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  1. I'll provide feedback on setup, timing and head movement if asked. However, other than the general adminision that calling more strikes makes for a better game, I don't get involved in my partners zone. It's a completely different view from behind the plate.

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  2. I do find this irritating, as it amounts to the coach arguing with a judgement call. Good baseball guys just don't do it. Funny, but I've never had a coach hammer or verbalize a runner out.

    Depending on the state of the relationship with the coaching staff, I'll sometimes say in a friendly way, "hey coach, if you're going to keep using umpire's signals, I'm going to start waving your runners around".

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  3. One of my pet peeves is Coaches instructing their players to, "call time". Something may be going on that doesn't allow me to grant their request and they are now operating under the assumption that by virtue of saying "time" or holding up there hand, play has been suspended.

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  4. I want to extend my congratulations to and make you all aware, that our very own@MadMax has been selected for the plate in the Arizona 6A, (our largest schools), HS State Championship game.  The game is next Tuesday May 18th and is held in the Angels' spring training stadium.  Our umpiring association has an annual get together at the game to which all of the State's HS coaches are also invited.  All in all, it's quite a deal.  He's earned the spot based on evaluation by our association and review of the HS coaches we work with.  
     
    When I heard the news I immediately thought back to the uncomfortable conversation Max had with his first assignor here in AZ.  Why hadn't he been working varsity games in his home state?  Was he qualified to work the national level PG event we were holding that weekend? As I recall, his first role was bringing ice water to us during the event.  The first games we worked together, Max jumped in and worked three man without being compensated.  In the nearly four years since then Max has taken every opportunity to work his butt off and get better.  There have been endless numbers of youth games on scorching, dusty fields.  Clinics and camps, taking advantage of every opportunity to learn and improve.  His summers have been occupied with college and now independent ball.  His primary in season focus has shifted to NAIA baseball.  I still hear from so many umpires that honors like this are "political", whatever that means.  Max is still an outsider here to a large degree and has much less tenure then most of the umpire working for our association.  So it's gratifying to see a clear example of merit being reward.  Way to go buddy!

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  5. Huh! Funny! You found the West Vest to be... what’s that? “Bulky”?... too, huh? Hmmm... must be a characteristic of a CP that hasn’t improved in 20 years! 
    Anyway, the All-Star System 7 CPU4000 provides the most amount of coverage, short of wearing a bear suit. The carapace plates are shaped and segmented in such a way so as to conform to your torso as best as possible. My fellow Vulture and colleague [mention=2897]KenBAZ[/mention] owns and uses both the CPU4000 and the Force3 UnEqual (V2? V3? Ken?) and he has been mightily impressed by the CPU4K. I fully endorse it for what it represents, save how confining the neck opening is. While it does fit me, I as a gear-geek look at it and wonder why/how All-Star could have made it more variable or accommodating. That’s it’s only real limitation. 


    I rotate between the System 7 an a UE V2. I really like the maximum protection of the System 7. BTW, I rotate two pairs of Force3 shins. They are so good that I don't want to do a plate without them on.

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  6. Is anyone having issues using Tapatalk? I received word on people not being able to post using it. I don't normally use it but just downloaded it again to see.

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    I was shut out using Tapatalk for a few weeks. It's back up and running now.

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  7. I don't perceive this as a huge problem—most runners peel off just fine—so I don't get too bent out of shape over it. If we umpires got our act together it would help.

    This is the point I was trying to make earlier in this thread. Because the rules are different for baserunners, middle infielder no longer have to take measures to protect themselves that are dangerous. We as umpires have to enforce the rules we have to ensure safety. I cringe when I hear coaches say, "You've got to break up the double play". I want to add, "as long as you slide directly to the bag, don't pop up or peel off to the side the fielder is going to".

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  8. Guys, as a middle infielder back in the day we were all taught to throw through the runner as a way of protecting ourselves. Just like the sanctioned collisions we used to see at the plate, the decision has been made to make things safer. Now I require the base runner to avoid interfering with a MI attempting to complete a DP and I don't allow a MI to deliberately throw at a base runner. Otherwise we return to the situation where I had spike marks on my shins all season and multiple runners took relay throws in the chest.

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  9. I understand that many of you can't get use to the extra weight and heat of a helmet, but this is clearly a case where the trade-off is worth it. Yeah, it doesn't happen that often, but once is enough. Also, while a helmet might not prevent a concussion in every case, you clearly would prefer to be wearing one if you got hit with a bat. There's a reason hockey goalies wear them.

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  10. Mac,

    I think you did a pretty good job handling this situation given the level and at least one coaching staff had no idea what they were doing.

    At this level I want to be patient and try to educate. With the AC I would have simply said. A foul tip is not a foul ball. If your HC, (use his name), has a question I'd be glad to explain it to him. If it continued to escalate I would warn the AC he would be restricted and what that means, including he could not talk to us anymore. No matter the rule set or local rules, participants must follow my directives. If then the AC called me to look at the rule book it's a simple, no fuss ejection. He was restricted from talking to us and he failed to compile.

    With the HC, if it could stay between us without others knowing what was going on, I might have said something like come on Ray, you know a foul tip is not a foul ball. If you have a question about something, ask for time and come talk to us.

    That approach helps educate and improves the relationship between umpires and coaches while still doing our job of keeping things safe and fair.

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