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  • Birthday 06/05/1974

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    Moyock, NC

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    Currently on umpiring hiatus
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    Asst Dir of HR
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    LL, PONY, USSSA, AAU, Legion, JV, Varsity, DII
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  1. @SeeingEyeDog No big deal at all. I wouldn't go as far to say the email was unprofessional, just a bit more harsh than necessary. Nothing was really false, Like I said I was both over my head and had a bad game... But that was like 15+ years ago. AND it did spark a good conversation between my assignor and me.
  2. Arbiter does (at least did) have a feature you could block partners. I only had one assigner actually give us that ability. Otherwise have a conversation with the assigner. Sit back story time with uncle Warren I had to do this once. I had a partner that is technically pretty good but he had to insert himself into the game as much as possible. And he personified his "... ego writing checks your body cant cash." Post games were always horrible with him, when he had issues and know it he'd always have an excuse to get out as soon after the game as possible. If you t
  3. Some people liked this feature, others did not. With one of the recent software updates the tool I used for Google Search became incompatible. This has been updated and is back, but I am not making it the default search tool as some people really didn't care for it. Notes on the Google Search: It only searches the U-E site It is more Powerful than the system's Search engine You can use advanced Google Search techniques Google is faster IMO the systems search engine seems to be better at finding more relevant items to what I'm looking for To access G
  4. This isn't an apples to apples comparison at many levels, but it has some relevance here. A couple of weeks ago Yermin Mercedes hit a 3-0 pitch out of the park while the White Sox were already leading 15-4 in the 9th inning. Dissimilarities: Level of play MLB they know all the unwritten rules. And the play itself. Similarities: Breaking an unwritten rule. What happened the next night??? Mercedes got one thrown behind him. In MLB you'd better fear reprisal, not as much in NCAA. But the umpire showed awareness and took control. As @maven said it was seen by both teams a
  5. I think this sets a great tone an hopefully prevents the kid from catching one in the ear hole next AB.... Okay now a days it would be ribs, thigh vs earhole, but still great preventative umpiring.
  6. It was in a forum for truck accessories.
  7. I saw this morale patch elsewhere, but thought it was completely appropriate for some of our members.
  8. Many years ago... We had no trees or anything blocking the sun as it set. the sun was coming right into the batter, catcher and PU's (me) eyes. I was going to try and get through it. First pitch of the half inning the catcher missed and it hit me in the shin (NBD). The catcher said he couldn't see the pitch and the batter agreed and so I called time and announced we were going to wait about 5 minutes for the sun to finish setting. The defensive coach went nutzo and started his complaining and I told him to talk to his catcher about the view and I deemed it a safety issue. Coac
  9. Great break down. I've been asked twice today about why this wasn't interference.
  10. I can understand the religious items being exempt although I still don't believe it needs to be worn in sports... But I cant see the huge objection players, coaches, parents have about jewelry. IMO its all because they see (insert name here) on tv wearing it and have the me too entitlement.
  11. No doubt the Facebook sites have a lot to offer... AND I'll acknowledge my bias obviously, but I think dedicated forums, on virtually any topic, are much more engaging than FB sites.
  12. That's another factor. So it's a bit of a triple whammy. I doubt I'd be umpiring if I were still in the game for these reasons. Just like injuries from umpiring, I need to be able to go to my full time job and a risk of catching it would probably be enough for me to stay out, not to mention the possibility of bringing it home to my family.
  13. Adult league game and I was being evaluated to move up in the HS ranks once upon a time. All the pitchers had some decent speed but no control, with catchers who couldn't catch... First few innings I was being peppered mostly hitting equipment, but then I started getting hit more in the soft spots. Now I was getting happy feet, ducking and dodging pitches rather than locking in. Middle of the game b/t innings I call my partner over who is evaluating me to chat. I said I just can't do this anymore. I am being lit up and as hard as I try I can't lock in. I was worried about getti
  14. For some of you Baseball season is just kicking off. BUT... In many stated (VA & NC I know for sure) have just kicked off their HS Football seasons. Is this going to create a strain on the already limited supply of officials in both sports out there? Many of the umpires I know also typically do football in the fall. With the seasons now overlapping are you seeing a bigger problem with the availability of officials? Then for players, I know once upon a time when I was in HS, many people did football in the fall, wrestling or basketball in the winter and baseball or soccer in
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