Umpiring is a hard job. Whether your call is right or wrong, half the field (and the stands) are going to be unhappy. That's why umpires need to ensure as much as possible, that they are knowledgeable and willing to make the call. In this baseball video series, Umpire Joe Willis discusses the responsibilities of the plate umpire and demonstrates umpire positions based on the field action. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it - preferably someone with skill, like Willis.
Umpire Joe Willis kicks off this baseball video series by demonstrating the basic position and responsibilities of the plate umpire. Willis explains it all, from calling the start of the game to extending the strike zone for the 12 and under players.
What's the first responsibility for the plate umpire when the baseball is hit? Calling it fair or foul. How does an umpire position himself to make that call? That's what this segment is all about. Willis takes us through four basic umpire position for the Youth and Rec league umpire.
The plate umpire has to read the baseball and the field to make the call when it comes to bunting. For Flyballs, the plate umpire's partner is essential. Willis walks us through several umpiring positions for bunts and flyballs, and then recaps the primary responsibilities of the umpire.