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aaluck last won the day on June 24 2020

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  1. We do know. See, I believe it is inappropriate for me as an umpire to ever say "coach/catcher/etc, what are you appealing”? It is his job to clearly state his appeal and my job to rule on it. If I have to walk him through what he is appealing I'm not an umpire, I'm his advocate and that's not what they pay me to do.
  2. Okay. I got a call from a younger official the other day and not sure I know this answer. NFHS rules...12-13 year olds. R2, line drive to first. R2 leaves at the crack of the bat, F3 catches the line drive, notices R2 breaking to 3rd. F3 airmails it over the head of F5 and it runs down the fence. R2 rounds 3rd where his coach yells for him to go back to 2nd. He returns to 2nd but missed 3rd on his way back--not sure anyone saw that miss of 3rd other than umpire. After the ball was retrieved, R2 is back standing on 2nd. Coach appeals him leaving 2nd early--while he is standing back on 2nd. Is this the correct appeal since he is back on 2nd? Should the appeal be he missed 3rd? This young official didn't want to hint that he missed 3rd on the way back. Can you call him out 'on your own' for missing 3rd, despite him being back on 2nd at the time of the appeal?
  3. So are the umps paid during the regular season?
  4. Like everyone else... not bashing but I have a question. Is ESPN paying to televise these games? Are kids/teams required to pay a fee to play LL? Are folks charged to enter? Are concessions free (rhetorical)? I'm just thinking that with an all volunteer league where does the money go?
  5. Interesting. All of our HS sport game fees (football, baseball, softball, etc) are set by the AHSAA so everyone across the state makes the exact same thing.
  6. Are they paying you $55 for a HS VARSITY game? That's criminal. We are at $85 plus travel mileage.
  7. Ejection reports should be two to three sentences at MOST. "The HC was ejected in the B3 because he continued to argue balls and strikes after being warned. He was bulling the young umpire behind the plate." Everything else is irrelevant. Ive been there. My son umpired with me since he was 14, so I know where you are coming from on this. I have also worked with a lot of young guys and coaches feel they can bully them. I NEVER allow this to happen. In fact I will throw them out faster. So I applaud you on this.
  8. That probably cost you the game. But seriously, not familiar with softball. Others here may know about the runners bag.
  9. I can lift it...just don't care to carry it on the field with me. (At least in my hand)
  10. I have that one and you are correct it is built like a tank and will probably last my lifetime. It is excellent quality and worth $18. The problem I have with it is it is HEAVY, at least 3 times heaver than the one below. This is the one I use as well.
  11. This is a good point. In my initial response I'm thinking more of the coach "asking" where was the tag, basically a statement of 'you missed that one'--and usually it is just that. No different than 'where did that one miss' actually meaning 'you missed that one', which can be true from time to time. No response needed here as well. But as you state, in the rare instance an explanation is needed, I will give one. Example: This year we had a rivalry game, very close, very tense with one kid ejected for MC. At a crucial time in the game we had R1 and R2 double steal. R2 was CLEARLY safe at third having slid toward the outfield, only catching the base with his left hand. As the coach turned to pump up his dugout and crowd R2 (which I suspected was coming in 'too hot') continued past the bag, taking his hand off the bag, with the tag still on his leg. I bang him. On that one--before the restriction to the dugout--I explained to him what occurred, as it was obvious he did beat the throw/tag initially. So yes, @noumpereis correct on this point.
  12. Yes. 100% yes. Try different lengths. Each mask will accommodate each protector differently. Make sure it is long enough to hit your chest protector.
  13. I try to avoid all explanations if possible. Balls, strikes, outs and safe. I feel this just opens up a door that can remain closed. If you respond to 'where was that' on a close pitch you'll hear it all game. My response is usually "he was tagged before he reached the base" or "he reached the base before the tag".
  14. Yes I'd say a lot of us. Seemed like a natural progression to me.
  15. This IS a true statement. I'm not saying go in there looking for a fight. You don't have to, in 75% of the games someone is going to 'ask' to be ejected, oblige them. I'm so sick and tired of 'peacekeepers'. These guys simply move the problem to the next guy. The last coach I ejected was absolutely shocked I actually did it--he was so used to saying whatever he wanted.
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