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Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:03 pm

Hey all! I got a letter in the mail today. As some of you know I'm a sports official in my spare time. I do basketball, baseball, and football, with baseball being my favorite, and strongest sport. I umpire some small college ball, high school ball, and volunteer my time when I can to umpire Little League ball.

Today I recieved a letter from the Little League Western Regional Director to inform me that I was selected to umpire the Sr. Baseball Western Regional Tournament this summer! This is a big deal for me, and others who are fortunate enough to recieve this honor, because of how much work it takes to make it that far. I've been to the Western Region Umpire School twice now, and have put in for a regional tournament for several years now. So, now is my time!


I only ask that those members who have made it they're task recently to berate me in the forums stay out of this thread. This is a big deal for me, and a huge honor. I ask that you not try and bring me down, as that isn't possible. I will simply ignore your replies, and ask that your responses be deleated.
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:09 pm

Good job, you must be a good umpire to be asked to officiate such an event.
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:15 pm

Congratulation! Obviously your talents as an umpire are noteworthy . . .
I hope you have continued further successes!!!

It's almost spring, and you're going to be busy!!!  thumbsup 
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:29 pm

Congrats, S12PPL!


Keep on going.
 
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:34 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):



Quoting TheCoz (Reply 3):

Thanks, guys! I've started a blog if you guys want to follow along. I don't expect many to follow...save maybe a few fellow umpires. But, a friend of mine that umpired this same tournament last year had a blog for his friends and family, so I figured I'd do the same:

http://sr-regional.blogspot.com/
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:37 pm

Congrats to you!

I myself used to be a Lacrosse referee and i understand the dedication and commitment it takes to be an official no matter what sport. Good luck to you and I hope this is the beginning of bigger things in your officiating career.
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:38 pm

Quoting TheCoz (Reply 3):
Congrats, S12PPL!

Whooa! The Coz posted a serious thought! Now that commands respect!

Nice Coz!
Even Nicer S12PPL!
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 2:45 pm

Quoting TuffGong (Reply 5):
Congrats to you!

Thanks!  Smile

Quoting Kevinl1011 (Reply 6):
Whooa! The Coz posted a serious thought! Now that commands respect!

Nice Coz!
Even Nicer S12PPL!

lol. Thanks Smile
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:19 pm



Hehe, only kidding Matt  Wink Anyways, very good job bud! Im glad you got this position! I know you enjoy umpiring, so this should be very fun for you!  bouncy 

KPDX  Smile
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:30 pm

Quoting KPDX (Reply 8):
Hehe, only kidding Matt Anyways, very good job bud! Im glad you got this position! I know you enjoy umpiring, so this should be very fun for you!

Ah, thank-you, Dillan! Smile I'll be just up the road in Salem, ya can come watch/make fun of me all you want! lol
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:48 pm

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 9):
Dillan

Its spelled Dylan!
 bomb   banghead   biting   bigmouth   gnasher   mad   irked 


Haha just letting ya know.  Smile

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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:59 pm

I appologize, Dylan  Smile Anyway, offer still stands for you to come boo an umpire for free Smile
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:04 pm

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 11):
Anyway, offer still stands for you to come boo an umpire for free

Fun Big grin I just might have to take up this offer  mischievous   Wink

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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:21 am

Hey, good deal. I can always use a cheering section Wink Anyway, we get enough crap from people as it is  Smile

I'll have to get a countdown clock running or something on my blog Big grin
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 5:07 am

hehe, this reminds me of the movie "The Naked Gun 2 1/2" where Frank Drebin played as the umpire where he was being goofy and all and using a vacuum cleaner to clean home plate.

Stike threee, youuuuur ouuuuuuuuut!!!!!!!

Congrats to you, and good luck.

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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:20 am

Quoting GOCAPS16 (Reply 14):
Congrats to you, and good luck.

Thank-you!

I loved that movie! He was way over the top, and that's what makes it so funny! We show that clip at umpire trainings from time to time Smile
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:23 am

Congratulations! Remember, those backwards tips can be nasty, so don't forget your cup...  Wink
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:24 am

Nice one Big grin


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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:29 am

Quoting S12PPL (Thread starter):
I only ask that those members who have made it they're task recently to berate me in the forums stay out of this thread. This is a big deal for me, and a huge honor. I ask that you not try and bring me down, as that isn't possible. I will simply ignore your replies, and ask that your responses be deleated.

I've disagreed with you on some topics, and I hope you don't think it's ever been my intention to berate you. But I hope you don't mind me saying Congratulations and I hope you have a GREAT time! I know you'll be fair and "call 'em like you see 'em!"
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 8:52 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Reply 18):
I've disagreed with you on some topics, and I hope you don't think it's ever been my intention to berate you. But I hope you don't mind me saying Congratulations and I hope you have a GREAT time! I know you'll be fair and "call 'em like you see 'em!"

Nah, I was refering to one member in particular...he knows who he is Smile

Anyway, thank-you. I appreciate it!
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:18 am

good job matt. i'll try to make it so i can yell obscenities/tell you you suck.
 
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:21 am

Awwwww, thanks Dave Smile
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 10:42 am

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 19):
Nah, I was refering to one member in particular...he knows who he is

Now, that wouldn't be me, would it??? All I'm going to say is that I hope you have better eye sight than your dad!!!   


Congrats...

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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 10:46 am

Nope, not you TuitrThree  Smile

But, that isn't the focus of the thread Smile
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:10 am

Ok,

But really... Congrats, and I mean that.

Big achievement.. not many people can get to that level. But Little League, you better keep a watch on your back.. Those parents can be brutal... Are you going to be behind the plate, or out in the bases, or is that something you don't know until the day of or close to?
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:38 am

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 24):
Are you going to be behind the plate, or out in the bases, or is that something you don't know until the day of or close to?

Don't you guys rotate positions like one game you'll be behind home plate and the next game, you'll be first base ump and so on? Is that how it works?

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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:57 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
It's almost spring, and you're going to be busy!!!

That's right!!

CONGRADULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:03 pm

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 24):
Are you going to be behind the plate, or out in the bases, or is that something you don't know until the day of or close to?



Quoting GOCAPS16 (Reply 25):
Don't you guys rotate positions like one game you'll be behind home plate and the next game, you'll be first base ump and so on? Is that how it works?

Well, at this level it will be very different from the regular season.

There will be 8 umpires, all from differerent locations. As far as I know, I am the only umpire from Oregon at this tournament. Anyway. Each game will have four umpires. Plate, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. We will be assigned all of our games the day before the tournament begins, and we will rotate clockwise.

So, for example. Let's say I am assigned the plate for the first game:

I will work the Plate for the first game of the day, then rotate to 3rd for the 2nd game of the night. Then, the next day I will start at 2nd, and then move to 1st base for the last game of the night. By day 3, I will be back behind the dish. We will keep this rotation until bracket play begins.

I assume the tournament format will be the same as it has been in the past. Pool play, and then the top two teams from each pool advance tot he semi-final games. I don't know many details yet. My District Administrator, who I know, is still working them out. There is a meeting tonight to actually start to finalize the details. It's only February 28th, I know  Smile If a tournament of this scale is done correctly, the planning begins a year in advance, which is what my district did. Last year, this same tournament was hosted in Oregon. It was hosted technically by District 4 up in Beaverton. However, they were also hosting the Jr. Regional, as well as the anual 11-12 Softball World Series televised on ESPN every year. They were a little thin on resources, so D7 had to step in and cover for them. So, technically, this will make two years in a row my district is "hosting" the tournament. So, for me this means two things:

Less travel. If this tournament were being hosted in another state, or far away....I would be responsible for all my travel to and from the site. This way, I only have a 25 minute commute to and from my home. Now, I'm being told by my DA that they may still put me up in a hotel in Salem. I dunno. The nice thing about being a volunteer umpire is that when you are selected for a Regional or World Series...you are treated like royalty. I'll be purchasing shirts and hats with my assocation logo on them to trade with other umpires at the tournament. You'd be amazed how big pins and hats and shirts are at a Little League event. And when the Hawaiians get there....look out.

In 2001 when they still used a divisional tournament for the Juniors, we hosted it in Salem. I was honored enough to be asked to umpire at that tournament as well, and when they got there it was amazing. Some parents that flew in the morning of the pre-tournament BBQ brought fresh pineapples picked that day before they flew in...To this day the best pineapple I'd had since we went to Hawaii in 1996. At the Senior Regional last year in Beaverton, they brought amazing gifts for the other teams and umpires. It was just so cool to see how well they treated people they didn't even know.

Anyway. To say the least, this tournament is going to be a lot of fun. I'll get to meet a lot of really cool people, and trade for some cool gifts.  Smile
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RE: Good News For Me Today!

Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:07 pm

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 26):
That's right!!

CONGRADULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks!

I've been added to the list finally!

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