- MSOA Information
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- Umpire Procedures
- 2018 NF Rule Changes
- 2018 Scheduled Scrimmages
- Rules that Catchers and Plate Umpires Need to Know...
- 50 Tips for ALL Umpires....
- 40 Baseball Myths...
- Placing Runners...
- NFHS-FHSAA Designated Hitter Rules
- What makes a GOOD UMPIRE?
- Pre Game Conference Checklist
- 4 Steps to Ejection
- Plate Umpire General Responsibilities
- Umpire Basics -- The BIG 3!
- Looking Like a Pro...
- Uniform Information
- MSOA Officials Pictures
LOOKING LIKE A PRO!!!!
Look neat and clean for the game
· Wear a freshly laundered shirt and slacks
· Always hang your shirt and slacks or fold neatly after laundering and during transporting to game to prevent wrinkles.
· If your schedule is tight, have several pairs of shirts and slacks clean and ready for duty in your equipment bag or car.
Shirts and Pants
· Machine wash cold with like colors, gentle cycle. Do Not Bleach.
· Tumble Dry Low – very short time. Remove promptly and hang up or fold.
· Cool Iron* Only, if necessary.
· *Items with patches or numbers: Cool Iron on the reverse side on top of a clean terry- cloth towel.
· Caution: Avoid unnecessary prolonged sun exposer to clothing to prevent fading (le. leaving shirts on seat or hanging in back window of car). Use a garment bag or cover with a cloth (at least down to the shoulder level)
Prevent fading of dark color uniforms
· Reduce prolonged exposure to direct sunlight by storing uniforms in a garment bag when hanging in the back of your car or truck.
· If you don't use a garment bag, try covering them with a piece of cloth, at least down to the shoulders.
· Never use chlorine bleach on uniforms.
Keep caps neat and free of dirt
· "Crease" your hat to give a sharp appearance
· After a game, brush cap with stiff bristle brush to remove dirt and dust.
· Spot clean cap with mild soap and water, rinse thoroughly.
· Use a hat liner to hold its shape between games.
· Allow cap to completely dry of perspiration before storing. It is not recommended to store in plastic bags since moisture in caps can cause mildew. Use a hat keeper or a cardboard box instead
Get the right hem length on your plate slacks
· When having alterations done on slacks, have on leg guards and plate shoes you would usually wear to insure the correct length is achieved.
Umpire Jackets and Plate Coats
o Machine wash cold with like colors, gentle cycle
o Do Not Bleach. Line Dry or Tumble Dry Low – short time
o Remove promptly and hang up or fold.
o Cool Iron Only, if necessary.
Clean Protective Equipment after every wear
· After game, brush equipment with stiff bristle brush to remove dirt/dust.
· Wipe off moisture and allow to completely dry of perspiration before storing in cloth bags or your gear bag. It is not recommended to store in plastic bags since moisture can cause mildew.
· If they are particularly dirty, surface clean with mild soap and water, rinsing thoroughly.
· It’s always wise to inspect equipment after each use for ‘sights of wear’.
· They don't have to be "spit-shined", but they DO need to be shined and clean. Very few shoes have much leather in them anymore. A clean cloth and some Armour All works better on 99% of shoes!
· After game, brush soles of shoes with stiff bristle brush to remove dirt.
· Wipe shoe uppers with a soft cloth to remove dust, dirt and moisture.
· Follow leather conditioner directions to maintain polished appearance.
· Store in a cloth shoe bag to keep clean. It is not recommended to store in plastic bags since moisture can cause mildew.
· Keep a spray bottle of water and a couple of old towels/rags in your gear bag. Spray water on the shoes to remove dust or dirt.
· If your shoes get muddy, wipe/scrape off excess mud and then use the spray bottle (or take them inside when you get home) to remove the remaining dirt. Do not make a mess in the locker room.
Umpire Face Mask and Pads
§ Wipe frame clean with a damp cloth to remove dirt.
§ Leather and Suede pads can be spot cleaned only using products specially designed to clean leather and suede (Caution: Don't use Saddle Soap. It will irritate your skin).
§ Allow to dry thoroughly of sweat and perspiration before storing.
Know the rules on how the game is played (and which rules are being used)
· Keep up-to-date with association regulations and rules by attending annual clinics or checking the website's Rules Section.
· It helps to brush up on techniques and rules or how to deal with difficult situations by reviewing educational videos and books before and throughout the season. Read your casebooks and understand how they got the ruling.
· If you have a question, ask someone who you trust AND then look it up yourself!
Always have a professional attitude
· Keep language clean and follow good sportsmanship.
· Hold yourself to a higher standard with exemplary behavior and attitude.
· Though players may disagree with your call, if you conduct yourself in an appropriate, professional manner, they will respect your decision and your position on the field.
· Remember, you set the example on how the game should be played.