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  1. Does anybody have a Wilson titanium mask with the rounded ear gaurds for $100 or less? If so post some pics so I can see. Thanks!
  2. Last Thursday I ordered a $3.00 CFC Bracelet form Hudson 51. Never received a tracking number and they never responded to my email. Anyone else had any problems? If anyone knows another place where I could get a CFC bracelet for free or a few dollars?
  3. Hunter tried to ignore Clint but I think in the end Clint was trying to fire up his struggling team.
  4. Thank you for the links! My bad I am new to the forum. I think I narrowed it down to the All star system 7 or the west vest.
  5. Looking for a new chest protector because my old one is a soft shell. Any recommendations on what I should and should not get and where can I get a good deal on one? Any advice helps thanks!
  6. I agree with you I was a little too confrontational. I tried too by telling him that as I was taking warm up pitches the next inning with my mask on. I was too confrontational.
  7. Thank you for the kind words. I need to remember that because I often switch between LL, Middle a School, and COYBL. Thanks!
  8. Absolutely! Thanks for the advice. I learned after that game that I regretted not tossing the coach.
  9. Thanks for the help. When the AC walked out to the plate meeting there was only one other coach on the bench. I don’t normally look into the dugouts that often unless the are chirping so the next time I looked into the dugout there were 7 guys in there. I do agree with you too much was said and it piled on.
  10. Was working 11u travel ball. I knew it would be a rough game already when I first walked out and before I even called a plate meeting the VT assistant coach (Did not know he was the assistant at the time) came out and asked me “where is your partner at?” I said “they HT only booked one guy .” His response “well you should have two guys.” I said “there is no other partner, play ball”. So the game went on and his pitcher started to struggle. They started asking where the pitch was missing. I was nice and told them where and was and that the last one was close. Next batter 1-2 count borderline pitch and I ball it. Just moans and groans on that pitch. Next pitch bases clearing Triple. Catcher takes the bat and chucks it at the on deck circle as I am brushing off the plate. After I finish I told him “ you’re lucky no one was over there or you would have already been gone. Next time you throw anything over there your done. He said ok and the game went on. After about the 4th inning the balls started to get real sand paper like and the HT was out of balls. The AC for the VT was complaining about the balls now. ( still did not know he was the AC, there were 7 coaches on the bench.) nothing major I let it go. The next pitch comes and I ball it and the AC goes “ you do know it is where the ball crosses the plate right” in a real smart tone. I still thought he was the HC so I said “ no more get in the dugout and yes I do know that”. In between innings the actual HC comes out and says “There guys are running out of the runners lane and their kids are yelling when my catcher is throwing the ball on a steal. You did read the rule book right?” Because he was the AC I told him that the HT is fine and to return to the dugout. Next half inning borderline pitch and I ball it and the pitcher has a reaction and the HC goes “it’s ok just another missed call” at that point I went to the dugout and said “no more from you or any other if your 6 assistant coaches the next person the argues balls and strikes is done got it” Everything went smooth them there on. Need advice, is there anything I need to work on or could have handled better?
  11. What did you use as a replacement for the screws on the shovel ?
  12. I am looking for the plate pullover in the picture below for the up coming fall ball season. However I cannot find it anywhere. Can anyone tell me where I could possibly find this pullover. I know @Scott Kennedy considered selling them. If so is there any time in the future that these would be sold on ump attire?
  13. I bought a samurai throat guard and am worried about it breaking with a chin chopped mask. I am going to see if I can make the top straps and screws like a mizuno. Can anyone who has a mizuno shovel send me a picture of the back and front of it or help me find the materials I might need.
  14. I have a fitted cap that is too big and I need to shrink it down ASAP and don't have time for a new one any suggestions?
  15. RC2004

    Almost Ejection

    A few weeks ago I was working a Little League game and the visiting teams pitcher was throwing a lob pitch almost and I kept calling it a ball and every time the assistant coach of the team kept throwing his hands up in the air and asking where it was. I let it go through the first inning. The second inning was the same and he kept throwing his hands up and asking where it was. I said "Its low" and the coach said "No its not its right down the middle" and I said"The ball is in the dirt" and he yelled back"No its not it is a strike all day". So, I took my mask off and said, "I dont want to here anymore about it. Your are not the head coach, if the head coach has an issue he will take it up with me." The coach proceeded to say "I'll relay what I want to say through him" I said,"Thats fine as long as it comes from him." Then I had the same team next week had no issues until about the 3rd inning. There was a bases loaded walk and as his player walk in he did not touch home plate. The other teams coach properly appealed the touch and I call the kid out. The head coach came out I told him "He missed the plate and you know that I would do the same thing if it happened to them" He said "ok" and walked into the dugout. It was the 3rd out so I was standing up the foul line and all of the sudden two mom jumped up and started yelling "You're wrong he touched the plate, we have it right here on video". I walked over and said, "Absolutely not you're not going to show me the video to try and change the call, go sit down." I walked back toward home plate and the scorekeeper staed yelling " What are you doing on our side, we are not even saying anything, get back to where you were". So I said I am over here because your fellow fans are crossing the line if you don't want me over here control them and I wont have to be." When the team came up to bat again the next inning every time the kid would touch home plate they would take a few steps walk back and stomp on home plate again. I told the coach the next player that does it again is gone. I need advice on how to handle these situations in the future. Any advice helps, Thanks!
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