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  1. 4 hours ago, Beacher80 said:

    Question for the high level guys out there .... do the big conferences (sec, acc, B10, b12) still hire guys from lower D1/DII? 

    I've been told by an evaluator at a camp that many of the big conferences only hire umps who have left AA/AAA.

    Short answer is yes. They are looking for the best umpires period. They don’t care where you come from, if you can work you can work. 

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  2. 17 hours ago, blue32 said:

    I don’t know about you guys but I’ve found that at some point, the dri-fit material in the Honig’s, Under Armour, New Balance short sleeve mocks just won’t shed that funk no matter how much you try to get rid of it. Have you guys noticed that or is there a crazy hack you know of that works? I’d love to know because I have a lot of them, and they all are still in great physical shape, they just smell bad after a few minutes of putting them on.

    I use Hex laundry detergent on all of my umpire stuff that a launder... shirts, under shirts, tights, jock, socks... it is designed for activewear and I don’t have any problems with lingering stankimage.thumb.png.b4556c25a592b915ee487d0cef5466a7.png

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  3. On 9/25/2020 at 7:53 PM, MadMax said:

    Two important things to point out regarding this rule change:

    1. There are two other participants in the home plate area that affect this rule, which we’ll need clarification on. With them expanding the scope of the rule to include all of the catcher’s body, if the ball subsequently touches us (the umpire) or the batter before being secured by the catcher (but before touching the ground... or a very close backstop) is it still a Foul Tip Strike?
    2. While it uses the similar definition of a caught live batted ball (such as a pop-up, or liner), it is a Foul Tip Strike... just as before in regards to Runners stealing. It remains Live, and they do not have to tag up (or are liable to be put out in appeal).


    I can just see some umpire getting that wrong. :Facepalm:

    It still has to be legally caught in flight... if a batted ball hits the umpire or batter, is it in flight?

  4. 9 minutes ago, wolfe_man said:

    Yes, I saw that too, but a lot of these really good prices are from sellers who don't have any feedback yet. I know eBay will stand behind me, but I don't want my funds caught up while they refund if it goes bad.

    I know you are saying you don't want your money caught up more as a convenience factor than anything else... but we can look at it this way. It could be a gamble, and if you aren't willing to lose that amount of money, then don't gamble. 

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  5. Fed rules only require one foot be in fair territory. Touching the line is in fair territory. In Fed, both feet must be completely in foul territory at the time of pitch... it is an illegal pitch... with runners on it would be a balk... I'm not looking at the defender's feet at first base at time of pitch... especially as the PU.


  6. 21 hours ago, BT_Blue said:

    Sorry to revive this. Anyone else super annoyed that we all got teased with live baseball, only to have it ripped away by being told the only televised games were that night and the rest of the tournament was pay per view?

    Meh... they had to make some money somehow

  7. 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?

  8. 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?

  9. 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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  10. 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. 

  11. 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. 

  12. 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.

  13. 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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