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  1. IMO he did blow it by failing to consider that the protection could extend past 3rd. IF he said he got me on the OBS but judged it not a factor. I probably would have just agreed to disagree with him. As for the coach I didn't throw him under the bus, I just told him the runner was guaranteed 3rd and anything beyond that was up to the calling umpire.
  2. A little opposite to my last post. When I was coming up the ranks I had a guy I really looked up to I was PU he was BU. We had an OBS he called an pointed the hell out of it, but never called time in accordance with the DDB. In the post game he called it preventive umpiring. He just always called it loud and forcefully enough that the players would assume it was a dead ball and things would sort themself out much easier from there.
  3. Once upon a time I was the BU and had a very similar. I called OBS pointed it and then there was a banger at the plate. My partner (more senior than me) called him out. I called time and spoke to my partner thinking he didn't see my OBS call. I 'tell him the runner was obstructed by F6 and he should be awarded the run. He got on his high horse and stated that the runner would only be awarded 3rd. He also reminded me he'd been doing this for much longer than I had. I let him know the rule was a minimum of the base he was advancing to and umpire digression beyond that. Because it was a banger IMO we should award the run. He was adamant and was not going to change his mind. I also think the length of time we spent discussing it wasn't good optics in the situation either. The offensive coach had an even longer discussion with me because he saw me point and call it. Even after the game I pulled out the rule book and read the rule to him he couldn't admit he'd blown it and still denied.
  4. I like when people are nervous/anxious about working a game. It tells me it's important to them. The next step is to overcome that nervousness and anxiousness. Personal story: I got my first regional HS assignment while I was the least experienced person on that crew the CC gave me the plate and I was anxious partially because of the level of the game and partially because I wanted to impress the others on my crew. About 2 innings in the CC comes in and tells me Hey you're doing a great job but you look like an F'ing robot back there loosen up and call YOUR game like you always do. He punched my CP and I didn't talk to him the rest of the game. Our post-game eval. The other 2 members of our crew both said I really settled in after the 2nd inning, not knowing what the CC had said to me. And I felt the difference too. So my point is also be a good partner when you have a partner who is showing their nerves and help loosen them up.
  5. SOrry for the delay, There have been a number of updates and upgrades to the software let me look into that. I had it set earlier that if someone had X number of posts they could do that.
  6. Sorry @HokieUmp There's no such thing as Down East North Carolina... It's all East Carolina Back to topic Umpire uniforms ... No thank you on that color. Dodger Unis Meh...
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    @LRZ @maven I'm looking into a few options right now. For all interested please start tallying up questions and answers. I'm sure I'll be adding one. I just don't know what form it will take quite yet.
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    I'll be glad to put up a FAQ. Let me mull this over about the best way to make it happen w/o becoming a CF
  9. Jim was a long time member of the site. I truly enjoyed some of our phone conversations. Unfortunately, I was never able to meet up with him on my last few trips to Montana. His knowledge insight and overall persona will truly be missed. Deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
  10. Just wait for the 4U AAU/ Travel leagues...
  11. @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.
  12. 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 tried to have a real discussion on anything he may have done wrong he'd get super defensive and tell you why he was right and you were wrong. My final game with him was a 3.5 hr 9 inning game in tremendous heat and humidity. I was the BU and it was one of those games which you hate as a BU because the game is calling itself and you're just a decoration out on the field. My partner was having a rough game. Both sides were all over him about his zone (which in all fairness was normally pretty tight, but seemed extra tight that day) and frequent balk calls. Between innings one coach came out to bring me a water bottle and asked we we can do to have us switch positions. I struggled not to laugh. We get to the locker room and he starts with his reason why he cant do a complete post-game, so I just ask him "What do you have for me?" He started that I gad a really bad game and I missed 5-6 calls and went on to why he thinks I missed 5-6 calls. I didn't even have 5-6 calls to make the entire game where I wasn't just stating the obvious. There was maybe 1-2 plays that actually required me to make a call which might not have been obvious, but neither were bangers or that close. Next he tells me I need to be echoing his balk calls better. I let him rant about how bad I was before he had to run off for something more important. But when I got home I sent my assigner a nicely worded email asking not to work with this person any more. The assignor called me back, we had a nice conversation and I never had to work for him again. But... I've also been the recipient of a I don't want to work with Warren any more (And the person is now a member here I know this from his avatar and email address) I was a newer umpire was assigned a little over my skills at the time, but my greatest ability was my availability. From the moment I arrived things were going wrong. Then on the field I didn't have the best day. He was apparently so irritated with me he didn't want to do a post-game and just left. After the game, he sent a not so nicely worded email to our assignor about never wanting to work with me again. I got a phone call that night from our assigner we talked and then he actually sent me the email. I was stunned, I knew it didn't go well, but I didn't think it was that bad. But I never worked with that person again either.
  13. 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 Google Custom Search: Type your search Term in the search box in the upper right Select more options Then Select Google... Then click the Search Icon And you get your results...
  14. 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 and set the tone that the situation had been handled. Now about it being coaching. As umpires it's not our domain at all. By us telling him to get his butt moving we're more giving him instruction towards the administration of the game, much like we might tell a batter to get in the box. If the ball had not gone out and he be called safe at second because we told him to get moving I have no problem at all and would tell an arguing coach the same thing.
  15. 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.
  16. It was in a forum for truck accessories.
  17. I saw this morale patch elsewhere, but thought it was completely appropriate for some of our members.
  18. 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. Coach starts squatting behind the plate then yells he doesn't have a problem. I warn him and get him off the field explaining we'll get this started in just a few moments. He complained about the game being timed. I believe we got both coaches and scorekeepers together and said we would add the time missed onto the game time. This just dumbfounded me at the time.
  19. Great break down. I've been asked twice today about why this wasn't interference.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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