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NCAA 2013 Baseball Umpire Clinic Sign-Ups ...

This year's west coast NCAA Regional Umpire Clinic will be in San Francisco ...

It will be on Saturday, January 19th ...Clinic Times (actual times may vary)

Saturday Agenda:
Registration -            7:00 am to 8:30 am 
General Session -     8:30 to 11:30 am
Lunch Break -           11:30 am to 1:00 pmGeneral Session -     1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

To register for a this clinic, please CLICK HERE.

More details will be posted as they become available ...

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

1333 Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame, CA 94010
888-421-1442
650-347-1234

NCAA Room Rate - $135.00
Cut Off Date – December 18, 2012

NCAA REGIONAL UMPIRE CLINIC

Just great Bill. I will make room to attend this clinic next January, 19th, 2013. It should be very helpful and learn a lot more about being a baseball umpire. Hope to see a few of my fellow umpires there. Thanks.
Manuel Provedor

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NCAA Clinic in San Francisco

Bill,
I am looking forward to this clinic. This will help move me to the next level. I am very committed to our success. Thank you

Scott Brewster 

NCAA Clinic in San Francisco

Hello Bill; I will be attending the clinic and look forward to the continueing education that I will be getting to become a better umpire. Thanks Bill. Kevin Henry 

Do players' actions qualify as an assault?

My fellow umpires: Good topic for discussion. You are the umpire: A player gets angry at a call and throws his bat and gets ejected. He then throws his helmet at you. Other team members get involved and start screaming and making threats to kill the umpire. Police were called. Police however, did not want to to make an assault charge. A few days passed and the umpire still upset, want to file the charge. Is that still an option? Do the players' actions qualify as an assault? What would you do?
Manuel Provedor

Is it a question or an argument?

I am sure my fellow umpires have seen  (and many times), players, coaches leaving the bench, or the coaches' box to argue balls and strikes, well, they can't do that. Exactly where is the  line between a legitimate question and an argument? Are demonstrations of the disagrement worse than words? In High school play, the same applies to judgment calls. Should there be a warning first to anyone who starts from the dougout toward the plate to protest a call? A warning? Of course, not!. The first time I ejected a coach for arguing balls and strikes called, said to me, "I should be given a warning first!.  And how about the batter who turns around and asks the umpire "Was that a strike? That deserves an answer., but, what would you do if he turns and faces you when asking that question? Does that change anything? And what about his tone of voice? I, for one, would take in consideration his tone of voice when asking that question. And last but not least: What about the batter after striking out, drops the bat, stays at the plate and put his hand on his hips? What should be the Umpire's reaction, if any? Waiting for your answers, my fellow umpires.
Manuel Provedor

Is it a question or an argument?

Manuel:

First, I would post this in it's own forum to get the proper answers and opinions you are looking for.

You mention demonstrations.  What type of demonstrations are you talking about?  A batter drawing a line as to show you where the pitch was, automatic ejection.  Or a coach standing in the third base box puts his hands on his knees and puts his head down, something I would ignore.

As far as arguing balls and strikes, it is usually good to get a warning in.  For example, when he leaves the dugout or coaches box after a strike out that affects the game, simply say do not come out here to argue balls and strikes.

A situation when I will discuss balls and strikes initially is when a manager comes out in between innings and pulls out his lineup card or brings out a baseball to ask a question about balls and strikes.  Then I will pull out my lineup card or another baseball, look at it and answer him.  If he persists or says something I don't like I simply say "that's enough do you want a ball and strike warning", they usually walk away.  This also depends on what has transpired previously.  If this coach has been "chirping" all game, I don't do that and give him a warning or ejection.

As far as batter's asking questions.  The only time I get that is if they swing at a pitch in a 3-2 count or something similar, and they want to know if they just swung at ball four.  And when they do this they are looking at me, for an answer.   I answer the question with no penalty.

In your last example of a batter just standing there, ignore him.  He is frustrated and anything you say to him could be construed as starting an argument.  I simply, go get a drink of water or go to my position to get ready for the next inning.  You could give him a warning as well. It just depends on the situation of the game, he could be frustrated at himself.

Do players' actions qualify as an assault?

I believe umpires in California are considered peace officers, but am unsure.  Yes, I would think the players actions would qualify as assault however I think it is too late to do so.  You do want to file a report with the league and your assigner. 

First thing I would do in this situation is call the game and remove myself from the area.  Go to a safe location and write down anything and everything you remember. (players numbers, who said what, the situation etc)

Call your assigner and let him/her know the situation. File a report.  Most likely that player/s will not be allowed to play baseball in that league again.  Hope this helps, I probably missed a few things

Is it a question or an argument?

Thanks, Garret for your comments. They are well taken.                                                                                              Manuel

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Assault on an Umpire...

For what it’s worth... I was working a game one night and the first base coach threw a ball at me when I was walking back to the plate. ’missed my head by six inches. I just kept walking, through the fence, said to the opposing team’s scorekeeper that the game was forfeited and that I would sign their book later. I signaled the other umpire to leave immediately and never broke stride. I went straight to my car, got in it and drove away while the offending coach was actually chasing my car down the street. A warrant was issued for his arrest the next day, but he had fled to Nevada to avoid prosecution. I don’t know if they ever caught up with him. The situation that caused all this? Nothing. It was a women’s softball game, and the coach was trying to impress his girlfriend. The manager of the team was the nicest guy in the league. Go figure. You just never know. I worked state college and high school championships; no trouble. A stupid recreational softball game and a guy tries to kill me.

Dave Yost's picture

Assault on an Umpire...

For what it’s worth... I was working a game one night and the first base coach threw a ball at me when I was walking back to the plate. ’missed my head by six inches. I just kept walking, through the fence, said to the opposing team’s scorekeeper that the game was forfeited and that I would sign their book later. I signaled the other umpire to leave immediately and never broke stride. I went straight to my car, got in it and drove away while the offending coach was actually chasing my car down the street. A warrant was issued for his arrest the next day, but he had fled to Nevada to avoid prosecution. I don’t know if they ever caught up with him. The situation that caused all this? Nothing. It was a women’s softball game, and the coach was trying to impress his girlfriend. The manager of the team was the nicest guy in the league. Go figure. You just never know. I worked state college and high school championships; no trouble. A stupid recreational softball game and a guy tries to kill me.

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