Softball Umpiring Mechanics

This section contains a comprehensive list of mechanics for umpiring softball. All information provided in this section were obtained from Referee Magazine and NASO. The right sidebar has a list of mechanics, click any of interest and the information will appear in the middle section of the page. Enjoy!

SELL IT WITH CONVICTION - Selling a safe call involves action with the arms and legs in a fluid motion.

PLATE, BASE UMPIRE MECHANICS FOR INFIELD FLY - The infield fly should be declared with fewer than two outs and runners on first and second or the bases loaded when the batter hits a fair fly ball, not including a line drive or bunt which can be caught by an infielder, the pitcher or the catchter with ordinary effort. A guideline for calling an infield fly is when the fielder is settled comfortably under the ball.

Clear the air on dropped third strike.

ANGLES KEY ON GROUNDER TO SECOND - The two-umpire system is a system of angles and compromises.

LOOPER DOWN THE LINE - Most of the time in a two-person crew, the plate umpire will cover third base when R1 from first is advancing to third on a base hit by B2, but there are times when such coverage is impossible.

PLATE UMPIRE CLEANS UP ON DOUBLE PLAY ATTEMPT - The action around second base on a potential double play can be fast and furious with significant responsibilities for the base umpire "U1" in a two-person crew.

WHEN PLATE UMPIRE HAS TO BUST OVER TO SECOND - When the ball is hit to right-center where the base umpire attempts to observe a catch, the plate umpire must bust over to second.

COUNT WHEN NECESSARY - The plate umpire must keep the proper count, but how often should he or she relay it to the other umpire(s) and players?