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The Man in Blue

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  1. I understand your disappointment, but June 10 - June 22 is 12 days. From a business perspective, I would agree with the park district. If things are cleared up by then, go ahead and run pick-up games. I think that is a great idea! Or maybe I am not fully understanding the role of the park district and the relationship with the leagues.
  2. Going to agree, what I do next depends on what happened after that? I could see anything from a simple WTF look from F3 (going to admonish the offensive team) to yelling and shoving from the players (approaching possible ejections).
  3. My first few VERY LOW LEVEL rec games I used a balloon because the guy who "recruited" me used one. I was running the league and was fortunate to have a couple of guys who had been there for decades. He drafted me to fill in a few times, so I had to use his gear. Granted, I knew nothing (and know little more than that now) ... but I had my left arm through it like a shield. I honestly don't recall the mechanics I used, but I suspect I never took my mask off. I also suspect if I did anything right, it was a complete accident. He is still there and still using it.
  4. Possibly confused by "B1 breaks for second"?
  5. My thought on both topics! That is just so very generous of the NCAA! I received an e-mail from our local USA Softball organization that they are cancelling the remaining clinics and waiving the requirement to attend ... we just need to go ahead and send them the $100 registration fee to be eligible for this year. I’m guessing they don’t plan on refunding anything either when the inevitable plug comes out. So glad I hadn’t paid anybody yet ...
  6. We received an e-mail from IHSA today stating NFHS is offering free online officiating courses through July 1. We may not get back on the dirt this year, but we can still get better! I haven’t checked any out yet, but the link is https://nfhslearn.com/courses
  7. Illinois schools are closed through April 30, and the IHSA is holding out the remotest of hope. At least they recognize any delay beyond that will mean the season is done. https://www.ihsa.org/default.asp That said ... it is likely that I have already worked my last game here.
  8. Ahhh ... I was missing the bit about leading off and tagging up ... I was assuming the runner had already retreated to the bag. Thank you!
  9. Legal, yes. Honor the appeal and call the batter out, yes I did. Been there, done that. Didn’t get a t-shirt though.
  10. No worries — I thought I was missing something! Yes, people tracking who knows what in, contacting lots of people, and tracking who knows what back out. Contributes to both their local increase and foreign exposures as well.
  11. Umm, yeah? Extra people there provides more opportunities for contact ... and extra people to take that back home ... to come in contact with more people ... and so on.
  12. For anybody who thought the Spring Break thing was no big deal and that we need to get back to business as usual as fast as possible ... Mardi Gras occurred in New Orleans about 4 weeks ago. Louisiana’s numbers went from 430-some positive cases on Friday to just under 1,400 positive cases yesterday (Tuesday). Think about that ... the numbers tripled in 3-4 days. Now, that rapid jump In the statistic is likely due to the lag in testing procedures catching up (hint: you don’t magically “have” COVID-19 once the test is positive), but it shows how rampant the spread can be from one large careless event.
  13. Who asked for time and was recognized first?
  14. Not in Fed. The runner can leave at first touch. A catch following the first touch does not require the runner to wait or retouch. 8-2-4 ART. 4 . . . If a fair or foul batted ball is caught, other than a foul tip, each base runner shall touch his base after the batted ball has touched a fielder. (See 8-4-1c for fielder intentionally dropping the ball and 8-4-2i for runner being put out.) There is more verbiage in the penalty as well. I won’t speak for any other codes.
  15. I guess we really haven’t missed much in Illinois ... the season would have just started this week. We had cold and rain on Monday and rain on Tuesday. Wednesday was nice, but the ground would have been too wet for most fields (anything not turf). Thursday was 60+ degrees, but a crap ton more rain and tornado warnings. Friday was 40 degrees. Saturday was 40 degrees and rain. Today we got an inch of snow. We probably wouldn’t have played much of anything anyway ... but at least with weather there is always the prospect of tomorrow!
  16. Every couple of days I have an assignor calling to tell me he is cancelling games in Arbiter and rescheduling them ... Dude, just stop already. Reschedule when we know there may be a schedule.
  17. @LMSANS thank you — I thought they were, but then I was second-guessing myself. I assume the difference then is that players are employed by the teams while umpires are employed by the leagues.
  18. Thank you for doing everything you can @BobUmp (and everybody else)! Stay safe and healthy! My wife went in for her first shift at the hospital after being off for almost the last week. I'm wondering how long before she is required to be there much more than she wants (she is also in nursing school at the same time, so she had been working 2-3 days a week). I'm accustomed to being in the midst of things like this, but have been out of work since the holidays -- I'm feeling particularly frustrated watching from the sidelines. On a news front ... The Chicago Tribune is reporting Governor Pritzker will announce a state-wide "shelter in place" order for Illinois at his 3:00 press conference.
  19. Going to be an unpopular opinion ... but if you were give an advance on a per diem, I think sending it back is not an unreasonable request. The unemployment thing is not just unreasonable though, but I would question the legality. These are the issues that blur that line between “employee” and “independent contractor”.
  20. @Umpire in Chief ... Flattening the curve is about keeping resources available for those who truly need them. Think of the limited number of hospital beds as the number of pitches you call in a game (we’ll call that 150 pitches for a nice round number). Each pitch is a case of COVID-19. Can you call all 150 pitches if they were thrown at you all at once? Now, think of all the other health needs (heart attacks, cancer patients, vehicle crashes, etc.) as all the other calls you make during that game. Can you make all those calls while the 150 pitches are all coming at the same time? How about if we play a couple of games at the same time and now you have 300 pitches all at once? How about if we spread that out so you only have 50 pitches coming in at one time? And several plays at the plate? Now, I am betting you can handle more than one pitch at a time, but one is ideal. THAT is flattening the curve.
  21. Thank you @HokieUmp. I was beginning to lose faith in humanity. I don’t want to be an a$$#ole, so I am tapping out of several forums that I had been frequenting because I feel it coming on.
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