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Re: USA Super and 'A' observations
Needless to say, players and managers will argue about balls and strikes whatever the umpsí association. In my opinion there are very good USSSA and USA/ASA umpires. Obviously the more experienced the umpire is, they will generally be more consistent and call a better game. I would say the difference in arc and pitching rules can change the game. While I have been and presently sanctioned in both, I have always questioned the plate umpire announcing illegal pitch. It is really an unfairly delivered pitch. I personally do not believe the batter should be informed about the pitch before it reaches the plate. It is slow pitch. The pitcher clearly doesnít have any advantage. After 51 years of being an umpire, I have worked with and seen very good umpires from both USSSA and USA/ASA. Unfortunately because of player/manager conduct, it is more difficult to keep the more experienced and to recruit new individuals. I know players donít like to be shown up by umpires and therefore, players should do things to show the umpire up. Finally, I invite any player who believes they can umpire, register with either USSSA or USA/ASA and work some games.