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StatsUmp last won the day on July 15 2021

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  1. The smarter kids/players usually key in on what's being called and adjust accordingly. I had a similar experience in my baseball debut when I called a low outside strike in the bottom of the last inning. The ODB said, "He's been calling it all day, you have to be ready for that!"
  2. I believe @Gilhas been saying in his ejection videos that this would be a big help. It looks like we'll get to see how this works out.
  3. Umpires are supposed to be impartial arbiters of the game. A uniform covered with corporate sponsor logos gives the appearance that the necessary/expected impartiality may no longer exist due to corporate influence. In short, it looks bad even if it's done with the most harmless of intentions. It's not something I personally would want to do if at all possible..
  4. Could the rules committee made it any more obvious that this appears to be a rule change made for the sake of having a rule change ? Even the POE titles sound more interesting than the rule change.
  5. This largely depends on any state, league, or local rules that may cover suspended games. Some may allow the game to resumed at the point of interruption. Others may require the game to begin anew (0-0, top of the first). In a summer league, it may be possible and easier for all involved that the suspended game is declared no contest and a makeup game starts from scratch simply because player availability changes more often week to week than it would for a school team -- making it difficult for a team to resume the game at a later date if too many players in the lineup at the time of suspension are unavailable.
  6. Use your natural timing and make the call as you would for any other pitch. One suggestion I read/heard somewhere to help with timing is to let the catcher catch the ball, think yourself, "It's a..." and then call ball/strike as appropriate. YMMV.
  7. For better or worse, discipline following an ejection or incident is totally up to the league's staff, BOD, or whomever has that authority. While you're free to disagree with the ultimate disciplinary decision, @MulletUmpTheSecond, it's likely that there's little you can do about it short of civilly expressing your concerns (which may get little more than a canned, "Thank you for your input," response). Both Jonny and LRZ are right. If you feel that the league doesn't adequately back up umpires when they have to take care of business, it's time to do some soul searching and decide if it's worth working in that league. When I was a relatively new softball umpire, a recreational league in which I played a different sport was looking for new umpires. I considered applying until there was an incident where someone from a losing team threatened the umpire after the game. Despite having a rule that stated teams showing poor sportsmanship would be disqualified from the season-ending playoffs, the league still allowed that team to have a playoff spot. I figured if threatening an umpire wasn't poor enough sportsmanship to disqualify a team, I didn't want to find out what the threshold was and I politely declined when someone later suggested I follow through with applying for one of the umpire openings.
  8. In Michigan, umpires had the option of handling balls or letting the home team be responsible for them this year. In the first game I umpired this season, I opted to let the home team handle them. In all subsequent games, my partners always chose to handle game balls, so I eventually did the same for the rest of the season because I felt like I was the odd person out. In those games, I sanitized my hands between games, after games, and even between half-innings when I was able after putting a different ball into play.
  9. I'm not sure how rare these for veteran umpires, but I had follow-through interference and backswing interference in separate games this year. In the case of the former, the coach against whose team I made the call thought I was MSU when I made it. It felt good to check the rule book after the game and see I got the call and its enforcement correct.
  10. Having recently been struck by foul balls behind the plate and a line drive in the field, I can understand how scary it is when any umpire goes down. I hope Ron recovers quickly with no lasting negative effects.
  11. I can't recall where I learned it from, but I was taught to ask a partner a yes/no question whenever possible when asking for help. In your example, I'd likely ask my partner, "Was the first baseman pulled off the bag on that throw?" This lets your partner know what exactly you need help on and give you an immediate yes or no answer in reply. I'll also agree that one should not ask a generic, "What did you see?" type question because it can easily lead to an answer that's not useful to the situation that prompted the request for help and unnecessarily prolong the discussion.
  12. In my penultimate game of baseball during my rookie season (and only one so far), my strike zone seemed crappy no matter how hard I tried that day. After the game, I chalked it up to this being the one awful game I seem to have as a rookie in each sport I've officiated so far. Late in the game, I had a pitch deflect off the batter's bat and hit the upper edge of my mask where it rests against my head. I can't say for sure if I had any sort of concussion; at minimum though, it was more of a challenge to stay focused on plate duties for the rest of the game than it already was. Thankfully, I had enough wits to later warn the HC who just had to have the last word after he disagreed with two straight calls that didn't go his way. Lesson learned: If I got hit by a deflected foul ball like that again, I'd ask for a trainer to come check me out before continuing. I had a similar experience after my second season of basketball where I let an assistant coach say way more to me than he should have been allowed to say. In that sport, the adage, "The only technical fouls you regret are the ones you don't call" seems to hold true. Sometimes it takes a situation such as that to motivate you to become better in dealing with troublesome coaches, players, etc.
  13. Those are female crickets, so you won't even hear any chirping (because only male crickets chirp) . My officials association has done Zoom meetings for football and basketball. So, I believe it may do the same for baseball and softball. Even if the COVID situation here improves significantly between now and March/April, I believe the school whose auditorium or cafeteria we'd normally use as a meeting site may still not want to let anyone in after hours that doesn't have an absolute need to be there.
  14. I had a play that was a routine yet close force out at third to end an inning. The 3rd base coach wanted me to get help . I told him, "Coach, my partner is 90 feet away, and I'm right here. I have the better look." If there was a pulled foot, sure I'd consider getting help. But not for this play -- especially after my partner and I agreed in our pregame that we wouldn't seek help from each other solely to placate a coach. This works for clued-in coaches. In one instance, I used this in a basketball game while reporting a foul by adding, "She slid into the airborne shooter." The coach that was about to ask about the call decided he had what he needed to know (or realized he wasn't going to win an argument over the call) and returned to the bench without saying a word. I also like @lawump's suggestion about using shorter statements. "He's on/off the bag!" followed by the appropriate call conveys what needs to be known in a concise manner. This is a good example where less words works best.
  15. I've officiated 8 years of basketball and 3 years of softball. Depending on my work situation next year and any feedback I get this year from partners that also work the sport, I might consider adding cross country for next fall.
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