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  1. As I've been thinking about this topic, I'll throw this in here... Personally, I can't stand having my shin guards up against my bare skin. When I got started, I bought some compression pants thinking they would add another layer for cold weather games. However, I now wear them even on the hottest summer days when I'm behind the plate. YMMV.
  2. Our state association meeting stated the reason they did this one. Apparently some coaches were coaching their batters to hit the catcher's glove on the backswing on purpose in order to make them "gun shy" to setup for steals.
  3. I've never had any problem with the fans that heckle. But the ones that try to explain rules and do it *wrong* just chap my hide. They're not doing anybody any favors there. Those are the ones that have me chewing on my tongue.
  4. To elaborate on ElkOil's list... Mask: This is *not* an area to skimp. I can just about guarantee you'll catch one in the mask sometime in your first 10 games. The good news is that there are lot of good masks on the market (as evidenced by the 32 pages of comments at http://umpire-empire.com/index.php/topic/49592-mask-porn/ ) Chest Protector: Depends largely on the level you're going to be umpiring for. The creme-de-la-creme right now seems to be the West Vest Gold http://www.umpirejoewest.com/chest_protector.htm or (if you're rolling in the cash) an UnEqual http://www.force3progear.com/product/unequal-ultimate-chest-protector/, although there have been some positive comments made here lately about Schutt and Champion as well. Personally, I have a Diamond iX3 and have been pleased with it. Many people here on the forum have also suggested upgrading whatever you get with the All-Star Delta-Flex harness http://www.all-starsports.com/chest-protectors.html (I see this as a nice-to-have, not a necessity, but I'm sure somebody will argue that with me.) Cup: There are multiple threads here about the Nutty Buddy. People seem to either love it or hate it. Shin Guards: I haven't seen as much discussion about these as I have the other protective equipment - just make sure you measure your legs to get the proper size. Plate shoes: See http://umpire-empire.com/index.php/topic/61357-best-plate-shoes/ Indicator: My advice is to buy two cheap ones. They all pretty much work and having a spare isn't a bad plan for <$5 Plate brush: I spent <$5 on mine and have been pleased with it. I don't think you can go wrong here, either. Find out what shirts the other people in your league are wearing, so you can match. You'll probably get a collection of these over the years, but you can build on those as you go. Most pants come unhemmed. Be prepared to go to a tailor as soon as you get them. Wear your plate shoes when getting them altered. If you're looking at anything upper-level high school or higher, you probably will want separate base and plate pants. The Honig Poly-Wools seem to be a choice you can't screw up.
  5. Welcome! I've considered giving football officiating a try, but you'll never get me on a basketball court.
  6. Exactly why I lamented there not being any open-ended questions.
  7. I wish I had found this site before buying my own equipment. Not that I made any serious mistakes but I would have chosen slightly differently. If you check out the Equipment section and then the Buy-Sell-Trade section, you can get a pretty good idea of what works well and maybe even get a deal on some of it. ...and everything else grayhawk said was pretty spot-on, too.
  8. kylehutson

    The clock

    Me, too. I've gotten better in the last couple of years of speeding things along (e.g., asking coaches to get pitchers warmed up between innings, having batters keep a foot in the batters box, saying "lets go, batter" when they're slowly walking to the plate.) I don't have many over the time limit these days.
  9. kylehutson

    The clock

    So do you (my fellow umpires) have to keep the time yourselves? Or does that fall to the scorebook or other tournament/league personnel?
  10. kylehutson

    The clock

    Above my pay grade. That being said, the rec league I'm most familiar with lays it out pretty clearly in the rules, time starts with the first pitch and a completed inning within the time limit means you start another inning. (e.g., 2 hours or 7 innings on the schedule and the last out of the 6th inning occurs at 1 hour, 59 minutes and 55 seconds, we're playing another inning).
  11. I'm thinking the best response may be to call out the DHC before awarding bases and explain that this is the rule, I think it's a stupid rule and if he wants to write the NFHS rules committee about how it hosed him, I'll back him up. But we're going to go by the rule book and everybody advances 2 bases from TOP.
  12. This was a mass email sent out to our entire state association. There's no unique identifier on it.
  13. kylehutson

    Placing Runners

    What maineump said. TOP is only for the first play from infield. Since BR had already clearly gained 2B from TOT, he gets 2 more, sending him home.
  14. Got this from our state association. Too bad there's no open-ended "what would you change" questions, but you can give your feedback to NFHS on recent rules changes and changes they are considering making. http://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/nfhs-sport-questionnaires/
  15. kylehutson

    Pitching Rule

    You didn't say what rules you are using, but in FED: Rule 3-1 ART. 1 . . . After the lineup cards are official (1-1-2) prior to the game, the player listed as pitcher shall pitch until the first opposing batter has been put out or has advanced to first base. In any other case, a substitute may replace a player of his team when the ball is dead and time has been called. The umpire-in-chief shall record any reported substitutions on the lineup card and then announce immediately any change(s) to the opposing team. Projected substitutions are not allowed. In each of the following situations, the ball is declared live by the umpire-in-chief. Should there be no announcement of substitutions, a substitute has entered the game when the ball is live and: a. a runner takes the place of a runner he has replaced, b. a pitcher takes his place on the pitcher's plate, c. a fielder reaches the position usually occupied by the fielder he has replaced, or d. a batter takes his place in the batter's box. PENALTY: If the starting pitcher does not face one batter, he may play another position, but not return to pitch.
  16. Rule 2-21 ART. 4 . . . Follow-through interference is when the bat hits the catcher after the batter has swung at a pitch and hinders action at home plate or the catcher’s attempt to play on a runner. The casebook lists *2.21.4 SITUATION A: With R1 on first base, B2 swings and misses the pitch for strike one. His follow-through hits the catcher, interfering with his throw to second base (a) throwing out R1 attempting to throw out advancing R1; (b) R1 is safe at second. RULING: B2 is out, and R1 is returned to first base. *2.21.4 SITUATION B: With less than two outs, R1 attempts to steal home. B2 swings and misses the pitch for strike two. On B2’s follow-through, his bat releases and strikes F2 in the facemask. RULING: The ball is immediately dead and R1 is declared out. With two outs, the batter is declared out. In our rules meeting they specifically mentioned that if the catcher doesn't attempt a throw, it's not follow-through interference.
  17. I say allow it. Then the pitching team just has to change their mind and pitch strikes.
  18. Never heard of such a thing. That being said, it's a jerk move.
  19. @Razzer - I PMed you several days ago and haven't heard back. I'm definitely in for one. What do I need to do to order?
  20. It's all right. It actually made me reflect. Now that I have a few years of experience, would I do the same thing now? Given that same situation, I think I would. If it were a high school game, probably not. If I didn't have thick skin, I wouldn't have started umpiring.
  21. Not to hijack the thread (which means I probably will)... but why not? I've heard several fellow umpires say this, and I haven't been able to figure out why.
  22. Yes, he was on the field and couldn't be moved by amateurs. I mentioned this was a rec league - the coach was just a parent and nobody had any real training. But thanks for second-guessing me.
  23. I'd rather be lucky than good! (Honestly, I'd rather be both.)
  24. Psssh. That's what the guys on here live for.
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