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Umpire in Chief

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  1. I'm in favor of the tech for teams communicating. I think it would speed up the game.
  2. This is the key right now. Nation-wide shortage of officials across all sports. The flip side of the problem I believe I read in a recent Referee FB post, that the retention rate among new officials is so low, partially due to the abuse they endure. SO we have a real catch 22.
  3. This is the best we can do as parents (son's or daughters) teach them right from wrong, lead by example in showing them how to make good decisions and how to get back on track when we take a wrong turn or things go sideways on us. I too have a daughter in college, and she's faced some adversity and had some challenges adjusting to a new lifestyle. And I'm proud of what she's done and how she's handled herself. She's not entering a male dominated world for her profession, but if she were I feel confident she'd be able to compete. I also (sadly) think what @beerguy55 said has some validity. As those who have been more reluctant to change in terms of decisions based around, gender, race, etc.. retire, the doors are going to swing open. I think this applies to officiating too. The upper echelons are dominated by old white guys, as new blood pours into these positions we'll see the changes. No, it won't be immediate, but sometimes you have to play the long game. The big change will be when we see a female major D-I conference coordinator of officials. I also don't fault @dumbdumb for his analysis because it is very real world. I work in HR with an engineering and technology company. We get hit every year in our AAP for the number of female engineering technicians and engineers we have. It is not due to a lack of effort. But we still get dinged because of the appearance of discrimination. We'd hire anybody who meets the requirements regardless of any demographics. But the fact is the overwhelming number of applicants and potential applicants are white males. The more women who get involved in STEM careers the better it will be for everybody, but historically women have been discouraged to peruse such careers. But I have no doubts in my daughter, she's already proven exceptional decision making skills when choosing which school to go to...
  4. Right on... Not saying anything about this umpire specifically. But don't engage the fans, nothing good will come from it. You can instruct a coach to take control of his fans, that is in your jurisdiction, but I also don't recommend that. Overall my opinion is to suck it up for whatever time you have left and make your assigner know you were mistreated and won't work for them again. Now I didn't watch the video since I'm at work, but the quoted conversation is pretty benign. Another thing I noticed was this: IMO therein lies your problem. Travel baseball is the wild, wild west of baseball; no accountability, no repercussions. Someone gets ejected today, they're back tomorrow and the cycle continues because there is nobody to notice how frequently this occurs. Once upon a time Travel ball was actually really good. There were much fewer teams and the quality of play was much better. But, at least in my area, there developed 3-4 elite travel teams. Then when little Johnny didn't make one of the elite teams so now Johnny's dad starts a new team which will be subpar, and this happens dozens of times and now travel ball is just a different shade of rec ball. But without the oversight of the league.
  5. I found an add on software that isn't too expensive that I think I'll try out. It will lock a thread after a number of days I set and will also allow me to create a message stating the thread is locked b/c it is old. I will look at adding it soon. It doesn't hurt to try and if it isn't received well then I'll ditch it.
  6. Correct.. But, what is possibly the lower leagues went to a 3-man system which could almost balance everything out.
  7. I'll go back to my usual rebuttal when I'm confronted about sign stealing... How am I supposed to know what's being communicated is from stealing signs. For all I know they're relaying their own teams play signals.
  8. This makes me think of a recent HR blog I read about Millennials using the term "Ok Boomer" https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ok-boomer-harmless-or-harassment-29782/
  9. With that many fewer MiLB teams what does that mean for the number of umpires needed and prospects for those attending umpire school now.
  10. Wow that it the worst newspaper I can remember seeing to get through the popups ads and other garbage....
  11. In Norfolk, VA about an hour away from where I live a few years ago they had some gang issues and other troubles happening at their football games. They ended up moving Varsity games to Saturday morning. I don't know if they still have their games Sat morning or not I just remember the news of it happening.
  12. Let me see if there is a customization to locked threads. You all have some good ideas. Sorry I didn't work on it this weekend.
  13. I'm going to play with this over the weekend and see what I can do.
  14. Te software would allow me to lock a thread after X days...
  15. Just a day after I posted the late hit in a college game comes this... OMG. I believe Myles Garrett should face permanent suspension AND face criminal charges. On a sports talk show I listen to in the mornings they were talking criminal charges will be very tough to have pressed in a football game because participants are voluntary participating in a violent game. I think that's BS ripping someone's helmet off and hitting them with it is not what is considered normal violence within the scope of the game. This article mentions criminal charges against professional athletes and that Garrett has a recent history of going beyond. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2019/11/15/myles-garrett-could-receive-record-nfl-suspension-after-brawl/4200309002/ And another article showing there were some other poor sportsmanship issues. https://apnews.com/9ba79fa26c6c4c55b10a9405d374e4b8?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP_Sports&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP_Sports
  16. I have mixed thoughts and could be persuaded either way... We always ask people to use the search feature to find the answer to things which have been discussed before. But seeing a VERY old thread resurface can be annoying too. What are your preferences? Please comment below.
  17. Wow. Nearly 2 seconds after the QB is down comes the hit. I hope the NCAA imposes much stiffer penalties. This has no place in sports...
  18. Thanks @lawump good info here. I'll have to digest this for a bit... But for those of us familiar with the NCAA DH rule what are the main differences?
  19. @kylehutson Is on the right track. There is greater female interest in sports like volleyball, basketball and even football than there is in baseball. Go to a typical baseball game it's a sausage fest of fans. The females that are there are 1, children; 2 dates of men there - maybe 50% interested in the game at best 3, real baseball fans. Here's another thing to look at it. The NFL has many female reporters covering it, NBA has a fair amount of female correspondents covering the NBA. MLB Network has a couple, but they're the only correspondents I can think of. TBS & FOX have brought women in to work the World Series from other sports but they're not covering MLB for the whole season. There in-lies the problem. It has nothing to do with ability; it's interest.
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  21. My daughter played on a volleyball team for a few years and the coach made us sign a sportsmanship agreement and we had regular parents meetings. I thought it was great and to the best of my recollection we only had one parent/child "leave" the team for sportsmanship. This was a great idea and I think would work great -- if enforced.
  22. When I was refereeing soccer while I was in high school. I got sent to do a game in an area I had never been sent to before. The players were maybe 14-15 and I was working solo, which wasn't unusual. I had multiple red cards for fighting. I ended up calling the game and left. Apparently a big fight between a forward and the goalkeeper was happening behind me. That I didn't catch on to immediately. I noticed it the players broke it up but as I'm issuing even more red cards I had a glass Gatorade bottle wiz by my head. I gave the three blows of the whistle called the game and left.
  23. I know you're being sarcastic, BUT... It amazed me reading various places online about right handed batters this or that... It was giving me a headache from the stupidity... And it wasn't just one person it was everywhere. Yes they have an extra couple of feet vs a lefty, yes a direct line will never put them in the lane. OMG it was killing me.
  24. Yes, I deleted 2 threads. I don't feel those discussions were appropriate for the site and would ultimately be a no win situation for either the poster or the subject of the posts. I did inform the poster of my decision. Nobody has been banned or kicked off the site.
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