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Rock Bottom

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    IHSA, Naperville Baseball Association, Fox Valley Blues
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    HS age summer ball
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  1. I went up 1/2 a size from my regular New Balance cross trainers up to an 11, and went up in width from medium up to 4E. My only complaint at all is that the fabric inside the heel is ripping after doing about 75-100 games behind the plate this year. Hopefully that is something I can fix so I can get a few more seasons out of them (I don't know how people get 5-10 years like I've heard) - because except for the heel fabric the shoes are in great shape.
  2. Once the game starts it's the umpires call on whether to call it or not, right? Or do some tournaments defer that to the TD? Unless you're playing on turf most rain delays longer than 30 minutes or so are going to result in an unplayable field except at the higher levels I'd think. And most tournaments have time limits anyway - I've never seen a case where the rain delays aren't included in game time - but my experience is limited, especially on the umping side as opposed to the coaching side.
  3. Lysol "Crisp Linen" scent -- I hate most Lysol scents but this one is great! All the power of Lysol, and to me it smells better than any of the Febreeze scents.
  4. I have the All-Star FM4000 steel face mask, and need replacement pads. I'm very happy with the LUC pads that came with it, but I see on the All-Star site that I can order the LUC magnesium replacement pads or the standard LUCs, and I'm wondering if it's worth it/and/or needed for the steel FM400 mask. Any thoughts on that are much appreciated! Thanks!
  5. I would say, it depends. From my limited experience these colors are all over the place on pants - a charcoal grey smitty poly is not the same color as the smitty poly-wool, and unless you compare them side by side I doubt anyone would notice a difference. So, your medium grey might be some companies charcoal grey anyway. But all evaluators are different I'm sure. As long as you look professional I doubt most care if you're a minor shade off (or maybe that's just my experience - it's rare an evaluator even gets out to my games)- but it all depends on the level, etc. too.
  6. That scared me off too - really wanted to get it, but I have an 18 inch neck and it just sounded like it would be too tight. I'm very happy with my HDX-XV - I just wish the plastic and padding were both a touch thicker.
  7. I was wondering for those who have sent masks to Mask-It, how is the paint durability after a fresh powder coating? How does it respond to impacts and general use overall? Thanks!
  8. A lot of turf fields have turf mounds too. And worse, many are the terrible portable turf mounds. But even at the D-1 college level, some of the pitcher mounds (especially in the North) are turf.
  9. 1) So R2, no out. Pop fly to F6, R2 runs into him. R2 is out - does the batter get first even if F6 catches the ball despite the interference? 2) R1 and R2, no out. Pop fly to F6, IFR, but R2 run and interferes with F6. B-R is out - is R2 out for the interference as well? Thanks!!!
  10. I find I rarely actually use the bag because my equipment is soaked after games so I carry it back and forth into the house and just lay it down in my trunk. Not saying don't get a bag, just that I'm not actually using it as much as I thought I would.
  11. You should give them a try. They've saved me significant pain many times this season.
  12. Does this keep you from being able to wash the padding?
  13. Generally I have it snug, but I do think it was a little looser yesterday. I appreciate all the comments. I took a really hard foul off the shoulder in a HS-age game today and didn't feel anything other than the pads moving. The funny thing was that it was LOUD. Everyone wanted me to take time to be sure was okay but it was nothing. I do work the slot, but it's always a good reminder, especially to angle the body slightly. I feel much safer now after feeling nothing today, of course it was a different place, not dead center. Thanks again everyone!
  14. I got an email (as I'm guessing most did) from ump-attire about the new Ump Life mask harness. The question I have is that I thought many don't like the All-Star delta-flex for an umpire because of how it grips the hat compared to a traditional harness, but wouldn't the new UL one (being neoprene) have the same issue? https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Replacement-Mask-Pads-Straps/ULF-HARN_UMPLIFE-Flex-Umpire-Mask-Harness Just wondering - it looks really good; I have one FM4000 that has the DF harness and have been looking to buy a new one, and when I read the above post was thinking about maybe getting the UL, but I wonder how the UL and DF compare. Thanks all!
  15. I took my first real shot to my Schutt/Adams XV-HDX, and it surprisingly lightly stung me for a second. Nothing serious, but this was an 11U game (was supposed to have a 14U and got switched at the last second, and after 6 rainouts this week already I was happy to get anything), and the pitcher wasn't throwing that hard (can't even guess the speed, but decent for an 11 year old from what I've seen). Foul ball was straight to the middle of my chest. Is this anything to worry about? I have HS level games tomorrow, and I was thinking if a 50-60 mph foul stung what's a 80-90+ one going to feel like, but I know some of you use this CP for college and minor-league level ball. Thoughts?
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