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  1. I don't have any specific stretches to post, but I've found attending hot yoga classes really work well for opening up the muscles used from umpiring. When I'm on the road in the summer I try to find classes in whatever city I'm in to help recover my muscles.
  2. Ebag mother lode 29" worked great for me completing my first year of pro ball. No issues with airlines and easy to travel from place to place with it on the road.
  3. I'd say 22-25 is the prime age. But every person is different and everyone matures at different levels. 25 is definitely not too old.
  4. As someone who just went this year, I can tell you that they definitely want plate umpires using indicators and in pro ball the plate umpire must use an indicator.
  5. Instructor B is correct, but the Plate Umpire on a fly ball will mirror R1. As soon as the ball drops for a base hit, the PU should communicate, "I've got third if he comes." If the ball is caught, the BU should glance over his right shoulder after all the requirements of the catch are completed and look to see if R1 tagged up properly (if he does tag). If the R1 does tag, then the BU will take the play into second base.
  6. I will be at Harry's in Daytona Beach. Good luck!
  7. Now college (NAIA) needs to get rid of the first game being 9 innings of a doubleheader and just have both games be 7 innings. Would be so much better.
  8. Good advice. I would add that appearance matters. Keep uniform looking good. Control what you can control and let everything else play out. Know the rules inside and out.
  9. What are people's thoughts on the new Adidas Speed Trainer shoes from Ump Attire? https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Base-Plate-Shoes/AD-SPEED3SL_Adidas-Speed-Trainer-30-SL-Black-Silver-Field-Shoes
  10. From the video it looks like the BR runs the entire way in fair territory, so he was never in the lane to begin with. The rule states that the BR can leave the lane for the sole purpose of touching first base, but in this play the BR never was in the lane. This is a tough call, though. I think his foot is on or close to the line. I can't tell if the PU did this or not, but this is a good time to say, "That's nothing!"
  11. Yes this is what they taught us this year.
  12. I just graduated from the Wendelsdent school this January. I would tell you that I thought I was in shape for school but turned out I was not. You need a combination of strength exercises and endurance exercises. I usually pick three different exercises 3x12 reps and do three or four sets of exercises. For example, I might do leg presses on the machine, but then do squat jumps or mountain climbers for agility.
  13. In this situation If R3 tags and is close to the bag after the Fair/Foul Catch/No Catch decision down the RF line I have to make as the PU, then he tagged up legally. In the two man system there are some holes. Just know your priorities as several mentioned above.
  14. Slow down timing. What I try to do is say in my head if it was a ball or strike, then call it. In the video it looks like you make your decision pretty fast. Work on squaring up your shoulders. You have good voice with your strike call.
  15. Thanks MadMax. Money isn't the biggest issue for me. I'd be willing to pay a few extra for the NB's if they were worth it, but I've had several pair of NB plate shoes and they've always been too big for me. The biggest issue is I can't run very well in them. Maybe I need to go to some type of sporting goods store that has umpire stuff and try a few on to get the right size. If the 3N2's can give me protection I'd be willing to try them out especially if I can run well in them. I just returned from umpire school and one thing I realized - I have to move a lot in the 2 man system as the plate guy!
  16. I currently own last year's New Balance (MU 460's) shoes for the plate and I don't like how they fit. I also can't run very well in them. I'm just getting into college ball and I'm wondering if the 3N2 low cut plate shoes will work? I like the fact that they are lightweight and look like they are easier to get around in then the New Balance shoes. Do any college guys use the 3N2 shoes and if so, do they provide quality protection?
  17. Is anybody questioning whether it was obstruction or not? Obviously I know the umpires called obstruction after they got together, but what did F3 do to warrant the obstruction? He was in the act of fielding the ball.
  18. Interesting information. Thanks. I'm thinking about going to pro school so this was a good read.
  19. Definitely a stop on both videos to me.
  20. I have the two books on the left, but what is in the third one?
  21. After the snide comment from the coach you had in the first game, I would say something like: "Coach, the first game is over. If you choose to argue about calls this game, you will be ejected..." You have warned him and then it is entirely up to him. As far as your first situation, while utterly ridiculous for 9u, I'm not sure you would eject in that situation. It sounds like he is addressing his kids, and that's not really your job. Unless you feel like he is disrupting the field of play, I would just ignore that. Others may disagree here. Examples of personal: "Blue, you f*****g suck!" Immediately eject if a coach says that or something F YOU that's personal. Also if a coach starts running towards you... you better tell him to slow down or he's gone. Balls/strikes: Something I used recently, took my mask off, and said "Coach, stop. If you continue to argue balls and strikes, you will be ejected."
  22. I don't know if I would have the balls to do that.
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