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  2. Check with Jared Chizek form the IHSAA. He's the lead baseball guy for the state and would be able to point you in the right direction for an assignor. Also, check into the Iowa City Officials Athletic Association. They schedule a lot of games down in that area and have a web page listing their schools and contacts. Best of luck!
  3. Iowa shared the same emphasis. In a memo two or three years ago, they asked umpires to address it at the plate meeting. We choose to continue doing it as a crew.
  4. I have not tried the GD plate pants. I just go by the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality. The Smitty's have been great for me performance-wise in extreme heat and humidity (110+ degree heat indexes w/ high humidity) and the tapering is not an issue in plate pants like base versions.
  5. Huge difference in the base pants. I got dinged at an eval camp for my Smitty base pants looking "blousy". I got the GD base version - totally better in the tapering down the lower leg. Can't wait to bust them out this spring to test performance. On the other hand, I have two pair of Smitty plates, have no plans on switching. Once they get worn in a little, they're fantastic IMOP.
  6. One of my main partners and I pregame this as a pace of play issue and we make sure we address it at the plate meeting. We time the 60 seconds allowed between innings starting when all infielders have left the field of play. At 45 seconds, BU puts an arm up and works back towards 1B foul line. At expiration of 60 seconds, we're calling for a batter if one isn't ready to get in the box, or not allowing further warm-ups by the P if defense is not ready for play. If a batter does not report in reasonable time (PU judgement), the ball is put in play and a strike can be called - no pitch need be delivered. Never got that far, but at that point I think the 20-second clock would begin (we always have stopwatch ready for this if needed) and at 5 seconds remaining, another strike could be called if a hitter is not in the box ready (mirroring NCAA).
  7. I curious to know how umpires are selected to work high school postseason through different states. In Iowa, there are a few evaluators that work around and watch umpires work. However, a big part of the selection process comes from coach recommendations. Are there any other states that rely mostly on coaches, or do any have umpires recommending umpires? I am not disgruntled (quite the opposite), but curious as I have a committee meeting this coming weekend and would like to share ideas. Thanks!
  8. This is a perfect case in point where I WISH coaches would get into the rule book. I ask coaches at plate meetings to police their own dugouts, so we don't have to. We always look like the aggressors when we have to enforce rules like this, but it's our jobs. JUCO regional last year I ran way too many players back into their dugouts as an in-the-hole hitter timing up pitchers beside the on-deck guy (during a live ball even), despite me previously asking an assistant coach to address it. After several warnings they asked, "what are you gonna do, eject us?" My response, "By rule, YES, the next offender will be ejected."
  9. All Star System 7! Pads are securely attached with velcro, but come out easily and can be washed in the machine.....Air dry
  10. Anytime there's a force play on the batter-runner at first base, a play is being made on them; making it required they are inside the RL at 45'. If they're making a turn.....there's no play being made on them; so they don't have to be in the lane. If there is a play being made on them and they are running outside the lane after 45', they are running illegally to first base. A penalty only comes into play when interference occurs during the play.
  11. NOOOOOOO! We have the safety bag in Iowa HS ball. IMOP (as an umpire and coach), it causes way more train wrecks at the bag than it is designed to prevent. Its implementation had nothing to do with the runner's lane either, nor does it prevent RLI (call it at least twice a year). I would estimate 95% of RH hitters run to first base illegally, but the interference rarely manifests itself.
  12. NCAA follows this guideline as well. Agreed, FED requires all runners to touch awarded or forced bases in this case.
  13. The logical answer is that Dodger catchers are better receivers/framers than National catchers. It is a measurable stat now for MLB catchers how often they can get calls on pitches out of the "measurable" strike zone called a strike. IMOP, it's all skewed though.
  14. Not sure what pro mechanics are, but CCA also adds in 6-man section: B. When U2 goes out, the line umpire on the side the ball is hit also drifts to the outfield in that direction.
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