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Forum: Basketball Tue Aug 30, 2016, 09:11pm
Replies: 24
Views: 2,208
Posted By IowaMike
Hey I get the not working too many nights a week;...

Hey I get the not working too many nights a week; not saying I work 4 nights a week all season but there are occasional weeks I do. Two nights a week is my preference as well. A lot of those heavy...
Forum: Basketball Mon Aug 29, 2016, 10:31pm
Replies: 24
Views: 2,208
Posted By IowaMike
Varsity HS games are Tuesday and Friday here with...

Varsity HS games are Tuesday and Friday here with a very occasional Saturday game. Jr high plays primarily on Monday and Thursday. Freshman play just about any day of the week; sometimes early before...
Forum: Basketball Mon Nov 09, 2015, 10:10pm
Replies: 55
Views: 4,938
Posted By IowaMike
I personally find it easier to work a varsity...

I personally find it easier to work a varsity game with 3 officials. Yes there is more scrutiny but I don't stress out about that, it's still just a high school basketball game not life or death....
Forum: Basketball Sat Nov 07, 2015, 08:01pm
Replies: 55
Views: 4,938
Posted By IowaMike
I don't blame the jv guys for grumbling; why...

I don't blame the jv guys for grumbling; why should they subsidize the varsity guys?. I work a lot of varsity but still work some lower level stuff too and I wouldn't work a 2 person HS jv game for...
Forum: Basketball Fri Nov 06, 2015, 01:01pm
Replies: 17
Views: 3,128
Posted By IowaMike
Already tossed the old ones. They can only take...

Already tossed the old ones. They can only take in pants so much and I went from a 48 to a 38 so I don't think they could have made it work.
Forum: Basketball Thu Nov 05, 2015, 03:43pm
Replies: 17
Views: 3,128
Posted By IowaMike
Referee pants advice

I've been a basketball official for 15 years but am having a problem finding decent pants. I lost 65 lbs since last season which of course means all new gear. My old pants lasted forever and were...
Forum: Basketball Thu Oct 29, 2015, 11:48am
Replies: 55
Views: 4,938
Posted By IowaMike
Not the case where I work in Iowa. Fees vary by...

Not the case where I work in Iowa. Fees vary by conference, but I never get double for a basketball doubleheader. The big 4A conference I work in pays $75 for a single 3 person varsity game and we...
Forum: Basketball Fri Dec 06, 2013, 02:06pm
Replies: 33
Views: 3,303
Posted By IowaMike
Most officials eventually get to the point where...

Most officials eventually get to the point where they know it's time to hang it up, be it age or just not enjoying it anymore. Everyone is different. I officiated basketball for 12 years and called...
Forum: Baseball Sun Apr 14, 2013, 02:11pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,376
Posted By IowaMike
One thing I enjoy about high school baseball in...

One thing I enjoy about high school baseball in Iowa is that it doesn't start until May 20th; no freezing my nads off umpiring a game. Of course, a day in July with a heat index over 100 isn't much...
Forum: Baseball Fri Apr 12, 2013, 05:09pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,306
Posted By IowaMike
High school games are all I work anymore, I get...

High school games are all I work anymore, I get there 30-45 minutes prior to game time. I work just about every game with the same partner so we always ride to the games together. When I used to work...
Forum: Baseball Mon Apr 08, 2013, 05:04pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,401
Posted By IowaMike
New CP arrived; disappointment

I sold my WV Platinum earlier and ordered a new model Honigs K-1 Pro Elite. No lectures please; I wore the old model K-1 for many years and liked it just fine. I've worn the Platinum for the last 3...
Forum: Baseball Sun Mar 24, 2013, 10:55pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,005
Posted By IowaMike
Sold.

Sold.
Forum: Baseball Sun Mar 24, 2013, 10:48am
Replies: 1
Views: 1,005
Posted By IowaMike
West Vest Platinum CP for sale

I'm selling my WV Platinum, it's the larger sized model and I'm asking $90 plus shipping UPS or Fedex ground within the continental U.S., transaction to be processed through Paypal only unless you...
Forum: Baseball Wed Mar 20, 2013, 05:10pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,562
Posted By IowaMike
Reebok Zig Plate Shoes

Thinking about buying new plate shoes this year; I've always worn New Balance and like them but would like to go to a low cut shoe and am looking at the Reebok Zig Tech. My question to anyone who has...
Forum: Baseball Mon Mar 11, 2013, 06:47pm
Replies: 45
Views: 4,503
Posted By IowaMike
I agree with your point, you do need a healthy...

I agree with your point, you do need a healthy ego to be a strong umpire as well as a thick skin, but as I said there is a difference between arrogance and confidence. I just think we tend to tear...
Forum: Baseball Sun Mar 10, 2013, 05:05pm
Replies: 45
Views: 4,503
Posted By IowaMike
This forum really kills me sometimes. Nobody...

This forum really kills me sometimes. Nobody treats umpires worse than other umpires. Everyone handles things a little differently as we all have different personalities. As much as some umpires try,...
Forum: Baseball Tue Jun 12, 2012, 06:04pm
Replies: 57
Views: 5,186
Posted By IowaMike
When I started out officiating in 2001, I got all...

When I started out officiating in 2001, I got all of my stuff for both basketball and baseball from Honigs. Good quality, good service and I was satisfied. I noticed a trend over the years though;...
Forum: Basketball Fri Oct 28, 2011, 05:55pm
Replies: 95
Views: 5,842
Posted By IowaMike
So if you work JH games you're unprofessional? I...

So if you work JH games you're unprofessional? I work as many varsity games as I care to and I still work a small number of JH games. Why? Because they usually play on nights when varsity games...
Forum: Basketball Fri Oct 28, 2011, 12:54pm
Replies: 95
Views: 5,842
Posted By IowaMike
That's the norm in my area too; I usually go...

That's the norm in my area too; I usually go dressed to JH games, just change shoes once I get there. I've never had the need to change in the parking lot for a basketball game though; they always...
Forum: Basketball Wed Sep 07, 2011, 05:22pm
Replies: 32
Views: 3,105
Posted By IowaMike
Varsity boys game, A1 drives to the hoop with the...

Varsity boys game, A1 drives to the hoop with the ball just outside of the elbow and as he does he clearly pushes off the defender with his forearm. I step towards the play with my fist in the air to...
Forum: Basketball Sat Aug 20, 2011, 09:34am
Replies: 99
Views: 6,329
Posted By IowaMike
This is a great point. One of my varsity partners...

This is a great point. One of my varsity partners and I were discussing this last year and we both felt that it was much, much easier to officiate a three man varsity boys game than a two man soph...
Forum: Baseball Thu Jul 07, 2011, 12:55pm
Replies: 35
Views: 4,240
Posted By IowaMike
Very glad to see an end to equipment checks; I...

Very glad to see an end to equipment checks; I agree that should be the responsibility of the head coach.
Forum: Basketball Wed Jun 22, 2011, 12:11pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,035
Posted By IowaMike
I think you had a good T; I would always T up a...

I think you had a good T; I would always T up a player directing profanity towards an opponent. I've often regretted not giving a technical but have never regretted one that I have given. Most of the...
Forum: Baseball Sun Jun 05, 2011, 06:26pm
Replies: 45
Views: 4,831
Posted By IowaMike
Never a problem with high school games here in...

Never a problem with high school games here in Iowa; they're all doubleheaders. The only discussion is whether you take the first or second game behind the plate. Most guys seem to prefer to take the...
Forum: Baseball Sun May 01, 2011, 05:00pm
Replies: 22
Views: 2,430
Posted By IowaMike
I work for two conference assigners/commissioners...

I work for two conference assigners/commissioners who both use Arbiter. One officials association I belong to doesn't use any assigning software at all, they use their website to assign and post...
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