that never had me before, since '20 was such a cluster. I guaran-damn-tee I've had visits from coaches "testing ou
  3. If you're looking for replies..... considering it's one of those traveling road-show coaches, "Go f--- yourself" is a classic. An "Ol' Reliable," if you will.
  4. From some of that list, you should maybe look forward to sharpening your Ejection Report writing skills.
  5. I feel you. At my 8U tournament - and the phrase "8U tournament" is already wrong on multiple levels - I saw a lot of the same thing. I wrote in the GroupMe group the umpires of that field use: "the kids are adorable. I'd love to shoot the parents and coaches into the Sun, but the kids are great." That was also where I was introduced to pre-recorded walk-up music. I know you and I disagree on this one, but I just .... "hate it" is probably too strong, but "dislike it" is too weak. Mostly, I think it's dumb. And while I see your point about giving the little dudes a taste of th
  6. HokieUmp

    Walk-up music

    I've spoken about it elsewhere, and I'm of the opinion that walk-up music for kids, house league or otherwise, is a Sign Of Impending Doom For Mankind. Or something. Having said that? Not touching it, as far as getting it turned off or turned down, or otherwise grabbing that oh-so-sh!tty end of the stick. And would suggest that everyone else to the same, and we all "get over it," if you will. Why? Because as dumb an idea as it is - and as bad as some kids/parents musical choices seem to be - it's not REALLY hurting anything. If a pitcher is rattled by music "being directed at hi
  7. Really wish you hadn't asked that question. I ended up going to the UIL site - Controllers Of All Athletics in Texas - and looking up the softball fees. The same. Now I'm all mad.
  8. That .... is horrifying.
  9. Given what's being talked about, I'd like to provide a play that happened just today in a JV game, and our decision, so that you guys can light me up over how we %$#$@-ed it up, and get the whole budding "Mr" controversy behind us. R1 (I think we had at least R2 as well, but not important for the story), 1 out. Batter pops up into foul ground. F2 circles around and makes the catch, well into foul territory. R1, because JV-ball, was off and running at the crack of the bat, and is WELL away from the base. F2 goes to double him off, and throws towards 1B. The retired BR, ALSO because JV
  10. As a (current) Texan, can vouch for this. It certainly dilutes the value of games, once you go past one. In Virginia, I rarely, if ever, worked more than one game in a night. Schools played at their own campus, and JV played M and Th (usually), while varsity was Tu and F. Here? If the district has a central complex, all the varsity teams play there, and JV are at the school. BUT, they then play at least two games, sometimes a 3-bag, at that central complex on game night, thus doing the "one travel fee" deal. If it's a "country school," as I put it, they play at home, BUT they'll do
  11. I don't doubt any of these stories, but I'm astounded by them. I've heard all the stories about how we're losing officials in different sports, and I KNOW it's true, and I can see, in the different groups in which I work, it ain't getting any younger. But the idea of doing games alone? School games? I'm gobsmacked by this. I've never worked a school game solo, either in Virginia or Texas, and I'm in my 12th HS season. And the oldest age-group I've done it for is LL Majors/Bronco (11-12) - and that's been the leagues in question were notorious being cheap, NOT because we didn't have t
  12. I .... ah .... don't know that I want to work a game with you, 'Stu. My already active imagination is going friggin' INSANE right now.
  13. Actually, I did. Just to ensure there'd be no F*#K-ery with the pitch count. And, because they still were only allowed three strikes within that five pitches. Yes, I know - "hey dummy, three strikes is a foundational plank of the game!" Yes. But. If the whole point is to get kids into the game, playing batted balls and making plays, and running bases depending on situations, why not just let them get all five pitches with which to do something? Maybe that's my inner hippy coming out. But being used to having an indicator, anyway, and wanting to make sure these junior Joe Giardis wo
  14. Note that I never APPEALED His Honor's verdict. Rather, I pointed out His Honor's sameness.
  15. ..... says the guy that hyperlinks the actual movie scene.
  16. If only. Not that the sign is wrong, more "if only people would read it AND comprehend its meaning." I rose to the pinnacle of our profession last weekend, "working" a coach-pitch tournament. (In my defense, I had a 3-day window with no games, and this time of year, that makes me twitchy. Also, they actually pay legal, US, spendable tender to work the games. I'll happily take $26 bucks to work a 50m drop-dead game. Turns out, I can count to five pitches all on my own!) Anyway, the field I was on had very little foul ground, and the stands were thisclose to the fence. So I got t
  17. You're not wrong. Thing is: A day may come when the courage of the plate guy fails, when we foresake our partners, and break all bonds with the rulebook. But this was NOT that day. (I couldn't think up enough stuff for the whole speech, so that's all I got.)
  18. Just last night, had a HS batter really [redacted] up his reaction, and ended up turning to FACE the ball as it came in, and it hit him square in the chest. I watched him like a hawk, since I really didn't want the sudden-heart-stoppage scenario to come into play. The pitcher, as the compassionate person he'll grow up to be, wanted to argue the batter offered in that reaction, since he brought the bat around. "You threw that ball in the middle of the box; there's NO way you're getting that call." Dick.
  19. Speaking as usual only for HokieUmp, LLC, and not @maven - yes and no for the first one. My instinctive answer is "no," simply because I've learned they're lying liars that are trying to get over, nearly every time, if not LITERALLY every time. (Also because people are not as precise with details of a scenario as they'd like to believe.) But to be fair, because I've seen some of the partners I've had- especially in the traveling road show games and/or house league guys at places I've been - it's entirely possible an equal scenario was handled utterly differently somewhere else. And do
  20. Nothing stops football season in Texas. NOTHING.
  21. Well, MY interp is the same as yours, since we're both TASO. But I'd like to think I was a part of that email we just got. I was at a tournament in Marion last week, and one of the teams was Davenport. Both F1 AND F2 wore bands, and - near as I could tell - they both got flashed *different* signals, and consulted their wristbands. (As an aside: it seems like an overly complicated system, just to throw a pitch - and I've worked with and around intel people a lot of my life.) My partner and I were okay with it - we talked about it the first time we saw them, and said it was okay. The
  22. Sorry, guys - I must disagree with all of you. Everyone knows The Bird is The Word.
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    Error or hit?

    This feels more like a scorer's question, than an umpire question, since I personally stop caring once I make the call. Having said that, I would say it's E6, especially if the timing of the play was such that the throw would have beaten the runner otherwise. Speaking strictly for myself.
  24. For what it's worth, we started down here in Texas, despite losing a week of scrimmages - and a few paying gigs - to snow and/or cold. Tonight, just finished games eight and nine for the week, thanks to tournament play.
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