Rules, Mechanics and Guidance for Youth Umpires. Eric Gonzales Asst Chief Umpire. Agenda. Pregame Rules Plate positioning Signaling Detailed 2-man mechanics Game management . What Makes a Great Umpire?. Rules knowledge Positioning and mechanics Pregame preparation and management
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Asst Chief Umpire
What are positioning and mechanics?
At any moment during a game, each umpire moves to a position on the field he thinks will give him the best opportunity to rule correctly on the next play. Two-man mechanics is a system of angles, distances, shared responsibilities and anticipation.
Square Stance / Balloon Protector
Base Umpire / Hands-on-knees
Depending on the game situation, you’ll stand in either position “A”, “B” or “C”.
What are the key points?
A = None on Base
B = Runner on 1st
C = all other situations