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GPblue last won the day on October 10 2016

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  1. GPblue

    First game

    Still on schedule?
  2. NFHS I believe has some training's of 2 man system rotations on a power point that is good for training. Something else that is good to talk about is a "pre game plan" training. So giving the expectations of an umpire from getting an assignment to putting a ball in play. All the steps that lead up to the PU starting a game.
  3. I usually just give a signal(right hand point strike) for the obvious. And give a "no" verbal when it isn't obvious so that catcher and batter can hear. And a "yes he got that" when caught. I do this with a long timing mechanic hoping that both catcher and batter will do my job for me. If everyone is going in motion of offense moving and defense trying to make a put out, no need to make a mechanic IMO
  4. This is an issue that far exceeds today's issues with everything on video and social media. Accountability for actions has been out the window for years in all phases of society. Coaches are afraid to discipline their players in travel leagues because their team is a revenue producer and are afraid mommy and daddy will pull their kids. Maybe a social contract needs to be signed by teams before entering leagues/tournaments with a zero tolerance stipulation in place. I know the baseball tournaments we do in Western PA the rules state "umpires have final say" and if that is not listened to, they are excused from the tournament. that includes players, coaches, fans. I have yet to excuse a fan because I am fortunate to have good site directors at the fields I work at that will address it before i have to.
  5. Class like managers spitting on and kicking dirt on umpires? Umpires and managers bumping each other. Players taking one in the ribs and instantly charging and guys getting thrown around. Runners breaking catchers shoulders and costing them a career. IMO a bat flip doesn't hurt as much as a guys career. As Archie Bunker sang......THOSE WERE THE DAYS!
  6. Might have been to a 3 man clinic and was tying things in fall ball?
  7. Have only worked one 1 man in the last 10 years, which I did this year(had an off day in my college schedule and my HS assignor needed a favor and field was in my back yard). The only thing I said in the plate conference was "guys I am going to work hard for you. if you have a question please call time and ask me in a professional manner, and I will give you what I have" Just remember, we are independent contractors and have made the decision to agree to work the one man game. If you feel that you have a call, stand by your judgement and let them know "from this angle, that is the call I have." If you feel that one man isn't something you want to manage, consider that when accepting or declining the assignment.
  8. that doesn't look 10-15ft to me(though Ted is a tall guy).
  9. It's an off year of a new rule book Regional Clinics are just online videos to cut costs
  10. I guess multi millon dollar contracts can pay for robo umps.....
  11. No wonder they moved the PSAC Championships out of there. Last game I had there this year (D2 conference play 2 7's) when we go let the HC know we have arrived he says "well if we get into an issue of delays, we are probably going to have to call the game because the transformer blew out and we have no lights" A very historic field with some cool dimensions, but all and all a dump.
  12. Because if my 85 year old blind grandma in the Uecker seats knows the batter is out, why make a flashy display making you visible to the play? Just remember as an umpire sometimes it's not about us.
  13. not even Minors. College Summer league
  14. GPblue

    Legion Regions

    I live in Pittsburgh and this side of the state doesn't even consider East of State College part of PA.
  15. Thank you. everything is paid and looking forward to working hard and getting to meet other's looking to gain experience and grow like myself.
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