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Better umpires = better baseball

 Practice until mechanics are automatic.

Build the consistent strike zone. Examples of pitches in and out of the K-Zone.

I.                   Plate umpire mechanics

Goal one—build the consistent K-zone.

                                                            i.      Coaches don’t care if you are a little wide—use black ¼” strip around home plate—“the rail” or “the black”—as part of the zone. Main concern? That you “Call them both ways.”

                                                              ii.      Err to the strike. Throw the hammer on borderline pitch.

Build the zone from the ground up.

                                                              i.      The pitch just below the knees, any part of the ball over the plate, edge of the rail, call the strike.

                                                              ii.      Caution: don’t go too wide on the outside pitch. You don’t want hitters lunging or crowding the plate. If they do, you’re too wide.

                                                              iii.      Edge a little higher—and yes, you’re still within the K-zone’s definition—if you need to widen the zone. Rule of thumb?  The younger the player, the wider the zone.

Use the "slot" position.

                                                              i.      Chin just above catcher’s head.

                                                              ii.      Feet are shoulder-width apart.

                                                              iii.      Proper head position is controlled by width of stance, amount of crouch, forward tilt.

                                                              iv.      Keep wrists inside you—relaxed.

























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