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Doc and Brian meet with the managers
Doc and Brian meet with the managers
Umpire communication

A review of signals needed to call a good game are listed below.

With a new mechanic, run through a few practice sessions at home so you feel comfortable
Plate umpire

One of the first things you might want to practice is the ball/strike count:

  • Right fist up and away from body. Pound the door. Say "Strike" if the batter didn't swing.
  • If the pitch out of the zone, just say "Ball" from crouch position.
  • Move indicator.

Two-Umpire rotation, runners on:

Hand signals. When to use:

  • Change of base runners.
  • Change of outs.
  • Check on the count with runners on.

Signal review:

  • Outs: close fist--no outs.
  • Indicate  # of outs with extended finger.
  • Use when there is change of outs, change of base runners.

Rotation play—the What:

  • Move hand in a circular motion.
  • You can also point at 3B when runner at 1B or 1st and 3rd.
  • Plate umpire covers plays at third—taps one fist into open palm.
  • Staying home—plate umpire points down toward home base.

Infield Fly Rule is in effect—the How:

  • Touch the bill of the cap.
  • Touch the top of the mask.

Timing play—two outs, runner in scoring position:

  • Indicated by tapping either wrist.
  • Shows timing play is possible.

Verbal communication, with hand signals

  • When ball is in flight to the outfield.
  • In the V, a line from home plate through shortstop and second base, field umpire has catch/no catch.

Field umpire goes out

Working from the A Position, field umpire tracks any fly ball from center to right field.

Field umpire extends left arm.
  • Erin yells, “I’m going out.”
  • Dan yells, “Okay.”

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