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Mudisfun last won the day on November 2

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    OCBOA, D62 Staff Umpire, Pacific Coast
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    Supply Chain and Warehouse Manager, Multi Media Operator
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  1. What's sad is their forum use to have some really good members who were engaged and willing to share; just like here.
  2. So to add on to some of the comments: I officiate mainly in Orange County, CA. Most HS fields have no lights on them for baseball. We have wanted to add lights to our LL fields and the costs are well over $150k for the work, not including the engineering and permitting required. Adding lights to a program which typically loses money for schools, and which is going to require way more than $150k due to field size is most likely not going to happen. A few districts have designated a specific school as neutral and have installed lights at that one location, effectively making that one field the home team for all schools in the district. Is it ideal, no. But it was/is an effective solution to getting lights when the costs are do darn high. Other lighted fields: There are plenty of city parks which have lit fields, and occasionally the local HS's will have the opportunity to play there, so again, occasionally there will be evening or night games. Sadly, many school districts and their city rec departments do not have good relationships, so this option is often never even considered. This really needs to be looked at by the AD's and district people and inroads and relationships established. After all, the students are residents of the city, and the parks are there for the enjoyment of the tax payers who live there, including the students and their families. Seems like an easy fix... but then, City Government... Sharing umpires for the JV and then V games... with the exception of some very specific schools, all JV where I live is assigned solo. So even if we have the games stacked back to back, the same umpire(s) would not share in the game. Sadly, years ago I could come out at be the 2nd on a JV game with a newer umpire to help mentor them (not getting paid of course) but that ship sailed and we are no longer permitted to do this in the official HS season. Makes it fun transitioning from solo to 2 man when there is no mechanism to get that experience unless you work off season and either get lucky to be assigned 2 man games, or you jump on games with someone willing to split their solo game fee. Game fees... in California, game fees are contracted through the CBUA (CA Baseball Umpire Association) and CIF. The fee schedule is published, typically has increases every year built in and is what it is. We do not as a local umpire association negotiate anything with the schools. This year, we actually have implemented the mileage fees which are included in the contract due to fuel costs, which is new for us. For non HS, we all work for various assignors... and this is where we screw ourselves. We take games which pay less than other assignor groups, we take solo assignments and then call up a buddy to come play and most likely share the fee. 2 umpires for the price of 1! We have the power, but fail to use it to affect change.
  3. Believe it or not, but this is even a designed play by some teams... draws the catcher to make a throw that they shouldn't. Even if F2 THOUGHT this was an uncaught 3rd strike, all he had to do was step on home for the force out since you said bases were loaded, or barring that just walk down the 3rd base line until he encountered R3 and tag him. At some point in time, the umpire would have to rectify the problem by calling R3 out if tagged, rule him safe if standing on 3rd, or let everyone know that was ball 3 when F2 tried to get the force or tag out. Batter get back here...
  4. One thing that I have found true in most sports is that the game evolves over time. I started refereeing water polo this year, which I played in HS like 30 years ago, and although much of the games core is the same, much of the nuance has changed. When I played, it was a more physical game and things which we got away with would now be classified as misconduct and get you quickly on the bad side of the officials. Now? even doing 1/2 of what we use to do as BAU is a foul or a turn over. Time moves on and so must we. Baseball is no different. The rules change, what players and coaches emphasize in practice changes, and our mechanics and interps change based on these events. How many times do we tell a catcher to stick that borderline pitch when if you watch any current catching videos, all of the coaches are teaching the snap the glove into the zone method. You are right, some guys and gals get on the field and show they have little understanding of the ebb and flow. Some get on their field and they become a different person (applies to coaches, players and fans as well) and some just do not have the ability to change or evolve in how they perceive the game or understand a rule. Sadly, many of these people post, especially on the FB forums.
  5. I'll see if they have a web site... if their fall ball is like ours, we only play on sundays in the off season.
  6. Couple things: In pro ball, the chance of them doing something really stupid is slightly less then on an amateur field. Not too often you watch F5 air mail the ball back tot he pitcher in an MLB game. In pro ball, once a play is completed, if the ball was hit or touched dirt, it is being replaced. So time is called actually a ton in pro ball, you just may not notice it due to TV camera angles. I have not watched a pro fielder hold a glove on a prone runner for what seems like forever. The runner diving back into base doesn't ask for time typically at the pro level. Calling time just so F6 can throw the ball back to F1 20 feet away, or for F2 to step in front of the plate to give signals is not part of the game and should be discouraged. The more time is out, the less that can happen, good or bad. We are taught as umpires, at least at the non-pro level to try and limit the amount of time the ball is out of play. We do that by not calling time when time is not required.
  7. Morning! I'm traveling to NC next week, landing in Charlotte on 11/7 and flying out 11/11. I'm staying in Charlotte but will be in Greensboro all Wednesday 11/9... So wondering if anyone has suggestions on what to do in the off hours in either of those location? Anyone working any games around those areas next week or looking for a partner who would rather umpire or watch a game than sit in some crappy hotel bar? I know it is the off season for most of us, but throwing it out anyhow. Thanks!
  8. 6/7, but I cheated on that one to Schwarber... I recall seeing that ejection.
  9. Party pooper! From the 2022 Little League RIM: Rule 8.05: With a runner or runners on base, it is an illegal pitch - Majors/Minor League (a balk in Intermediate (50/70) Division/Junior/Senior League) when- 8.05 (e) - the pitcher makes a quick pitch: Umpires will judge a quick pitch as one delivered before the batter is reasonably set in the batters box. NOTE: Rule 8.05(e) is an illegal pitch (Rule 2.00)/ Little League (Major)/Minor League: The penalty for Rule 8.05(e), regardless of whether there are runners present or not, is a ball. This is an instance in which an illegal pitch, by Little League (Major)/Minor League definition, can occur without runners on base....
  10. What's funny is how many people think that as a referee that I am in the pool as well. Let me tell you, the older I get, the better I was, and I did play polo in high school... but now, if I needed to get in the pool with them, I would just put a bell and a light on my head and become a buoy!
  11. You did well, and thank you for working LL games, the kids really do appreciate it. My daughter and I worked a LL Majors game yesterday for fall ball and both coaches (and the kids) were appreciative. They have been calling games from the mound as they have not had umpires for most games; which is normal for fall in my area. The VTHC is a jack ass and thank you for showing him the way to the parking lot. Working in pairs is best, but not always a saving grace. My son is working HS Varsity Water Polo as a referee. HIs partner is one of the senior guys in the group, always squawking at the meetings and inflating how much experience he has, big gaming his levels, etc... we all know this guy. Anyhow, my son red cards (ejects) the HC for one of the teams who also happens to be hosting this tournament. The HC got personal with my kid, so he punched his ticket. What did his partner do? Nothing. Never left his side of the pool or in any way was interested in what occurred. This is not part of the process. Like baseball, the non-ejecting official should be heading to the coach, intervening and helping the coach find the door. The coach prior to leaving tried to engage further with my kid, who thankfully has been exposed to game management and knew to just get the coach to leave and not engage with him further. The other official was promptly blocked after the tournament; why work with someone who is not going to have your back? Bottom line, just having a partner does not make it all better. If your partner is a bump on a log, you are just as screwed.
  12. Had a play where F6 stepped on 2nd for out #1 and continued across the bag in pretty much a direct line to 1st. R1 coming in, slid feet first, buttock on the ground, etc... totally legal. Made contact with the fielder and that broke up the play. Nothing malicious, all good. DHC comes out and wants me to give him FPSR since everyone knows in Fed that the runner cannot make contact with the fielder. Obviously I didn't let him Jedi mind trick me into giving him the double play... said basically the same as @maven pointed out. If your fielder decides to put himself between the runner and the bag, that is on him and barring something overt on the part of R1, the attempt to reach 2nd is/was legal.
  13. Think about this... you are at home plate and see R3 attempt to score as F4 puts a tag down on the B/R sliding into 2nd. You note that the tag happened just prior to R3 touching home plate. Your partner over on the other side of the field sees the tag and hopefully even points the moment he sees the tag which is a nice help to you for determining when the play actually happened. Now your partner using good timing and using his eyes allows the rest of the play to finish. He looks for and finds the glove and determines A) the ball is in the glove with secure possession or B) the ball is rolling into the outfield or has fallen to the ground. As the above is happening, you are not yet in a position to determine or say anything. In A) your partner now signals the 3rd out, having a tag and secure possession of the ball. You now signal no run, no run! In B) you do nothing since the run obviously scores. Assume in A) that you have the run scoring just prior to the out call... Again, wait for your partner since if the runner is safe you have nothing to do. However, he bangs the out. You now announce that run scores, that run scores, score one run to the score keeper/press box. If you base your call off when your partner makes the call, then your runner would always be safe.
  14. I only drink when umpiring on days that end in a Y. kidding... kidding.
  15. Depending on how egregious the comments, you may also be grabbing an ejection at the conclusion of play. Really depending on how much beer has been consumed, you may be grabbing several...
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