Umpires...Will You Call Games This Summer?

Discussion in 'General Softball Discussions' started by yocoach, May 10, 2020.

  1. yocoach

    yocoach Super Moderator Staff Member

    After talking with more than my share of umpires across the country, many have said that they and their fellow umpires are in the high risk group for Covid-19 and will not call a game until 2021. Others have told me depending upon the tournament guidelines they might call games and yet another group has told me that they will call games regardless of the circumstances. I'm curious. For our umpires on here, which group do you belong to? If you're willing to call games under certain circumstances, what would they be?
  2. Bob_Himmelein

    Bob_Himmelein Moderator

    We have many umpires in our group add to numerous tournaments. While we have some "older" umpires only a few have indicated they are not willing to work. The biggest issue is if and how the state may allow games to be played. If they start coming up with rules that cannot be easy to follow this is not going to increase the desire for umpires or teams. We can all play what-if, but until we get some rules on if, when or how tournaments can go forward not much more can be decided.
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  3. Rken15

    Rken15 Member

    I am a coach for softball and an umpire on the boys baseball side. If we have the okay to play, I would feel comfortable working games.
  4. mroby5172

    mroby5172 Active Member

    I see no reason why I would not work games, if it is safe for the girls, I am good.
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  5. umpirejj

    umpirejj Member

    I have contacted all of my umpires scheduled to work my Summer tourneys and fortunately they are each & everyone planning to umpire.
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  6. BretMan2

    BretMan2 TSZ/OFC Umpire in Chief

    The latest round of direction from the state says that umpires would need to wear face coverings at all times. Have you ever worn a mask while physically exerting yourself? I have, because I started a new job that requires it. It makes for a horribly miserable experience!

    Breathing your own hot exhalations, while you’re already hot and breathing heavily, makes it feel like you’re being smothered and makes you get even hotter. Not to mention that you’re now breathing in more carbon dioxide, and thus less oxygen. And this was in moderate to cooler indoor temperatures. I can’t even imagine what it would be like on a hot summer day.

    Wearing a mask while exerting myself has been such a horrible experience that I’m thinking it would make me want to not umpire if it’s required.

    The latest order also says that officials should maintain the standard six foot distance when interacting with players. Then it goes on to say that umpires calling balls and strikes should maintain “adequate distance” behind the catcher. So which is it? Six feet or some ill-defined adequate distance?
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  7. wilsey73

    wilsey73 Member

    My name is Dale and I'm my Assc. President...Out of 50 umpires, I have 8 saying yes. Sorry folks, but unless things change, there won't be alot of tournaments...
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  8. DanMaz

    DanMaz Super Moderator Staff Member

    wow. only 8 of 50? what part of the states or states do these 50 primarily ump?
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  9. SonicMojo

    SonicMojo Active Member

    It just means stay 6 feet away when not actively engaged in calling the game, but don't let the social distancing stuff interfere with your mechanics when you are calling the game.
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  10. wilsey73

    wilsey73 Member

    Logan Co. and Franklin Co.
  11. Both the field and home plate umpire umpire must wear masks. It doesn't make any sense for the field ump or base coaches to wear masks the vast majority of the time. And , if the home plate umpire has to wear a facemask, why wouldn't the catcher also have to wear one? I don't think either should have to---to me it is a safety hazard for the reasons Bretman listed as well as a safety hazard if the face mask should rise up and obscure the pitch or even a play at the plate.

    Keep in mind that the Health Commissioners on the committee are the ones who came up with this-- they have to follow strict guidelines and from my limited experiences with them, they do not let good common sense enter into their thinking. They will definitely show up at each event and they will shut it down if they see the slightest thing wrong--they do not turn their heads.
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  12. jpkeating

    jpkeating Member

    I’m still up in the air with it, I don’t know about anybody else, but my job requires a mask at all times. After about a half hour of wearing a mask I get a headache. 10 minutes after I take the mask off the headache goes away.
    So calling a game with one on could be interesting.
  13. Coach Tony

    Coach Tony Member

    I umpired for about three years. I really enjoyed it.

    There is no way I would umpire a game wearing ANY type of face covering. Not a chance...

  14. ...and i agree with you that if the Health Commissioners show up they will shut down the tournament if they see any violations. With that being said all it's going to take is one tragedy or near tragedy by WEARING a mask, and then they will have bigger issues on their hands. Umpire or player goes down in heat because of wearing mask#lawsuits.....Unfortunately then and only then will the mask become "strongly recommended".

    If I were running tournaments masks would strictly be optional for each team, coach, player, umpire, fan, etc....I would deal with the health so-called "experts" if needed

    PLAY BALL!!!!!
  15. SonicMojo

    SonicMojo Active Member

    I really do not see health commissioners getting involved in any of these events, or even local youth league games, unless they receive specific complaints. They have much larger fish to fry than to try to police these, and there simply aren't enough of them.
  16. BretMan2

    BretMan2 TSZ/OFC Umpire in Chief

    Now that the state has rescinded the mandate for umpires to wear looks like I’ll be back on the field again as soon as the season starts up.

    I wonder what prompted the change? It’s not like umpires have a huge lobbying group at the statehouse!
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  17. yocoach

    yocoach Super Moderator Staff Member

    @Mike_Craig_-_Ohio USSSA reported in another thread that the Governor's office and the committee had another conference call. Once again he strongly advised against mandating the masks and they actually listened and reconsidered.
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