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Forum: General 02-29-2016, 10:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 916
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Eddie Akau Quick Silver Contest

In my younger days I was an avid body surfer and boogie boarder on occasion. I loved it out there...the bigger wave, the better. I think 12ft. was the biggest surf I encountered. Anything higher, I...
Forum: Newbies (NO flaming allowed!) 02-29-2016, 08:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,034
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Catcher blocking your view

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot are you talking about? Most older catchers squat down just fine. They are much better receivers of the ball due to their experience playing the position as opposed to lower...
Forum: Newbies (NO flaming allowed!) 02-29-2016, 08:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,034
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Catcher blocking your view

This is what I usually have the most trouble with. Sometimes I can't see the pitch until it gets there. I can't track it more than the last couple of feet, but I usually can get a close enough look...
Forum: Mechanics 02-25-2016, 06:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,693
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Verbalize "no catch" ???

That is why they started training umpires to say "he's out" instead of "catch" about 20 years ago. Unfortunately, "catch" was already ingrained into my psyche by then and I have a hard time not using...
Forum: High School 02-17-2016, 06:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,157
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: continue without a catcher?

Rep worthy post. Rep added.
Forum: High School 02-14-2016, 12:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Finally, HS Season is Here

If my strike 3 call got much stronger, the batters would run away crying.:p
Forum: High School 02-13-2016, 11:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Finally, HS Season is Here

I am really NOT looking at my feet. I am looking at my arm signal and want to break myself of that habit. I have a very demonstrative strike 3 call and I love admiring it too much.
Forum: High School 02-12-2016, 09:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Finally, HS Season is Here

Thanks Mike. Here is another view from another game:

http://i451.photobucket.com/albums/qq240/SanDiegoSteve/7D2_7688%20copy_zps6pkt3uuh.jpg
Forum: High School 02-12-2016, 07:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 936
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Finally, HS Season is Here

We are wrapping up Coaches Winter League games soon here in San Diego and start the Pre-Season tournaments the first week of March. I believe there are 4 high school tournaments during March and then...
Forum: Umpire Equipment 02-04-2016, 08:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,205
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: New Base Shoes

I haven't tried the new NB shoes, but the older version of the 950s are great for cleanup. I use a washcloth with warm water and then buff them dry with a bath towel. I use hot water from a bathtub...
Forum: Umpire Equipment 02-04-2016, 07:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 971
Posted By AugieDonatelli
New Protector from +POS

http://www.pluspos.com/cobra
Forum: High School 01-26-2016, 06:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,618
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Forum: High School 01-23-2016, 05:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,618
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Restricted to dugout!!

Your health is much more important than umpiring ball, Ozzy. I want you to take better care of yourself, friend.
Forum: High School 01-22-2016, 04:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,618
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Restricted to dugout!!

I was absent for a while because in October 2011 I was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer in my lymph nodes and vocal cord cancer. After surgery to remove the cancer from my vocal cords, I underwent...
Forum: Rules 01-22-2016, 07:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,272
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Collison at first. FED Rules

Thank you for the kind words. I have been back umpiring since June 2014, and I joined my old HS association in July 2015. I will also be working adult ball again, as I have joined my old adult group...
Forum: Rules 01-20-2016, 07:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,272
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Collison at first. FED Rules

The case play for this call is 8.3.2 K.
Forum: Rules 01-20-2016, 07:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,272
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Collison at first. FED Rules

If the collision knocks the BR to the ground, the ball can be retrieved and a tag applied or thrown to first, so the OBS protects the runner in these cases.
Forum: General 01-20-2016, 07:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Chants, Heckles and Sportsmanship

Did they mention me by name? 8-O
Forum: Newbies (NO flaming allowed!) 01-20-2016, 07:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,684
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: The logical next step?

For which we are all truly thankful.
Forum: High School 01-20-2016, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,618
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Restricted to dugout!!

Our association seems to be in favor of the new rules and have told us to abide by it to the letter for anything less than a major offense. Looks like I may have my first ever bench restriction,...
Forum: Mechanics 09-09-2015, 03:34 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 10,063
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Putting the ball back in play

Yes, and a little document known as "The rule book" says "alive" too.
Forum: General 08-24-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,927
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: How Verbal can you be with kids ?

Way is spelled WAY, not FWAY. There is no f in way. No f-in way I would say please either. What, I'm gonna beg and plead?
8O
Forum: Mechanics 08-24-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 10,063
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Putting the ball back in play

Yeah, that is one neighborhood I no longer visit!
Forum: Mechanics 08-06-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,025
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: Bang-Bang tag plays

Get in close if it is your only runner. I am right on top of plays when I know there is no other responsibility to cover. Get in fairly close with multiple runners, but be ready to react and move on...
Forum: General 07-26-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 12
FYI
Views: 868
Posted By AugieDonatelli
Re: FYI

Rep added. You deserve it.
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