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    GAPSS umps

    Anyone else get a taste of the inconsistent, arrogant umps with the "I'm God" attitude at GAPSS this weekend?

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    Re: GAPSS umps

    Yes sir, had one ump that thought it was his show, not for the girls.

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    We actually had one ump call a foul ball on an obvious fair ball then turn around and tell the opposing catcher "That may have been a fair ball. I didn't have time to take my mask off to see it". It was right down 3rd base line. Then we had another ump today telling the opposing catcher where they should pitch our batter because of where she was standing in the box. Amazing!!!!

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    Re: GAPSS umps

    We actually had some very good veteran umps at 16u all weekend.

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    18U Umpires were really bad. Had two games where they were pretty decent. The ones at Arrowhead were flat out terrible!!!
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    The problem is that from the very first time your daughter steps on the rubber she is told don't throw it down the middle. Hit the corners. Keep it low. Don't hang it at the belt. They practice for more hours than you can keep track of to develop this skill. Then they get to the age where colleges are looking at them. Trying to get scholarships. You figure you need to go to big tournaments like me GAPSS so they can be seen. Then some arrogant ump (who seem to already know who is going to win the game before the first pitch is thrown)steps on the field and won't give them the corners. Forcing them to throw down the middle where ball after ball is getting bombed or people are getting walked. All while the college coaches are watching. There is no accountability for the umps.

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    Re: GAPSS umps

    Quote Originally Posted by Byers View Post
    The problem is that from the very first time your daughter steps on the rubber she is told don't throw it down the middle. Hit the corners. Keep it low. Don't hang it at the belt. They practice for more hours than you can keep track of to develop this skill. Then they get to the age where colleges are looking at them. Trying to get scholarships. You figure you need to go to big tournaments like me GAPSS so they can be seen. Then some arrogant ump (who seem to already know who is going to win the game before the first pitch is thrown)steps on the field and won't give them the corners. Forcing them to throw down the middle where ball after ball is getting bombed or people are getting walked. All while the college coaches are watching. There is no accountability for the umps.
    College coaches who are experienced know what a good pitcher looks like, regardless of what an ump is calling. When you have a crappy ump, they will look to see how DD pitcher adjusts to it, how she keeps her composure, etc. Your speed, movement, technique and demeanor is what is key and can be evaluated no matter what an inconsistent ump is doing back there. (that's what Ive been told by more than one college coach at least)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewam3 View Post
    College coaches who are experienced know what a good pitcher looks like, regardless of what an ump is calling. When you have a crappy ump, they will look to see how DD pitcher adjusts to it, how she keeps her composure, etc. Your speed, movement, technique and demeanor is what is key and can be evaluated no matter what an inconsistent ump is doing back there. (that's what Ive been told by more than one college coach at least)
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    Then, conversely,. You get the ump that calls strikes 6 inches into the batters box that you can't possibly get a bat on.

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    If you have a tight ump you have to adjust the best way possible. If you have a ump with a big zone you have to adjust the best you can. Softball you have to acquire knowledge & make adjustments during the game. Period. Strike up a conversation with an ump at a big tourney. It's common for them to do 7,8,9 games in a day. Yea, chances are they'll have a bad game just like players & coaches.

    Lewam3 is exactly right. During Stingrays we felt like we were getting squeezed. I walk behind the plate & watch as I talked to a coach who has been following our pitcher. First thing out of her mouth was "You want to see where they're missing too? He's really tight."
    Last edited by Creek01; 07-17-2017 at 08:22 AM.

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