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JSam21

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  1. I have officiated basketball, soccer and volleyball. I brought up the idea of getting back into working basketball to help stay/get in shape... she asked, “When is that season?” When I said November to March/April... she quickly shut that down.
  2. 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.
  3. I will say this in every shoe post. Our shoes for officiating have become athletic shoes and need to be treated as such. They will last a season, maybe a season and a half and then it is time for new ones. That is just how it is.
  4. JSam21

    stealing home

    Well... maybe. Wouldn’t F1 have to disengage to the rear not forward?
  5. 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 stank
  6. Rags for cleaning shoes or throw away. I mostly wear compression shirts so if it is time for new ones they just get tossed.
  7. Did these happen to be LED field lights?
  8. Hey there all, I have a XXL Majestic ThermaBase coat, black with the black and white stripes. Mostly looking to trade for a XL majestic convertible but will listen to other offers like XL panel shirts or size 38 or 40 pants.
  9. It still has to be legally caught in flight... if a batted ball hits the umpire or batter, is it in flight?
  10. 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.
  11. The seller barshtur_0 seems to only have 16 transactions, one of them with negative feedback. All of the other items that they are selling seem to be housewares or pet accessories. It seems like it would be shipping from the states, so it might be a little easier to fight if something went sideways with the deal. I would research the other sellers on there.
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    Fielders Balk

    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.
  13. Meh... they had to make some money somehow
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. I don't need to work games. I want to work games. If I feel that the changes to mechanics or protocol are threatening the integrity of the game... I'm not going to work those games. We, as umpires and officials, need to realize that we are independent contractors. If we don't want to work, we don't have to work games under those conditions.
  17. 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.
  18. I would go with OBR. But I would push the question to get an answer from those in charge. "Standard" isn't an acceptable answer when there are 3 major rule sets.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. A guy missed a call in a game in the middle of June. In the grand scheme of things it wasn’t really that big of a deal.
  22. 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
  23. I could be wrong but it looked like a local association logo on their hats. Besides being on TV, I’m not sure how sweet it would be to only be allowed to be at the hotel or ballpark for an entire week.
  24. Have it, used it, love it. Keeps your hands free and can be used as your between innings timer as well
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