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1 Two-Umpire Mechanics 2012 Indiana ASA State Umpire Clinics & Schools

2 Plate Mechanics 1. Feet should be in a heel-toe stance at least shoulder width apart to have good pelvic alignment 2. Set up in the slot: inside ear on the inside corner of the plate with shoulders squared to the front outside corner; turn head & eyes to see the pitcher 3. Go set when the pitch begins…  FP: when hands separate  SP: when the pitcher makes any motion with the ball after the required stop 4. Set your eyes at the top of the zone

3 Plate Mechanics 5. Track the ball with a slight head movement to improve your timing 6. Verbal pitch calls are made in the down/set position 7. On a called 3 rd strike, there should be 2 verbal calls 8. When the ball goes behind the catcher, the plate umpire should pivot the same way as the catcher

4 Plate Mechanics 9. Take your mask off with your left hand and exit to the left of the catcher 10. Plate umpire should trail approximately 1/3 of the way to 1B 11. Trail with no runners on base or lone runner at 1B, unless ball takes you elsewhere 12. Move to holding zone once batter-runner approaches 2B and will not come back to 1B

5 Base Mechanics 1. FP: 18-21’ walk the line with no runners; set position with a runner on base; always shade the lead runner (left shoulder of 2B, left or right shoulder of SS) 2. SP: start off the left shoulder of 2 nd baseman with no runners on base or a runner on 1B or 3B; start off right shoulder of 2 nd baseman if runner at 2B o angle to the throw from the infielder, but not past a 45 o angle from 1B (would lose view of swipe tag and/or pulled foot)

6 Base Mechanics 4. Always attempt to obtain a 90 o angle and be about 12-15’ from a tag play 5. Move parallel with the runner on pickoff or steal 6. For pickoff at 3B, move toward the foul line to get an unobstructed view of the play

7 Base Mechanics 7. FP: When starting behind SS, move toward the pitching circle for force play at 1B; plate umpire is responsible for subsequent throw to 3B or home plate 8. Buttonhook 10-12’ inside the baseline & foul line: plant your right foot, pivot with the runner and watch them touch 1B. Then pick up the ball and move parallel to obtain a 90 o angle on a possible tag play

8 Responsibilities – Plays in Infield 1. Force plays at any base except home  FP: BU has all force plays except home  SP: PU has force plays at 3B or home plate

9 Responsibilities – Plays in Infield 2. Force play at 1 st base on batter-runner followed by a play at 3 rd base on a different runner  BU has force play at 1B  PU has subsequent throw to 3B

10 Responsibilities – Plays in Infield 3. Play at 3 rd base followed by a play at 2 nd base on a different runner  FP: BU has first throw at 3B and any additional plays on bases  SP: PU has first play at 3B, BU has plays on additional bases

11 Responsibilities – Plays in Infield 4. Play at home plate followed by a play at 3 rd base on a different runner.  PU has play at home plate  BU would have any plays on bases on a subsequent throw

12 Responsibilities – Plays in Infield 5. Force play at 1 st followed by a throw to 2 nd base on a different runner  BU has force at 1B and any additional plays at 2B  PU would be responsible for plays at 3B or home plate if the lead runner advances past 2B

13 Responsibilities – Base Hit to Outfield 1. Play at 3 rd base on the trail (last) runner  BU always takes the trail (last) runner to 3B  PU would move back toward home plate from holding zone once throw goes to 3B

14 Responsibilities – Base Hit to Outfield 2. Play at 3 rd base on the runner who started at 2 nd base  PU has the first throw at 3B on throw from the outfield  BU would be responsible for plays at 3B with the trail (last) runner

15 Responsibilities – Base Hit to Outfield 3. No runners on base, fair/foul call down right field line followed by a play on the batter-runner at 2 nd base  FP:  Option #1: PU has fly ball & BU would buttonhook and take play at 2B  Option #2: BU chases fly ball & PU would be responsible for all plays in the field  SP: PU has fly ball & BU would buttonhook and take play at 2B

16 Responsibilities – Base Hit to Outfield 4. Runner on 2 nd base, base hit, runner rounds third base, a throw goes home, then she turns around and goes back to 3 rd base  PU would move back to home plate from holding zone on the throw  BU would take 3B after a throw goes home

17 Responsibilities – Base Hit to Outfield 5. With a runner at 3 rd base, the left fielder drops the ball, throw goes home, then a pickoff attempt is made at 1 st base  PU moves to holding zone for tag up, then moves back to home plate  BU buttonhooks & has pickoff

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