Selecting a Starting Position, 3-Umpire System

Selecting a starting position is more than reading the CCA Manual and adhering to its mechanics.  The Manual indicates general areas and distances from which base umpires may choose their starting position.  This article will discuss guidelines so base umpires in the 3-umpire system will select the best starting positon for the most likely scenarios. Starting on the line When

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U3 Starting Position When Rotated

There are multiple good reasons for offering the optional position for U3 when rotated. It was discussed originally so that U3 would be closer to the point of the base and therefore easier to use the wedge mechanic when R1 is probably going to steal. Other advantages have developed from this: • It will be easier to get into a

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Freedom for U3

This important mechanic was introduced in 2009 and expands on the philosophy “Never Waste an Umpire.” It is a specific mechanic for a specific situation: Runner on 2b only, or runners on 2b and 3b Ball is hit to the outfield and no umpire chases When R2 is at least halfway home and the ball is still in the outfield:

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Covering fly balls in a 3-umpire system

Covering Concepts Covering fly balls is an important responsibility for base umpires in both the 2-umpire and 3-umpire systems. It can be a challenging mechanic for all umpires, especially for umpires who have not done it a lot. It takes good pre-pitch preparation and knowing where the outfielders are positioned to make good decisions on covering fly balls. The plate

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Real Plays, Legitimate Deviations

The CCA manual is a very thorough document, but like any umpire manual, it cannot cover every possible play that might happen on a softball field. Strange plays and unusual situations will occur; the college softball umpire must be a thinking umpire, ready to adjust to anything that might happen on the field. Per page 45 in the 2013 CCA

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