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  1. But calling time to sweep the plate, and putting it back in play doesn't take any more time. It really doesn't, at least for me, as I'm a pretty quick pointer, and rarely stutter. "PLAY!"
  2. If you're working games where throwing the ball back to the pitcher is a dicey situation (really little kids, I guess), then don't call time.
  3. We should never use what we see on TV every year to regulate the what the local leagues do during the regular season. But too often Williamsport does just that.
  4. How long does it take to point to the pitcher, and say "Play"? vs. prolonging things by not calling TIME. I used to be in the same camp as many of you, as it was beat into me to NOT grant time whenever requested. Then I figured out that it actually takes more time to not grant it in many cases. So as long as I'm not putting either side at any sort of disadvantage, I'm now granting more often than I did before.
  5. I'm not sure where the idea of not granting time came from, and being militant about it. For me, killing the play at the right time saves time in many situations. Do what you wish, and what works best for you.
  6. Many times, calling Time saves time in the long run (if that makes any sense). It gets things moving, and calling PLAY is quite simple. It's a judgement thing, and something that comes with experience, I guess.
  7. I get all that, but I always refrain from telling the defense to throw the ball back to the pitcher.
  8. When I had my Smitty's hemmed, I had them turn up about 5" of material to add some weight to the bottom. But they're so smooth, they don't seem to catch on my shinguards, so it hasn't been an issue so far.
  9. You're going to get a lot of "the best is.........". Fit is often overlooked, and shouldn't be. What fits me like a glove, may fit you like a shoe one size too small. Hence, it's best to try them on before you buy. Me, I like the following: All Star System 7. IMO, the best protection on the market. It has removable, washable pads, that you can get a spare set for, and switch out easily. It's always nasty to put on a sweaty chest protector on your second plate of the day. Great harness, and it dips down to cover my lower ribs on both side. The Champion P2xx is the best for the money. Three different sizes. Swap in a newer harness, and you have solid protection. If you can get the model with a velcro pad set, instead of riveted in ones, that's a bonus. The Douglas, WV Gold and Platinum are great choices. Again, update those harnesses, unless you get the latest Wilson. There's a new Diamond that looks promising.
  10. My '65 Mustang had a padded dash as a boastful safety feature. I think my Lexus has more airbags than a House full of Representatives. Thank you progress.
  11. I took one ball to the ribs, then tried to send it back. They wouldn't take it. No bueno.
  12. I really like my Champro magnesium frame. I did ditch the worthless pads and dopey harness.
  13. Protection, a some point, is a trade off. The ill fated Davishield was a very low profile c/p. Trouble is that it couldn't protect you against a baseball. My AllStar System 7, IMO, the best protection you can buy ( if it fits your body). And yeah, it's a bit bulky. I've got what might be the "Holy Grail" of protectors. Low profile, and "cool". But trust me, it doesn't protect as well as my AllStar. In the end, you need to cover all your boney parts with protection against the velocity of the balls attacking you at the level you're working at.
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