I think the ump on this video did a great job on everything BUT how he says he sets his 10 foot mark, and how he is teaching his crews to set their max height.
contrary to what you just posted...he says he finds a tree or something to set his top and if it reaches it...itís good... if the ball goes above it...itís a ball.
That is a sure to fail philosophy.. because it shows a misunderstanding of how the umpireís ten foot horizon vision points needs to change based on where the ball is released from in reference to distance from the plate.
From your reply to me I know you are in agreement with me on this...why? because you tried to cover for him with a reply that did not reflect his exact words in the video.
This should have been an easy reply..especially from the ex UIC... your reply should have been something like this.
I watched the video and the concepts the umpire was sharing were all great except it was wrong in the part about if the pitched ball goes over the tree or horizon mark itís should be called a ball.
what needs to be done is...using that 50 for ten foot max horizon marker the umpire needs to watch the distance from the plate the ball is pitched from and understand a pitch will LOOK higher then that marker if itís released from closer then 50 feet and it will LOOK lower when released from more then 50 feet.
actually..i think in games with the floating rubber itís more of an issue...but it is still an issue in conference play IF... usssa is starting to allow an actual 10 foot strike