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Old_Style wrote:First game of the season is tonight; 13-14 year olds league. We'll see how it goes.
being in the right position to make the call will keep the coaches off your back.
DaQ wrote:The advice others have given here looks good.
One other thing how may want to rehearse is when you get to give an angry manger the heave-ho. You make the right call, he runs out to argue, he says the magic word, BOOM! Or if the opposing pitcher starts throwing at the batters, you warn the benches, and then he hits the batter again (with a fastball), BOOM!
I was the main ref for a young girl's basketball league for four years (6th-8th grade was the competitive level). I kept my cool, so I didn't get to toss anyone (there was a coach or two I wanted to toss, but they didn't go over the line). However, I did T a girl up once for dropping the F-bomb after she lost her dribble and it went out of bounds (she was cursing a little before too, but not the f-bomb). That was a fun moment.
Old_Style wrote:I umped a total of 4 games this weekend. So far, so good.
My first game, I was umping the bases. Like buffalo said, that part is pretty easy. There's never really a close play at the bases, it's pretty much just standing around.
The final three games I umped were behind the plate. I was stuck doing three 8-9 year old games. No offense to the kids, but they couldn't pitch. I got a passed balls to the ankle and a bat thrown at me (on accident), but it was a pretty fun time none-the-less.
I didn't have any problems with the coaches at all. Before the game, I met with them, told them the ground rules and that the strike zone may be a little bigger than expected. So if the ball is close, swing away.
Overall, pretty good time.
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