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Forum: Softball Thu Jun 18, 2020, 08:35am
Replies: 69
Views: 4,790
Posted By ChampaignBlue
I was doing a college game and had a foul tip...

I was doing a college game and had a foul tip ripped my throat guard right off and sent it flying. Sounded just like a wooden bat hitting a ball. Judging from the sounds in the stands they were...
Forum: Softball Thu Jun 18, 2020, 08:18am
Replies: 69
Views: 4,790
Posted By ChampaignBlue
I left the States 16 years ago and currently live...

I left the States 16 years ago and currently live in the DR Congo. I still have dreams of being in the States occasionally where I show up at a park and the umpire can't make it so I step in. I guess...
Forum: Softball Tue Jun 20, 2017, 08:32am
Replies: 1
Views: 561
Posted By ChampaignBlue
Sigh, I miss the fields.

I was ASA and USSSA certified for over 20 years. Many a state and regional game. I moved back to the DR Congo in 2004 where I had been a Peace Corps volunteer long ago.

People ask me what I miss...
Forum: Softball Mon Jan 23, 2012, 05:21am
Replies: 16
Views: 2,662
Posted By ChampaignBlue
In a nutshell. In A,B,and C if you rule...

In a nutshell. In A,B,and C if you rule interference then the runner is out and the ball is dead immediately because each case can be ruled interference. In D you better not be ruling interference...
Forum: Softball Fri May 06, 2011, 06:29am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,127
Posted By ChampaignBlue
It's because of situations like this that I...

It's because of situations like this that I always, even in the championship game of a tourney, I developed this as my standard pre-game with the coaches.

After introductions and lineup cards,
...
Forum: Softball Wed May 04, 2011, 05:37am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,127
Posted By ChampaignBlue
I don't know, I might develop a thin skin and say...

I don't know, I might develop a thin skin and say "Coach! Are you making disparaging comments on my strike zone?"
Forum: Softball Thu Sep 30, 2010, 07:07am
Replies: 21
Views: 2,047
Posted By ChampaignBlue
This has been added "Noted added, 10 AM...

This has been added

"Noted added, 10 AM CDT: NY coach Richard Ives emailed to say: "The teaser included the phrase 'and drops untouched to the ground,' which makes it sound like you don't call...
Forum: Softball Sun Sep 26, 2010, 01:26pm
Replies: 42
Views: 3,593
Posted By ChampaignBlue
Oh, would that you had put up a count of 2 and...

Oh, would that you had put up a count of 2 and 1.:D
Forum: Softball Tue Sep 21, 2010, 06:05am
Replies: 42
Views: 3,593
Posted By ChampaignBlue
Yes, very cute. Mens SP, liner deep left...

Yes, very cute.


Mens SP, liner deep left nearly to fence. SS goes out to get the relay. Batter takes wide turn at 2nd as ball is coming in to SS who turns firing. I go set. Batter dives into...
Forum: Softball Mon Sep 20, 2010, 08:38am
Replies: 42
Views: 3,593
Posted By ChampaignBlue
Women's class A state. Pre-game a team shows up...

Women's class A state. Pre-game a team shows up in basketball jerseys with mismatched sportbras underneath. We call the tourney director over and both coaches. The decision is made to allow them to...
Forum: Softball Thu Sep 16, 2010, 09:54am
Replies: 42
Views: 3,593
Posted By ChampaignBlue
Working a double header slow pitch league. Rookie...

Working a double header slow pitch league. Rookie partner. Two teams that when they play each other tend to take trash talk to an art form. I generally got assigned their double headers because I had...
Forum: Softball Mon Aug 30, 2010, 03:21am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,209
Posted By ChampaignBlue
If instead of "We shouldn't force them into...

If instead of "We shouldn't force them into making decisions." he had said "We should let them make their decisions." would you be cool with that?
Forum: Softball Mon Aug 16, 2010, 04:56am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,169
Posted By ChampaignBlue
and if it goes off a fielder's glove and over the...

and if it goes off a fielder's glove and over the fence it's a four base award, not a home run.
Forum: Softball Sat Aug 14, 2010, 04:41am
Replies: 31
Views: 2,234
Posted By ChampaignBlue
As long as you graciously accept the outcome of...

As long as you graciously accept the outcome of the protest shouldn't be anything but good come from it. Most umps I've worked with love protests because the protester learns it pays to study a...
Forum: Softball Wed Aug 11, 2010, 02:34am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,309
Posted By ChampaignBlue
Here the locals say that the reason foreigners...

Here the locals say that the reason foreigners get intestinal problems is because they don't eat enough pili-pili and drink enough tsitshampa. Pili-pili is a hot pepper that makes habeņeros look...
Forum: Softball Sat Feb 20, 2010, 07:16am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,072
Posted By ChampaignBlue
One more word. Just one more word and you get to...

One more word. Just one more word and you get to leave early. Do I make myself understood?
Forum: Softball Fri Feb 12, 2010, 09:01am
Replies: 158
Views: 9,913
Posted By ChampaignBlue
Is he out yet? No. Is he out yet? ...

Is he out yet?

No.

Is he out yet?

No.

Is he out yet?
Forum: Softball Mon Feb 08, 2010, 03:44pm
Replies: 158
Views: 9,913
Posted By ChampaignBlue
I understand your dilemma. We as umps do coach,...

I understand your dilemma. We as umps do coach, during the pregame for example when we remind players that there will be do hitting above the belt (ie slide, give up, go around). During the game,...
Forum: Softball Mon Jan 25, 2010, 03:47am
Replies: 158
Views: 9,913
Posted By ChampaignBlue
However, gotta be real slow pulling that trigger....

However, gotta be real slow pulling that trigger. Told this before, AA State game, high infield fly, infield fly rule invoked and declared, ball lost in the sun, ball drops in front of second...
Forum: Softball Mon Jan 25, 2010, 03:44am
Replies: 158
Views: 9,913
Posted By ChampaignBlue
However, gotta be real slow pulling that trigger....

However, gotta be real slow pulling that trigger. Told this before, AA State game, high infield fly, infield fly rule invoked and declared, ball lost in the sun, ball drops in front of second...
Forum: Softball Fri Jan 22, 2010, 03:32am
Replies: 158
Views: 9,913
Posted By ChampaignBlue
She made the attempt, she is now a runner between...

She made the attempt, she is now a runner between 1st and 2nd, not someone that has overrun a base. It is no different than if she had rounded 1st and was halfway between 1st and 2nd. If a runner...
Forum: Softball Thu Jan 21, 2010, 07:04am
Replies: 26
Views: 2,688
Posted By ChampaignBlue
Let's just say "finger licken' good" takes on a...

Let's just say "finger licken' good" takes on a whole new meaning here.

Speaking of unusual rulings. Went to the volleyball nationals a few weeks back. Play stopped at one point and a heated...
Forum: Softball Tue Jan 19, 2010, 06:50am
Replies: 26
Views: 2,688
Posted By ChampaignBlue
Is it just me or do all blues have a warped sense...

Is it just me or do all blues have a warped sense of humor? I know mine has served me well over the years.

I lost the weight because I live way too close to the Bakete and the Tchokwe and there's...
Forum: Softball Thu Jan 14, 2010, 02:13pm
Replies: 26
Views: 2,688
Posted By ChampaignBlue
Lot's of Cubs shirts here. :D I too quit...

Lot's of Cubs shirts here. :D

I too quit smoking after 20 years at Christmas '99. Could have qualified for Macy's on Thanksgiving. Moved here in '04. Lost over 100lbs. Might be a bit extreme an...
Forum: Softball Mon Jan 11, 2010, 05:17am
Replies: 26
Views: 2,688
Posted By ChampaignBlue
Good answers all but I know I gave my uniforms to...

Good answers all but I know I gave my uniforms to our association when I left to help out the youngsters just starting out.

I'm thinking maybe it was a new guy/gal that ruled the hands were part...
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