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Working as an alternate for one of our finals series, and the AHSAA is allowing the 3 man crews to wear headsets similar to those worn for football. Interesting dynamic when the 3 crew members are able to talk to each other over the roar of a crowd and during the action of a play.

Anyone ever had any experience working with headsets on a ballfield?

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Wow! I can see some benefits,but as a traditionalist, I'm a bit skeptical. Never heard of it. 

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Seems like an experiment that shouldn't be tested out in a championship game, but I like the idea of it.

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This sounds interesting.  What guidance have you been given on allowable use?

Rotations, appeals, ?.

Very little guidance given other than 'crew communication'. I was the alternate able to listen in (and provide some commentary between innings) and it was actually effective in communicating play breakdowns and coverage. Typical 'going out' commands were easy to hear and communicating help on rundowns and overthrows was smooth. The crew seemed to like to be able to ask questions between innings while they were in the OF too. Seamless experience for them IMO.

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It's also an opportunity for district directors and our state rules interpreter to listen in on coach/umpire conversations for game management feedback.

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I kinda like this idea, actually. Think it would make life a lot easier, provided it's easy to turn the mic off quickly for the big loud calls we make.

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7 hours ago, Ironhead17 said:

I really like the idea. In practice it would likely be easier than football. I'd love to hear the game from this perspective. It'd be a great training aid.

There's some video on the COG website where they used these during a clinic during live game instruction. Great tool for instant feedback, positioning, etc.

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On 5/19/2016 at 0:22 PM, ALStripes17 said:

Very little guidance given other than 'crew communication'. I was the alternate able to listen in (and provide some commentary between innings) and it was actually effective in communicating play breakdowns and coverage. Typical 'going out' commands were easy to hear and communicating help on rundowns and overthrows was smooth. The crew seemed to like to be able to ask questions between innings while they were in the OF too. Seamless experience for them IMO.

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I would just walk over and talk to the other base umpire between innings, but that's just me. 

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I would just walk over and talk to the other base umpire between innings, but that's just me. 

And include PU on the convo? Quit with the snide...

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I don't think this would be a bad change. It would give us the chance to talk out some little things instead of having to wait between innings. I know there have times when there's been some things I wanted to discuss with my partner between innings and then the inning ends on a controversial call and I avoid going in because of it.

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6 hours ago, ALStripes17 said:
6 hours ago, zm1283 said:
I would just walk over and talk to the other base umpire between innings, but that's just me. 

 

And include PU on the convo? Quit with the snide...

Not being snide, just don't think it is necessary. 

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