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Umpire Evaluation Form

Official Site of the

Tri-State Elite Umpires Association

 
 

Umpire Training 

Stop expanding the plate to call more strikes. Contrary to some organizations teachings, your job is not to find as many strikes and outs as you can. The baseball has to touch the plate for the pitch to be a strike. I am asked all the time what the difference is between a quality college umpire and a high school umpire. The difference is the first pitch in this video is called a strike by the high school umpire and a ball by the college umpire. Don’t cheat the kids, just call the pitch accurately. 

Bonus tip: please stop selling swinging strike calls. (End of video)

 Stop screaming on the most obvious of calls. This seems minor but actually leads to a major credibility problem throughout a game. I’m talking about balls fouled off the backstop, out of play into the parking lot. Do you think anyone is depending on you to let them know this ball is actually foul? The answer is no. I’ll tell you what everyone is depending on you for getting the pitcher a baseball. There is no need to "sell" obvious calls. 90% of the game umpires itself
Umpire tip of the day: if you have stealing runners and the pitch is going to be a strike, you cannot turn your head to call the pitch a strike. Your head has to remain forward for potential interference on the batter. Take note of the difference between strike calls with runners stealing and runners not stealing.
Umpire tip of the day: before the game while the pitcher for each team is warming up, you should be looking at pitches. Pitchers throw bullpen sessions, batters take batting practice, fielders take ground balls but we think we should call the first pitch of a meaningful game without warming up?

This is not a time to stand around with your partner. Lock into your stance and look at two pitches from the right-handed slot and the left-handed slot. When viewing pitches in pregame, you should be focusing on the release point of the pitcher, the movement of his ball and how the catcher receives. This is also the time to introduce yourself and start to develop a working relationship with each catcher.