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  1. I sat in on a training here at work where it was discussed some of the equipment our employees use from harnesses to helmets and so much more have expiration dates. I was probably the only person in the room who this was new information to, but it got me thinking should our umpire equipment have an expiration date? We've had threads about foam/padding deteriorating in CPs and they become less effective. The plastic in our CPs, helmets and shins ages and becomes more brittle, steel rusts and such. So should our equipment have an expiration date?
  2. Thanks @LMSANS Here's what I wrote in 2014: Yes, I am an advocate of mouth guards. I wish they would become a staple product in every umpire's equipment bag much like a CP, mask or cup. I've tried multiple versions. What I was looking for was: Not too bulky - I'm not an MMA fighter Unobtrusive Allow me to communicate well Less noticeable - Don't give people a reason to notice or even mock you as an umpire Comfortable I haven't done any research on it in a while but when I did in the 2013-14 time frame there were mixed professional opinions about their true ability to reduce the probability of concussions. That said, even given mixed professional opinions it definitely isn't going to hurt. Both my dentist and my doctor did recommend wearing one. I chose to wear one, and admittedly I did stop in ~ mid 2017, but only because the one I had was becoming uncomfortable and I kept saying I would be ordering a new one but never did. When I do get back on the field, I will continue to wear one. Just some notes: Wearing one did not hinder my upward mobility. 2017 was actually the best year of my career both at the collegiate and high school level. Some partners questioned it - But it did start some good conversations. I think a few also began wearing them No coaches, players, or others ever said anything. With the BIOGuard mouth guard I chose, I could speak clearly (it did take a little practice and getting use to, to speak clearly) and didn't have to remove it to speak although I often did link to the one I used https://www.custommouthguardstore.com/BIOguard-I-Mouthguard-Kit-p/bioi-1color.htm With this one ( I had clear) please note: Don't drink colored gatorade when wearing it.. Trust me on this.. For me it was just an extra piece of mind. There are guys who get CP extensions, Wear a coaches helmet under their traditional mask, wear forearm protectors, etc... for their piece of mind. Virtually everybody on this website has a FT job or is a student, and cannot afford to get a concussion on the field that could put us out of work / school. I can most likely go to work tomorrow if I break my arm, but I could be out of work for a while with even a mild/moderate concussion. I'm no masochist, but like any other piece of equipment, we umpires want to get that hard shot in our new CP or mask. Well I half heatedly also wanted to get that shot to my jaw to see how it was with a mouth guard. For better or worse after I started wearing the mouth guard, I never got another one of those haymaker shots to the jaw. So I cannot tell you if in my experience it helped.
  3. I saw @Razzer posting about this last night on FB. I'm glad to read Ray has spoken to Joe and he is doing well. My thought is regardless of any and all precautions it is going to take a small army to keep West off the field. One one hand I completely admire it, on the other I hope not only Joe, but others who have this tough as nails mindset don't do themselves more harm by persevering through things like this.
  4. Just an FYI --- I've merged the 2 threads on this.
  5. Ok I haven't umpired since March of 18 and that's part of the reason I'm not around as much. Since spring nearly daily on my way home from work I pass a small private school they don't have a baseball team but they do have a field (I assume they rent out) with a Travel team that practices there daily. Last night I'm driving by and the team is still in full practice mode. At this point there wasn't any rain, but the sky looked like the four horsemen were going to descend upon us at any moment. Mind you less than two miles away, I was sitting at a light and a thunder clap was so close it startled me and I literally jumped from the sound. But this is yet another problem with travel ball not having a central authority mandating that teams be off the field during thunder storms, because they obviously need it to be mandated to them as they don't have the common sense to get of on their own. This really ticked me off. Grrrrr.
  6. First. I'll say my COVID opinions since the beginning of this have aged like milk. Things I've said and even posted here at the onset generally don't match my current feelings. I was initially excited to see that MLB would play a reduced schedule season this year and was very optimistic. Now just a few days into the season, we have the Marlins breaking out with COVID. Add to that the trickle down effect, what about the Phillies or the Braves they just played. With so much uncertainty, should the game be played at all? As we discuss please remember this is not a political site and we are on the same team...
  7. Late reply, but I remember it too. It was terrifying for me as an umpire to watch it. I tried putting myself in Joyce's shoes and how I'd feel. I was so relieved to see how well both Joyce and Gallaraga handled it...
  8. With 15 people responding I already find the results very interesting.
  9. Good feedback. I'll let this poll collect some data and I will probably create a more powerful survey. Maybe use google forms.
  10. Like many of you I got a survey the other day from NASO about returning to officiating and I had some thoughts I wanted to share some thoughts. I wish I could remember each of the questions. So I wanted to try an Umpire-Empire survey too that had more 2 way communication.
  11. We're just in a new and uncharted area... Things to us seem very fluid and ever-changing; but that's just because we just don't know and are learning as we go. There is no answer which can absolutely answer each and every concern and there are so many different variables. Yes, the economy is hurting and record high unemployment and this needs to be addressed, but we also have to balance public safety. Some cities, states and countries have done better than others, but they too have any number of variables: population density, resources, social and cultural customs/norms. And we can criticize or admire what ever political leader we believe is doing/not doing well but that doesn't help anything/ anyone. Add to all of this which is my big thing; personal responsibility. Each person collectively doing their individual part through hygiene, social distancing, patience, kindness and adaptability. Now were at a point where governments are opening up previously closed business sectors. Does this mean we all must rush out to see a movie or go to a concert or out to eat? No, we don't have to and if you don't feel comfortable doing so when it's allowed in your area, then it's your choice to continue to refrain from these things until you individually feel it's right for you. But either way, we're not out of the woods yet. We have to stay vigilant and be personally responsible. We also have to remain adaptable; will we see a second wave this fall? Will the virus mutate? Will there be a vaccine? Can people get this multiple times like a cold or is it one and done like chickenpox? We just don't know.
  12. We're just in a new and uncharted area... Things to us seem very fluid and ever-changing; but that's just because we just don't know and are learning as we go. There is no answer which can absolutely answer each and every concern and there are so many different variables. Yes, the economy is hurting and record high unemployment and this needs to be addressed, but we also have to balance public safety as well as personal freedoms and liberty. Some cities, states and countries have done better than others, but they too have any number of variables: population density, resources, social and cultural customs/norms. And we can criticize or admire what ever political leader we believe is doing/not doing well but that doesn't help anything/ anyone. Add to all of this which is my big thing; personal responsibility. Each person collectively doing their individual part through hygiene, social distancing, patience, kindness and adaptability. Now were at a point where governments are opening up previously closed business sectors. Does this mean we all must rush out to see a movie or go to a concert or out to eat? No, we don't have to and if you don't feel comfortable doing so when it's allowed in your area, then it's your choice to continue to refrain from these things until you individually feel it's right for you. But either way, we're not out of the woods yet. We have to stay vigilant and be personally responsible. We also have to remain adaptable; will we see a second wave this fall? Will the virus mutate? Will there be a vaccine? Can people get this multiple times like a cold or is it one and done like chickenpox? We just don't know.
  13. I'm still physically going to work daily. There are only about 12 of us that are and we're pretty spread apart. I just know I'll be more productive at work vs at home with the wife and kids. Besides my work is busier than ever right now.
  14. If you are an "Established member" I believe you should see fewer ads. Please let me know if you notice an improvement.
  15. Sorry for not acting on this earlier, but I just found the settings that made the number of ads explode. I'm going to look at these settings later tonight from home and see if I can make it more manageable and along the lines of my original intention (how it was before whatever update changed the settings because I haven't changed the ad settings in years.)
  16. WTF, you know this is a problem but you haven't addressed it. The blame is as much on them as it is the fans. I seem to recall somewhere there have been scholastic programs in other sports which have been suspended for sportsmanship issues. Hold the coaches and administration accountable .
  17. I saw this in another thread. I'm going to take a look at it this weekend. I haven't made any changes to my settings in years, so I'm assuming something else has changed. My goal is to use ads obviously to generate revenue, but I don't want them being obnoxious or interfering. I'll place an update to see if things have improved once I look at it. PS Merging this thread with the other on ads.
  18. So I wanted to get your thoughts on the after effects of COVID-19 on officiating. We've discussed any number of times the shortage of umpires and sports officials as a whole.... So here's my thought, with the hiatus on sports for the immediate future, do you think this will accelerate the number of officials leaving their sport? Here's my rationale. I really had no intention of stopping umpiring. I got a new job in Feb 2018 that just didn't give me the availability at all. At first this was REALLY difficult for me. Coming here and reading of your adventures, talking to friends who were still umpiring and going to sporting events just made me want to jump back into it. Then, I found other ways to occupy my newly available time and gradually became more accepting. Now. I honestly don't miss it that much, and am completely comfortable with my decision. So do you think a season off will adversely effect people coming back? Especially for people who were on the fence beforehand?
  19. I feel you. ECU extended spring break a week and also made all online classes for the rest of the semester. We moved our daughter out of the dorm this weekend. Add to that my son's school has closed for 2 weeks (at least) AND my wife's company has told all employees who are able to, to work from home for at least a month. Thankfully, I still have to go to work LOL. But the added food, electricity, and everything else is going to add up. As for sports. I don't see any spring HS sports happening.. due to the flattening of the curve we're not near the peak of this, so who knows how long things will be shut down. I wouldn't be surprised if fall sports are ultimately nixed too. This IS for real I don't want to minimize that, BUT people are overreacting to the max. Even the county south of me has closed itself off (easy to do b/c it's primarily islands) Where only residents and people who work there can enter the county. https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2020/03/17/dare-county-explains-entry-permit-system/ But neither my county or Dare county or our surrounding counties have any reported cases. While I understand the "flatten the curve" movement and the rationale behind it. I tend to disagree for your average person. I also think for those at more serious risk, it could be beneficial for the curve to be accelerated. I was reading that with the "flatten the curve" movement this could take b/t 18 and 24 months to run it's course vs just getting it and getting over it. Can you imagine living like this for the next 24 months??? No movie theaters, no sporting events, no theme parks, no dine in restaurants, some stores limiting the number of people who can enter at one time (which is completely stupid b/c now people are gathered much more close together at the front door waiting to get in) etc.. It's not that bad now but it is discussed that 85% of the US population will be exposed to it and best case scenario a vaccine is probably 18 months away. As for those with underlying conditions which put them in greater risk, they are going to be at the greater risk for a greater amount of time. For example someone I know's spouse is in a category of being at much greater risk. His doctor has told her she must work from home, and act as if she is at the greater risk b/c she could potentially be exposed and bring it home to him. They are going to have even less "freedom" for as long as this goes on. If the curve were to be accelerated, they'd have to potentially shelter in place for much less time. Seriously, I'm almost considering attempting to intentionally get it. Which won't be hard to do, my next door neighbor is a respiratory care nurse and her hospital already had a meeting telling them when it hits our area they will not only be exposed but they will contract it. So once she gets it I'll spend a few days hanging out with her. Like the good ole chicken pox parties Gen X'ers and before will remember. But for all of you stay safe out there.
  20. Ok there are not supposed be so many ads per page. I will work on it this weekend. I haven't made any changes to the Google AdSense settings in years. Is this increase in the number of ads new? Thanks for the screenshots it helps a lot. There are supposed to be several tiers: Unregistered visitors: Game on, they get the max Registered: Less ads
  21. I use to love the reruns of Rocky & Bullwinkle when I was a kid and there were actually Saturday morning cartoons. I'd have to go to one of the UHF stations to get it.
  22. I've downloaded the app and am using it now without issue. If you could send me screen shots of what you see. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  23. Interesting... I'm going to download the app again and continue to work on it.
  24. I've installed the newest version of TapaTalk. Please let me know how it goes...
  25. I got a text tonight from a friend I use to work college ball with. He is at his high school umpire association training and they're using one of the Umpire-Empire vids. If you see things like this I'd love to see it. As I mentioned I'm going to have more videos soon.
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