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  1. 21 hours ago, beerguy55 said:

    Well, for the most part the games ARE "meaningless"...assuming you are in Alberta as I am, there are no Provincials, no Westerns, no Nationals to drive towards for the club teams.   It's all just an attempt to get some baseball happening so the kids can get out and do something, get some exercise, get some social interaction.  An impartial arbiter to call balls/strikes/out/safe is nice to have, but certainly not necessary.   The priority here is getting active, not a perfect representation of a particular sport.

    If following a few safety protocols is too arduous, then don't ump.

    The "integrity" of the game, and whether or not it's a "travesty" is the least of our concerns at this point.  


    Now this is just the opinion of just some guy who is a never was nobody, me.... but as umpires, shouldn't the bolded be our only concern?

  2. 1 hour ago, Guest Eric said:

    Situation - Runner on 1st less than 2 two outs, ground ball hit to left side of the infield (SS). Runner on 1st on advancing to 2nd base collides with 1st baseman who is attempting to cover 1st base for potential throw. Defense completes throw to second base for out but is unable to make throw to 1st base due to collision between first baseman and runner. Batted-runner reaches first before play can be made. What is the ruling here? Are both runner and batted-runner ruled out, dead ball interference? Does the runner have a case for obstruction? Play stand with only runner out at 2nd, batted-runner safe at first?



    What is the rule set?

  3. 2 hours ago, zoops said:

    It really depends on your area and the level you desire.  If D1, definitely need to go to camps, maybe even umpire school.  If just wanting to dabble in lower levels, a couple camps and the right network and you’ll get games obviously assuming you’re competent.  In my area they are often begging guys to work even up to the D2 level, especially mid week games although many areas are not like that.  However, be prepared to travel, often for no compensation. Availability is huge in the college season.  Assignors love guys that have flexible schedules. Since games get rescheduled so much, being able to work games at the drop of the hat (Again mid week) can really help get your foot in the door. 

    The flexibility is key. I've only been working college baseball for 3 years and can't tell you how many times a Friday-Sunday set as turned into a Saturday-Monday or even a Sunday-Tuesday.

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  4. I will second @grayhawk's comment. You need to go to a camp that has college coordinators in attendance. I would stay within or close to your region when you are starting out. The umpire net gets smaller and smaller the higher up the ladder that you go, so someone knows someone no matter where you go. I would suggest going to a two umpire camp to begin with as that is what you would be working at most college levels up to D2. Get your foot in the door, be in shape/get in better shape, work hard and show improvement and if you can work, you can advance. 

  5. 3 minutes ago, Thunderheads said:

    Fair enough.  I guess, ....2010 was my first year back umpiring in quite a long time, and it happened 30 minutes from me ....so I guess it sticks with me more as a memory

    It popped up on my Facebook memories that day. Mostly due to the fact that I was dating a girl from that area at that time and had the same thoughts about it then. It sucks for the pitcher, but in the grand scheme of things they won a game in June and that is really all that matters. 

  6. 1 hour ago, Thunderheads said:

    June 2 ... 'beginning of June' ....

    The catapult of replay review, not that big of a deal?  Ok

    No, what I'm saying is that is probably why this thread didn't get much traction. Because many of us don't see it as that big of a deal.

  7. On 6/5/2020 at 1:12 PM, umpstu said:

    I was just in Amarillo and Texas citizens are nowhere near doing anything resembling sheltering or wearing masks.  It's full bore pre covid 19 right now.  And if you are in Amarillo eat the cheeseburger at Bubba's 33, possibly the best cheeseburger I've ever eaten in my life.

    Everyone involved with this tournament was tested on June 1st when they arrived and they can only be at the park or hotel... that is according to the tournament organizers 

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  8. 2 hours ago, Jimurray said:

    I think my wording was awkward. I have no falling out with any person. The site has gone downhill. I do not know what the year 2016 has to do with anything. But my take on things is that a person integral to the site was involved in an aviation accident and the loss of his  expertize? over a period of time appears to me to have caused the site to go downhill, at least forum wise, IMHO. And I did have a technical issue that was never addressed by whoever runs the site.

    2016 is when I got back into umpiring so I was out of the loop on everything. 

  9. On 4/13/2020 at 9:29 PM, Jimurray said:

    I would not do anything on that website myself but I couldn’t say if you should be concerned. I’m concerned that a former great umpire is or was involved with the site. The forums now suck. I never got a follow thru on a technical issue I had and no longer belong. I think someone involved with the site had an aviation incident and that might affect their capability. 

    So... I was out of the umpire world for a decade before 2016... what happened that caused such a large falling out with that person

  10. 4 hours ago, Richvee said:

    That's interesting. I really don't see support for calling it an illegal slide in the NCAA rule book. I know this isn't a force play, but 8.4 force play slide rule says

    a runner must slide on the ground before the base.

    Then it goes on under exception (1) to say

    "on the ground means either a head first slide or a slide with one leg and buttock on the ground before the base."

    That pretty much says it doesn't matter what hits the ground first on a head first slide. I can't find any other references to illegal slides in the NCAA book. I could be missing it. ....

    Well going by your line of thinking you’re always “sliding head first” if your foot is on the ground. 

    The interpretation for a legal head first slide is the runner’s chest/torso in contact with the ground before contact with the defender.

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