the issue i pointed out jumped out at me because last year at our senior worlds an umpire was way off on his top of the zone calls (he was letting them go much too high).
he LOUDLY volunteered after complaining from both teams that he set his top of the zone with an object on the horizon and if it didn’t go over that object it was not too high.
at that point I was coaching third base and I informed the other team’s bench just how wrong that system was especially because we play with the floating rubber...
at that point both teams started “letting him know“ how wrong that horizon point notion of calling a high pitch was...
The concept the ump shared (yes..he probably shouldn’t have elaborated on using this horizon system) with how he sets his height and using your exact words “if it goes above that it’s a ball, if it reaches it it is not too high, opened him up to well earned abuse.
all I am saying is...I believe to better your umpire presentations (which from what I saw was done very well) you just need to incorporate into your horizon point system the understanding that you set that horizon point from fifty feet and adjust up or down depending on how far away from the plate the pitch is actually released from.
Everyone says you are a great umpire so I assUme you already incorporate a proper height evaluation system...but...you have to understand how your words in that video on this thread...if quoted by an umpire in the heat of a game would come across as ignorance..and I am sure that’s not what anyone wants.
I have kinda followed what’s been going on with umpires and such with usssa and it sounds like you guys are really going to be missed...I have to believe that’s a testament to your professionalism...