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  1. Royals vs Indians home plate umpire had one. I saw two or three when I was flipping through games today.
  2. You should be able to find plenty of work in that area. Last I had heard they were planning to build a fairly large facility up there. I can put you in touch with a couple USSSA tournament directors that run tournaments all over the area, if you want. I am not sure what you would get, as I haven't called for them before. But they run quite a few of the USSSA tournaments in Branson and the surrounding area.
  3. bds53

    Mask Porn?

    should this topic be moved from the equipment forum to the pictures one then?
  4. I had an issue with them in July and my mother-in-law had an issue with them in November of last year. Luckily I paid through PayPal. Ended up filing a dispute through them and got my money back. I won't do business with them at this point.
  5. I have not had any luck with the search feature since the site upgrade. Is anyone else having a similar issue? Screenshot included.
  6. Yep. It is on there too. If it sells before the auction ends then I can end the auction.
  7. You're right. It is $100 on facebook. I'm selling this on multiple sites and just copied it over. Thanks. $120 for both if you are interested.
  8. The chest protector has been worn once and doesn't fit well. This was a gift and I cannot return it. $100 obo + shipping All reasonable offers will be considered. The jacket is a Honigs Navy jacket, size XL. $20 obo + shipping. Thanks for looking.
  9. I see this all the time. The problem comes from those people in power that don't care. It starts at the top and when there is little to no support it makes it hard to keep and attract people. People can go to McDonalds and make more than they could umpiring, and why not? They don't get berated and yelled at for doing their job. I have tried a lot of things in the past. Code of Conducts, better training, etc. What I have found that works really well is to make sure youth umpires look the part, attend coaches and umpire trainings, and that all parties sign an in depth code of conduct. A youth umpire in full uniform and who attends coaches meetings shows that they have a commitment compared to Joe Schmo in a tshirt and shorts. I make it known to my coaches that my umpires receive in depth training, have thorough evaluations, and take a rules test. In my rules meeting, I show the coaches what it is like to be in a training session and what our test questions are like. Out at the games, they see me work with young umpires during the first few weeks. There are swift punishments for coaches, parents, spectators, and players who violate our code of conduct. My facility supervisors are trained to spot problems before they get out of control and make sure that they do not get out of hand. I still have a fair share of people that don't conform to our rules, but those people are few and far between. Our issues have decreased dramatically since we have instituted these measures. It's not perfect, and it can become a very heavy workload, but it is a start and it has helped.
  10. bds53

    Nike Turfs

    I found a pair a month or two ago too. Good shoes.
  11. bds53

    Eject or Not Eject?

    Even my newbie parks and rec umpires know that is automatic!
  12. My Legion coach looked at me and said, "You just turned 16? Good! I'm gonna need a DD after the a$$ kicking we are in for tonight!" before the Zone Championship in '97. Inspirational.... Ha!
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