Umpire Tips

Catch and Carry

It is very important for umpires to understand Catch and Carry in baseball, especially amateur baseball. The Official Baseball Rules (OBR) do not address specifically the situation of a fielder carrying a live ball into Dead Ball Territory (DBT). The term used in baseball in the awarding of bases is “catch and carry”. However, during …

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Check-Swings

When check-swings occur, umpires must consider the following: 1.  Did the batter “break” his wrists, “roll” his wrists or swing through the ball? 2.  Did the batter bring the barrel of the bat over the plate or in front of his body? If you, as an umpire, are convinced that the batter offered at the …

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