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Everything posted by ousafe

  1. Ahhh...summer ball! I wish I were so lucky as to have these problems...we're still on the bench in western Washington.
  2. Yeah, um...I had to check and darn that little pocket has been there the whole time!
  3. +1 on @Razzer's harness. I also spent some time with a hair dryer heating up the shoulder plastic and bending/curving it down so it hugs my shoulders and fits much better.
  4. For LL umps only: Often an antsy runner leaves early on a non-action pitch (e.g. looking strike). Still throw the flag though, so the base coach can see that you are paying attention and they can coach their runner accordingly.
  5. @kylehutson I think about this from two perspectives: as an umpire, but also as a parent of two youth league players. And that leads me to two different opinions. As an umpire, I say yuck to wearing a mask. As a parent, I say "my kid isn't playing if the umpire doesn't wear a mask." So will I wear a mask? Definitely yes.
  6. ousafe

    Illegal Pitch?

    Strike = win imo
  7. ousafe

    Illegal Pitch?

    Never seen anything like this. I'm guessing it's legal. Is it?
  8. Yup. Toughest in our household is my older son lost his senior season (Garfield), and his chance to play in T-Mobile (he was injured last year). Just bites. But obviously the right thing to do.
  9. WA state just closed schools until fall. So the HS season is cooked. Sorry @BT_Blue
  10. Just looked, and while there are courses for officiating softball, basketball, football & volleyball, I couldn't find a course for officiating baseball. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  11. Yes this!!! ^^^ This has been one of the nicest springs in WA state in a while...great baseball weather in March for a change. And no games. Sad.
  12. Now that seattle public schools have closed, most of our little leagues have cancelled all activities until further notice. HS games & practices cancelled for now too.
  13. @mrumpiresir, so do you also cringe when someone says "timing play" instead of "time play"? I do.
  14. I've seen some instructors with the GD poly spandex pants, with what look like permanent stretch creases. One was an MiLB ump with three horizontal creases across the knee - as if they were embossed by the top of his shins. The second was an old timer whose back pocket was all dimpled like he sat down with a bag of sunflower seeds in his back pocket. It was clear that there was nothing in the pocket anymore though. Is this a common problem, or do those pants need pressing to keep in shape? My plain old GD polyester pants still look perfect 3 years later with just normal machine washing.
  15. Careful @ArchAngel72 to differentiate small diamond (60') vs. big diamond (90') mechanics. It sounds like you are talking about small diamond mechanics, where the base umpire starts outside and has to come inside to the working area on balls to the outfield. Almost everyone else here is talking big diamond mechanics.
  16. In our LL and association *baseball* training, the verbal and strike mechanic are done at the same time (after standing up). For *softball*, umpires are taught to give the verbal call while still down, and then stand and give the strike mechanic. Both hammer and point are accepted for baseball here, although LL says use the hammer. (Seattle area)
  17. And yet they call balks obr-style all summer long for all of their obr games. I call bs that a HS ump can't call balks like they do the rest of the year. Fed has delayed dead ball in all sorts of situations (obstruction), so why not for balks? Craziness.
  18. ...so you can get the free shoe bag that's offered on the website if you give a review? I thought it was weird that you have to give the review before they ship your order...
  19. I had this same thought. BR is still out there on the bases.
  20. ousafe

    Double Play

    OP says no intent. Fair enough. But if I see anything like the above - I mean c'mon. That is intentional. Everyone knows where that shortstop is going, especially the runner (because he's looking right at him). He's seen that play many many times. Of course there was no accident to the direction he veered. Feel free to judge otherwise...
  21. Gil, nice job! Love your work. It would be interesting to see an analysis of the check swing ejections, including QOC. Since a checked swing decision is umpire judgment, that could serve as a nice case study to help newer umpires understand what is/isn't a checked swing.
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    I was taught to count to 5: plate shoes, shins, cup, CP, mask. Has worked for me so far!
  23. Agree - in OBR, "backswing" seems to be defined as the bat carried all the way around and back behind the batter. This was not that, it was more along the "backswing" definition in FED. So if it's not on the (OBR) backswing, then it seems it's just straight up INT, as you say.
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