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  1. What age/level of games will he be doing? If it's younger 7/8/9u rec ball, I imagine his catcher chest protector would work fine.
  2. This is a sister company of the company I work for does this: https://paymentspring.com/ They allow you to set up a 1 line url in your website to allow Credit Card, Check, both, or either as a payment option. For Credit Card, there's a percentage fee and transaction fee...I believe it's 2.9% and $.30 respectively Credit Card Example: on a $30 charge the fee would be $1.17 ($30 x .029) + .30 ACH (check) is only a .8% fee ACH Example: On a $30 charge the fee would be $.24 ($30 x .008) The website has video and I believe you can try it for free. It's supposed to
  3. I wear Nike Pro tights. Base or plate. Hot or cold.
  4. Then I'm coming out asking the PU why he's calling INT from his position when the BU (per the OP) is watching the play.
  5. With 1 man behind the mound, I think check swings are harder to determine than behind the plate.
  6. Umpired about 45 8U-14U games. Coached 22 games at 12U. Will have some fall ball coaching/umping opportunities as well.
  7. I had an 8U tournament game a couple weeks ago....batter hits long fly ball down left field line. Defensive coach is on first base side. I'm straddling the line, ball hits the line bounces to foul territory. I point fair, runners are running...couple runs score. The Def coach comes out and starts to question how I could call that fair...it wasn't close...etc... All the parents on the defensive team sitting behind me yelled at the coach that it was fair. He sheepishly went back to the dugout.
  8. Or they'll yell...scoot up to the plate...he's calling them outside.
  9. I wear a HSM. I've enjoyed wearing one from day one. I've been hit everywhere in the front by batted balls and pitched balls not caught by the catcher without issues. I feel safe in it and to me it's comfortable to wear and easy to take on/off.
  10. I had some games behind the mound. At plate meeting we discussed balls down each line and check swings...whatever I call is the call...even though other people (coaches) may have a better vantage point. That didn't stop some of the coaches complaining about the call. I just call time and remind them (in front of everyone) what we discussed at plate meeting. I also coach..12AAA USSSA boys...we had our state tournament this past weekend. We only got 1 ump (behind the mound) for pool and bracket games up to the semi-finals/finals, where they got 2 umps in normal position. We
  11. BLarson


    Ok...when I read the OP, the umpire didn't call anything...so if he doesn't call it (based upon his judgement) you can't protest it. I guess that's what i was getting at.
  12. BLarson


    Isn't obstruction/interference a judgement call? Can you really protest based on that? I thought you could only protest based upon rules interpretation.
  13. Funny...I had almost the same situation the first weekend of umpiring with 8 year olds. Foul tip for the 3rd strike. I call the batter out. Coach: "That's a foul ball" Me: "No, that's a foul tip" Coach: "He hit it with his bat...foul ball." Me: "C'mon coach, you should know better than that" I'm always (but probably shouldn't be) surprised on how many people actually don't know the difference between foul tip and foul ball.
  14. They need help doing base work too. Had a junior umpire (18) this weekend on the bases. Ground ball to 3B. Throw was close at first and he watched the play, then turned to me without making a call, like he was looking for me to tell him what it was. The coaches started chirping, which I told them to relax, called time and we got together and I explained that basically the bases are your call. (no, I didn't go into plate covering 3rd right then and there). And as a partner I can help with RLI, potential tags, and pulling of the foot. I told him he has to make a call. He called hi
  15. In Nebraska for travel ball, it's basically normal except umpires are instructed not to handle baseballs, bats, catcher masks, etc...and to stay out of the dugouts. For travel ball, the umpires are in their normal positions for 1 or 2 man. For Rec ball, some if not all leagues are having the umpire behind the pitcher. In Omaha, the 2 umpire organizations I'm familiar with, 1 required a waiver and the other one did not. The kids and their equipment can be spread out utilizing the dugout, stands, or extended dugout down the baseline.
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