I got to spend some time with some coaches one on one and they all have some tough questions. They want answers to something that happened 2 or 3 years ago, of which I wasn't there, for me to give a blessing that another umpire was wrong. They found out I won't do that. In baseball, train wrecks happen. Umpires are forced to make the call as best as they see it. Judgment calls happen.
I have some hard rules that I follow at the Little League level.
- If any kid is hurt, dead ball, all play stops. I don't care about anything other than the kids health. These are 10, 11 and 12 year old kids for God's sake. The kids safety is the most important part of baseball.
- I will never over rule my partner. Now that being said, I also will not have a Dad come out of the stands to "help me" call outs at first. I would rather call the whole game alone, which means running a great deal more and a ton of more responsibility, than having a guy not in tune with me.
- Never punch a kid out on a called Third Strike. Call the first strike the same as the third. It's about the kids, not the Umpire.
- If lightning is in the area, get the kids in the dug out. Please see number 1. Fencing, foul poles and other things surrounding a baseball field are lightning magnets.
Rules you should know!
Strike Zone, Infield Fly, Obstruction, Interference and what is a Catch. If all baseball fans knew these, there would be less shouting to the Umpires. Not that I don't cherish your opinions!