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  1. I think it might have come across better if you told us after the crew was announced. This just comes across as bragging about non-public information. In any case, congrats to your friend and hopefully he and the rest of the crew does an excellent job like we all know they will.
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    No run. This question makes me remember why I'm not too keen on working wreck fall ball. The amount of times I've had runners try to score after the ball gets away from the pitcher following a foul. What's worse is the third base coach yelling "run run run it's a live ball".
  3. I think the equipment fine was good for the spike of the helmet and the ej was unnecessary for flipping the elbow guard as I didn't see that directed at the umpire. As far as the play at the plate, I think he wants to be more to the left. I think he over rotated and got stuck when F2 dropped down and slid to his left to apply the tag.
  4. PU has everything up to he front edge. I would say PU has this call all the way and that U3 has only calls that are obviously his. If there is a "gray area" it's PU's call. I'm not sure if that's the correct mechanic but that's how I would handle this situation.
  5. I can't really comment on either bag because I don't have either (I have a Wilson), but I will say that after a long game on a hot day I usually put my gear in the back seat to air out in the AC on the drive home and then I take them in the house to further air out in the AC. I can't stand the smell if you put your gear right in the gear bag. You open the bag a day or so later for the next game and oh boy the smell can be bad.
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    For me it's good old gum. I've tried seeds but I get too preoccupied with unshelling and spitting. The gum helps me concentrate. Maybes it's placebo at this point because I don't always chew gum but if I'm going to use something it's gum.
  7. I agree that we shouldn't umpire a championship game any differently than we would a regular season or rec game. We should give 100% for all games we do, but it's nice to know before hand what we're getting ourselves into. In this case the teams didn't seem to treat it much like a championship game but I could see us getting ready for a run of the mill high school summer league game and then getting snapped back to reality when both teams being more competitive than normal. Again, it wouldn't change how we work the game, but it's nice to know in advance.
  8. Have you ever been assigned a championship game and not known it? I was moved from a 9u to a varsity summer league game. All went well and when the game was over the catcher ran to hung the pitcher and the team celeberated. Seemed odd. As we're walking back to the car a woman says "good job guys, see you next year." I was confused and she said "that was the championship (of that summer league)." I checked Arbiter again to make sure I didn't miss anything but me and my partner confirmed that nothing pointed to this being a championship game. Even the game it didn't play like a championship. Odd to say the least.
  9. If a coach told me to read the rule book he probably wouldn't be long for the game. That's just me though.
  10. LittleBlue

    Balk...Yes or No?

    I see what you're saying and you're right about a pickoff. OP said that F1 leaned in for a sign, took the ball out of his glove, put it behind his back and then came set. The hands coming together the breaking before coming set is where I'm balking this.
  11. Anyone know when Wilson's exclusive contract with MLB umpires ends? As has been said here time and again they don't care about advancement in protection nearly as much as they do their bottom line. I figure that with Joe West partnering with them on the West Vest, it wouldn't end soon, but I was curious. Also wondering if Force 3 could ever take over as the official gear supplier in the future. Wouldn't that be the day.
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    In all the tourneys that I've worked, I don't think any have had any explicit penalties for stalling aside from saying that it's unsportsmanlike. In some of those same tourneys there were rules that said a team would be disqualified or told not to return if they committed multiple unsportsmanlike acts. Even when I know a team is stalling or when an opposing coach complains to a TD I've never seen anything done about it. I've never even seen a team told they wouldn't be welcome back. That being said, it seems most coaches stop stalling (or at least make it less obvious) when they are called on it early in a tourney.
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    Balk...Yes or No?

    Balk. Even if he started to bring his hands together and stopped, that's a balk. He has to come set and then step off if he wants to take the ball out of his glove without pitching.
  14. Why would this be the case? So they're not going to let a guy work in MLB because he wears a bucket? Unless they know more than us, it seems odd that they would require that.
  15. I have a Wilson gold and charcoal that I don't use.
  16. The field was located in the back of a church and it was really tight. He could have been in the parking lot too and would have been maybe 15 feet from the field. Down the first base line was mostly trees and not much space in foul territory or dead ball area. Down thto third base line was the parking lot right on top of the field. Just a really bad set up if you ask me. Can't really say I ever want to work there again.
  17. This. I did a sub varsity summer game where both pitchers had a lot of trouble with balks. Coaches kept asking me to show him what he did and I explained the best I could but I wouldn't get on the rubber and physically show him. Coach said his pitcher needed to see it done. Sorry coach.
  18. @tpatience if this is the case do you get to stay on site? I remember when I went all the guys in the barracks had teams and it seemed the local guys had their own assigner and didn't work with us.
  19. I've been to ASV a few times and every time I've gone I went with a team, same with CDP. One of the guys I work with regularly said that he was going to ASV as an "independent". I'm not sure what that means and what that entails, but he said that since we're not going up with a team, the pay is $35/game through ASV. I've never heard of this and never saw it when I went up as all the guys I stayed with were with a team. I've also never heard of ASV directly paying umpires since that's usually worked out with a team. Anyone with any info would be a great help because over never gone to Cooperstown this way and to be honest I'm weary of the situation. Thanks in advance!
  20. I guess the big takeaway is to never underestimate a game because a smooth game can go sideways quickly.
  21. So the thing with this field is that the dugout is right on top of home plate so even when I ejected the coaches they were no more than 5-10 feet from me, standing in their dugout.
  22. So this happened a few weeks ago and it really caught me off guard because as far as I knew this game was going to be a quick, in and out, "get'er done" kind of game. Oh man, was I wrong. 9u baseball with both teams having more 8 year old than 9 year olds. We have the plate meeting, nothing out of the ordinary. Both coaches seem nice and say that this isn't really a competitive league, as much as it is a developmental league. Home team takes the field and F1 has trouble hitting the catchers glove, let along getting near the strike zone even for 9 year olds. Oh well. First batter walks on 6 pitches. Coach starts with the "where's that" and "come on blue." I ignore. Next batter strikes out swinging. Coach still can't believe the first batter walked. He's grumbling about it as the third batter take ball one. "Are you kidding me? Where the f**k was that one? You're horrible!" I ejected he head coach. He doesn't even come out, rather he throws his score book on the ground and walks off. The batter works it to a 3-2 count. Ball 4 is at his eyes. Assistant coach (now acting head coach) says to his 3rd coach "this is getting ridiculous *yelling to me* your a joke, you're giving them the game, you want it to be all about you, do your job or leave." I informed him that it was actually him who could leave. The only remaining coach was an older man who was used to only keeping score. He came out after the inning was over and apologized for his other coaches (he was actually a genuinely nice guy). He did his best managing everything and his team ended up winning 8-4. As far as he said, it was their first win of the year. Question: should I have said something when they started chirping during the first batter to prevent it from spiraling? Also, should you be more quick to address gripes and chirps early rather than later when no one has said anything all game?
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