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Be Part Of A Crew, Not An Individual!

  Courtesy of Baseball Umpire’s Learning Blog  Working as a crew is critical to having a well umpired game. When watching a game, it is easy to see whether there is a crew or individuals working the game within the first couple of innings. A crew’s work begins long before the umpires arrive at the…

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How Not to Work the Plate!

Check this out (just so you know everything a good umpire SHOULDN’T be!)  

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50 Tips for a New Umpire

In no particular order here they are!   Clear the Catcher. On a pitch that gets by the catcher, you must clear the catcher and keep your eye on the ball. A common mistake made by amateur umpires is to remain in one spot and focus on the runners stealing bases. Nothing can happen without…

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Five Characteristics of a Great Umpire

September 24, 2017 by michael@ghsabb.com When young umpires get started in the game, the focus of most in trying to improve their craft is to master the mechanics of good umpiring. The self-talk that goes on inside the umpire’s head goes like this: “a good umpire is always in position, anticipating the proper rotation and finding the…

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Umpiring Tips Archive – 1

Welcome to the Umpire Tips Archive – additional tips you’ll find useful at any experience level.   Communicate Game Time Limits at the Plate Meeting Check that All Play Has Stopped Before Granting Time Oh Crap! I Missed It! Now What?! Base Umpire’s “Check-In” Before Each Pitch Managing Player Safety     June Tip –…

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Umpiring Tips

Umpire like a pro! Read these time-tested tips to grow your game and knowledge of Little League rules.   The Top 4 tips that every umpire should learn!   Favor angle over distance when making a call on a runner Look for just one outcome when deciding your call Take your time making your call…

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The Basics of Umpiring

Check out this video for some  of the most basic but important fundamentals of umpiring. Of special note here are some of the positional and communication elements of the two-man umpiring crew.

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In Praise of an Imperfect Umpire

by Patrick T. Reardon Chicago Tribune I’ve become a fan of Jim Joyce. He’s the major league umpire who blew the call Wednesday on what would have been the final out of the perfect game that Armando Galarraga was pitching for the Detroit Tigers against the Cleveland Indians. Like a lot of baseball fans, I…

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Tie Goes to the Runner?

6 September 2017   Nick G (from umpirebible.com) It’s surprising how frequently this issue comes up: Tie goes to the runner. I get emails through the web site, or I’m approached by people who know I’m an umpire, and the thing people want to vent about are the close plays at first base: the runner’s foot…

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Strike Zone, Part 1

19 March 2015 Nick G (from umpirebible.com) Baseball is unique in that one of the central and most important features of the field of play is completely invisible. There are no lines that mark it, no buzzers or bells that go off when it’s touched. There is a five-sided plate in the ground beneath it,…

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