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Where to stand?

Ed Quinn
08:12 PM ET (US)
Rustys protocol is correct for MLB and high school. One reason that you are standing w. your back to the empty dugout is because the team on defense is the team you just called the 3rd out on offense a few seconds ago. They are now busy taking infield instead of bitching about your out call from their dugout!
Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
01:22 PM ET (US)
BTW- I have witnessed most College umpires facing the C in between innings...what I have noticed is chest facing the plate and being attentive to the actions of what is happening with the P and C...different levels, different trains of thought, different sets of standards, different training??? All good!
Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
12:55 PM ET (US)
I love it Rusty! Great information. Allow me to pick your brain...So, if you are facing the field on the defensive side of the field, I guess you can still see the on deck hitter if he decides to creep up as you scan the field? I have not found an established procedure as to where to stand in a published HS training manual...It has come up several times on evaluations where we have had disagreements. This is exactly why I like this forum...so we can discuss this stuff!
10:45 AM ET (US)
Right out of umpire school, you stand up the line on the "defense side of the field", "toes square to the line" facing the field. (not the plate or a dugout, looks confrontational, to a catcher or a coach who might be having a bad day, the field never has a bad day, lol) They say this position puts the most players in your view, 90% of the defense and all of the offense, the base guy can pick up the few that are left behind you that are in the dugout on defense. It also gets you away from swinging bats, again right out of MLB school, haven't you every been to a game and watched, lol. Count pitches, be ready to take line up changes coming from the offensive dugout which is in "front of you" and your view, see them coming, be pro active, be ready to "quickly" supply the catcher a ball on over throws, (before it hits the fence keeping the pace of a good game), don't just stand there being brain dead, lol, then pop to the plate, you know the rest, no foot brushes, lol. enjoy Rusty. (remember to never go to work, i.e get behind the plate without your mask on, signal, mask on, step in and go to work, what can I say they brained washed me, and maybe is why I was a FHSAA evaluator for eight years)
Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
09:56 AM ET (US)
There is no required position. Personally, I like to be a couple steps onto the grass straddling the line on the line of the offensive team. I like to be on that side so I can keep the on-deck batter back where he is required to be per the rules. If a Coach has a change, that Coach should come to us...by staying in our working area, we can keep a good tempo to the game. Counting pitches, letting both the battery and the first hitter up aware he had 2 more, and last one keeps the tempo going. I attempted to go on the defensive side the other night...I couldn't stand it- I felt like I had a harder time communicating with the on deck hitter and had to raise my voice to keep him back away from the plate area...Great point Eric regarding common sense!
09:19 AM ET (US)
I usually stand 10-12ft up the opposite side of the batting team's base line. But if there's a better or required method then I'm all ears.
09:03 AM ET (US)
Good point, Eric. Common sense is the key phrase......
Eric theune
08:52 AM ET (US)
You stand about 10 foot up either baseline, but use common sense and don't stand on the side where an angry player or team may run past. The point is to avoid conflict.
Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
08:45 AM ET (US)
When you are working the plate, where do you stand after the third out as the players are coming on and off the field? Please share your reason for the choice as to where you stand.

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