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2020 Covid Mechanics
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The “PLATE” umpire will be no closer than 6 feet behind the pitcher calling balls and strikes. His responsibilities are all plays at 2nd base and 3rd base. He will also have only 1 or 2 situations of calls at HOME PLATE. The plate umpire also has all fair/foul ball calls down the 3rd base foul line.

This guideline is for general safety positioning. IF you are unable to have a good view of the pitch, make an adjustment. Plate umpire will stand on the opposite side of the batter. For example if there is a right hand hitter the plate umpire will stand on the pitchers left shoulder AND for a left hand hitter he will be behind the pitchers right shoulder.

The BASE umpire will always start in position “A” (8 to 10 feet behind the first baseman) for the entire game and have responsibilities of all plays at 1st base and all but 1 or 2 situations of plays at HOME PLATE. He is responsible for fair/foul balls down the right field line.

Below are the mechanics to be used for all situations. Also know that at times (as we all know) you will have to communicate with your partner if there is a unique situation and have to “read and react”.

The mentality is to be: Angle over Proximity!!!

There should never be 2 umpires in the infield at the same time.

Keep in mind that we don’t want to “overload” the infield with an extra person. The plate umpire must be aware of the center fielder and his view of the batter.

Responsibilities per situation

No runners on base:

Runner on 1st:

Runner on 2nd:

Runner on 3rd:

   Runners on 1st and 2nd:

Runners on 1st and 3rd:

 Runners on 2nd and 3rd:

 

Runners on 1st 2nd and 3rd (bases loaded):

RUN DOWN SITUATIONS--- the BASE UMPIRE will come in ASAP when a rundown begins on any base path including 3rd and home