TIPS FOR WORKING THE PLATE

1.  Assume a position so that you can see the entire strike zone and be consistent with your zone.

2. Follow the ball all the way to the catcher's mitt. To make accurate calls you must be able to do this.

3. Be relaxed and don't call your pitches too soon.

4. Don't call swinging strikes, just indicate strike with your right arm.

5. Support all called strikes with a strong voice; especially on third strike. Sell the call.

6. Never say "Strike three-you're out".

7. Keep the plate clean and always brush with your back to the infield.

8. Between innings, get away from the plate--avoid problems.

9. Hustle the teams between innings.

10. When calling foul ball, use "voice" and "punching" motion.

11. When calling fair ball, do not use voice--only indicate with a "punching" motion towards fair territory.

12. Don't call balls hit down the first-third base lines fair or foul too soon.

13. When calling "time" yell loudly with both hands extend above the head. Leave no doubt with your

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14. Don't call the "infield fly" too soon; especially on windy days.

15. At all times, know exactly where the ball is.

16. On batted balls, move out in front of the plate to be ready to assist your base umpire.

17. Make sure everyone knows when a "balk" is called and remember, there is no such thing as a half balk. Be sure an infraction actually has been committed.

18. The plate umpire should handle the pre-game discussion and make sure that all ground rules are clearly understood.

19. If a game is protested, be sure to notify the opposing team before proceeding with play.

20. Only the plate umpire can forfeit a game, however, you should exhaust every means at your command to prevent it from going this far.

21. Exercise patience and forbearance in the ejection of players-don't insist on having the last word.

22. Always hustle, be alert, be neat, use common sense and command respect.