Week Two News Letter
Well week two has come to an end. Not that bad just a couple of issues we need to address. I will go over changes coming to schedules, comments from coaches, some rules and than a few mechanics. This email might be long, but I’m trying to keep you on the field. But for some of you you’re making it hard. You may be the one where your schedule is being pulled. I take responsibility for that. Putting you in the wrong type of game, Maybe lack of training, you’re not showing up on Monday training, you’re a veteran and need no training. Whatever excuses you might want to make. So if I am talking to you, make the changes needed and work on the mechanics. We are supplying a service to the schools and if we don’t meet their expectations then we no longer have customers to service.
Here are a few Coaches Comments:
- Why are the umpires walking on the field 5 minutes before the game? Please tell them to let me know that they are here so I don’t have to worry?
- Do I have umpires today?
- Why are they not checking equipment, then why do I waste my time for taking them out?
- Why is the other umpire hugging that coach? Are they married? Am I going to get a fair game called here?
- Can I evaluate an official lower than a 1?
- You should be embarrassed that your association is putting a product like that on the field. “This was the winning coach in a run rule”.
- His strike zone is changing from one inning to the next.
- He’s not ready for 5A softball. He doesn’t hustle to get in position.
- Please tell your umpires to: STOP TALKING TO MY PLAYERS.
Changes to the Schedule:
On Sundays I will look at the schedule, preview the game and switch officials around to insure that we, as a chapter are getting the best mixed officials on that game. Most of these changes will be at the request of the coaches.
Mechanics on the field:
- When a fly ball is hit down the line, as a plate umpire you are to come out from behind the plate, straddle the line and make the call.
- When a ball four is issue to a batter, Come out from behind the plate; take your mask off wait there till the batter has reached first and the ball gets back in the circle before you resume a position behind the plate.
- When a ball is hit in the infield, take your mask off and trail the runner about 15” down the line, so you can help you partner on a pulled foot and swipe tag.
- Partner to Partner signals are required:
- When you have a single game; do not take a towel or a cooler on the field and hang them on the fence. You’re not there long enough. This is not league ball.
- When you have a home run; go inside the diamond about 6-8 feet in front of the plate and watch the player touch home.
- You are in “B” position and a player steals second, you are to hustle and get in position before the player arrives and then, make the call.
- The plate umpire takes the mask off starts toward third for if the player continues you are to step inside the diamond and make the call.
- If you are the one that is wearing WHITE PLATE SHOES, please buy new ones, borrow some or don’t call the plate. All you’re doing is drawing attention.
Partner to Partner comments:
I have turned on the comments section on the evaluations so you as an umpire can read them. Some of these are from your partner and others are from the coaches. I was worried that some of you are not thick skinned enough, or adult enough to read these. But we all are grown-ups here and some need to have a wake-up call. So remember when reading them, take it in stride and work on them, it will only make you better. Here’s how:
- Go to your front page
- Click on evaluations
- Below evaluations you will see view responses
- Click on that
- When it appears you will see evaluations and then scrimmages.
- Go to evaluations press on the green #
- You will see a list.
- You will see an average score. press on the average score and any comments that were made will appear. If nothing is there than nobody made a comment.
I hope everybody will take this as a learning tool. Only you and I can see the comments. If you need a better explanation, email me your questions.
Let’s go into week three with a better understanding that High School softball needs to be treated with respect. Show up earlier, call your partner and let the coach that you are on site 30 minutes before your game.
YEAR END BUSINESS & VOTING 2014
One of two year end meetings
- Date: Tuesday June 10, 2014
- Time: 6:30PM to 9:00PM (Meeting starts at 7:00)
- Place: Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd…Houston, Texas 77055