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Old Wed Apr 01, 2009, 04:49pm
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One or Two things that improved your umpiring.

Hi all,

I'm sure the long off season will show some ring rust has set in. Strangely, I feel more nervous this year then I did at the start of last year. If any would like to share one or two things that helped to improve their game the most it may help me to keep my focus, build up my confidence, and improve my game. I've been reading the USSSA rule book and spending time on this board but for some reason I feel I will have a bad start. And a bad start is the last thing I want to have. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, Al
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Old Wed Apr 01, 2009, 05:25pm
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I would suggest getting the new ASA Mechanics DVD and watch it multiple times. It is really well put together and made me really focus better.
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Old Wed Apr 01, 2009, 06:38pm
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Behind the plate: Make sure you're in the slot - RH batter, right ear on the inside edge of the plate, belt buckle pointed to outside corner of plate. LH batter just the opposite. Focus on being there every pitch. On the bases: Concentrate on angles, get that 90 degree to the throw...watch your depth.
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Old Wed Apr 01, 2009, 06:39pm
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Relaxing out there - you dont have a country to run. You are officiating.

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Old Wed Apr 01, 2009, 07:44pm
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Old Wed Apr 01, 2009, 10:34pm
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Slow down!
Agreed! One thing that's always helped slow my calls down is assuming that the fielder will drop the ball until they prove otherwise to me.
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Old Wed Apr 01, 2009, 11:56pm
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Old Wed Apr 01, 2009, 11:59pm
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Strangely (I suppose) the thing that most improved my umpiring was getting evaluated. I say strangely because I think most people dread evals...but I've been lucky enough to get hooked up with some great trainers/UICs.

I'm one of those guys that picks out one aspect to focus on each year. This year, that focus is the bottom of my strike zone. I felt I was a bit low in the past.
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Old Thu Apr 02, 2009, 12:07am
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Old Thu Apr 02, 2009, 08:40am
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Agreed! One thing that's always helped slow my calls down is assuming that the fielder will drop the ball until they prove otherwise to me.
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Thanks for the good advice guys. Probably all of us have started an out call only to change it mid-way. For me just trying to slow down my calls wasn't always fool proof. But by keeping the assumption that the fielder will drop the ball, like NCASAUmp has suggested, is an excellent way to avoid this potential problem from ever happening again. That's the type of advice that once learned will stay with a person.

As Angler has mentioned it's a must to concentrate on angles, and get that 90 degree to the throw without being too close. Also, I looked at a sampler of the new ASA Mechanics DVD and that reminded me of the Mechanics video that I already have, which I haven't used for over a year now. I'll try to relax more wade. I don't want any coaches thinking I'm not confident in what I'm doing. Nothin' like fun at the ole' ball park! ...Al
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Old Thu Apr 02, 2009, 08:47am
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As a basketball official pretending to do softball, it is all about being in position to make the correct call.
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Old Thu Apr 02, 2009, 08:51am
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As a basketball official pretending to do softball, it is all about being in position to make the correct call.
Agreed.

One of the things that ASA has preached over the last few years is "angle over distance." This is to say that if you can't close the distance, get that angle. We all hustle as best as possible (Don't we? *hears crickets*), but there are times when you just can't get that 10-12 feet on a tag play. In that case, get the angle first, then close the gap.

And if it's tight, sell the call! Selling the call will bring you a few feet closer to the play, making it appear that you're on top of it (even if you called it from 20 feet back).
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Old Thu Apr 02, 2009, 09:36am
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Videotape yourself umpiring. I did that this last weekend and it's going to help me tremendously. The next day I sat down and watched it with a fellow umpire "cough, cough" SRW and we definately saw some things I need to work on. It was nice to see it first hand.
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Old Fri Apr 03, 2009, 11:24am
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Videotape yourself umpiring. I did that this last weekend and it's going to help me tremendously. The next day I sat down and watched it with a fellow umpire "cough, cough" SRW and we definately saw some things I need to work on. It was nice to see it first hand.
Yeah, get that crap out of your throat there, foot-looker.
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Old Fri Apr 03, 2009, 02:17pm
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The biggest improvement for me was giving up slowpitch.

Seriously, the slow down advice and to think ahead, were the best.
Also, some positive comments from others really helped, so remember that when commenting on another.
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