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  1. I've been accused more then once of having a slow hook. I also believe that if the HC is a good baseball guy most issues can be handled by him without everyone knowing about it. Late in a game like that you just want it over. Having said all that; a middle school kid turning around and screaming at me about balls and strikes? Gone, past tense, as in you were playing in a game and now you're not. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  2. You guys are missing out on the all important style points the kids get for wearing them on their hats! Especially during night games[emoji16] Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  3. KenBAZ

    Chasing out play

    At Evan's it was suggested we say, "Ok, you do your job and I'll do mine". Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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    Stike zone

    Most good umpires will clean that up pretty quickly. "In my judgement...So by rule..." Any way the coach frames this it seems like arguing balls and strikes. The coach is basically saying, I don't know if you are ignorant of the rules or just bad at your job. Not likely to be well received. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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    Stike zone

    Guest, You now know how the height of the strike zone is to be judged. I'd recommend you stick with your policy of not disagreeing with the umpires' zone and having your kids adjust to what is being called. The reality is that your team is likely to be much more successful with the umpire and overall then they would be if you are asking questions about the umpires' judgement. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  6. What was the DHC's specific question? That might change things for me. If he asked about a pulled foot I most likely would go depending on where I started and if my partner could be counted on to be paying attention. If he was asking about the ball being dropped I'd be much less inclined to ask for help. BTW, it's definitely a had to be there call but if I had a ball drop after what I thought was voluntary release, I'm coming up big with the pull out of the glove signal and, "He's out, he's pulling it out, he's out!" Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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    Wait, the kid was Canadian? That's the equivalent of cursing out the umpires' whole family [emoji3] Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks UIC! This site is a topic of conversation in just about every umpire locker room I'm in. You're doing a great job keeping this helpful, positive and focused. The growth is well deserved. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  9. Sorry guys but I want to give our brothers umpiring the game the benefit of the doubt. I agree that from the description given us a balk should have been called. However, what really happened? The runner took off and the OP judged that F1 stepped forward with his pivot foot. If this was some type of state championship there very well may have been three experienced umpires on the field with eyes on this. They may have just seen something different than the OP. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  10. One thing you could do is call more strikes. Sounds like most of the chirping was about pitches you balled. I'd rather have people upset about a borderline pitch I called a strike. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  11. Give them hell Grawhawk. Great news to hear you are back on the field [emoji16] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  12. From the opposing dugout after a couple of pitches up out of the zone; "Get him a bag, he's throwing up!" Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  13. Stay in the slot. Don't ever move out over the plate. That is the concussion danger zone. Call more strikes, Borderline pitches are strikes. It's ok to miss a ball every now and then but don't miss strikes. It's easier for hitters to adjust then pitchers. It's a better game when you call strikes and kids swing the bat. Your concept of where a pitch is needs a time element. Pitches move in 3 dimensions as they approach the plate. Forward, down and left or right. At that level, a pitch that passed through any part of your zone, at any time, should be a strike. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  14. Guys, we are really short of umpires here in AZ and this time of year it can be worse. Guys are legitimately worried about surviving the heat for more than one or two games. However, both assigners and umpires can make it work by using the web tool Arbiter, communicating with their umpires, assigners and partners. For me it's simple:. if I'm open in Arbiter you can assign me. If you assign me, I'll accept the games, if I accepted the games I'll work them and work things out with my assigned partner. If an assigned tells me there big event is coming up in two months and they are going to want to use me I block if off in Arbiter. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  15. Sorry Michael I can't tell from your post where the interference was. Was it with F6 by R2? If that was the case, most likely a partner in C would not have been able to help you with what happened behind him. HPU usually has a better view. By the time BU steps ups and turns the players have already collided. Also, take your mask off as quickly as you can while watching the play and moving into position. When a coach looks back at you for a call on any play you want to be holding your mask in your left hand, on a good angle and as close to the play as you can get. Working solo can be tough but it teaches you about angles and staying focused all the time. Plus, even on the small field it can be a workout.
  16. I've worn HSM for years. I take it off for all calls just as you would with a mask. Left hand only, out and up. Hold it in your left hand while making calls. It never goes on the ground. I wear a skull cap under my hat. I use to wear a hat for plate meetings only but let too many stuck in fences. The skull cap protects my bald head from the sun and makes my HSM fit better. I just can't manage a hat, my glasses and the HSM. They are hot, heavy and I feel safer.
  17. Hey, I don't have a long cartoonish neck! We're all looking forward to working some good baseball. It's great that the training, hard work and focus we've put in allows us demonstrate a level of mastery.
  18. 4 or 5 years ago I had a HS catcher take a ball to the throat and have to be ambulanced to the hospital. I thought he might die at the plate as he was having trouble breathing. I believe he crushed his larynx. It was very scary and I've worn a throat guard ever since.
  19. Had an F2 throw down to 2nd on a ball 4 about two weeks ago. R1 pulled up and over ran the bag. F6 took the throw and taged R1 for an out. I was PU and announced ball four a number of times. My timing is such that the throw might have been gone before the catcher heard it. We normally signal each other 3-2, 2 outs so we are aware of the situation and we would not make a call like this at second. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  20. I had a similar situation happen to me a couple of years ago. I stepped left to get fair foul on a hard ground ball down the 1st base line. I got trucked by a runner from third. We were both lying in a heap when F2 came over and applied a tag for an out. Not my finest moment. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  21. We don't umpire the obvious. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
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    And just teach your catchers to jump up an tag the Batter on anything close to an uncaught third strike. That will save all of us a lot of grief[emoji16] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
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    Sun Delay

    There are times here where we have to communicate with our partners that they'll have to take fly ball coverages because we just can't see. Other times I've absolutely looked across the plate to call pitches. @MadMax makes a good point that a number of the fields we have problems with are part of the big spring training complexes. With a dozen fields designed for use in the mornings there are bound to be these kinds of issues. There is a field in the Angels' complex that can't be used after about 4 PM much of the year. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  24. Perhaps the increase in temps here got you thinking about this thread. Congratulations on getting your first state playoff game here in AZ[mention=2599]MadMax[/mention]! Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  25. Clean up your sleep hygiene so you can recover from games and exercise. Drop the obvious and easy things from your diet, (soda, 2nd and third helpings, etc.). Start walking every day. The small simple things will get you on the path and as you approach your goals making other changes will be easier. Good luck, slow and steady will get you there. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
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