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Have a photographic memory. Read the book. Easy!

Read it in reverse for subliminal messages. 

3 pages every BM. I might get in trouble again but that's how you do it.

1 hour ago, ATXBlue said:

Looking for tried and true ideas on how you go about studying rule and case books to get ready for the season.

 

 

SHOOT! 

3 pages every BM. I might get in trouble again but that's how you do it.

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@LRZ makes a great point, and I agree.  Start with the definitions, and refresh yourself with them often.  I like to take the book by sections and start reviewing them shortly after the new year bit by bit.  If you keep yourself to a section at a time, you're less likely to become overwhelmed with it all.  (that's how it works for me at least) :nod: 

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37 minutes ago, Aging_Arbiter said:

i had to re-read.  I thought @maven said pronographic memory

I think you have a typo there. Maybe 'phonographic memory'—but yeah, remembering sounds wouldn't help unless you had the rule book on audio.

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On 1/5/2021 at 6:17 PM, Jimurray said:

3 pages every BM. I might get in trouble again but that's how you do it.

If using the NFHS Rule book, use one of the three pages to wipe with? :fuel:

 

What? In a digital age, Fed can’t be bothered to produce and circulate a digital version? Well, if you’re going to provide me paper, then... 

 

 

 

Note: I’m not saying that NFHS Rules are for sh!t*, I’m saying the physical, printed book is. We know why they continue to publish it. 
 

 

 

 

* I may be implying, but that is inconclusive.
 

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haha @MadMax I actually did snag a Kindle version of the rule book last year. I am a big proponent of digital books, but for this one I found it lacking. 

I've been going with the @Thunderheads method and mixing in the case book when I want an example. Between that and the Evans manual, I am keeping busy getting ready to get on the field for the spring. 

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5 hours ago, MadMax said:

If using the NFHS Rule book, use one of the three pages to wipe with? :fuel:

 

What? In a digital age, Fed can’t be bothered to produce and circulate a digital version? Well, if you’re going to provide me paper, then... 

 

 

 

Note: I’m not saying that NFHS Rules are for sh!t*, I’m saying the physical, printed book is. We know why they continue to publish it. 
 

 

 

 

* I may be implying, but that is inconclusive.
 

NFHS does have dogital versions of the rule and casebook. I paid about $7 each for the Ibook version which has a good search and chapter tool. Just be careful not to drop the phone in the tank:)

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I am an old man, not entirely comfortable or adept in today's digital universe. As a Ph.D. in literature and appellate lawyer (where I spent most of my days reading case law and records of trials), I prefer the printed page, so I hope that the governing bodies in the three sports that I work do not go all-digital. I find it easier to flip real pages back and forth. My iPad is 10 years old and I do not have a smart phone, so my access to digital rule books would be limited to my desktop. YMMV.

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I keep a game journal and in addition to reviewing the rule book on anything that comes up during the season after the game, I also go back in pre-season and look back on every rule I was uncertain about and review it again, too.

The standard I am working towards (and I am far, far from it...) is knowing the written rules well enough to recite them back to a player or coach as part of a ruling, appeal or discussion, etc.

I suspect after over 100 years now of organized baseball that there's a reason why the rules are written the way they are. My observations would suggest that the umpires who can cite the rules word for word from the rule book seem to have the fewest issues with coaches accepting their rulings.

~Dog

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On 1/5/2021 at 4:46 PM, ATXBlue said:

Looking for tried and true ideas on how you go about studying rule and case books to get ready for the season.

 

 

SHOOT! 

Read it in reverse for subliminal messages. 

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3 minutes ago, SeeingEyeDog said:

I keep a game journal and in addition to reviewing the rule book on anything that comes up during the season after the game, I also go back in pre-season and look back on every rule I was uncertain about and review it again, too.

The standard I am working towards (and I am far, far from it...) is knowing the written rules well enough to recite them back to a player or coach as part of a ruling, appeal or discussion, etc.

I suspect after over 100 years now of organized baseball that there's a reason why the rules are written the way they are. My observations would suggest that the umpires who can cite the rules word for word from the rule book seem to have the fewest issues with coaches accepting their rulings.

~Dog

It may be the recitation, or it may be the confidence that one has as a result of knowing the rule well enough to recite it. Just like much else in officiating, there's an art to communicating the rule. Sometimes, being succinct is more powerful than using the word salad that is often found in the rules. Other times, the verbiage is a useful tool. The trick is to know when to use each. 

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