October 2020 Test Quiz

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  1. Covering fly balls is an important mechanic and must be used as appropriate. One way of being prepared for this is for the crew to check the field and determine ground rules before the game.10
  2. Three important items for base umpires in their pre-pitch preparation are: 1) what is my covering-fly-balls area, 2) where are the outfielders positioned in my area, and 3) where do I go if my partner covers the fly ball.10
  3. With regard to covering fly balls, U3 has the edges (first rights).10
  4. Consider covering a fly ball when the ball is a hard hit in the air, unless there is no doubt it will leave the park.10
  5. An umpire’s path to cover a fly ball is to move parallel to the flight of the ball.10
  6. The most important part of getting the correct call when covering a fly ball is distance so the umpire should move directly toward the fielder most likely to make the play.10
  7. The considerations on whether to cover a fly ball include balls near the warning track or side fences, when two fielders are converging, gappers, near the lines, or bloopers.10
  8. The decision to cover the fly ball and the proper mechanics can be very different depending on whether the crew is working the 2-umpire or the 3-umpire system. Because of this, the articles on our Locker Room website for covering fly balls are posted in the Mechanics Corner in the appropriate sub-categories: – Three-umpire Specific and Two-Umpire Specific.10
  9. If a base umpire does not cover the fly ball, the plate umpire is responsible for all fair/foul and catch/no catch decisions.10
  10. A situational mechanic allows U1 or U3, when on the line for the starting position, to turn and make the fair-ball call on a line drive that moves quickly through the infield near the line, then continue three-umpire mechanics.10