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3 MAN MECHANICS. GENERAL PRINCIPLES. If you go out on a fly ball, STAY OUT ; system reverts to 2 man; Check swings appeals go to U1 on right handed batter and U3 on left handed batter no matter where he is; U3 has the interference call at 2 nd on a double play;

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3 man mechanics

3 MAN MECHANICS


General principles

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

  • If you go out on a fly ball, STAY OUT; system reverts to 2 man;

  • Check swings appeals go to U1 on right handed batter and U3 on left handed batter no matter where he is;

  • U3 has the interference call at 2nd on a double play;

  • Move, go out on fly balls; PLATE should rarely stay planted at the plate;

  • Cover partners if a rotation is missed;

  • Communicate a lot;

  • Have an umpire ahead of the play versus following the play.


3 man mechanics

F8

F9

F7

Offense

R1 – Lead Runner

R2 – Second Runner

R3 – Last Runner

BR – Batter-Runner

Defense

F1 – Pitcher

F2 – Catcher

F3 – 1st Baseman

F4 – 2nd Baseman

F5 – 3rd Baseman

F6 –Shortstop

F7 – Left Fielder

F8 – Center Fielder

F9 – Right Fielder

F4

F6

R2

F3

F5

U1

U3

R3

F1

Umpires

PPlate – Home plate (Umpire-in-Chief)

U1 – 1st Base Umpire

U3 – 3rd Base Umpire

R1

BR

F2

P


Positions with no runners u1 in a u3 in d

U1:

Position A

Both feet in foul territory 10 feet behind the 1st baseman;

Has check swings on right handed batters;

Has foul/fair responsibility for all balls past the front edge of the 1st base bag.

POSITIONS WITH NO RUNNERSU1 IN A; U3 IN D

U3:

Position D

  • Both feet In foul territory 10 feet behind the 3rd baseman;

  • Has check swings on left handed batters;

  • Foul/fair responsibility for all balls past the front edge of the 3rd base bag.

U3

U1

Plate:

  • Fair/foul calls up to the front edge of 1st and 3rd base.

P


Fly ball line drive coverages

Plate:

F1 and F2.

U1:

F8 going to his left;

F9 all the way to the line;

F3 and F4.

FLY BALL/LINE DRIVE COVERAGES

U3’s Outfield

U1’s Outfield

U3:

  • F8 going back, coming in, and going to his right;

  • F7 all the way to the line;

  • F5 and F6.

U3

U1

P


Fly ball u1 has the catch no catch

Plate:

Move out on the batted ball to fill in behind U1;

Observe the BR’s touch of 1st and take him back into 1st;

Release the BR to 2nd and move to 3rd to cover the triple.

U1:

Move out on the fly ball getting the best possible angle for the call;

Stop before making the call;

Give a visual catch/no catch signal;

DO NOT return to the infield;

Coverage reverts to 2 man mechanics

INITIAL MOVEMENT

FLY BALLU1 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3:

  • Move into the infield to observe touches and make calls at 2nd;

  • DO NOT retreat to 3rd, Plate has the runner advancing;

  • Coverage reverts to 2 man mechanics.

U3

U1

P


Base hit

U3:

Move into the infield to observe all touches and make all calls at 2nd;

DO NOT retreat to 3rd, Plate has the runner advancing.

Plate:

Move out on the batted ball to filling in behind U3;

Be prepared to take the runner into 3rd.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

BASE HIT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U1:

  • Move into the infield and pivot observing the BR’s touch of 1st;

  • Once you have seen that U3 is in position to take the runner into 2nd remain at 1st;

  • If the runner goes into 2nd, release him and retreat to home to cover for Plate, telling him, “I’ve got the plate”.

U3

U1

P


Ground ball

U3:

Move into the infield and observe all touches and make all calls at 2nd;

If the ball is hit to the left side of the infield, pause to let the infielder field and throw the ball;

DO NOT retreat to 3rd.

U1:

Move in to make the call at 1st;

On an overthrow observe the ball and determine if it goes out of play;

Release the runner to 2nd and be ready to cover home for Plate, telling him, “I’ve got the plate!”

INITIAL MOVEMENT

GROUND BALL

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3

U1

Plate:

  • Move up to the 45’ line trailing the runner;

  • Be ready to rule on F3 pulling his foot or a swipe tag;

  • On an overthrow be ready to move to 3rd.

P


Positions with runner at 1 st u1 a u3 deep c

U3:

The basic C Position but back at the edge of the infield dirt.

U1:

When the runner is being held, move closer to get a better view of a pickoff;

Watch for the balk on a pickoff move.

POSITIONS WITH RUNNER AT 1stU1 A; U3 “DEEP” C

U3

R1

U1

Plate:

  • Normal position.

P


Fly ball line drive coverage

U3:

The “modified” V;

F8 coming in, going back, and going to his right;

F5, F6, and F4 toward the center of the infield.

Plate:

F9 toward the line;

F1, F2, and F5 toward 3rd base.

FLY BALL/LINE DRIVE COVERAGE

U1’s Outfield

U3’s Outfield

Plate’s Outfield

U3

R1

U1

U1:

  • F8 going to his left and F9 toward the line;

  • F3 and F4 toward 1st base.

P


Fly ball u1 has the catch no catch1

U3:

Move into position to observe all touches and make all calls at 2nd;

Be prepared to make calls at 1st;

If R1 goes to 3rd, move to cover home telling Plate, “I have home.”

Plate:

Move out on the batted ball to filling in behind U1;

Observe BR’s touch of 1st;

DO NOT commit to far up the line;

Be prepared to take R1 into 3rd.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

FLY BALLU1 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3

U1:

  • Move out on the fly ball getting the best possible angle for the call;

  • Stop before making the call;

  • Give a visual catch/no catch signal;

  • DO NOT return to the infield;

  • Coverage reverts to 2 man mechanics.

R1

U1

P


Fly ball u3 has the catch no catch

U3:

Move into position to get the best possible angle for the catch/no catch;

Give a visual signal of the catch/no catch;

Verbally let your partners know, “That’s a catch!”;

DO NOT verbally indicate a no catch;

Be prepared to take all touches and plays at 2nd and at 1st if U1 covers the plate, let the ball take you to the play.

Plate:

Move up the 3rd baseline to take the runner into 3rd.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

FLY BALLU3 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3

R1

U1

U1:

  • Line up R1’s tag getting the best angle possible;

  • Be prepared to take R1 back into 1st or the BR into 1st;

  • Be prepared to release and cover home.

P


Base hit1

U3:

Be in position to observe touches of 2nd;

Be prepared to take all plays at 2nd and 1st if U1 covers the plate.

Plate:

Move up the 3rd baseline to take the runner into 3rd.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

BASE HIT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3

R1

U1

U1:

  • Move into the infield and pivot observing the BR’s touch of 1st;

  • Be prepared to take the runner back into 1st;

  • If the runner goes to 3rd move to home telling Plate, “I’ve got the plate.”

P


Ground ball possible dp

U3:

Move into position to make the call on the front end of the possible DP;

Makes the safe/out call on the runner;

Watches for interference on an illegal slide by R1.

Plate:

Moves up the 3rd baseline;

Ready to move into position to cover 3rd.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

GROUND BALLPOSSIBLE DP

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U1:

  • Move in to make the call at 1st;

  • May have to take a couple steps deeper in order to get the best angle for the play at 1st;

  • Make the call on the BR;

  • On an overthrow observe the ball and determine if it goes out of play;

  • Release the runner to 2nd and be ready to cover home for Plate, telling him, “I’ve got the plate!”

U3

R1

U1

P


Positions runner on 2 nd u1 in deep b u3 in d

U3:

Position D

Both feet In foul territory 10 feet behind the 3rd baseman;

Foul/fair responsibility for all balls past the front edge of the 3rd base bag.

Plate:

Normal position;

Fair/foul calls up to the front edge of 3rd base bag and all the way to foul pole on the 1st base side.

POSITIONS RUNNER ON 2NDU1 IN “DEEP” B; U3 IN D

U1:

Position “Deep” B

  • The basic B Position but back at the edge of the infield dirt;

  • Fair/foul responsibilities -- NONE.

R1

U1

U3

P


Fly ball line drive coverage1

U3:

F8 coming in, going back, and going to his right;

F7 toward the line;

F5 and F6.

Plate:

F9 toward the line;

F1, F2, and F3 toward 1st base.

FLY BALL/LINE DRIVE COVERAGE

U3’s Outfield

U1’s Outfield

Plate’s Outfield

R1

U1

U1:

  • The “modified” V;

  • F8 going to his left;

  • F3, F4, and F6 toward the middle of the infield.

U3

P


Fly ball u1 has the catch no catch2

U3:

Move to observe R1’s tag at 2nd;

Move to the inside or outside to call the play at 3rd.

Plate:

Move out a short distance on the batted ball;

Be alert to return to home for a possible play at the plate.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

FLY BALLU1 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U1:

  • Move to get the best angle on the catch/no catch;

  • DO NOT cross the infield dirt;

  • Give a visual signal of catch/no catch;

  • Verbally tell your partners, “That’s a catch!”

R1

U1

U3

P


Fly ball u3 has the catch no catch1

U3:

Move out on the ball getting the best possible angle for the catch/no catch;

Give a visual signal of a catch/no catch;

DO NOT return to the infield;

Coverage reverts to 2 man mechanics.

Plate:

Move out on the batted ball to filling in behind U3;

Be prepared to take the runner into 3rd.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

FLY BALLU3 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U1:

  • Observe R1’s tag at 2nd;

  • Glance at the BR’s touch of 1st;

  • Be prepared to take R1 back into 2nd or the BR back into 1st.

R1

U1

U3

P


3 man mechanics

BASE HIT

U3:

  • Move down the line;

  • Observe R1’s touch of 3rd;

  • Be alert for R1 coming back into 3rd.

R1

U1

U3

Plate:

  • Move out from behind the plate and get into position for a play at home.

U1:

  • Move toward 1st to observe BR’s touch of 1st;

  • Be alert for BR going to 2nd or back into 1st.

P


Ground ball r1 moving to 3 rd

U3:

Move into position for R1 moving to 3rd.

Plate:

Move out with the BR toward 1st;

Be ready to retreat to home.

GROUND BALLR1 MOVING TO 3RD

U1:

  • Move to make the call on the BR at 1st;

  • Be alert for a throw behind R1 at 2nd.

R1

U1

U3

P


Positions with a runner at 3 rd u1 in a u3 in d

POSITIONS WITH A RUNNER AT 3RDU1 IN A; U3 IN D

Fair/Foul Responsibilities

  • Plate – Up to the front edge of the 1st and 3rd base;

  • U1 and U3 – From the front edge of their respective bases to the foul poles.

U1

U3

R1

P


Fly ball line drive coverage2

U1:

F8 going to his left and F9 toward the line;

F3 and F4.

FLY BALL/LINE DRIVE COVERAGE

U3’s Outfield

U1’s Outfield

U3:

  • F8 coming in, going back, and going to his right;

  • F7 all the way to the line;

  • F5 and F6.

U1

U3

R1

Plate:

  • F1 and F2.

P


Fly ball u1 has the catch no catch3

U3:

Move into the infield;

Observe BR’s touch of 1st;

Be prepared to take the BR into 2nd.

Plate:

Move to get an angle to observe R1’s tag at 3rd;

Move into position to make a call at home.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

FLY BALLU1 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U1:

  • Move out on the fly ball getting the best possible angle for the call;

  • Be virtually stopped before making the call;

  • Give a visual catch/no catch signal;

  • DO NOT return to the infield;

  • Coverage reverts to 2 man mechanics

U1

U3

R1

P


Fly ball u3 has the catch no catch2

U3:

Move out on the ball getting the best possible angle for the catch/no catch;

Stop before making the call;

Give a visual signal of the catch/no catch;

DO NOT return to the infield;

Coverage reverts to 2 man mechanics.

Plate:

Moves to observe the r1’S tag;

Retreat to home to make the call;

Be ready to move up the line for the call at 3rd if no catch.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

FLY BALLU3 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U1:

  • Move into the infield and pivot observing the BR’s touch of 1st;

  • Be prepared to take the runner back into 1st or into 2nd;

  • If no catch and the runner goes to 3rd retreat toward home telling Plate, “I’ve got the plate.”

U1

U3

R1

P


Base hit2

U3:

Move into the infield;

Observe all touches and make all calls at 2nd.

Plate:

Move up the 3rd baseline to take the runner into 3rd;

Observe R1’s touch of home.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

BASE HIT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U1:

  • Move into the infield and pivot observing the BR’s touch of 1st;

  • Be alert for the runner going back into 1st;

  • If the runner moves to 2nd, move to cover home for Plate;

  • Tell Plate, “I’ve got the plate.”

U1

U3

R1

P


Positions with runners at 1 st and 2 nd u1 in a u3 in c

Fair/Foul Responsibilities

Plate – To the front edge of the 1st base bag and all the way to the left field foul pole;

U1 – From the front edge of the 1st base bag to the right field foul pole;

U3 -- None.

POSITIONS WITH RUNNERS AT 1ST AND 2NDU1 IN A; U3 IN C

R1

U3

U1

R2

P


Fly ball coverage

U3:

The “modified” V;

F8 coming in, going back, and going to his right;

F5, F6, and F4 going toward the middle of the infield.

U1:

F8 going to his left and F9 toward the line.

FLY BALL COVERAGE

U3’s Outfield

U1’s Outfield

Plate’s Outfield

R1

U3

U1

R2

Plate:

  • F7 toward the line;

  • F1, F2, and F5 toward 3rd base.

P


3 man mechanics

FLY BALLU1 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

INITIAL MOVEMENT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3:

  • Move into position to observe all touches and make all calls at 2nd;

  • Be alert to make calls at 1st.

R1

U3

U1:

  • Move out on the fly ball getting the best possible angle for the call;

  • Stop before making the call;

  • Give a visual catch/no catch signal;

  • DO NOT return to the infield;

  • Coverage reverts to 2 man mechanics.

R2

U1

Plate:

  • Move to observe R1’s tag;

  • Move into position to make the call if R1 comes to 3rd;

  • Retreat to home if the ball gets by.

P


3 man mechanics

FLY BALLU3 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

INITIAL MOVEMENT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3:

  • Move into position to get the best possible angle for the catch/no catch;

  • Give a visual signal of the catch/no catch;

  • Verbally let your partners know, “That’s a catch!”;

  • DO NOT verbally indicate a no catch;

  • Be prepared to take all touches and plays at 2nd and at 1st if U1 covers the plate, let the ball take you to the play.

R1

U3

R2

U1

Plate:

  • Move to observe R1’s tag;

  • Move into position to make the call if R1 comes to 3rd;

  • Retreat to home if the ball gets by.

U1:

  • Line up R1’s tag getting the best angle possible;

  • Be prepared to take R1 back into 1st or the BR into 1st;

  • Be prepared to release and cover home.

P


Base hit3

U3:

Move to observe R2’s touch of 2nd;

Make call on R2 at 2nd;

Be ready to make the call on R1 going back into 3rd;

Be ready to take R2 into 3rd;

DO NOT commit to 3rd too soon.

U1:

Move into the infield and pivot observing the BR’s touch of 1st;

Be prepared to take the runner back into 1st;

If U3 has to take R2 to 3rd take the BR into 2nd.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

BASE HIT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

R1

U3

U1

R2

Plate:

  • Move out to observe R1’s touch of 3rd;

  • Move back to home to observe R1’s touch of home or make the call on R1 at home.

P


3 man mechanics

GROUND BALLPOSSIBLE DP

INITIAL MOVEMENT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3:

  • Move into position to make the call on the front end of the possible DP whether at 3rd or 2nd;

  • Come set, observe the play, make the call;

  • Watches for interference on an illegal slide by R1 or R2.

R1

U1:

  • Move into position to make the call at 1st;

  • May have to take a couple steps deeper in order to get the best angle for the play at 1st;

  • Come set, observe the play, make the call;

  • On an overthrow observe the ball and determine if it goes out of play;

  • Release the runner to 2nd and be ready to cover home for Plate, telling him, “I’ve got the plate!”

U3

R2

U1

Plate:

  • Moves up the 3rd baseline;

  • Ready to move into position to cover 3rd.

P


Positions with runners at 1 st and 3 rd u1 in a u3 in deep c

Fair/Foul Responsibilities

Plate – To the front edge of the 1st base bag and all the way to the left field foul pole;

U1 – From the front edge of the 1st base bag to the right field foul pole;

U3 -- None.

POSITIONS WITH RUNNERS AT 1ST AND 3RDU1 IN A; U3 IN “DEEP” C

U3

U1

R2

R1

P


Fly ball coverage1

U3:

The “modified” V;

F8 coming in, going back, and going to his right;

F5, F6, and F4 toward the middle of the infield.

U1:

F8 to his left and F9 toward the line;

F3 and F4.

FLY BALL COVERAGE

U3’s Outfield

U1’s Outfield

Plate’s Outfield

U3

U1

R2

R1

Plate:

  • F7 toward the line;

  • F1, F2, and F5 toward 3rd base.

P


3 man mechanics

FLY BALLU1 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

INITIAL MOVEMENT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3:

  • Move into position to observe R2’s tag at 1st;

  • Take R2 into 2nd;

  • Be alert to make calls at 1st.

U3

U1:

  • Move out on the fly ball getting the best possible angle for the call;

  • Stop before making the call;

  • Give a visual catch/no catch signal;

  • DO NOT return to the infield;

  • Coverage reverts to 2 man mechanics.

R2

U1

Plate:

  • Move to observe R1’s tag;

  • Retreat to home to make the call on R1 coming home.

R1

P


3 man mechanics

FLY BALLU3 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

INITIAL MOVEMENT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3:

  • Move into position to get the best possible angle for the catch/no catch;

  • Give a visual signal of the catch/no catch;

  • Verbally let your partners know, “That’s a catch!”;

  • DO NOT verbally indicate a no catch;

  • Be prepared to take all touches and plays at 2nd and at 3rd .

U3

U1:

  • Line up R2’s tag getting the best angle possible;

  • Be prepared to take R2 back into 1st or the BR into 1st;

  • Take the BR into 2nd if U3 goes to 3rd.

R2

U1

Plate:

  • Move to observe R1’s tag;

  • Retreat to home to make the call on R1 coming home.

R1

P


Base hit4

U3:

Move into position to observe touches at 2nd;

Be prepared to take all plays at 2nd;

If U1 covers the plate, move to cover plays at 1st.

U1:

Move into the infield and pivot observing the BR’s touch of 1st;

Be prepared to take the runner back into 1st;

Be prepared to move to cover home telling Plate, “I’ve got the plate.”

INITIAL MOVEMENT

BASE HIT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3

U1

R2

R1

Plate:

  • Observe R1’s touch of home;

  • Move up the baseline to make calls on R2 coming into 3rd.

P


3 man mechanics

GROUND BALLPOSSIBLE DP

INITIAL MOVEMENT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3:

  • Move into position to make the call on the front end of the possible DP;

  • Come set, observe the play, make the call;

  • Watch for interference on an illegal slide by R2.

U3

U1:

  • Move in to make the call at 1st;

  • May have to take a couple steps deeper in order to get the best angle for the play at 1st;

  • Come set, observe the play, make the call;

  • On an overthrow observe the ball and determine if it goes out of play.

R2

U1

Plate:

  • Remain close to home for a possible play on R1;

  • Glances at R1’s touch of home;

  • If no play on R1, move up the 3rd base line;

  • Be alert to move into position to cover 3rd.

R1

P


Positions with runners at 2 nd and 3 rd u1 in deep b u3 in position d

Fair/Foul Responsibilities

Plate – To the front edge of the 3rd base bag and all the way to the right field foul pole;

U1 – None;

U3 – From the front edge of the 3rd base bag to the left field foul pole.

POSITIONS WITH RUNNERS AT 2ND AND 3RDU1 IN “DEEP” B; U3 IN POSITION D

R2

U1

U3

R1

P


Fly ball coverage2

U3:

F8 coming in, going back, and going to his right;

F5 and F6.

Plate:

F9 toward the line;

F1, F2, and F3 toward 1st base.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

FLY BALL COVERAGE

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3’s Outfield

U1’s Outfield

Plate’s Outfield

R2

U1:

  • The “modified” V;

  • F8 going to toward right field;

  • F3, F4, and F6 toward the middle of the infield.

U1

U3

R1

P


3 man mechanics

FLY BALLU1 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

INITIAL MOVEMENT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U1:

  • Move to get the best angle on the catch/no catch;

  • DO NOT cross the infield dirt;

  • Give a visual signal of catch/no catch;

  • Verbally tell your partners, “That’s a catch!”

  • Be alert for a throw behind R2 at 2nd.

R2

U3:

  • Move to observe R1’s tag at 2nd;

  • Move to the inside or outside to call the play at 3rd.

U1

U3

R1

Plate:

  • Move out a short distance to get an angle in order to observe R1’s tag;

  • Retreat to home for a play.

P


3 man mechanics

FLY BALLU3 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

INITIAL MOVEMENT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U1:

  • Observe R2’s tag at 2nd;

  • Glance at the BR’s touch of 1st;

  • Be prepared to take R2 to 3rd or back into 2nd.

R2

U3:

  • Move out on the ball getting the best possible angle for the catch/no catch;

  • Give a visual signal of a catch/no catch;

  • DO NOT return to the infield;

  • Coverage reverts to 2 man mechanics.

U1

U3

R1

Plate:

  • Move out a short distance to get an angle in order to observe R1’s tag;

  • Retreat to home for a play

P


Base hit5

U3:

Observe touches of 3rd;

Make all calls at 3rd.

Plate:

Observe touches of home;

Make all calls at home.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

BASE HIT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

R2

U1

U1:

  • Make all calls at 2nd;

  • Observe touches of 1st;

  • Move into position to make calls at 1st.

U3

R1

P


3 man mechanics

GROUND BALL

U1:

  • Move into position to make the call on the BR at 1st being carefully not to get into the line of the throw;

  • Come set, observe the play, make the call;

  • Be alert for a throw behind R2 at 2nd.

R2

U1

U3:

  • Move into position for R2 moving to 3rd.

U3

R1

Plate:

  • Move into position for a play at the plate.

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Positions with bases loaded u1 in a u3 in c

Fair/Foul Responsibilities

Plate – To the front edge of the 1st base bag and all the way to the left field foul pole;

U1 – From the front edge of the 1st base bag to the right field foul pole;

U3 -- None.

POSITIONS WITH BASES LOADEDU1 IN A; U3 IN C

R2

U3

U1

R3

R1

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Fly ball coverage3

U3:

The “modified” V;

F8 coming in, going back, and going to his right;

F5, F6, and F4 toward the middle of the infield.

Plate:

F7 toward the line;

F1, F2, and F5 toward 3rd base.

FLY BALL COVERAGE

U3’s Outfield

U1’s Outfield

Plate’s Outfield

R2

U3

U1

U1:

  • F8 going to his left and F9 toward the line;

  • F3 and F4.

R3

R1

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3 man mechanics

FLY BALLU1 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

INITIAL MOVEMENT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3:

  • Move into position to observe R2’s tag at 2nd;

  • Glance at R3’s tag at 1st;

  • Take R2 into 3rd;

  • Be alert for R3 moving to 2nd;

  • Be alert for throws behind R2 and R3;

  • Let the throw take you to the play.

R2

U3

U1:

  • Move out on the fly ball getting the best possible angle for the call;

  • Stop before making the call;

  • Give a visual catch/no catch signal;

  • DO NOT return to the infield;

  • Coverage reverts to 2 man mechanics.

Plate:

  • Move to observe R1’s tag;

  • Retreat to home to make the call on R1 coming home.

R3

U1

R1

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3 man mechanics

FLY BALLU3 HAS THE CATCH/NO CATCH

INITIAL MOVEMENT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3:

  • Move into position to get the best possible angle for the catch/no catch;

  • Give a visual signal of the catch/no catch;

  • Verbally let your partners know, “That’s a catch!”;

  • DO NOT verbally indicate a no catch;

  • Glance at R2’s tag at 2nd;

  • Take R2 into 3rd.

R2

U3

R3

U1

R1

U1:

  • Line up R3’s tag getting the best angle possible;

  • Be prepared to take R2 back into 1st;

  • Take R3 into 2nd if U3 goes to 3rd.

Plate:

  • Move to observe R1’s tag;

  • Retreat to home to make the call on R1 coming home.

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Base hit6

U3:

Observe touches at 2nd and make all calls on plays at 2nd;

Take R3 into 3rd;

Move into position to make all calls on plays at 3rd;

Be in position to make all calls on plays at 2nd and 3rd on R2 and R3.

Plate:

Observe touches of 3rd home;

Make all calls on plays at the home.

INITIAL MOVEMENT

BASE HIT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

R2

U3

U1

R3

U1:

  • Move into the infield and pivot observing the BR’s touch of 1st;

  • Be prepared to take the runner back into 1st;

  • If U3 takes R3 into 3rd, take the BR into 2nd.

R1

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3 man mechanics

GROUND BALLPOSSIBLE DP

INITIAL MOVEMENT

SECONDARY MOVEMENT

BALL FLIGHT

U3:

  • Move into position to make the first call in the infield at 3rd or 2nd;

  • Come set, observe the play, make the call;

  • Watch for interference on an illegal slide by R2 or R3;

  • Let the second throw take you to the play if at 3rd or 2nd.

R2

U3

U1:

  • Move in to make the call at 1st;

  • May have to take a couple steps deeper in order to get the best angle for the play at 1st;

  • Come set, observe the play, make the call;

  • On an overthrow observe the ball and determine if it goes out of play.

Plate:

  • Remain close to home to rule R1 coming home;

  • Watch for interference on an illegal slide by R1;

  • If no play on R1, glance at his touch of home and move up the 3rd base line;

  • Be alert for a time play.

R3

U1

R1

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