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  1. Here's what happened: 12U Little League game with the home team crushing the other team pretty hard. A lot of pass balls and stealing home. One voice from the crowd says something like "You gonna just keep letting them run coach?" A couple minutes go by with another pass ball and same voice says something along the lines of "Have some class, tell your guys to stop running." After the play was over, I call time and address the away spectators and say "You cannot talk about the opposing teams coach, we're not doing that." The coach came out and asked what I said to the fans and I told him, and he said he'd keep an eye on the parents. They kept ragging on me throughout the game, but there was nothing else towards the other coach from what I could hear besides some groans. Anything I should've done different? Keep in mind I could not see who was saying it but it was the same voice, and I'm still in high school so I'm not really the most intimidating person, though I try and put on my "stern face" and voice lol.

  2. I do youth baseball so I've only seen about 2 homers in my couple seasons umpiring. Should a homerun mechanic be done every time one is hit, or is it just on a close ball near the edge or maybe a close fair/foul? I'm talking about the spinning finger pointed straight up, but if there's a different mechanic let me know. Thanks.

  3. Interesting to see the differences in today's world of umpiring. Hall of Fame Umpire Nestor Chylak with mechanics they would tell you not to do today! Interesting how much his head moves on every pitch, especially this one here: 

    Do you think umpiring has gotten better or have things just changed?

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  4. So let's say the batter hits a home run, no one on base, and rounding the bases he misses home. A few questions about appeals.

    1. If the batter has gone into the dugout, can he come back onto the field to touch home plate?

    2. If he does do that and the catcher notices that he did not touch the plate, can he tag the runner out (and would he have to announce to the umpire that it is an appeal)?

  5. 11 hours ago, Matt said:

    Let me try to sort this out...

    2 out. U3K.

    Something happens here that I can't figure out.

    Attempted steal of third. Rundown. OBS.


    Ok sorry I should have explained this better. On the uncaught third (which I initially thought was caught), right after the pitch is thrown, catcher throws down to third to pick off the kid there. Field umpire calls it out, so I think ok, batter is out there on the strikeout, and r3 out on the pickoff which ended the inning. The kids had left the field when the offensive manager comes to argue that it was a dropped third, I talk with my field umpire and he said yes it was. This is little league and he was 15 maybe so communication isn't the best. We get the kids back on the field, continuing with 2 outs now. The runner who made it to first safely on the UK3 steals his way to 3rd, where he is eventually caught in a rundown and awarded home on obstruction. Hope that wasn't more confusing than before.

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  6. 12u little league game tonight, kid strikes out, I didn't realize it was a dropped third until my partner came and told me. Kids were already off the field so had to start back up again with 2 outs. There was a tag play at 3rd so I guess that distracted everyone for a while about challenging the dropped 3rd. So that wasn't a great look, 1st pitch catcher throws down to try and get r2 stealing 3rd, gets into a pickle, then obstruction happens and I have to call that to give him home. Man that defensive coach was not happy. Ever have situations where sh*t just seems to pile up like that?

  7. Maybe this is just because I'm newer, this is my second season, but when I'm calling a game and there's 2 strikes, I constantly tell myself "Ok, two strikes, don't forget to ring him up if it's a strike, could be dropped third." I try to do this so I don't look dumb in case I forget the count or improperly call the batter out on a dropped third. Anyone else do this or does it become natural eventually?

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  8. 2 hours ago, MadMax said:

    Oh Jeffffffffffffffff ( @Thunderheads )!!!! Jeff, Jeff, Jeff!!! Your ears better be burning!!!

    I have several masks (more than 2, less than 10)  that I rotate between, and each of them has a sun visor... save one. The All-Star FM4000. I have been absolutely flummoxed as to why All-Star won’t make one; but of course, who has one in his FM4000?! Jeff!! 


    Do not besmirch the power of the visor! It ain’t just a bling-y accessory! When you’re doing 2 plate games at midday, with a cloudless sky, you are treasuring any... any... shade you can get over your overworked eyes. There are days I’d actually prefer a welding mask, if it was well ventilated, and also contemplate using a coulee hat or a sombrero. Then too, as @Umpire43 points out, if/when you’re calling a game in mist, drizzle, or (heavens forbid!) rain, the visor also provides a surface for water to bead up and run off to the side, so you’re not having the bill if your cap get wet and release a water droplet across your vision just as the pitcher is delivering.

    Only 1 of my arsenal of masks lacks a visor. Now, with that said, I ran across a catcher, sporting a FM4000, with a visor! I thought I saw a white tiger, or an AirWhale (or a plummeting bowl of petunias). When I asked the catcher how he got a visor for it, he replied, “It’s a junior-sized visor.”


    This story now reminds me I have to on All-Star’s store site and track down a junior mask visor.

    So the standard one definitely won't fit? That's a shame. Thanks for the info though!

  9. I've umpired for 1 full season with the West Vest, and while it has protected me from some shots, it's never been truly comfortable. It will never sit flat against my chest, leaving some space, and the shoulders never seem to sit snug on my shoulders despite adjustment, this makes it slide around and uncomfortable, plus the shoulder pads looking gigantic and hard to get a shirt on and off. It rubs against my neck a good amount as well. I've heard that an aftermarket harness helps, but is it that significant? Really want to be more comfortable and slimmer looking this season. I'm 6'0 if that helps.

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