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  1. and Summer amateur sports tournaments is now at that level too. Indivivuals and groups are making multi millions of dollars for these and the professionalism of it needs to evolve
  2. I pay dues to a summer organization for use in Arbiter, assigning fee, and chapter liability insurance. They will usually get my first assigning of games, but that group is one county over from where i live. During the week I will try to take 1-2 of my local Legion(a very very weak league) games so that the assignor will give me games come regional play. if I agree to take a game, it takes a very large issue to come off. Only have given back two games this summer and that was due to Funerals. Weekends are a different story because I will only do 2 games a day(personally on a 90' diamond you are doing the kids a disservice doing more than that without a break). I also will travel for some for college summer leagues but just on the weekend as my work schedule only allows me that. IMO the level of money grab for tournaments across the country is creating a cluster in terms of organizing an event. Think about when you got married(if you did). Did you book the venue, dj, caterer, photographer, etc. 2 days before your date? What makes us any different in our service industry as independent contractors?
  3. Did you become a slap hit master? and the next question is what cheers did you learn?
  4. Thank you for grabbing this. Is this the same rule number in the 2019 book? I want to get my Rules Interpreter to get this to the head coach as he is one of our top teams in our chapter
  5. Had a varsity game tonight. The field is fully fenced and down each line has a gated bullpen that has space to occupy one pitcher. The VT while on defense had one warming up in the bullpen and then wanted to get a second to warm up at the same time. VTHC sends down the right field line his second pitcher, a catcher, and a bench player with a helmet to protect. My partner on the plate(who is my assignor) looks at me and basically gives that “you better clean this up” look. So I proceed to go to VTHC and let him know that because both teams have designated bullpen areas that out of play we cannot have a pitcher warming up in live ball territory. The VTHC started giving me some push back saying “I need to get this guy warmed up, where do you want me to put him?” Because other than the bullpen there isn’t any room on the other side of the fence due to the field being on a hill. I told him “I don’t care where he warms up, but he can’t be in live ball territory with both teams having designated bullpens. I am probably messing up NCAA and FED, because I couldn’t find anything going through the FED rules on this. Should I have grabbed that?
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    And this is the exact problems that we now see for kids making transition from tourney ball to college. They only play a 20 game HS schedule and then go into summer and have to play 75-100 games of "rat ball" because of time limit rules. Bad teaching leads to bad habits.
  7. Don't do what I did! First two games this weekend and was no where near prepared. Sitting at my desk with what feels like 2 knives shoved into my hamstrings.
  8. GPblue

    Ejecting Fans

    IMO that is what a game manager are for. I officiate dugout to dugout, pole to pole. If the fans have become so unruly that it has caused the game to not continue to play, I let the home team coach work with the game manager to take care of who and what needs to be taken care of. Was the level of the crowd causing the game to be interrupted? To me that sounds like an umpire that did not use his proper channels to handle the situation.
  9. First weekend of the season......was bound to happen with someone.
  10. Check out Tom's Video on the Central Hub. They define it clearly and use this video as an example
  11. no ...read the rule jimurray posted: I think the "or" phrase applied here: "a) If the ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, or if thebatter moves to intentionally get hit or freezes to allow a pitch that isnot within the batter's box to hit him, the ball is dead, it shall be calleda strike and the batter is not awarded first base." ?????
  12. The HBP was in the strike zone?
  13. Apendex E. 2.i. This means in video review the ENTIRETY of a HBP can be reviewed, including moving into pitch? Anyone else have anything different?
  14. I agree with you on this. Hard to do a 6 man in such small dimensions and not run into a situation like this. I just was referring to multiple media outlets that can visibly see a multi million dollar contract on a national network and those that are put under the most radar on this program are unpaid for their services.
  15. Wow Even USA Today can beat the dead horse of Volunteer umpires at LLWS. You would think ESPN would try and do something to make their program more watchable in this sense, instead of hearing Karl Ravich bite his tongue year after year while he makes his company "these are volunteer umpires who paid there way to be here" speech.
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