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Putting the ball back into play...

Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
12:09 PM ET (US)
VERDICT=good mechanics-put the ball back into play so all problems can be avoided. As we discuss in training sessions, get in the habit of putting the ball back into play. Base umpires should help plate umpires by waiting to get hands on knees until ball is put back into play. Page 16 of the NFHS umpires manual states, Once the ball becomes dead, whatever the occasion, the following occurs: 1. the ball becomes live when held by the pitcher in legal pitching position (provided the pitcher has engages the pitchers plate), 2. the batter and catcher are in their respective boxes and 3. the umpire calls "PLAY" and gives the appropriate signal.
07:22 PM ET (US)
In the 1st case, do nothing, don't even look at the base where the ball has been thrown, (if you do you are stupid and not in the game, base guy should be standing up, not hands on needs, as a reminder the ball is dead) just say the ball is dead, give it back to the pitcher. 2nd case, play on, it pitcher pitches and the batter is ready, we play on, and of course it's a strike, because we all know pitches are strikes unless proven otherwise, just saying we like strikes lol, Rusty, (my swimming pool is almost done:))
Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
03:36 PM ET (US)
Plate guy DOES NOT put the ball into play after a dead ball, pitcher is on the rubber with the ball, batter is in the box, pitcher comes set and attempts a pickoff...What do you do? Same scenario...P throws a pitch...
Obviously, good mechanics prevents this from happening....comment away!

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