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  1. I do a lot of 9-13 USSSA games.   For weekday games, I ask what the coaches want to do about balks.   If I don't ask, I'm asked about so I want to make sure everyone's on the same page.
    Early in the season they want to do 1 warning per pitcher.

    Typically the older age groups and the upper levels of USSSA ( AAA, MAJORS) want it called straight up more often than not...by the end of the season there's no warnings for anyone.

    For the lower levels and younger ages where they want warnings I let minor stuff go like twitching or turning their shoulder when looking at first. 
    But they get warnings for not coming to a stop/pause in set position.   Not throwing to the base after stepping to the base. 
    I typically don't warn when the start at the mound in windup and the coaches are all yelling to switch to set.    This doesn't happen that often but for these groups I bet only 10% actually do it correctly.
    Some coaches want me to explain why I called a balk so the pitcher knows.   I tell the coaches I'll let him know what he did, but it's up to you to teach them what to do OR not do.

    Our USSSA tournaments are NO warnings.

  2. @mac266 I live in Omaha but I don't do Triple Crown games because they're during the day...plenty of games to do at night, plus I still volunteer coach.
    The biggest difference between TripleCrown and travel ball around here is that we use OBR/USSSA ruleset while TripleCrown uses Federation so in some cases it can be confusing between the 2.

    Just curious...was the team complaining from Omaha or not? 
    I've done a lot of youth travel ball games of teams around the Omaha metro over the years...I have yet to see a coach act like this.
    HOWEVER...I do hear stories of coaches from both travel/rec teams who treat teenage umpires poorly...even in meaningless friendly week night games.

    Anyways...not sure if you're from Omaha or just coming in to town to help out.
    We are extremely short on umpires in this area and a tournament had to cancel their 9u and 10u tournament games due to a shortage of umpires.

  3. I typically only use courtesy runners for pitcher/catcher in the following situations:
    Pitcher/Catcher is slow or bad baserunner and the CR is faster or better baserunner...most times it's a wash and we don't CR.   Some pitchers/catchers we would never CR for.
    If it's extremely hot/humid I will CR for the Pitcher/Catcher to get him out of the sun and get them hydrated.


  4. I drive a Jeep Wrangler 2 door and keep the top off as much I can do in the summer and doors off when we have extended no-rain days.

    I work from home so I only load what I'm going to use when I leave...I'm also typically less than 15 minutes to the diamond.

    I do bring a backpack and load whatever food/supplies I need.

    During long days 3-4 games in a row, I'll bring a chair and cooler but leave it in the Jeep to visit between games as time permits.

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  5. I see a lot of younger players (USSSA) 14U and under that wear jewelry (mostly necklaces), wrist bands, and a fit bit here and there, etc..

    By the time they get to HS they have been wearing it (jewelry) for years...then for 4 years of HS they can't wear them...then they can wear them going forward (taking into consideration Sr. Azul's note).

  6. I've had lots of youth games where I'm constantly reminding the catcher to take a step back, don't lunge for the ball over the plate, etc...

    I do it to try to avoid what happened in your game.
    So far no one has gotten hurt...but I get the occasional Catcher Interference.



  7. I was doing a 9u or 10u rec game a couple years ago to help out and one of the coaches asked if I could talk to one of the boys (not his son) and his mom at home plate after the game with them facing the backstop.   He wanted me to make something up "to give the boy some advice in front of his mom".   I the field behind them, he had the rest of the boys line up with individual signs "Will You Marry Me".

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  8. We have tournaments where multiple teams in the same age group from the same organization will play in a tournament.   The names might be different, but the uniforms can be similar in style and colors.

  9. This is a sister company of the company I work for does this:


    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 be super easy to setup, configure and use.
    I have no idea if those fees are inline with other services.

    We are looking to replace our 600 Homeowner's Association dues collection where they mail checks into a PO Box and the poor treasurer (used to be me) has to continuously go to the post office and bank to collect and deposit the checks.

    I can put you in touch with the sales rep if you have any questions.


  10. 15 hours ago, HokieUmp said:

    The sentence-fragment in red is the key to this whole play.

    Both umpires have their responsibilities, and if one guy makes a ruling, it's been covered.  If your partner has ruled "that's nothing" and you try the "if you see something, say something" deal, a) you're going to have an on-field SH*# storm, and b) you're a Bad Partner.  I say the latter, because you're stepping on his .... well ..... groin.  AND because, depending on how savvy the coach is, he's gonna KNOW it was your partner's call, and he's be All Over him.

    On the other hand, if he HADN'T ruled something, then by all means, get it.

    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.

  11. 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.   

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  12. 1 hour ago, aaluck said:

    Speaking of that...had a HS playoff game last year and the FIRST pitch of the game splits the plate, thigh-high...dad yells "get ready to swing at everything, he's all over the place". I never do this but I turned around laughing....I had to see the guy that said that. 

    Or they'll yell...scoot up to the plate...he's calling them outside.

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  13. 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.

  14. 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 played in 4 tournaments.   The first 3 were normal 2 man umpire for ALL games.   The TD for state also runs other tournaments...his tournaments are 1 man from behind the mound even for some of the younger ages 8-10, 2 man for semis and finals.

    For the most part, especially lately, it's been back to normal.   At 1 tournament, they removed all bleachers, but they have huge umbrella like shades and everyone packs in the shade.


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  15. 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.

  16. 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 him safe.   

    We discussed it more after the game.

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