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Better Umpires=Better Baseball 3

For umpire clinic presenters:

Conducting a workshop, while you want to pack in as much info as possible, your main goal?  Make sure that learning took place.

Always start with an objective: Start by saying, "Today we are going to learn how to make the Strike Call."

Demonstrate: show how the Strike Call is made.
  1. Right hand away from your body.
  2. Pound the door with your fist.
Practice: make the strike call
  1. Students will repeat this action. 
Reinforce: watch as each student makes the strike call
  1. Say, "That is correct." 
  2.  If some are not right, this is when you can show how to do it correctly.

Handouts show this motion.

Using the CD on first page: in actual game situation, the plate umpire calling the Strike. Watch plate umpire Doug, U1, make the strike call. This is called throwing the hammer.
For closure, make sure you repeat the objective. "In this lesson, we learned the proper way to make a strike call."

In addition, make sure you have built-in practice sessions. Encourage practice as each mechanic builds on prior learning.

Drills card

Which means you can use Plate Mechanics Drills on the last page. Each row could be an objective:

Today we will learn what is meant by "Getting in the slot."

Do Now: umpire will demonstrate how to get in the slot.
  • Feet spread shoulder width.
  • Head above catcher's mask
fyi   See above how Erin is in her stance, head is in position.

tip   This is probably the most comfortable, safest stance.

 Keeping track of the count:

Umpire behavior: Have the indicator in your left hand, demonstrate recording pitch.

  • On the strike call, move the wheel clockwise.
  • On the ball, move the wheel counterclockwise.
  • Don't forget the count--put the indicator in your pocket after each pitch if you forget.

tip   After foul balls, when R1 tries to steal 2B, you make the safe/out call at 2B. Working alone, it is easy to forget the count. Move the indicator before you move out to see the play at 2B.
The above are a few examples. Basically, you have met your instructional objective if student shows that he or she can do these actions correctly. Again, comfort level is reached through games and practice.

tip  While there is a lot to keep track of, simply have a wide strike zone. Meanwhile, always try to have a live ball.  

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