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Hey all, first time CDP umpire going week 2.  Have a couple questions about CDP.  I have looked on CDP's website and several pages into this forum without any luck.

 

What rules do they use (FED, OBR...)?

 

What is size of crew per game and does that change for single elimination games?

 

Thanks in advance.

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On the first day Saturday at like 1pm, they will have a meeting to discuss ALL the rules and regs.They use 2 or 3 person crew, and when pool play ends and the final day begins they have 3, and 4 peson crews  until the final games that consist of 4 and then 6 person crews. with 1 umpire on each line in the outfield. Have fun week 2, I will be up week 3, so prolly wont see you unless you stay past the 1 week. Take it all in and really enjoy it. I know I did last year and I loved it. 10 weeks from today til I go back. Can not wait. it is just a GREAT TIME up there as long as you follow and respect the rules.

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Hey all, first time CDP umpire going week 2.  Have a couple questions about CDP.  I have looked on CDP's website and several pages into this forum without any luck.

 

What rules do they use (FED, OBR...)?

 

What is size of crew per game and does that change for single elimination games?

 

Thanks in advance.

It's MLB rules with some exceptions

 

http://www.cooperstowndreamspark.com/coach.htm#rules

 

Saturday afternoon you will have an umpire's meeting and after you move to the field, you will be separated into your crews.  The crews decide how they are going to split up the games and how many are going to cover games.  The crew will have a field assignment and that crew is responsible for getting that field covered.  Fields 1-10 also have webcams for all games.  We did two man crews for the assignments and then bumped some of them up to 3 man crews.  The eliminations start on Wednesday, and in those games you have to wear the CDP uniforms.  On Wednesday night there will be an umpire meeting outside the barracks where Sweet 16 to championship assignments will be given out.  Those games are all 6 man crews (if you have enough umpires).  They don't give everyone games on Thursday.  

 

Don't be afraid to ask questions and have fun, but don't do something stupid like turning your hat around backwards behind the plate.

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There is a sheet in your information packet with rules.  Yes they are based on ML rules with modifications.  6 innings, no time limit.  12 run mercy rule after 4 complete.  No DH, can use the EH (up to 3).  Balks are called, with one warning per pitcher, per game until single elimination on Wednesday.  Warnings are immediate dead ball, and all balks after that are delayed dead ball.
Depending on who your crew chief is for the week, you'll have 2, 3 or 4 man crew on a field during pool play.  Even if 2 are scheduled and you want to jump in on a game to do 3, that's cool - they just ask that you make sure your CC knows.

 

@ZebraStripes  speaks from experience - he got busted on the backwards hat at the plate last year.  haha just kidding Jeremy!

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I wrote this:

http://umpire-empire.com/index.php/topic/52905-what-to-bring-to-cdp/?p=169760
(please note, it was written in 2013, and I have since purchased plate shoes. They make a huge difference.)

Do not forget to bring your gear.

Oh yes, please don't be "that guy" at the Orientation Meeting on Saturday... Unlike our games back home, where even at some tournaments, we are responsible for suspending or postponing play because of rain or lightning (or bug swarms... yeah... that), at CDP we are not. There are no forfeits, no protests. Games are to be completed unless and until a Baseball Operations staffer steps onto the field and tells you otherwise. You will see some really inky stuff rolling past to the north or south of Hartwick (where CDP is actually located), with lightning activity that rivals a Hollywood effects crew, and you will hear the gasps and cries of parents beseeching you to stop the game.

Play on!

... at least until a BO bursts through the door and alerts you to suspend play. Instructions will be given.

Also, you are not responsible for the medical attention of ballplayers. We are to enforce safety, but if a kid has an injury, by all means, stop the game and summon the medics (there is at least one on duty at each quadrant at all game times). Unless the kid is bleeding out right in front of you (or something that direly critical), just step back, keep order and allow the medics to work.

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@ZebraStripes  speaks from experience - he got busted on the backwards hat at the plate last year.  haha just kidding Jeremy!

I was laying down in my bunk when the one that did, and wouldn't turn it around was paid a visit by Todd.  He had no more plates the rest of the week, and he was done with assignments after Wednesday.  

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When the rain rolls in...it comes in QUICK.  BO came onto the field and had us order the players to the dugouts.  We got in and a minute later we were looking for Noah.

 

 

Sharing of shirts can and probably will happen, but make sure you have navy and black hats.  (You live and you learn, I didn't have a black one as I didn't have jerseys but navy and powder blue at that point.)

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