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834k3r last won the day on January 18

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    NIOA | MOA
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    Compliance Manager
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    LL : American Legion : Travel : HS
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  1. Up here within a couple hours of the Canadian border, I have the same issue. This year I'm trying these: https://www.ump-attire.com/Products/S414/Smitty-Black-Compression-Tights
  2. Had my new (to me) AS Mag prettied up by Tony--he did a fantastic job as always! I know the chin pad velcro is jacked up--I was too excited to get the picture taken!
  3. For my FED games, I have these (I call the second one my MadMax Special):
  4. First off, congratulations! My advice: Don't suck. Seriously though, I'd say remember things from other evaluators with whom you've interacted--both the good and the bad--and apply the lessons you learned from each.
  5. Perhaps @MadMax or @Razzer himself would like to whet our collective appetite for more details on this site as a tease?
  6. First things first: this was my favorite line in this entire thread. Back on topic, I think everyone's bringing up valid points--but therein lies the problem of a "one solution for all." Wouldn't it be sufficient to add on suspension if the MC scenario warrants? B/R hits a pop up and instead of looking at where he's going he runs full-speed into F3 (trying to field the ball). B/R doesn't dip his shoulder or anything, just full speed runs into F3. The NFHS version of Pete Rose trucking Ray Fosse. I think we'd all agree both scenarios are MC, but the second scenario contains malevolent intent that the first doesn't. The first is bad judgment on the part of the B/R, but the second is willful, deliberate contact. The two scenarios don't justify the same penalty in my mind. In the first scenario, I'm asking the manager who's subbing in for the ejected B/R. In the second scenario, I'm giving a lot of detail in my post-game EJ report to my assignor, who will then have a conversation with the school's AD about additional suspension.
  7. With respect to both of you, I actually think we'd see a decrease in MC calls and ejections. I think (based on zero quantitative data) that most umpires would see the mandatory suspension portion of the penalty as too punitive for most MCs/objections.
  8. Venturing close to OT territory here, so my apologies. The IRS says an individual is an independent contractor "...if the payer has the right to control or direct only the result of the work and not what will be done and how it will be done...[but not] if you perform services that can be controlled by an employer (what will be done and how it will be done). This applies even if you are given freedom of action. What matters is that the employer has the legal right to control the details of how the services are performed." (source: IRS [dot] gov) Seems to me our associations are getting awfully close to not meeting the IRS definition of an independent contractor.
  9. I realized I'm in the minority, but last year our association instructed the umpires to not offer the option. Not a direct quote, but the general tone from the evaluation committee instructors was that if the coach didn't know the rule, we weren't going to offer the option; we just enforce the penalty. Personally, I had exactly one coach who asked for time and then asked about the option. I felt it made me look like we didn't know the rule, but I felt I needed to follow what the association had decided. I'm definitely bringing it up at tonight's clinic.
  10. Sold. Lock it up please, @Thunderheads!
  11. @MadMax always has the best flexes.
  12. Others may be able to see it, but the link provided doesn't show gray laces to me.
  13. Was my back up mask for a couple of years. I put new pads, a sun visor, and a Out West Officials harness on it last year and only wore it for one LL game. Asking $150.
  14. It's TRICARE Open Enrollment season!
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