I don’t know if I have ever blogged directly about umpire-empire.com. I have the site included in my blog role, but I don’t think I’ve posted about and recommended the great fountain of knowledge that is Umpire Empire. One of the most basic fundamentals of umpiring is this: don’t think that you know ANY rule until you have read it yourself in the appropriate, current rule book. And one of MY basic fundamentals is this: there’s a whole lot to know out there, from a rules, mechanics and just overall umpiring standpoint, and I have a lot to learn. Umpire-Empire is a community of umpires who share their knowledge and experience in non-judgemental and construtive manner. Umpires post questions about actual or theoretical plays and situations, and the discussion that ensues is always focused and factual, and rules are cited. I am always humbled by the knowledge that many of these guys have and am grateful for the resource. There are a few other good umpire sites out there. Midwest Ump, for example, does a nice job. But for help with the craft, umpire-empire is my go-to site.