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  1. Its obvious because that kid is gonna get earholed at a minimum, and we're handing out 4 game, or higher suspensions because of it. That is minimum because chances are guys are coming out of the dugout, and at that point we as a crew have lost control. Something I don't wanna have happen, nor do I wanna end up on the weekly video. Yes, getting earholed is growing out it, but it doesn't need to happen on my watch.
  2. My last triple crown game ever, in Longmont many moons ago, went like this: ball down the line, I point fair, catcher turns, points at me, yells, "that's bullSH*# blue." I jack him, coach comes out respectfully. Goes back without a peep. I think, "hey, that was smooth, life goes on, next brother doesn't have to deal with this turd." Triple crown used the fed 1 game suspension rule at the time. At least the tournaments we did. What happened after is burned in my mind forever. We walk off, I tell the tournament director (snake), who watched it all. He replies, "the kid said he was sorry, we're gonna let him keep playing the next game." Slapped my unfinished card on the table,eat and never looked back. No more Steamboat, no Park City, nothing. Mavens right here. Its all about the money. Your just an expendable warm body that gives a little street cred to their operation.
  3. This ^^^^^^ all the way. We have warnings for a reason, "i don't care" would have been it. "This is your warning" is all you need to say.
  4. These ones are hard because it involves the crowd and you will be the perceived agitator in this instance. Kudos on telling him to get back in the hole. If he doesn't leave though, that's the critical action. Ejectable without any priors, maybe, maybe not, could go either way because of the perception aspect. Player or assistant, most definitely right now. After a long hot day of warnings, and cursing, green light all the way baby, make it a big one. If I was the assigner, I would have taken either. Certainly do not allow prior EJs or the amount of EJs spook you out of more, its a learning process that we go through always and forever. And to the gentleman who cracked a joke to the crowd in that manner about his partner, the very next text out of my phone would be to my assigner saying for me to never work with you again. If my assigner can't swing it I will turn back the games. We got enough problems and bad partners shouldn't be one of them. Take the above feedback from other posters and learn from it. That one is pretty cut and dry. Please excuse my flippant manner, but that is the numero uno umpire sin. That's 1st degree murder on your partner.
  5. Nothing like a nice hard punch out. Just don't look at the ground 🙃. Lot of solid advice here. When I filled in for LL stuff, it's hard. Do not second guess your zone in a kids game. It will drive you mentally insane. And, please for heavens sake, watch the LL world series, certainly not what I would consider the epitome of calling a book strike zone. They'd be out there for 4 days if they called the book, which inevitably somebody will quote. +2 on them plate shoes.
  6. Just another excuse for dads who watch sports center and own a cool pair of turf shows to go out and act like they're Joe Torre. I was in a local business the other day and one of the delivery guys talked for like a half hour on why toddlers need to be able to steal bases and learn pro rules. It's like hey, chief, how bout we get them to run the right way first. This is exactly why I have stepped down from every youth baseball organization I used to work for or be a board member for, including high school. ABSOLUTELY no feel for the game. You did lose something. You saw the light. Now make sure its not the headlamp of another train coming for you.
  7. Man, paint. I always forget about paint. Like the oldest computer program ever and I never think about. If I get more interest ill have it figured out. I appreciate the heads up.
  8. Crap, another blunder. I thought the video would pop up automatically. My bad
  9. https://youtu.be/VP2LT0ZgnvU Couple questions here for the NCAA vets. As per a recent video discussion, we know proper protocol for staying in a guys ear going up the line. I will not critique this video on that aspect. What I do have a question about is high stepping it in. This is a no no, obviously, but how do we address it? Specifically to the batter, we know and should expect immediate sniper shots, but what about the hitter? How do we address it at the end of a game if its a solo walk off? Something I've always wondered about, high step shenanigans.
  10. Just ran into a problem. I cannot send photos through this platform because of the file size of the phone. Please keep this in mind if there is more interest. I may ask for a phone number or email to attach pics to. I ain't no spammer
  11. Mad max mentioned bulky, stupid bulky for the gold. I know a bunch of guys that have em retrofitted, and they look so damn comfortable and trim. Missed my opportunity a long time ago when retrofits were the craze. Somebody offers to sell you one, DO NOT SAY NO.....
  12. I am seeing if anybody would be interested in these. Platinum Shins $40+shipping -- purchased 3 yrs ago, never game worn. Thought I'd give the platinums another shot but they just don't work for me. I believe they are the biggest size, but I cannot remember. I will gladly send a pic with a tape measure on them. They've been in a box since purchased, but I was too stupid to actually close the box, and they have a nice layer of saw dust on them (carpenter by trade, will be blowed off and cleaned up). That's it for those. Smitty Major League Fleece Lined Umpire jacket Black and Polo Blue x2. Both $35+shipping $60+shipping combined. X1 Large. Game warn, no tears, scuffs or bad wrinkles. There is pockets in this one. X1 XXL. Not game warn. No idea what I was thinking when I bought this in 2x. Probably for the plate but there's other options that look way better. No pockets in this one. These are washed, cleaned, and not faded. PM me for a phone numero so I can send pictures. I might not be able to abide by the 48 hr shipment rule because I am working out of town 4 days per week. Just a heads up. I also don't know what shipping will be. I can get a quote for ya if you want, and if you wanna back out thats totally cool. Not trying to gouge anybody here.
  13. Ya, they act all surprised everytime time its called, even if you popped em for it early in a series. Same with obstruction. It's like fellas, "you watched the same videos we did at the beginning of the year."
  14. Was that Van Rap? Dude's a machine. Good time to call it too, 1st game and all, sends a message that crews are on the lookout. I'd almost bet if he didn't call it, skips coming out.
  15. My last two NCAA plates last year (took the year off this year for mainly positive reasons) had three things in common, lots of jockeying, lots of EJs, and lots of me yelling at dudes to get up the blank, blank, blank line. Get up their a$$ and follow em to first if you have to. Tell your guys on the wings to be ready for that. It saves fights, more jockeying, and less HBP. Only thing your gonna hear about "coaching" might be from some grad assistant in his first year that needs a lesson. I do think this is one of the few things we do that skippers appreciate. There's actually a lot of what we do that is not in the rule book. These principles work at lower levels too, I think the worst misconception about umpiring is that the higher the level the higher the redassness needed to navigate a game. I've found the opposite to be true. Pull it out when you need to 🙃 The former pro guys I work with run a tight ship, but are always professional and chill until they can't be anymore. As for coaching, an older an wiser man told me once, "if you're worried about it, keep your mouth shut." If you do something that can be construed as coaching but were told to by your super, group leader, or at a camp, there is a reason and they will have your back. If you have nothing to say, fall back on safety.
  16. This is probably off topic in this forum but I trust my peers in college baseball and didn't want it in the free for all. Anybody on here live in southern MO. Me and the wife the have considered relocating because of the cost of living in our area. And we both have good jobs, which is the frustrating part. We are not serious at the moment and this is probably more than a year down the road, but I threw out springfield because I hunt, fish, golf, and want to be in an area where there is baseball. Again, I know this might not be the appropriate part of the site to ask this, but I was just interested in some of the college guys thoughts on the area if theyr'e on here.
  17. I have milked my 460s to the bitter end. Its impressive that not one stitch on the outside has broke in years of service. Anyway, does anybody on here "in the know" know if any companies are coming out with a new plate shoe soon. Normally, when I get around to purchasing something, the latest and greatest comes out like two weeks later and I am stuck with the previous model until I wear them out. I don't want that to happen again. Somebody please say Reebok
  18. mine was welded correctly, but I cannot get that damn bottom bracket to sit in the middle. it sits on one side or the other and it bugs me.
  19. I have the Diamond and am getting sick of the zippers. Most of the vets that I work with who fly a lot use the ebag. It looks awful nice. Whoever mentioned the solid tub hit it right on the money. My next purchase will have it for sure.
  20. Thanks for the input guys, i'm gonna have to chalk this one up as a learning experience. One piece of advice for those who havent fallen on their ass. Have gum or candy or lifesavers or something after it happens to occupy yourself, because it was extremely hard not to chuckle afterwords during the game because of what just happened. My crew thought it was hilarious.
  21. Top of 7 (7inning game) home team winning 3-2. R1 and R2 with no outs. I am U1 approximately 6-8 feet from first TOP. Catcher attempts a back pick to second. R2 back in safely. R1 sticks himself in no mans land (I think it was a botched hit and run judging from the hitters performance in the series, the horrible swing, and the runners on base. pretty rare with a guy on second though. It wasn't a double steal) F6 snaps to first from second. When I take a hard step to plant and turn, to get the base between me and the runner, the next thing I know, I am on the ground parallel to the baseline. This was not a skid and topple over deal. This was a feet were above my head, Steve Atwater just earholed me coming across the middle as i got hung out to dry trainwreck. I don't know how, but I managed to get a really good look at the play as I hit the ground. My face was literally a couple feet from it. I was one hundred percent sure R1 was safe. Funny thing is though, the first thing i thought of, laying on the ground, was damnit, you were not set during the critical action of the play. The second was, what the hell just happened. And third, I have to get up and make a call. I stand up and signal safe, and the place just ignites. There was maybe 500-600 people there. probably all drunk because of a beer promo. The coach comes running out and immediately starts asking for help, over and over. Bottom line, I wasn't going to go get help. I felt I was sure of the call and I didn't want to drag my partners into this bomb I just lit. It was my ship and I was goin with it. HC knew it and I knew it, that he had to go. He went. Then the dugout, I let them chew on me for a little while, than I got the ring leader and they shut it down. So, I have already called my regular season coordinator on this and he said it may have been a good idea to not only get help, but preemptively stop the coach from coming across the field and get the crew together. The coach may not have stayed, but it would have given more time to settle the crowd and make the crew look better, particularly in this situation. Thinking back on it now, I feel he is totally right as always. I didn't know what to do, it all happened really fast, and I just went on gut instinct. Has this happened to anybody before, and how did you guys handle it?
  22. Thanks for the advice everybody. Just to clarify some information, I am not a volunteer, nor would I be. I am paid to be the UIC here because I am in a small town I just moved to and they were not impressed with the gentleman that did it before me. And if I was volunteering my time, which is short on this planet, I would not wait seconds. it would be now or ejected. If the board doesn't like it, they can let me go. The board pays all of our umpires including me when I am doing games. That being said, I am new to the game of Little League. I went through my period of Triple Crown and USSSA and thought I was free from it but now i decided to accept this because I thought it would be fun. Now I totally get the whole "this jamoke will put and anybody with a heartbeat on the field" because, sadly, I am doing it now. There are rules in little league I never thought existed or would ever exist on a baseball diamond. Not a bad thing, just the way it is, and I get most of them because they are safety oriented. So again, thank you for the proper little league rule interpretation. So just to be clear, this is not obstruction, CHECK On another note, That is not baseball, and I will not tolerate it. This is not a personal feeling shared just by me. shoot, when i was playing, and a kid held a tag on me, that glove would no longer be on his hand when I got off the base. I honestly don't see how the other coaches just sit back and watch it like that is a normal everyday occurrence. I can just hear my juco coach yelling profanity at the opposing first baseman if this were to happen. That guy still haunts my dreams
  23. So I'm doing a game for our 50/70 little league and got into a little tussy with one of the daddy coaches. Situation: pitcher picks off, not even close, first baseman holds the ball on the runner while said runner is laying on the base. Base coaches are yelling "Call Time, Call Time." I looked up and said no. The kid still holding his glove on the baserunners back. I cannot stand when kids hold a tag like this. I can literally feel the seconds tick by, like a thudding in my brain. I usually give it a one two count and say throw it back. If they don't, i say it louder and louder. on this particular occasion, i had to walk walk up to the kid and adamantly say, LETS GO, THROW THE BALL BACK. Well, the coach didn't like that. He replied by saying "(Little Johnny) you can hold that ball as long as you want." Well me and the coach had words, that ended in a warning. He didn't say anything after that. The sad part about this is, that it has appeared in high school games in my area, to the point where I just call the runner safe if they tag him in this bushy manner. Now that I am the UIC, I feel that I can send out an update about this. I am kind of excited because it will be my first update on a rule. The only problem, I don't know what to say. It cannot keep happening though. Is this considered a "Travesty of the Game" situation, or can i tell my guys to start calling obstruction and awarding bases. Do I have any rule book support anywhere for this.
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