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About LTL509

  • Birthday 11/20/1972

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    Olathe Kansas
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  1. Curious those that have it have you taken any shots and if so how did it go? I ask as I was looking at it on Ump Attire and there are 2 reviews that make it seem like it doesn't hold up very well on direct shots.
  2. I appreciate everyone's input. Now I just wish there was an umpire superstore down the street so I could try on some gear but I think I'm locked in on F3 mask and shin guards and still up in the air on CP. Those that use the F3 mask do you switch out the pads or use the stock pads?
  3. I have been lucky enough when I got back into umpiring 3 years ago a good friend that did some Big 12 ball back in the day but had quit about 10 years ago gave me all his old gear. It has done it's job but I've moved up into some higher levels and I know it's time to invest in myself. I am buying a new mask, cp, and shin guards. I am curious would you go with all one brand like Wilson or Force 3 for all 3 items or mix it up? I am currently leaning towards the Force 3 V2 mask, gold West Vest, and All Star System 7 guards. It really looks to me that its hard to go wrong with any Force 3 products or the Wilson stuff but I know many of you have far more experience buying gear over the years. Thanks in advance for the discussion.
  4. Thanks everyone. Some great points made and good advice. Much appreciated.
  5. So had this happen tonight and I would like opinions. Play at third Home team in field F5 misses swipe tag I'm in C right on top of it "Safe". Coach comes out of 1B dugout "did you call him safe? Yes coach no tag. F5 now chimes in I tagged his helmet. I say no tag, coach goes back to dugout. Bottom half of inning same team now has R2 steals third and he's gone not close for out 2. End of inning coach walks over to me and says " So you missed the tag on the helmet and you missed his leg getting under the tag at 3 rd." I say coach that's enough we are not debating safes and outs. He Calmly says I'm not arguing i say even asking is arguing and we're done. He says I'm not arguing again and I say final warning coach we're done. That was that but at the end of the game he asked my partner what my name is so I'm sure he's headed home to fire off an email. So what do you think? Should I have let him jaw a bit on me or warn right when he approaches the way he did? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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    Umpire Book

    still looking for suggestions on books if anyone has one I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
  7. Ive gone 250+ and not had one. I think once you establish a reputation as being fair, consistent, and helpful when needed it goes a long ways. I have partners that have 5 a season and after working with them many times I see why. Of course sooner or later they deserve it and will eject themselves but many times I have seen an ego get the better of a situation. Both the coach and blue.
  8. I let my partner know since he likes to make all the calls for me he can do it the rest of the game. I'm gone!
  9. Any good suggestions on rule books or guides that explain rules in a bit more followable way? I can read and reread a rule but sometimes it's hard to wrap my mind around it. However reading many case studies and Q and A on here I get it and have no issues. Thanks in advance for suggestions.
  10. You were correct. One thing might be a one off but 2 of these types of things; he's got to go.
  11. It looks like we are all on the same page. I've never done it and agree it was a bit of showboating. What I didn't bring up as it had no bearing but I thought it was funny, the Defensive head coach came out and could not wrap his mind around a run that counts but never touched the plate. Of course this was 13 year old fall ball so the coach was a novice but that is what really got me thinking why in the world would you even mention it, just starting trouble for yourself.
  12. I am in C Runner on 3rd. Fly out to center, run scores, I return to A. Pitcher takes the mound throws pitch, ball one. My partner now steps forward and announces the previous runner missed home plate but since the defense did not appeal the run now officially scores. Ok so I have seen runners miss the plate and been called out on appeal and have had no appeal and play continue; however I have never stopped play and "announced" the runner missed plate and defense did not appeal. Between innings I asked why he did that and he made reference to the official scorer should not officially score the run until the attempt at an appeal expired. thoughts on this? Do you announce anything about a missed base? I don't unless appealed or asked about it.
  13. Some umps in my area have numbers on their shirts and jackets, others don't. So if it's not required is this just left up to your personal preference? Might be they are required in other places they ump so it's already on their uniforms. Those of you that do, do you choose your own number or is it usually assigned?
  14. Thanks for all the replies. If I had my way I wouldn't do that age group either. Our scheduler will have me on 14 Gold Gloves one night and 10 rec ball the next. She likes to give everyone "experience" at different levels. Ok it's my first full season back after 10+ year layoff, I will pay some dues. Scrounge you know why I do 10 year old games, I get older and the Mom's stay the same age. For those of you Dazed and Confused fans out there.
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