Video of the Day: Infield Fly… if fair

Here is one that many of us may have to learn through experience… an infield fly that appears obviously fair may turn out to be anything but that. If a ball is hit in the air in front of the first or third base bags, there’s always a chance it will roll...

Video of the Day: Hidden Ball Trick

The hidden ball trick is a rarely seen play, but umpires have to be on top of it. In professional baseball, players might alert an umpire to what they are planning. At lower levels, especially in youth baseball, this is unlikely. Umpires working the one-man system...

Video of the Day: Walk-off balk

We often hear casual fans refer to officials “swallowing the whistle” late in games, but that concept should not be in any umpire’s vocabulary. If a call would be made in the first inning it should be made in the ninth. To drive home this point, we...

Video of the Day: Obstruction at third

On Tuesday, we asked you to check out a classic infield fly rule debacle from 2003. We also asked if you, as the umpire, would need to make any corrections if you forgot to declare an infield fly during a game. Mike on our Facebook page had it right– he said...

Video of the Day: Infield Fly Rule classic

Yesterday on our Facebook page we heard what some of you are up to — enjoying the offseason, officiating another sport, or taking no offseason in sunny California! Whether you are on the field or looking ahead to next baseball season, it’s never a bad time...

Looking back at historic World Series Game 3

As most baseball fans already know, Game 3 of the 2018 World Series was the longest postseason game ever– 7 hours, 20 minutes. Any game featuring 18 innings figures to also feature some close plays for the umpires to officiate. Let’s take a look back at a...

Video of the Day: Transfer at Second

With the World Series set to kick off tomorrow night in Boston, let’s take a look back at Game 1 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park. In this video, 2B umpire Dana DeMuth initially calls Dustin Pedroia out at second base, ruling that Cardinals SS Pete Kozma...

The Psychology of Umpiring

The Psychology of Umpiring   While a great deal of becoming a successful umpire and a good umpire is related directly to knowledge of rules, positioning, mechanics, and timing, too many umps do not understand the proper psychology they should use on the field....

BASEBALL BAT RULES with 2018 CHANGES

BELOW ARE THE BASEBALL BAT RULES FOR: CAL RIPKEN – BABE RUTH LEAGUES LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL NCAA NATIONAL FEDERATION of STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2018 BAT Rules with Changes Cal Ripken-Babe Ruth League, Inc. Latest Bat Rule Changes for...

Pre-Requisites for Good Umpiring

Pre-Requisites for Good Umpiring The umpire who performs his duties in a brisk, business-like manner upon his arrival at the field, who is courteous with players and coaches (without being overly friendly) prior to the game, whose calls are made promptly and...
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