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From Zoned Out to Zen Master

In the 1984 College World Series, I had the plate in a semifinal game. Pitch one was a slider on the edge of home...

11 Hacks for Onfield Umpires

With a new baseball season rolling along, here are a few tips and hacks involving plate work that can help you out as an...

On Your Mark, Get Set … Stay There

Recently, I came across a couple of film clips taken from major league games played decades ago. In one, an umpire called a tag...

The Way We’ll Play Today

B aseball is unique in the fact its playing confines are not always specifically spelled out by the rulebook. Yes, at the NFHS, college and pro...

Make an Adjustment

Good umpiring is the ability to adjust to things that happen that you don’t expect. Having observed many umpires, I see they have a tendency...

Get Out Of The Way Blue! What is and isn’t Umpire Interference

Know What Is, And Is Not, Umpire Interference F or many umpires, their definition of a job well done includes being able to walk off the...

How to Shine Behind the Plate

L et's take a look at some of the best tips and techniques involving plate work that that can help you preform, and look,...

An Inside Perspective On Evaluation Camps

O ne of the hallmarks of Referee is the willingness to publish articles offering advice on how officials can advance in their particular sports. In...

Mental Checklist on Every Pitch Ensures Focus

The best way to stay focused and lessen the chance of a screw-up is to go through a mental checklist before each pitch. This...

A Breakdown of Running Lane Rules

In the top of the seventh inning in Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 29, 2019, the Washington Nationals had Yan Gomes...

High Time to Talk Timing

U mpires always stress the importance of good timing behind the plate (and on the bases, but that’s a topic for another day). But to...

Take a Wedge

The evolution of the mechanics of calling plays at home plate has been fascinating to observe. Plate umpires can make decisions on 250 to 300...

Manage Dead Time for the Right Pace

Baseball is played without a clock, but increasing game times are very much on the minds of many involved with overseeing the game, particularly...

Always Assume You Are Being Assessed

For roughly the first half of my amateur umpiring career — which lasted from 1966-2016 — umpires could go about their business without having to deal with rating...

The Mindset of a Successful Umpire

Consider the top umpires at any level. What mindset do they have? How do they get it? For me, the key ingredients for the...

Pre-Pitch Checklist For Improved Focus

Over the years, I found that the best way to stay focused and lessen the chance of a screw-up is to go through a...

Timing Is Everything

“Timing is everything!” That expression is cemented when it comes to baseball umpiring. You can read rulebooks, study mechanics, go to camps and clinics...
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How to Have a Playoff Mentality On and Off the Field

For those lucky enough to be chosen for postseason assignments, it’s a reward for a job well done during the season. But there can be pitfalls. Most umpires do...

Eight Habits to Improve Your Play Positioning

Does your association have “good umpires”? Certainly it does. But are there a few umpires acknowledged to be better than the rest of the...
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Not All Double Plays Are Created Equal

Some umpires are unabashed about their love of double plays; they do serve to shorten the inning. Double plays can occur in a variety...

Tips for When You Struggle on the Bases

What do you do when you’re struggling on the bases? We’re all going to have bang-bang plays where we do everything right but freeze-frame...

You’re an Umpire … Not a Catcher

It’s no secret baseball coaches and players sometimes see that other guy on the field wearing protective gear — other than the catcher — as nothing more than...

It’s High Time to Talk Timing

U mpires always stress the importance of good timing behind the plate (and on the bases, but that’s a topic for another day). But to...

Lineup Language

College baseball will feature several new wrinkles during the 2021 season as a result of rule changes approved by the NCAA during the offseason. The...

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