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    Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA)
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    Software Engineer Sr.
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    LL, Pony, American Legion, High School, Tournament, NCAA D2, D3
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  1. Do what you want. For the young/new guys to the art of umpiring, I strongly suggest reading a baseball case book. This will cover many game situations and explanations what the correct rulings are. This way, you will at least seen it in print and have a recollection of what the rulings were. I am not saying it is a must, but a recommended action to get better. This way you will not have n a$$ of a coach on your case. Believe me, if the coaches(rats) sense you lack knowledge of the rules and game management, they will take advantage of you / ride you from the start. You are better off being prepared than going in to a game green behind the ears. The coaches know what they can get away with, stop them before it starts.
  2. That is where you needed to take a step back and open a rule book and start reading cover to cover, not a MLB book, but a LL rule book. I know what you went thru and hope you have made good strides to get better and gain a better knowledge of the game's rules. I always thought that playing the game was a good starting pointing, but quickly learned that this was only the playing part of the rules. I thought that since I played D1 baseball, I knew all there was to know about the game. I was grossly mistaking. That was only the tip of the knowledge. So to make my suggestion to all the newbies, read, read, read and never stop reading the rule books, online sessions, online sites like this one. It will only make you better and you will feel better for it.
  3. Home team is the official book. Both teams should have been checking pitch counts every inning so it did not come to this. Umpire is not in charge of pitch counts. Unless it was agreed upon before game started so the “books do not get cooked”, home team is official books. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Welcome back. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I too had a heart procedure last summer, but it was as not as serious as yours or others that have responded. I was doing plate last July 8 in a tournament and just got hit with a foul ball on the left arm. Walked it off down the 1B line and never returned to the plate. Upon walking back, went to one knee then eventually to both. Luckily for me there was a parent / nurse in the stands who came down and looked at me and told me I was done. Kind of fought her on that and asked for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, she said I was done. I should have known that when my vision started to go blurry and it was like looking thru amber sunglasses, something was up. Too stubborn to stop. Upon the ride to the hospital, chest started to tighten. Did not go into arrest, but had pain. After a series of tests, blood work, it was determined my Left CAD was 70% blocked and they put in stent in thru the right wrist. After rehab, weight loss, and several doctor visits, rearing to go for the new season. Have Heart Dr's appointment on the 28th and should be OK to go. MajorDave, and others, continue to listen to your bodies, it will tell you all you need to know before something serious happens and will no be able to recover from.
  6. Welcome !! You will definitely improve with the tips and discussions that are here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. What flavor of tea are you talking about. If it is sweet tea take the tea break otherwise continue in field. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. MRG9999


  9. Tapatalk is working great.
  10. What part of PA are you from Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Best part of it he got his a$$ tossed in two tournaments Guess who was doing the games, his former UIC in one tournament and his former safety officer in the other tournament. Both tournaments had a rule that if you were ejected you were out for the remainder of the tournament. We both had drinks to celebrate. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Our UIC Is also Exec board member. Still he $hit canned the UIC and replaced him with one of his do as I say people. He also tossed me as Safety Officer for forming a Colt team. League did not cover that age before. Sadly no one wants to be associated with him. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. First of you need the chairman of the league that you are associated with to have your back in situations involving all league matters. Not a person who is two faced. Also the chairman as a non coach. The league that I was associated with, the chairman just disrespected the umpires. He got ejected and threatened that the umpire will never do a game in the league again. All the umpires took a stand and formed a protest at his next game. The league is now on life support with possible LL charter being removed. Also the volunteers need to have room to do their own thing, not being constantly micro managed and throw under the bus. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I am from Pittsburgh and I agree PNC Park is one of if not the best park in MLB. Need to take incline to top of Mt Washington to fully see the 'Burgh and take a trip to the Strip District to Primanti Brothers on 18th street. Sandwiches with fries and coleslaw on it.
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