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Blue on the bases with a Bluetooth in ear

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by Hey17 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:49 pm

How professional is it for a blue to have a Bluetooth in his ear and talking to someone while officiating? Do they have rules? Or can they just do about anything?
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by MTR » Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:19 am

Hey17 wrote:How professional is it for a blue to have a Bluetooth in his ear and talking to someone while officiating? Do they have rules? Or can they just do about anything?


I know of no sanctioning body or umpire association that would approve of or condone such thing.
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by as the world turns » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:40 pm

Hey17 wrote:How professional is it for a blue to have a Bluetooth in his ear and talking to someone while officiating? Do they have rules? Or can they just do about anything?


Not surprised really, they are above criticism, the softball associations treat them like gods. Heck, we even parade them around before nationals :lol:
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by Battle » Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:35 pm

Hey17 wrote:How professional is it for a blue to have a Bluetooth in his ear and talking to someone while officiating? Do they have rules? Or can they just do about anything?

How do you know he was talking to someone and what was he saying?
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by Spazsdad » Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:45 pm

If you are sitting anywhere close to the field don't you think you could tell if the blue was yappin on a call.
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by Makina » Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:08 am

In which state did you see this at?
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by MTR » Sun May 01, 2016 10:27 am

as the world turns wrote:
Hey17 wrote:How professional is it for a blue to have a Bluetooth in his ear and talking to someone while officiating? Do they have rules? Or can they just do about anything?


Not surprised really, they are above criticism, the softball associations treat them like gods. Heck, we even parade them around before nationals :lol:


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by GIMNEPIWO » Thu May 05, 2016 4:24 am

It's been several years, but I had a young official (early 20's) texting on the bases ... Mostly in between innings, but also in between batters a few times :lol:
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by Davidsonsk » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:43 am

When you have an issue with something that the umpire is doing, go to the Tournament Director if its a tournament. If it is a rec. league game talk to the League person in charge and voice your issue with them. If you do not receive any feedback, then talk to the president phone/email/text/in person so you know you have had your voice heard. Usually umpires have assignors to these events and they will not be asked back after something like this has happened.
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by josephrt1 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:57 pm

In the USA/ASA manual, section 4.7.c.5 it specifically forbids coaches from electronic devices or cell phones. Nowhere in the rule book does this address umpires. But if this happened in a USA/ASA tournament the UIC would have him drawn and quartered on the spot. It shouldn't happen in a rec game either. Notify your league rep to get it straightened out.
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