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  1. Good question... My preference would be for the low-pro. But, I'd try a reg-pro if that's what you have... ~Dawg
  2. Hey @maven...Mr. Spock, Capt. Kirk and I are sitting down to some Fizzbin later. We have an open chair if you would like to join us. You may want to bring a pencil and paper for your ummmm..."rule book". ~Dawg
  3. The AS Mag deerskin pads are also varying colors...because leather is an organic material. They use the same processes and chemicals and dyes to prepare the deerskin but, no skins from two different animals are going to end up the same exact same color. ~Dawg
  4. We all kick calls. We all make mistakes. Do NOT under any circumstances ever apologize to a player or coach for missing a call or making a mistake. If you apologize for a missed call or mistake, you're going to find yourself in repeated jackpots with those coaches any time something questionable happens going forward. "Hey Blue...do we get an apology on that one, too?" and that of course would lead to warnings and or ejections but that is a situation that you created. Remember...the play is NOTHING until we call it. You could have let that thing go several seconds beyond jumping fair before wa
  5. Thanks guys...I was pretty sure this was the case but, I wanted to check here before going back to him with clarification. ~Dawg
  6. What chest protector is Barrett wearing? ~Dawg
  7. I really like what was said here about overcommunicating. There has been a modern trend of "stuff that Grandma can call" doesn't need a signal or a verbalization. I don't subscribe to this. Can of corn catch gets a hammer mechanic minimum from me. Trouble ball in a high leverage moment? On a catch, that's getting two hammers and "That's a catch! That's a catch!". On a non-catch, that's getting two safe signals and "No catch! No catch!" All foul balls get at least my hands up. I disagree with the notion that an umpire doesn't look "as sharp" or "as professional" motioning the ball dea
  8. Greetings brothers, I have not worked LL in over 30 years so, I am not familiar with their current regulations. I have nothing but great respect for those who work the small field, especially the adult volunteer LL umpires. I was chatting with my neighbor the other day and he told me he is the UIC in one of our neighboring town's LL. I told him a little about working for my association, working the big fields for travel, scholastic and adult leagues and he said he is "looking forward to those levels eventually" but, he did not want to "jeopardize his LL eligibility for local, state,
  9. THIS! THIS! THIS! ...and THAT! All day...all night long! Yes, sir! This is part of the reason why we are encouraged to arrive early for games. For most levels (check local rules and regulations), the decision to start a game is the home team manager's. Once the plate meeting ends, the field (and the decision to start or continue a game) belongs to the umpires. I have lost count of the number of times I have arrived at a field and there's people on the field diligently working to get the grounds prepared for a game and it is obvious it won't be. But, because they have been out there for t
  10. @Vegas_Ump, wow...although I have always worn a throat guard, it has never occurred to me that I could catch a bat there, too...yikes! Thanks for pointing that out! ~Dawg
  11. I'm looking to acquire a Wilson Ti. I have a gently used silver, Champro Rampage I'm looking to include with the transaction. Please send me a private message to talk terms if you're interested. ~Dawg
  12. Yup, that's the right move @philaump. I've also had lots of coaches argue being over the time limit. Same deal...if the crew extends the game, we are assuming liability unnecessarily. The game is over, coaches. We are over the time limit. If you want to stay out here and play? That's your decision... ~Dawg
  13. Repectfully, in my judgement, nothing should be called a "World Series" which does not include teams from more than two countries. Of course not every country would be interested in fielding a baseball team. For what it's worth the DR and Japan have both won the correctly named WBC. That's just my opinion. I could be wrong. ~Dawg
  14. I'm sure the UIC meant well and I am certainly no attorney but...who is liable if an umpire draws a line in the dirt and tells F2 to stay behind that and he/she still manages to get whacked? For 12U and under, I would consider speaking to the manager about it. Call time and go over and tell whomever took the plate meeting from that team. That way if there are any questions directed to the umpire(s) after the game ends, regarding an F2 injury, you can say I called time and spoke to the coach about F2's positioning. And hey...in this day and age, you might even be on camera having that conv
  15. I gotta' say...you put a bunch of umpires in a room (physically or virtually) and ask them about this call and mechanic and you're going to get as many answers as there are umpires. So, what does that tell us? MAKE SURE YOU ARE PRE-GAMING WHAT THE CREW IS DOING ON D3Ks! On a D3K, my current PU mechanic is the right arm and hand ONLY making the safe motion whilst I verbalize, "No catch! No catch!". On a caught third strike (if Grandma couldn't call it), my current mechanic is an out hammer whilst I verbalize, "That's a catch! That's a catch!" I had a partner last fall who was an MiLB
  16. @beerguy55 is correct. I mis-read the OP's question and presumed F2 threw down on R1. OP, if you have any more information regarding F2's throw or hold, we might possibly have other answers... ~Dawg
  17. OP? Ok, it's 14U...but, can you tell us the rule set, please? High school rules? LL juniors or seniors? Pro rules? This situation is ruled on very differently depending on the rule set. ~Dawg
  18. I can't imagine the assignor's reaction upon seeing this... Championship game...you have your pick of the 3 best umpires in the association...and then this happens. ~Dawg
  19. @kylejt, can you imagine the jackpot if your mask hook snagged on a player? ~Dawg
  20. https://www.ebay.com/itm/124542401618?epid=2283117656&hash=item1cff4e3c52:g:gPMAAOSwWXRfX1jr Sorry, I saw some Mizuno brush threads already here but, they are old. I'm still unsure about lighting up old threads or starting new threads on the same topics being a larger offense here at U-E...and I certainly do not wish to offend. I've heard/read about guys talking about a "Mizuno plate brush". (They also offer a more traditional looking, plastic, skinny plate brush...) So, this is being sold by a Japan-based seller, which is not unusual since they don't officially import their umpi
  21. I like the optics of getting together here. If only to discuss Ginger or Mary Anne... Your partner had it, you didn't...and the crew got the call correct. In addition to pre-gaming who has touches at 3rd, it sounds like adding appeals might also be worth discussing. Thanks for sharing this, @Recontra. ~Dawg
  22. PennLive: Little League World Series to hold championships but will ban public, international players. https://www.pennlive.com/sports/2021/05/little-league-world-series-to-involve-only-us-teams-for-baseball-softball-championships.html So, with no international teams perhaps they should drop the word WORLD from the name of the event... ~Dawg
  23. Umpiring at ANY level is simply not a career, job or paid hobby that one should spend their time doing if they are unable or unwilling to give their best. It's one thing to miss a rotation at third (and the subsequent play) because you're new and forgot. That's part of how some of this is learned..."Oh! That was terrible! I don't EVER want to experience a missed rotation ever again!" It's another thing to "miss" a rotation because you're disinterested or don't care enough about the game to learn proper mechanics and get in position. Also, the first ability...is availability. You coul
  24. SeeingEyeDog


    This should be pinned to the top of this section... ~Dawg
  25. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mizuno-Softball-Catcher-Mask-Umpire-Gear-1DJQS130-Black-/222704530888?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286 This would NOT be suitable for baseball due to the spacing of the bars around the eyes, correct? ~Dawg
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