"To be on time is to be late" - Barry Sullivan

"Kill them with Kindness" - Barry Sullivan

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4/19

Folks, the note below is from Rick.  It’s good advice and by now as a group we shouldn’t

having these problems.  At least one of the two of you should have the answers on the field.

 

Over the past couple of weeks I keep hearing how we are not consistent in our rules. Things from not enforcing chin straps to inconsistent drop third strike application, to pitching rules. I think that there probably is some of that, however NOT as much as I’m hearing. We’re near the end of the season and getting ready for park playoffs so I would like to see the following:

 

  1. Know your rules. This is our number one requirement. Coaches will try to take advantage of you if you don’t. Don’t let a coach talk you into violating a rule you know, and if you are unsure discuss it with your partner. Make a decision (right or wrong) and go by it. After the game look it up. This is a hard but great way to learn.

  2. Know what ball your playing. With all of us doing multiple brands ( USA, USSSA, GHSA, college) it can become easy to cross rules.

  3. Don’t be “the other umpire”. Be confident in your game. What happened in another game should not influence your game.

  4. Give them a good game. After doing some better ball there is the “it’s only Rec. ball” stigma. I know it’s hard to concentrate is some games and it’s easy to let them do what they want but we need to resist that. Steer them toward the rules, it makes your life easier. They deserve the same game as the high level teams.

Lastly, our parks have put a burden on us with their exceptions to rules. Let me know what is driving you nuts so we can discuss it with the park for fall season. (Walton County rules, who can end in a tie, T-ball batting etc.

 

Remember, you guys and gals do a good job every day in some difficult circumstances. We appreciate your hard work.

 

Rick  

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3/11/18

Folks

If you have a problem with games I send you please decline them in the arbiter.  This allows you to say why you can’t accept these games.  It doesn’t keep me from assigning you something different if you need a different time, location, etc.  This information is logged in the Arbiter, and is available to me should I try to reschedule you. Sometimes I may try to reschedule you anyway by mistake but that’s on me.  After almost a year there are still things I need to remember about this beast.

 

I text you often about games on your plate but if you send me an email or a random text not connected with the Arbiter just to explain yourself it will soon be lost. I get 50 to 100 correspondences a day (and sometimes more), from umpires and park directors, and scheduling preferences can simply get lost in the shuffle.

 

Please decline your games in the Arbiter and give me the explanation when you do. Barry will tell you the same thing as well.

 

Thanks

Bob

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3/8/18

Rookies, remember that judgement calls (safe, out, fair, foul) are usually not appealable.  You may miss a call and get a visit from a coach.  Keep a smile on your face and remind them that “In my judgement she was out.  Coach it can’t be overturned because it’s not appealable.” Rely on your partner to help you out if the discussion begins to drag. Usually the only legitimate appeals in the infield are at first base for a pulled foot or bobbled ball.  If you don’t see the tag don’t guess the out.  Most any tag play is a “bang bang” play and shouldn’t be appealed, but if a coach comes to appeal and you think its legitimate (maybe you lost track of the ball at some point) go by yourself to your partner.  Remember he or she may be at least 60 feet away and you may not get any help on it.  It is what it is. Veterans, it’s probably a good idea to explain at the plate meeting that all appeals need to come to you.  It’s better for you to visit your partner if they aren’t a veteran but if it’s their call to make instruct them how to make it.

Above all be neat (shirts tucked and hats straight), be accessible, and be amenable when you can.  You may be new to this game, but you are expected to be professional.  You are working on the field with someone’s little girl.

Finally, as Barry says:  KILL EM WITH KINDNESS!

Good Luck!

Bob