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Old Wed Jun 01, 2005, 08:50pm
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Have any of you purchased the "Softball Umpires Manual" from the NCAA Publications catalog? I was just wondering if there was any info in there that makes it worth the $12.50 purchase price.
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Old Wed Jun 01, 2005, 11:16pm
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get it.
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Old Wed Jun 01, 2005, 11:52pm
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Download it

Isn't this the same one that is available as a big freakin PDF from several sites?
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Old Thu Jun 02, 2005, 03:47am
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I got it before it was available as a download. Get it.
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Old Thu Jun 02, 2005, 12:14pm
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If you want to progress in the NCAA ranks then you better get it and Pay for it. I know for a fact, that Jeff, Kathy and Emily track what umpires have purchased it.

It's only $12.50 and then you get free updates. No big deal.
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Old Thu Jun 02, 2005, 01:18pm
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If you want to progress in the NCAA ranks then you better get it and Pay for it. I know for a fact, that Jeff, Kathy and Emily track what umpires have purchased it.

It's only $12.50 and then you get free updates. No big deal.
I believe that is a sad commentary if this actually has anything to do with an umpire's evaluation and advancement. Buying a book no more makes an umpire better as not buying it would make them worse.
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Old Thu Jun 02, 2005, 01:19pm
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Definitely worth the price. There are so many things in there that will make you a better umpire even if you don't do college ball. Little details that will make you look better and more professional on the field.

Example - how to eject someone without showing them up, but still projecting that you are in charge.

I just finished my first season of college level ball, and found so much in there that has helped with my HS and ASA games as well.
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Old Thu Jun 02, 2005, 02:08pm
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Is this the manual and update?

http://www.ncaa.org/library/rules/20...ire_manual.pdf

Then add in the 2005 update:

http://www.cactusumpires.com/pdf/2005Manual-Updates.pdf

Correct?
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Old Thu Jun 02, 2005, 08:56pm
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Worth the $ and then some. Get it.
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Old Thu Jun 02, 2005, 10:06pm
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It would have been worth it for some of the umpires who are calling the WCWS. Especially the BU in the TN/AZ game. Sorry, but too many blown calls that were not that tough!
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Old Fri Jun 03, 2005, 12:27pm
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I believe that is a sad commentary if this actually has anything to do with an umpire's evaluation and advancement. Buying a book no more makes an umpire better as not buying it would make them worse.
DITTO! Downright Orwellian!
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Old Fri Jun 03, 2005, 12:46pm
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Mike,
If I buy a book on the history of Delaware, will you assign me the State Final? Thanks, I'll even polish my belt!
Well, if I was Mike, I would at least require you to also pass this test:

1) How did Delaware get its name?

2) What is the significance of the name Zwaanendael to the state?

3) Why is the Declaration of Independence even more significant to Delaware than to the other original 13 states?

(Send me your answers and I'll grade them for you!)

(And, Mike, I'll bet you thought the only things I was nutty about was softball rules and English grammar!)

[Edited by Dakota on Jun 3rd, 2005 at 04:55 PM]
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Old Fri Jun 03, 2005, 12:52pm
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Mike,
If I buy a book on the history of Delaware, will you assign me the State Final? Thanks, I'll even polish my belt!
Well, if I was Mike, I would at least require you to also pass this test:

1) How did Delaware get its name?
from Lord De La Warr

2) What is the significance of the name Zwaanendael to the state?
first community

3) Why is the Declaration of Independence even more significant to Delaware than to the other original 13 states?
I almost said first signer - Caesar Rodney, but that was the Constitution.

(Send me your answers and I'll grade them for you!)

2 out of 3 is passing, with extra credit for the Constitution comment

(And, Mike, I'll bet you thought the only thing I was nutty about was softball rules and English grammar!)
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Old Fri Jun 03, 2005, 01:17pm
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2 out of 3 is passing, ...
Very good, but would you consider an umpire who knew 2/3 of the rules to be a passable umpire?

Anyway, the answer to #3 is Delaware used the opportunity to also declare itself independent from Pennsylvania.
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