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Old Thu Apr 06, 2006, 08:42pm
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Inspecting the field

I'd like you opinion on a point of contention among a few members of the local umpires assoc.

When I arrive at the park, I like to get there early enough to accomplish 3 things before the plate conference.
1) a complete pregame with my partner(s)
2) inspect all the equipment, and
3) walk the fence

Some of the umps around here say walking the field is overkill at the NFHS level. I say why not be prepared? Could be the NCAA work I have done?
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Old Thu Apr 06, 2006, 08:57pm
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Some of the umps around here say walking the field is overkill at the NFHS level. I say why not be prepared? Could be the NCAA work I have done?
There should never be a problem with walking the field. I have done it at all my nationals and at the Hooters last year. Of six times, I've found an issue/ problem which needed to be addressed prior to the first game at three different fields including Hall of Fame Stadium in OKC.
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Old Thu Apr 06, 2006, 09:18pm
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JFA67: Sounds good
That is the basic plan we use during the HS season. Walking the fence/field is not overkill.
BTW: Both my partner and I check game equipment together. We visit one bench area then the other.
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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 01:43am
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I have done it at all my nationals and at the Hooters last year.
I like walking the "field" at Hooters too
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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 08:56am
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You have fences at your HS fields!!! Boy, what I wouldn't give for that...
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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 09:15am
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Inspecting field + equipment could be also a way to approach the participants of the game without a lack of professionalism.
Teams generally appreciate when an umpire take care of every aspect of the game (but avoid being nosy)... looks like the ump is concentrate and with the right attitude... at least here in Europe.

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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 09:18am
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You have fences at your HS fields!!! Boy, what I wouldn't give for that...
The vast majority of our varsity fields are fenced, most with actual dugouts (speaking big school metro area). There are two I know of that are not fenced in my general area - they use temp fencing. I would even say that more of the JV fields are fenced than are not fenced, but they usually just have a bench, not a dugout.
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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 09:20am
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You have fences at your HS fields!!! Boy, what I wouldn't give for that...
With yellow corregated pipe around the top.
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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 09:50am
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I like walking the "field" at Hooters too
I also like playing the field at Hooters!
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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 10:13am
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I like walking the "field" at Hooters too
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I also like playing the field at Hooters!
You guys talk big, but my guess??? BR out before reaching first base!
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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 11:17am
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You guys talk big, but my guess??? BR out before reaching first base!
You mean no one would score?
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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 11:26am
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You mean no one would score?
They are probably "quick to make their calls" too... all caught up in the excitement of the play...
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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 12:35pm
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They are probably "quick to make their calls" too... all caught up in the excitement of the play...
Timing is everything. Even at Hooter's.
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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 02:13pm
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Timing is everything. Even at Hooter's.
Shouldn't that read "especially at Hooters?"
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Old Fri Apr 07, 2006, 06:37pm
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You have fences at your HS fields!!! Boy, what I wouldn't give for that...
Luckily for me all the high schools in town here, except one that has to play in a public park, have or have use of very nice totally enclosed fields. Dugouts and all.

Thanks for all the replies. Even the hooters ones
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