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A blog especially for USA Softball of Utah Umpires to help clarify rules, plays, and game control situations.

Charlie Fletcher - Lived The Dream

Charlie Fletcher - Lived The Dream
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CHARLIE FLETCHER DIED FROM CANCER NEWSFLASH! - On January 14, 2018, fellow USA Softball umpire Charlie Fletcher ended his battle with cancer. Charlie ...
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Uniforms - How Often Do You Buy New?

Uniforms - How Often Do You Buy New?
Michael Leavitt 160
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I have posed the question to many umpires over the years, "How often do you plan on buying a new uniform?" The answers have been very interesting, as ...
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DON'T BE A DUSTY! - Umpiring Tip For Success

DON'T BE A DUSTY! - Umpiring Tip For Success
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Don't Be A Dusty! NOTE: The use of the name Dusty is purely fictional. As a field ump, I have always prided myself in my ability to keep the bases cle...
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I noticed you cleaning the bases last night at my granddaughters game and I mentioned to my wife that we don\'t see that ever.... Read More
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 19:38
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LIGHTNING! - When Do We Suspend The Game?

LIGHTNING! - When Do We Suspend The Game?
Michael Leavitt 160
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WHAT ARE THE LIGHTNING GUIDELINES? As USA Softball of Utah umpires, when do we call a game due to lightning? And once suspended, when can we safely re...
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TIP #2 - KNOW YOUR ROLE

TIP #2 - KNOW YOUR ROLE
Michael Leavitt 160
NEW UMPIRE TIP #2 KNOW YOUR ROLE This advice is very sound. Showboaters can be found all over the internet, and you do not need to be one of them. The...
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TIP #1 - YOU WILL MAKE MISTAKES!

TIP #1 - YOU WILL MAKE MISTAKES!
Michael Leavitt 160
NEW UMPIRE TIP #1 YOU WILL MAKE MISTAKES! I was impressed with the list of 18 tips shared by Referee.com for new sports officials. The first states: "...
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Shot Through The Heart! - 2017 Injuries

Shot Through The Heart! - 2017 Injuries
Michael Leavitt 160
Shot through the heart, and you're to blame. You give catcher's a bad name! In a 14 year old youth baseball game the pitcher was throwing 65 miles an ...
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Hey Blue, We Still Have 2 Minutes Left!

Hey Blue, We Still Have 2 Minutes Left!
Michael Leavitt 160
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STOPWATCH As umpires we are often involved in timed games. Some fields proudly display the time on the scoreboard for all to see. But most of the time...
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Mask or Migraine - A Dead Shot!

Mask or Migraine - A Dead Shot!
Michael Leavitt 160
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Many are probably unaware, but I suffer from migraines. They come and they go without any clear explanation. This morning the cause is obvious. It is ...
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Enjoy The Moments!

Enjoy The Moments!
Michael Leavitt 160
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It may seem a bit odd for an umpire related blog to feature a fishing photo as its cover image, unless you realize that these photo were snapped just ...
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Catchers Obstruction - Are You Ready To Rule?

Catchers Obstruction - Are You Ready To Rule?
Michael Leavitt 160
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I found my reflexes slow on a play that happened behind the plate as I stood out behind the shortstop. I watched my partner's reactions behind the pla...
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Nice work, Michael. Thorough and articulate.
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:08
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Home Run or Ground Rule Double? That is the question!

Home Run or Ground Rule Double? That is the question!
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In a recent UHSAA Varsity softball game in St. George a deep ball was hit and the center fielder went back towards the temporary fence and the fly bal...
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Michael Leavitt
I have to tell you that I am glad I went through the mental exercise to rehearse all that could happen during deep hits to the out... Read More
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:26
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Unreported Substitutes - What is the penalty?

Unreported Substitutes - What is the penalty?
Michael Leavitt 160
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Opening day of the 2017 UHSAA High School season brought with it cold weather, early darkness, and inexperience on the part of new coaching staffs. He...
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TAKE TWO - How Would You Have Ruled? * HOME RUN!

TAKE TWO - How Would You Have Ruled? * HOME RUN!
Michael Leavitt 160
LINK - PART ONE - HOW WOULD YOU HAVE RULED? * HOME RUN! Those jumping into this entry first will just be confused.  Please read the entry just be...
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How Would You Have Ruled? *** Home Run!

How Would You Have Ruled? *** Home Run!
Michael Leavitt 160
LINK - PART TWO - HOW WOULD YOU HAVE RULED? * HOME RUN! SCENARIO Runners on first and third with one out.  The batter drills a line drive shot di...
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Michael, Had there been an appeal, you would have made the right call and that would still have been a difficult position to be in... Read More
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 13:35
Michael Leavitt
The following case book play confirms that after a home run it is not \"live ball\" conditions... PLAY 3.5-6 * (FP Only) B1 hits ... Read More
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 18:14
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Umpire Tournament Clothes Rack

Umpire Tournament Clothes Rack
Michael Leavitt 160
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I was contacted earlier today by a good friend and fellow umpire and he was asking me where in the world I got my portable clothes rack that I have us...
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Got Bruises.... Again!!!!

Got Bruises.... Again!!!!
Michael Leavitt 160
NEWSFLASH - February 8, 2017 - I can't believe it, this is what the inner/underside of my right thigh looks like. This is normal for late August, but ...
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2017 UIC Biennial Clinic - Huge Success!

2017 UIC Biennial Clinic - Huge Success!
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FEBRUARY 7, 2017 - I just got off the phone with Phil Cappadonia and he raved on and on about the 2017 USA Softball UIC Biennial Clinic. The cover pag...
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Become An USA Softball of Utah Umpire Today!

Become An USA Softball of Utah Umpire Today!
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Right now is the time to become an umpire with USA Softball of Utah.  Here in Utah, USA Softball of Utah is the best option for those wanting to ...
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