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  1. I guess you didn't read my post...at all.
  2. Prohibited in my HS association as well as my fall league.
  3. I was taught, whether I am the plate umpire or base umpire, to point at a player committing an infraction (balk, obstruction, interference, etc.) with my LEFT hand while giving the audible ("THAT'S OBSTRUCTION!"). Then, at the proper time (whether the call is a delayed dead ball or immediate), award bases with my RIGHT hand -- "You, second base!" I went to a clinic where they told us to do just about everything with the right hand. It felt wrong. If I'm the plate umpire and I see a balk, under NFHS rules it's no big deal because it's an immediate dead ball -- "THAT'S A BALK! TIME! THAT'S A BALK! YOU, SECOND BASE!" But under OBR, it's a delayed dead ball -- "THAT'S A BALK!" Let the pitch happen and adjudicate afterwards. It may be a home run. The way I was taught, I would point at the pitcher with my LEFT hand and announce "That's a balk!" while letting the delivery continue. If I were to use my right hand as taught, it could be confused by anyone as a premature strike call, which would infuriate them. What are you guys using and why?
  4. I use www.umpirebible.com I umpire in both NFHS and OBR rule books, so I'm constantly looking at the page which shows the differences.
  5. This this upcoming year I'll be moving up to umpiring the Pecos League, an independent minor league. It's a summer league, so I'll still be doing high school in the spring season, and back to high school travel ball in the fall. The Pecos League is asking us to put numbers on our umpire uniforms, which I'm perfectly fine with. But I'm wondering about my plate coats. As you know, they are very expensive and I probably wouldn't be able to use them anywhere else, because I would be the only umpire wearing a number. My blue plate coat is a Fechheimer that was given to me by a retiring umpire, and is probably still worth a few hundred bucks. My black one is an Out West, which I bought for myself, and I've only used for two games. I think once I put numbers on them, the only place I'll ever be able to wear them is in the Pecos League. This is a summer league -- June, July, and August -- so it tends to be hot. But I will be umpiring in Colorado Springs, Trinidad (CO), and Roswell (NM). The elevation is so high that when the sun goes down, it cools off drastically and you need to wear a jacket in the evening, even during those months. All Pecos League games except for Sundays are in the evenings, so I do believe I will have plenty of opportunities to wear the plate coats. What bothers me is that once I put numbers on the plate coats, I won't be able to wear them anywhere else. Eeek. But then again, I'm moving up. What I'm thinking is this: Put numbers on the black Out West Officials plate coat, but preserve the blue Fechheimer in its unaltered state. What are your thoughts, please?
  6. I know Umpire Empire has some affiliations with the MiLB academy, one of the two professional schools. So I'm wondering if it's ok to discuss some of the clinics who are not affiliated with them. If not, please delete this post. I just attended a 2-man clinic by the Umpire Training Institute in Phoenix, AZ. Several of the instructors are also instructors for some of the other famous clinics (Blue and Black, Mid-American, etc.). They are all big names, and have several college world series under their belts, etc. One MLB umpire showed up and signed a baseball for me. We had a good mix of students -- some of us were high school umpires looking to move up. Others were brand new to umpiring, never having worked a single game, and others were Little League umpires looking to go to high school. The instructors adjusted to the mix very well. For some folks, they had to teach them to take their mask off when the ball is hit. For others, we had those basics down so they were working with us to learn to read a play a little better and dial in our zone. If you follow college baseball, you know Arizona State University is the "New York Yankees" of division I baseball. Baseball is their official religion. They were having an intra-squad scrimmage, and about half of us were given the opportunity to umpire the plate and the bases (due to the number of students, we got to work either an inning on the plate or a half inning on the bases). I got to work the plate for an inning, and it was awesome. Do you know how you can tell when a batter or catcher disagrees with a ball/strike call based on their body language? I didn't get a single one of those. Not. One. I've been working this entire season on dialing in my strike zone, so apparently it's paid off. Of course it was only an inning, but I've never called pitches that fast (93 mph was the fastest, about 10 mph faster than what I've been seeing in high school ball). It was the most fun I've had in a long time. I highly recommend any umpire who cares to do a good job attend one of these clinics every now and then. I'm going to try for a 3-man clinic next year so I can work post-season in high school, or start getting my name out there for college Division II.
  7. I just attended an umpire clinic in Arizona and they are year-round.
  8. OP, by the way, my experience (and I think others will support me on this) is that baseball below the high school level has a ton of idiots like this coach. I experienced it several times before I moved up to the high school association. High school coaches usually know how to interact with umpires.
  9. I'm not sure why so many people think their job is to keep a coach in the game. This dude ejected himself several times; you should have shown him the door. Now he, his assistant coaches, and the players all think that's the way they are supposed to interact with umpires, and he is going to become a problem for every umpire in your association.
  10. The supply chain had nothing to do with my problem. Defective equipment did. Everything shipped in a timely manner; it was just missing critical pieces when it arrived -- three times -- and now the company has chosen to ignore my concerns. So I won't give them money anymore.
  11. A while back, I posted about some problems I had ordering a Force 3 hockey style helmet through Dick’s Sporting Goods. Short version: it arrived with no chin pad. Returned and a new one shipped, no chin pad. Returned again and the third one had no chin pad. Not willing to deal with this again, I returned it for a refund and bought an All Star. I’m quite happy with it. I figured the problem was with Dick’s, and I wanted Force 3 to know about the issue because they are losing sales due to what I believed were the actions of a very large retailer. So I emailed them asking someone to call me. The auto response said they would. No call. I emailed a second time, still no response other than the auto email promising contact. So I called them twice, no response. So I sent a message to their Facebook page and got nothing but an auto response. I contacted a well-known online umpire equipment retailer and asked if they were going to carry this helmet. I was told they have no plans to even though they carry a lot of Force 3’s equipment. Hmmmmm…. Then I read their reviews on their Facebook page. Every review for the past six months is horrible, and talks about how their customer service refuses to contact anyone, the products have become shoddy, and reviews of that helmet talk about the crappy chin pad that always falls out and is poorly designed. I’m thinking Force 3 isn’t what it used to be.
  12. Video cameras. See #2 and #3.
  13. I'm 100% against it for a number of reasons: 1- The research currently shows MLB umpires are MORE ACCURATE than the electronic strike zones. Not the rest of us, but MLB for sure. 2- The box drawn in TV is always the same regardless of the batter's height. This is not how the rule book defines the zone, so what they are showing you on TV is inaccurate before the pitcher even gets his sign. 3- The strike zone is THREE DIMENSIONAL, but electronic zones are only calling strikes at the front edge of the plate (see #1 and #2). 4- While an MLB umpire is more accurate than the electronic zones, I fully admit that I'm not, and neither are other high school umpires. But you should see the difference in my skill in the two years I've been umpiring. I get consistently strong reviews from evaluators and even coaches about the consistency of my zone. So why impose that cost on a high school, whose priority for sporting equipment will almost 100% of the time NOT be for baseball? 5- Framing pitches is a genuine part of the game. Excellent or even good framing will buy the pitcher a strike. Crappy framing may give him a ball when it wouldn't have. But it's part of the game. I've called behind some outstanding catchers at the 18U and adult league level, and I've called behind some catchers who think sliding their mitt into the center of the zone after making the catch is framing. Why would we want to do anything that changes the importance of a player???
  14. A thrown ball hitting the base is NOT a force out. A batted ball hitting a base is FAIR, regardless of where it flies after hitting the base.
  15. Obstruction, NOT interference, and it guarantees the batter-runner or runner the base he would have gotten to, in the umpire's judgement, had he not been obstructed. USUALLY this means one additional base from where they stopped, or if they were thrown out at a base, they get that base. In other words, since he scored, the run counts and the penalty is not assessed.
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