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  1. I don't think I have ever bashed/shamed any umpires publicly before. However, since we're all umpires here I will say this between us: Of the 10,000 videos on the internet titled "worst umpire call ever"...this particular one actually may be the video where that title is actually correct. Not bashing the umpires (okay, I am a little), but one has to own it when you screw up that bad. LOL
  2. Those, as I recall, were replacement referees. Likely over their heads for that level.
  3. It was the first forum I ever discovered. I bought insurance from them 15 years ago or so...when they were very active on their website. Cannot vouch for them now.
  4. It was 2 1/2 days...and committee members were not/are not paid. 😛 With that said, I do believe (not positive...I've never seen the NFHS' financial books) that the sale of rulebooks/publications is a major source of revenue for the NFHS that significantly contributes to covering their overhead. Whether one believes that, that overhead is legitimate or not...opinions will vary greatly I do believe.
  5. Similar to a football official signaling for the clock to be stopped. As an umpire, do it more assertively (compared to the football official) and only do it one or two times. It is also done more slowly. Finally, don't cross your arms too much. Meaning the palm of one hand should go behind the back of the other hand, and no further, when giving the mechanic. Say, "no run" as you are doing it. In short, it is one or two "wave offs" over the top of your head while looking at press box. (Also, the pro mechanic for scoring a run is to point at the plate and say sternly, "the run scores," (once or twice...depending on the closeness of the time play) and then turn and point at the press box and say, "score the run". Some umpire school books may have it as "that run scores," but the PBUC/MiLBUD taught "the run scores" (while pointing at the plate) followed by "score the run!" while pointing at the press box.)
  6. Agree with @MadMax and @Jimurray Call that knee-high fastball that just nicks the inside black edge a "strike"...and this problem will likely go away pretty quickly. Especially if its early in the game and involves a team that you are not overly familiar with who is trying to figure out your strike zone. Personally, I would literally be praying for that exact pitch.
  7. https://baseballrulesacademy.com/do-overs-in-baseball/
  8. Carolina Baseball Umpires Association (CBUA, Inc.). Provides umpires for high school and American Legion games in the greater Columbia, SC area. 58 members
  9. For the regular season: Our association has 32 high schools all within roughly an hour of one another...give or take. It is possible that if one lives on the western edge of our geographical area that it could take 1.5 to 1.75 hours to drive to our easternmost school, and vice versa. However, we try really, really hard not to assign guys to games that are that far from their location. I can say that for 90% of our guys, they will average 30-minutes, one way, during the season. Some games will be closer to home or work (say 15 minutes away), and others will be further (say 45 minutes away). But, it will tend to average out at around 30-mintues over the course of a season. Our geographic area is almost a perfect rectangle (it is longer east to west, and narrower north to south). If you divide the rectangle into thirds (with a western, central, and eastern third), the vast majority of our schools are clustered in the central third (in the City of Columbia, SC and immediate suburbs). Living and working in that central third...I have a lot of short drives from home or work. However, when I lived for two years in rural North Carolina...the schools were spread out quite a bit and my average ride was much longer. With that said, it led to a lot of times meeting up with my partner and riding together to the game. I got to meet some great people, and become good friends with them, because of those rides! They were a blessing in disguise. You never know who you are riding with. I have ridden with a few guys who have gone on to some incredible accomplishments in the officiating world...and not just baseball.
  10. I believe I posted (once upon a time) that there is an edict from the South Carolina High School League that if a team gets caught doing this, the head coach and the runner are ejected (and will face all of the post-game discipline normally associated with being ejected for unsporting behavior). Again, this is not a rule, it was an edict issued in approximately 2015 by the SCHSL Office. Amazingly, the use of this tactic suddenly dropped to almost non-existent levels.
  11. I'm bringing up a dead thread...but I want to add my two cents: I once worked a D.II double-header. This particular school did not have an umpire's locker room at their field (I won't call it a "stadium") so we had to change inside the basketball gym. On this particular day, we shared a locker room with two volleyball officials who were working "spring games". They told us that they, too, were working a double-header. Long & short of it: when we came in between our games to change, the two volleyball officials were long gone. Both of their matches were done before our first game was complete! Furthermore, they were paid the same per game/match as we were paid! That day was the closest I've ever come to thinking that I was working in the wrong sport!!!
  12. Verbalizing "no catch" on a play in which there is doubt as to whether or not the pitched ball is caught does not give either team an advantage. It tells the runner he has the right to try and advance, but it also tells the defense that they have to make a play (tag of the runner or tag of first base) in order to get an "out". We only have to go back to 2005 to see the sh!tshow that can arise when an umpire fails to vocalize "no catch". If Eddings had said "no catch" on this play, the Angels may have disagreed with his call, but they would have thrown the B/R out at first by 70-feet. And, if F2 made a throwing error and threw the ball to the right field corner...then that's on them because an F2 who is a shaving-aged player should be able to make a "true" thrown 90-feet to an F3.
  13. (Post deleted as I posted the same comment twice, inadvertently.)
  14. Yes. However many years ago...a kid either attempted or successfully committed suicide as he was so distraught over the ejection and the way the game had gone. Hence, if the ejected player is a minor (under age 18) he stays in the dugout. If he continues to misbehave in the dugout post-ejection, you tell the head coach that the kid as to go and either (1) an assistant coach who is responsible for him goes with him to supervise him on the bus (or locker room) OR (2) the head coach certifies that the ejected player is being released to his parents/guardian, athletic director, or school administrator (vice-principal, principal). (And, no, I am not asking the age of the player when I eject him to determine whether or not he leaves. If a high school kid is ejected, I just assume they are 17 or younger. If they are 18...who cares. I use the same procedures as set forth above.)
  15. The circumstances of the game and the "non-routine event" also matter. I posted this story somewhere on the internet years ago (I may have even posted it on this site): Generally speaking, I do not eject "shaving aged" players for merely swearing...that includes varsity high school. However, there are occasional exceptions. I had a play where there was a tag attempt right at the 45-foot line (it was the first batter of the inning). There was a drag bunt up the line, F1 picked it up and swiped. I was the plate umpire. Since the tag attempt was right at the 45-foot line, I looked at my partner (I didn't want two calls), realized he wasn't going to make a call, and I made a "no tag" call. The B/R was then safe at first. Because of the extra one or two seconds to glance at my partner before signaling and making the call, the call was delayed a second or two from what one would normally expect. In short, I had textbook mechanics for a tag attempt right at the 45-foot line...but the delay made it seem to the defensive team that I was "unsure" of my call. Anyways, I start getting some moaning, groaning, and complaining from the defensive team (first base) dugout and their parents/fans in the stands. Then, all of a sudden, F2 said very loudly, "NO F*#KING WAY!". Now, normally that would not result in an ejection. We may have a talk, but not an ejection as it was not personal. He was just arguing the call; he wasn't personally attacking me. However, the way he said it caused everyone in the park to suddenly go silent. You could here an ant pissing on a blade of grass. Then, I heard one Momma gasp and another Momma said, "Tommy, you can't say that!" Anyways, the entire ballpark came to a pause and everyone was staring at me. I immediately knew that I had to eject the kid. Everyone was waiting for me to do it. If I had not ejected him, everyone (players, coaches, etc.) were going to think that they could have done whatever they wanted the rest of the game and not be ejected. It would have been open season on my partner and I. Nothing I could type in this post can convey the absolute feeling that I knew I had to eject the player to keep control of the game. Rather, you have to be there, in that situation, to come to the realization that the player had to go. Its also having a ton of game management experience with having umpired since 1989 at every level from LL to MiLB that led me to realize I had to eject this kid to keep control of the game. Anyways, there was absolutely no argument from the defensive coach about the ejection. The game continued and finished without a single peep from anyone the rest of the day. If the kid had been a little quieter, or if he had waiting until he squatted behind the plate before the next pitch and said, "there is no F*#King way he was safe," we could have had a talk. But, when he yelled it causing every person in the park to suddenly stare me down to see if I would eject him...he had to go.
  16. Took five seconds to find: https://www.timesargus.com/news/family-of-lightning-victim-seeks-ruling-claims-umpire-lied/article_5d68aefa-acdd-51b8-8505-05d8f2d1a7a3.html See page 4 of this PDF document: https://marshalldennehey.com/sites/default/files/pdf-articles/O 382 by J. Cross (2015) URMIA Journal.pdf
  17. (That's us in the Palmetto State. I'm trying like hell to get it changed. Its slow going...but I'm making progress.)
  18. IMHO, that's because a playing rule change (a change to the "Official Rules of Baseball") require player involvement pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Its just a lot easier to do an "interpretation" without changing/editing the rule book.
  19. They will definitely take late 20's. Especially if you are a veteran or have a post-graduate degree. (i.e. you've been in the military or college for most of your 20's.) With the new CBA rules that allow umpires to be "fast-tracked", I think we will see more of this (first year minor league umpires who are older than what has historically been the case).
  20. LOL. Slow day last week; I totally missed the year on the OP. As my first grade teacher used to say, "50 lashes with a wet noodle for (me)!"
  21. 1. You are there to get a job (assuming you are trying to get a job...I believe you implied that in your post). The "fun" should come in the form of studying something you love ("umpiring") in incredible detail. Yes, there were nights when we got together in a room and had a drink or watched a game (i.e., football playoffs). But, honestly, I never saw anyone ever overdo it with drinks or partying. The couple of students who did regularly go out (to strip clubs, bars, etc.) didn't come close to getting a job (big shock there, LOL). Most of your "free" time is spent studying or practicing your mechanics and rules. A number of us went to the fields a lot of evenings (after the instructors were gone) to practice what we had learned. For me, when I needed a mental break I went for a swim in the hotel pool or we had a putting contest on the hotel's putting green. Bottom line: you're there to work; it takes up a lot of your time. I'm not a military veteran, but a few students said it was like boot camp in that you have to live the school 24/7...with just minor breaks away from the studying and practicing. 2. If you have a legitimate question, you should ask it. If you get an answer from an instructor and you don't like the answer, you should never ask another instructor because you didn't like the first instructor's answer. Joe Brinkman called this "picking off instructors"...which is one of the fastest ways to not get a job. Also, if you're a person who asks a million questions (such as hypothetical situation after hypothetical situation)...you are not getting a job. If you're the person that causes all the other students to roll their eyes when you start to ask yet another question...you're not getting a job. If you are really struggling to grasp a concept...definitely ask an instructor one-on-one between sessions or as you're walking from the classroom to the field, etc. Finally, as for participating in demonstrations...you aren't going to have a choice. They're not voluntary if you're trying to get a job. Trust me, they'll pick you. The only thing that is voluntary is that they may ask some students to play the role of fielders or runners. And trust me, you are NOT earning bonus points if you volunteer. They don't give two sh!ts. They are always watching the guys who are umpiring in a drill...not the students who are running or fielding. 3. Be in shape. Run, swim, exercise...whatever it is you need to do to be in shape. These days they want kids who look like athletes. Mind you, you do not have to look like a world class athlete (so don't be scared), but they don't want a 20-22 year-old with a beer gut, either. The minor leagues are physically demanding. You're umpiring day-after-day for half the year; plus you have do a ton of traveling to work those games. As for the umpiring part it is like boot camp in this regards: they are going to break you down at the beginning to build you back up. Will have an advantage if you know the two-man mechanics and rules inside and out? Of course you will. However, you can learn them while your there. (There have been numerous persons throughout the decades who got a pro job having never umpired before.) So, you don't have to already be an expert in 2-man mechanics or rules when you first arrive. However, what you cannot do in 4-5 weeks is get in shape if you are significantly out-of-shape...its just not possible. In summary here is what the instructors will look at: (1) Did you show significant improvement from Day 1 to the last day? (You don't have to rock the mechanics or be a rules expert in the first week. By the middle of the camp, you should be showing improvement. By the end, you should be slaying it.) (2) Are you in shape? (3) Are you a person that they would be okay with to live and travel with for 5-6 months if you were to become their partner in the future? They pride themselves on being gatekeepers. If you are the "one guy" in the class that no one can stand...they will not recommend you for a job no matter how well you do everything else. They won't torture some other minor league umpire by making them have to live and travel with an asshole for a whole season in low A ball. (4) Have guts. If the instructors start role playing as managers...don't be afraid to eject. They want to know that you have balls and won't "freeze" and look like a deer in headlights if you start hearing SH*# from the dugouts or a manager screaming in your face. Showing you have guts is a major intangible that they are definitely looking for. Pro ball is an entirely different animal from every other level of baseball. (Having worked them all. LOL)
  22. https://www.barstoolsports.com/blog/3424845/chaos-an-atlantic-league-umpire-throws-his-own-shoe-while-arguing-with-players-after-a-bizarre-game-winner What in the hell happened here? This is crazy.
  23. https://nfhs.org/articles/prohibition-of-jewelry-removed-in-high-school-baseball-rules/
  24. I know this has been stated above, but as someone who used to assign umpires for weekend tournament: when the coach started giving you pushback on the start time if you are, in fact, following policy (to start early) get the UIC (if they have one) or the tournament director. Let them handle it. By the way, I easily believe that the policy you stated (start games early) is actually the policy. It has been a policy for numerous travel ball organizations in my area.
  25. lawump


    I don't think anyone has mentioned it in this thread, yet. But the question in the OP is from this year's (2022) NFHS test.
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