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  1. Hey all. I have a specific request from you. Do any of you have any pre-game rituals? For me, I pray for guidance before every game. But I know everyone is different. I'd love to hear your rituals for the prologue of my book. Thank you! Brandon Walker
  2. Along with your umpiring experiences for my book, can those who reply also put how experiences from the topics above have translated into your day-to-day? This is the basis for my book. I really appreciate you, the umpiring community for your experiences and your willingness to help make others better. Thank you again.
  3. Hey guys. This week I'm umpiring a 13u game in Idaho. I am going to be the only umpire on the field for this game. I have worked one man mech. before, but I am always willing to learn new techniques from more experienced umpires. I also have a lot of trouble calling balks when I am behind the plate. Any suggestions on this as well? Thank you.
  4. Please keep the experiences coming! I am appreciative to those who have already responded. The landscape of umpiring is a wealth of stories. Thank you for the stories and all you do.
  5. @yawetag Thank you for the tip. I'll take a gander over there. I love the diversity of this crowd, with all their experiences. Thanks again.
  6. Lou, This is EXACTLY the type of experiences I'm looking for. Thank you for the help and a pretty great story. Once, I was on a 7u game by myself in Colorado, and I see one of the best pitches I have EVER seen out of this age group come right down the pipe. Belt high, just beautiful. Catcher inexplicably moves out of the way, and the ball hits me straight in the nads. Everyone in the stands starts laughing as I go to one knee. Gahlee, that was not one of my finest moments! For those out there, I would love more experiences on the topics listed above. Thank you.
  7. Hi All!! My name is Brandon Walker. I am a student at BYU-Idaho, and I umpire baseball here in Idaho, and I previously umped in Colorado. I am in the process of writing my first book "YER OUTTA HERE!: Life Lessons from Behind the Plate". I am writing about different aspects of umpiring, and how it has impacted my life outside the diamond. The book will have 13 chapters. I would love to hear experiences from you, as well as how these umpiring experiences have helped shape your lives outside of baseball. These experiences can be either GOOD OR BAD. Both are welcomed. If you respond to this, please include your name, because I may contact you further for more information. I will let you know as I continue to write and as I get closer to publishing this book. I appreciate all of you and the hard work which we do. Someone's gotta do it, even if it's an often thankless job. The 13 topics are: 1) Authority 2) Take Your Time 3) Being in Position 4) Explaining the Call 5) Sometimes, You Don't Know 6) Talking it Over 7) You Can't Please Everyone 8) Ejections 9) Forgetting the Last Call 10) Always Learning 11) Hard Calls 12) Getting Hit 13) Sometimes, You're Wrong. Thank you so much to the umpiring community. Brandon Walker
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