We understand the confusion and questions about these temporary mechanics because of the limited information available on the topic. It also doesn't help that the bomb was dropped after 3-4 weeks of working regularly.
Just a few updates as we move forward.
DO NOT STAND BEHIND THE CATCHER, THE BATTER OR NEAR THE BACK STOP!!! BEHIND THE MOUND ONLY!!!
When working 1 Man:
Calls Balls and Strikes from BEHIND THE MOUND.
DO NOT Umpire behind the catcher and/or the Batter.
Split the difference when you have multiple runners.
Work on getting a better angle as oppose to the proximity of your call. (Angle over distance)
Anticipate where your potential play might occur.
When working 2 Man:
- The Plate Guy is BEHIND the mound, NOT behind the catcher or the batter.
- Work as deep as what makes you feel safe. Self Preservation supersedes everything.
- Has all plays at 2B & 3B and all fly balls unless your partner goes out on a trouble ball.
- Plays at 1B if your partner goes out. (ie. hard ground ball/line drive to right field for 9 - 3 put out)
- Plays at the Plate that originate from the infield. (ie. R3, ground ball to short for potential 6-2 tag play.)
- Batter's interference and catcher's interference.
- Fair/Foul//Catch/No Catch on fly Balls on the LF line. Try to get to the 3rd baseline on fly balls down the line. Guess if you have to on rockets down the line.
- Positioned in regular "A" position with no one on.
- With R1, work first base like it is 3 man. Angle yourself for the potential pick off play. 3-6 ft behind 1st Base and angled towards the pitcher. (Please see pictures below on how to position yourself while holding a runner on first.)
- Responsible for all initial plays at 1B. Come in as you would normally on all ground balls.
- Rotates to home plate anytime a runner is heading to 3rd. It doesn't matter where that runner started: 1st, 2nd or the B/R - Once ANY runner crosses 2B and commits to 3rd - you go to the Point of Plate.
- Responsible for pick-offs at 1B
- Trouble fly balls to the CF in AND back and from the RF towards the RF line on ANY trouble ball.
- If you go out - stay out
TAG UP PLAYS for the BASE GUY
R2 and R3
R1, R2 and R3
R1 and R3 - less than 2 outs - Tag up plays and plays at the Plate.
As soon as the ball is hit to the outfield - get to the point of the plate to line up plays at the plate.
Plate guy has everything on the inside.
This is for fly balls AND batted balls to the outfield.
Basically, when you are working as the Base Guy, you should be running back and forth between the A Position, The Modified A Position (Holding a runner on at 1st base) and The Point of Plate. You should be coming in for position on ground balls as normal. You will NOT come in to pivot and take the B/R into 2nd. Think of it as working 3 Man.
- Foul balls in the batter's box
We understand that this is new territory for everyone and it is difficult to all of a sudden be asked to work on new mechanics during a season. For those of you comfortable or well seasoned in 3 Man - these mechanics should be simple. For anyone else, we totally understand the confusion.
All you need to remember is that whoever is working 1st base - they will be doing a lot of running, back and forth between first and home. The base guy should have EVERY call at the plate EXCEPT a ground ball to an infielder with a runner on 3rd trying to score.
Communication is key so make sure you let your inside guy (the "plate" guy BEHIND THE MOUND) know you are going home. It's also a good idea to let him know when you get to the point of plate and yell to him "I'm Here!"
Also - please, please, please DO NOT work from behind the batter, the catcher, near the backstop, or anywhere else you were told or think you should be. I'm still hearing some weird things from Coaches. Please Stop! It's a liability issue you probably wouldn't want to be bothered with.
Also, we had an Umpire get hit with a line drive last night. A quick, young and energetic umpire. Work deep like a normal B or C if you want to and remember that self preservation supersedes everything.
We understand it's difficult and out of the norm. It's also uncomfortable. My advice, is to put the young guy or quicker guy at 1st.
We believe that these are the best practiced mechanics given the situation we were given.
Please let me know if you guys have any questions.
Thank you all for being so pleasant and cooperative despite these uncomfortable changes. We truly appreciate what you guys have done so far. It's because of you guys, these kids are being able to play meaningful real games as oppose to just participating in scrimmages.
Keep up the great work! You guys are doing an amazing job.