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  1. Our league requires umpires to ignore-warn-restrict-eject, if possible. Using the "magic words," personal attacks, threats, or other over-the-top behavior lets us skip steps, but our umpire-in-chief has said, "try to keep them in the game if you can." I had it in my mind the restriction wouldn't work, but I also wanted to be able to tell my UIC that I tried it first.
  2. Yes. They even expanded it so the umpire has the authority to eject spectators! My son's coach joked that he would buy me lunch if I eject a spectator
  3. This was my 6th baseball game as an umpire, and happened earlier this evening. OBR with league modifications for age groups (none of the modifications are relevant to this discussion), ages 8-9. Runner on first, 1 out. The runner took off for second just as the batter swung (league modifications require him to wait until the ball reaches the plate before he can leave the bag). The batter *barely* made contact with the ball; I heard a faint *ting* from the metal bat, and the ball went sharply and directly into the catcher's glove. I GAVE THE MECHANIC FOR A FOUL TIP (swiping the back of my hand) AND SIGNALED STRIKE. The runner who was stealing made it to 2nd without the catcher even throwing the ball. Then the DEFENSIVE ASSISTANT COACH started yelling for the runner to return to first. He was yelling at the opposing team's player (who was 8 or 9 years old!), but I intervened. "Coach, the ball is live on a foul tip. He stole the base and gets to stay there." The ASSISTANT coach (in my area, appeals must be made by the head coach; this is probably true in most places) stormed out of the dugout and started shouting at me about how a foul ball is dead and the runner must return. I replied, "Coach, the ball is live on a foul tip. A foul tip is different than a foul ball." He didn't use any of the "magic words," but kept shouting at me about how the ball was dead on a foul ball, not realizing the difference from a foul tip. I told him, "Coach, we're not going to argue about this anymore," and when he kept yelling, I finally said, "Coach, you're restricted to the dugout for the remainder of the game." Then I turned away from him and stood behind home plate. He went into the dugout like he was told. I probably could have ejected him, but I'm satisfied with how I handled it. Between 1/2 innings, he was in the dugout pouring through the rule book. Then he yelled out to me, "Hey blue, come here, I want to show you this." I said, "Coach, we're still not going to do this." "I want to show you this." "Coach, stop. That's enough, not another word." Undoubtedly he was looking up the rule on how a foul ball is dead. BUT IT WAS A FOUL TIP! I probably could have tossed him then, too. But I didn't. My question comes from the next inning. When that same team was on defense again, the head coach (NOT the assistant coach I had restricted to the dugout) came out with a catcher's mitt to warm up his pitcher. The catcher was still getting his gear on. As he walked past me, he mumbled, "You could learn a thing or two" under his breath. I chose to ignore it. I wasn't rattled by the assistant coach's idiotic behavior, but I have to admit the head coach carrying on the argument an inning later made me angry. I almost gave him the heave-ho, but I chose to ignore it instead. Here was my reasoning: 1- No one else in the ball park heard it, whether players, fans, or coaches. I figured it would appear that I was taking revenge on the team for a different coach's behavior, since no one knew that the head coach had just lipped off to me, or that I was hot-headed. 2- I figured if he needed to vent frustration, fine. That comment was personal, but not severe, and if saying it let him vent his frustration then perhaps he wouldn't feel the need to express himself anymore. Apparently I was right, because he didn't bother me the rest of the game. 3- As a new umpire, I didn't want to make a name for myself as being "that guy" who escalates things. I thought my approach served to de-escalate the situation. But, my question for you experienced guys: Would you have ejected the HEAD COACH for making that comment? I'm satisfied with how I handled the assistant coach who thinks a foul tip and a foul ball are the same thing, but what about the head coach who mumbled the insult under his breath?
  4. I remember that game like it was yesterday. I was sitting at the Pittsburgh Pirates' stadium waiting for the game to start after a rain delay (it never started and I had to come back later that month!). While waiting, they played the replay of Joyce's call on the TV screens. The entire stadium was in an uproar.
  5. mac266

    First One

    Yes, that's the one.
  6. I read somewhere (I can't find it right now), that major league umpires have proven with two-angle video evidence to be more accurate than the computers. It had something to do with the computers having to measure balls and strikes two feet IN FRONT OF THE PLATE, versus at the plate. I'm not saying I'm better than a computer, but MLB umpires are. Until that changes, I don't think we should change anything! I guess some NCAA leagues are using computer called balls and strikes. Does anyone have any feedback on it? How expensive is the technology?
  7. My son's league (I'm not umpiring in that league) rule modifications specifically allow the umpire to eject a spectator. I read that and just about went crazy. I did umpire two of their pre-season scrimmages just to get some field time because I'm new, and my son's coach offered to buy me lunch if I ejected a fan Yes, he was joking, and no, I didn't do it. I've read a lot of opinions from you experienced guys about not interacting with the fans. I'm going to stick with that.
  8. The article cites an arrest affidavit, which is the document used to file charges against the offender. So he's not going to get away with it.
  9. Or they're adjusting to your culture. By the way, I'm a retired cop from a predominantly Spanish-speaking ghetto; you're not going to win this argument.
  10. No, the opposite. Making direct eye contact is a challenge. Looking at one's feet and avoiding eye contact is the opposite. So it is the exact opposite of how I was raised. As I said, know your audience.
  11. It would lead to a lot of problems where I'm from, just one state north of you. Best case scenario is the coach thinks you're a coward. Worst case is he acts on it, leading to all kinds of other problems, drama, ejections, etc. I was deployed with a guy who grew up just a few hours from me. At the time, he outranked me (but I got promoted while we were there and matched him). He started a HUUUUUGE ordeal with one of my subordinates because my subordinate wouldn't look him in the eye. It almost got physical, and I had to take sworn statements, etc. and make a report to the Commanding General. My subordinate was hispanic, and in their culture, making direct eye contact is seen as a challenge or threat. So in my subordinate's mind, he was being respectful of the guy's rank. But based on the values where we were raised, in the eyes of this other officer my subordinate was committing the ultimate act of disrespect. You have to know your audience.
  12. New guy here. I've been reading this very opinion in a lot of places and I've seen it in some training videos (probably even yours on YouTube). My first game behind the plate was a few days ago, and I made a point not to call "time" unless there was a reason to. I may have done it only five times in 7 innings.
  13. I see you're from California. The culture is different in different places. In the Midwest where I was born and raised, it is *EXTREMELY* disrespectful to do anything other than make eye contact when speaking with someone, such as leaving sunglasses on, leaving the mask on, looking at feet, etc.
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