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Second Year Park League Ump


BuschLeague

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Hey gang, I've been lurking for a while since I started last year umpiring 16u baseball and softball at the local park.  I worked at the park before that refereeing soccer- which I still do- but have always liked the mechanics of baseball over soccer.  Around here, soccer pays more than baseball and I just have to accept it! 

I'm still on the learning curve, but appreciative of the discussions on this forum which have helped me with borderline call interpretations and selecting appropriate gear to protect against the MANY wild throws and foul tips I get behind the plate.  I have done my share of blown calls, but making up for a blown call against one team by favoring a call later on is not in my vocabulary.  I get my dose of irate parents, but the coaches understand where park-level umps come from.  When I'm walking through the parking lot after a game and a coach passing by in his car says out the window, without sarcasm, "thanks, blue!", I know I'm doing the right thing.

BTW if anyone has any suggestions on better positioning angles for a two man crew at the youth level with RISP, I'm all ears.  Our teenage ump crews tend to struggle, and I'd like to be able to help them out.

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Depending on the configuration, R1/R3, R2, R3, R2/R3, R1/R2/R3 will determine if you are in B or C. From there, pre-pitch scenarios... if the ball is hit to the out field, where is the likely play? Ball hit to short with no force, will they just look them back and throw to 1st for the put out or will they just try and hold or back pick the runner at 3rd?

Just have the likely scenarios at the front of your mind, but really, chest to ball and let the throw take you to the play. Once the fielder is committed, MOVE as much as the play will allow and strive for the best angle you can. 2 man requires you keep your head on a swivel and that you react to what the players do. You do not have the luxury of a 3 or 4 man crew where there is normally someone ahead of the runner(s) and in a better position than you are to officiate a play way over on the other side of the diamond. 

 

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2 hours ago, ArchAngel72 said:

Btw foul tips never get to you

 

On 1/11/2022 at 10:13 AM, BuschLeague said:

and selecting appropriate gear to protect against the MANY wild throws and foul tips I get behind the plate.

Indeed. A plate umpire is never hit by “foul tips”, and if he/she is aware of the location of the baseball, should never be getting hit by “wild throws”. 

Am I being pedantic? Sure. But details matter. 
 

Now, wild pitches and foul balls / backs (colloquial term) are a whole different bag of hurts. Ouch. Feel for ya. 

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28 minutes ago, MadMax said:

wild pitches and foul balls / backs (colloquial term) are a whole different bag of hurts.

What's your practice / view on moving on the wild pitch that is going to hit you?

As I've gotten older, the rational about standing in for the 99% likely to hit me in the head/shoulder doesn't make as much sense as it used to. Flipside - if I do move out of the way but the batters hits it (for some reason) or the catcher miraculously catches it, I feel silly. 

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