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  1. At the risk of mis-reading the room, imma vote "yes" on this one.
  2. I *think* "Bi-district championship game" is a fancy way of saying "Second round matchup." Four teams per district make the playoffs - which is weird, especially when it's a 4-team district. Then there's some cross-district, where teams from your district cross-over and play some other district. (I have ZERO idea how that's determined.) So even my first-round series tonight is a "bi-district" round. Although, now that I'm thinking it out, with the math and all, I guess that means there *might* be a third-round, to get a champion from that bi-district match-up .... 8 down to 4 down to
  3. I'm not gonna defend that in ANY way, because it can't be. But let me share a few random points out there to address different issues. (I haven't been in Texas but three years, and I'm not remotely softball, so some of this *might* be wrong, but into the breech....) -- There aren't protests in Texas. At least not in baseball, so I'd guess/assume it's the same in SB. -- For the numerous "how are these guys doing championship' games (And/or "playoff"?)???" queries: given that this just happened, that was likely a first-round playoff game/series. Baseball starts the first round th
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    Well, the OP by @lawump DID in fact mention there WAS hindrance, albeit minor. But what I meant in my write-up, and should have re-worded it, probably, is more along the lines of "a bench coach that's out on the field, and gets near enough to a play like that, has about a 1-in-1 chance of me using 'umpire judgment' to find hindrance." With the comment, to the head coach that comes out, "tell him to keep his dumb ass of the field, then." Or.... more sciencey - that potential hindrance is gonna turn into kinetic hindrance, when I get done with it. Again, my thought process is: we
  5. That's very Zen of you, dude.
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    I don't know if this is a hill I want to die on, but I'd make a case for INT in all of the above. Not so much because he actually changed the outcome of the play, but the fact that he even had a potential *impact* on it in the first place! We get runners for INT even though "they didn't mean it!" We get - or at least, I've recently seen YouTube footage from a Big Ten game where it was 'got' - an out for a bat tossed into foul ground that causes F2 to stumble an miss a pop-up. But those things BELONG on the field at that time. A bench coach belongs ...... well, on the *bench.* So
  7. You're not kidding. Even as high as that total is for me, if I'd been more aggressive, I could have had a LOT more. So far, I'm staying out of a lot of the weekend traveling road-show stuff, because a) it's filled with crazy people on the field, and b) the one source I have here for it doesn't just assign you some games - he likes to give you a FIELD for the day! (B---h, I'm mid-50s, with feet that are betraying me! That dog don't hunt for me any more.)
  8. Had game 67 tonight. Arch, you NEED to come south, brother!
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. From some of that list, you should maybe look forward to sharpening your Ejection Report writing skills.
  12. 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
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    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
  14. 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.
  15. That .... is horrifying.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. Note that I never APPEALED His Honor's verdict. Rather, I pointed out His Honor's sameness.
  22. ..... says the guy that hyperlinks the actual movie scene.
  23. 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
  24. 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.)
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