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2.3.4.7.7 - Level 5.1 Day#6

(Per Original Schedule):


02/08 (Sun) - 7 hours …


NCOA Baseball 2015 Instruction L5.1 Class #6_021515


L5.1 Student Class Prep - Sun, 02/15 - 9:00am - 4:00pm:


Rules Review Materials:


Rules Module #10: Force Play Slide Rule ...

Video - Force Play Slide Rule
Video - Force Play Slide Rule Detailed Explanation
Video - Force Play Slide Rule Ex #1
Video - Force Play Slide Rule Ex #2
Video - Force Play Slide Rule Ex #3
Video - Force Play Slide Rule Ex #4
Video - Force Play Slide Rule Ex #5
Video - Force Play Slide Rule Ex #6
Video - Force Play Slide Rule Ex #7
Video - Force Play Slide Rule Ex #8
Video - Tulane Cheats at the College World Series
Video - Rockies turn three thanks to interference
Video - Interference or Obstruction?



Mechanics Review Materials:


Mechanics Module #17: Classroom: Infield Working Area usage

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Step Up, Turn & Face the Ball”:

B.96 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.97 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

B.98 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.99 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Working Area” Concept:

B.100 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – Ground Ball on the Infield – “Working Area” Concept

B.101 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball on the Infield – Advanced Coverage of 3rd Base

B.102 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Reading, Anticipating the Play Location and Positioning in the “Working Area”

B.103 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Seeing the Play and “Bouncing” Back Across the “Working Area”

B.104 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – “Obvious” (“Clean”) Base Hit to the Outfield – R2 on 2nd Base

B.105 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Base Hit to the Outfield with R2 on 2nd Base & 2 Outs – “Time” Plays

Double Play Coverage:

B.128 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “B” – R1 on 1st Base Only

B.129 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “B” – R3 & R1 on Bases

B.130 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “C” – R2 and R1 on Bases


Google+ Circle Material (also attached below):

Video - Ump Basics - SPB - R1 Only - Double Play
Video - Ump Basics - SPB - R1 Only - Double Play - Reverse



Mechanics Module #18: Classroom: Outfield Working Area Usage

From Starting Position “B” – R1 to 3rd “Rotation” Coverage:

B.106 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Moving into “The Library” – Common Material

B.107 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #1 – No Play Coming into 3rd Base

B.108 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #2 – Play Coming into 3rd Base

B.109 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #3 – Play Coming into 3rd Base with Overthrow

B.106 - B.109 – Concept Review – Starting Position "B" R1 to 3rd "Rotation" Coverage

B.110 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – R1 to 3rd Rotation (with R3 & R1 on Bases) & Play Comes to 3rd Base

From Starting Position “C” – "Special" Outfield Fly Ball Coverage – Runners on 2nd & 1st Bases with “Rotation” Coverage:

B.111 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – “Routine” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area – Moving into “The Library”

B.112 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #1 – No Play is Coming Into 3rd Base (Ball or R2 Doesn’t Come into 3rd)

B.113 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #2 – Play Into 3rd Base on R2 & “Routine” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area

B.114 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #3 – Play into 3rd Base on R2 & “Trouble” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area

B.115 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #4 – R2 on 2nd Base & “Trouble” Fly Ball to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.111 - B.115 – Concept Review – Starting Position “C” – R2 & R1on Bases with Outfield Fly Ball & "Rotation” Coverage

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – Fly Ball Positioning:

B.116 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 & “Trouble” Fly Ball or Line Drive to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.117 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Mechanics Detail – R2 on 2nd Base & “Trouble” Fly Ball to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.118 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – R3 Tags & Could Advance to Home:


Google+ Circle Material (also attached below):

Video - Ump Basics - SPB - R1 to 3rd - Ball to RF Line
Video - Ump Basics - SPC - Outfield Fly Ball - R2-R1 - Tagging
Video - Ump Basics - SPC - Outfield Fly Ball - Bases Loaded - Tagging
Video - Ump Basics - SPC - Base Hit - R2 Only - Time Play
Video - Ump Basics - SPC - Base Hit - R2-R1 - Time Play


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(Per Original Schedule):


NCOA Baseball 2015 Instruction L5.1 Class #6_021515


L5.1 Class Schedule - Sun, 02/15 - 9:00am - 4:00pm:



Pre-instruction "To-Do's" ...

Chain off outdoor basketball court ...

Draw 90ft field on outdoor basketball court or other blacktop area ...


9:00-9:15 - Briefing ...


9:15-10:00 - Rules Module - Force Play Slide Rule ...


10:00-10:45 - Classroom -

   - Foul fly ball coverages …

   - Pickoffs - SPB - 1st or 3rd ...

   - Pickoffs - SPC - 1st, 2nd or 3rd ...

   - Rundowns - one runner ...

   - Rundowns - multiple runners ...


10:45-12:00 - Practice Drills -


12:00-12:45 - Lunch


12:45-1:00 - Briefing ...


1:00-1:45 - Classroom - Working Area usage for infield batted ball …

   - Working Area usage for infield batted ball …

   - “Bounce” Back ...

   - SPB - Double Play …

   - SPC - Double Play …


1:45-3:00 - Practice Drills - Working Area usage for infield batted ball …

   - Working Area usage for infield batted ball …

   - “Bounce” Back ...

   - SPB - Double Play …

   - SPC - Double Play …


3:00-4:00 - Review & Recap ...


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(Per Adjusted "Workshop" Style Schedule):


02/08 (Sun) - 7 hours …


NCOA Baseball 2015 Instruction L5.1 Class #6_021515



L5.1 Student Class Prep - Sun, 02/15 - 9:00am - 4:00pm:




Mechanics Module #1: Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage ...


From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Step Up, Turn & Face the Ball”:

B.96 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.97 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

B.98 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.99 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Working Area” Concept:

B.100 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – Ground Ball on the Infield – “Working Area” Concept

B.101 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball on the Infield – Advanced Coverage of 3rd Base

B.102 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Reading, Anticipating the Play Location and Positioning in the “Working Area”

B.103 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Seeing the Play and “Bouncing” Back Across the “Working Area”

B.104 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – “Obvious” (“Clean”) Base Hit to the Outfield – R2 on 2nd Base

B.105 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Base Hit to the Outfield with R2 on 2nd Base & 2 Outs – “Time” Plays

Double Play Coverage:

B.128 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “B” – R1 on 1st Base Only

B.129 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “B” – R3 & R1 on Bases

B.130 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “C” – R2 and R1 on Bases



Module #1 - SPB & C - Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage (Blacktop Area)


Mechanics Module #1: Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage

Issues to concentrate on:

  • Drive forward & hard into the “working area” - same thrust forward as a pick-off to 1st, but without stopping & pushing up …

  • Drive hard, forward & deeply into the working area while angling onto the diagonal line from home plate through 2nd base …Let the play slow & stop you ...

  • If R2 is advancing on a grounder to F6’s left or to F5, then drive hard to the 3rd base side of the mound to open an angle for a force into 2nd or a tag on R2 …Let the play slow & stop you ...

  • Position early & aggressively -- need better use of time during the early in play development ...

  • Play “Anticipation” -- Begin moving for the probable play -- Read the playing action on the move -- Compare against your experience for detail variance while moving ...

  • Move to the play side of the “working area” …

  • After the play, “bounce back” across the “working area” in anticipation of any secondary play possibilities …





Here is Module #2 review material for Sunday's training ...


If you have time to glance over some of it, it may help your learning on Sunday ...


Mechanics Module #2a: SPA “Normal” Plays

B.25 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – BU Proper Use of Eyes during the Pitch

B.26 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Proper Use of Eyes and Position on Ground Balls to the Infield

B.27 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – Establishing Proper “Play” Position

B.28 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – Left Side “Play” Position – 90 Degree Angle “Play” Position

B.29 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – Two Steps Fair “Play” Position with Ground Ball on Infield

B.27 - B.29 – Concept Review – Establishing Proper "Play" Position


Mechanics Module #2b: SPA “Special” Plays

B.30 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – F1 Covers 1st Base

B.31 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – F3 Covers Unassisted on a “Normal” Play

B.32 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Examples of Right Side “Pressure”

B.33 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” - Positioning

B.34 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” from F4

B.35 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” from F3

B.36 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Pulled Foot “Straight” Toward BU

B.37 – Level 3 Reveiw – Mechanics Detail – Pulled Foot Toward the Right-Field Corner

B.38 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – “Pulled” Foot Toward Home Plate Followed by a “Swipe” Tag



Mechanics Module #2a: SPA “Normal” Plays

Issues to concentrate on:

  • Overrunning needed “play” position based on fielding player release point …

  • “Play” position - 90 degree angle, 2-step fair & 2-step foul ...

  • Overrunning “play” position - hurts “adjusted” positioning for “swipe” tag - more to move back ...

  • Need to use diagonal corners of base to error check positioning …

  • Need better “swipe tag” play reads … Need earlier cues & movement …

  • Proper use of eyes on throw & play .. focus on bag & read F3’s feet better …

  • Position “fair” as much as possible - only go foul if “pressured” ...


Mechanics Module #2b: SPA “Special” Plays

Issues to concentrate on:

Teach logic why each “special” play needs that position ...

  • F1 Covers 1st Base - 2-step fair ...

  • F3 Covers Unassisted on a “Normal” Play - 2-step fair ...

  • Examples of Right Side “Pressure”

  • Right Side “Pressure” - Positioning - 2-step foul ...

  • Right Side “Pressure” from F4 - 2-step foul ...

  • Right Side “Pressure” from F3 - 2-step foul ...

  • Pulled Foot “Straight” Toward BU - adjust to see ...

  • Pulled Foot Toward the Right-Field Corner - adjust to see ...

  • Pulled Foot Toward Home Plate Followed by a “Swipe” Tag on side of runner - move toward the foul line ...

  • Pulled Foot Toward Home Plate Followed by a “Swipe” Tag on back of runner - move toward the plate to see around the runner’s back side ...





Here is Module #3 review material for Sunday's training ...


If you have time to glance over some of it, it may help your learning on Sunday ...


Mechanics Module #3: SPA - “Pivot” or “Go out on fly ball”

Pivot Techniques Review Material:

B.48 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – Pivot Basics – “Three-Step” Footwork

B.49 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Ground Ball on Infield with Overthrow at 1st Base

B.50 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Pivot Common Elements

B.51 – B.53 – Concept Review – BR Rounds 1st Base

B.54 - B.59 – Concept Review – BR Advances to 2nd Base or Beyond

B.60 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Pivot Adjustments – Pivot Location Adjustments – Advanced Positioning Concepts

B.61 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Pivot Adjustments – “Pro Look” Technique – Advanced Positioning Concepts


“Trouble” Ball to BU’s Area – BU Goes Out Review Material:

B.62 - B.75 – Concept Review – “Trouble” Ball to BU’s Area – BU Goes Out


Issues to concentrate on: Members strategies for reading fly balls are not effective → positioning, use of eyes, use of time available, adjustments for BR’s progress

  • Need to read these plays in time slices with specific purpose ...

  • Need to perform specific technical techniques ...

  • Need to identify visual cues to read & create decision points from ...

  • Need to use all time available more effectively ...


Read Ball off the Bat -- Time Slice #1:

  • As soon as the ball is hit, use early play time to maximum benefit - immediately “step up, turn & face the ball” … Advantage-disadvantage --increases read time by moving BU closer to the pivot point … minimal distance loss on fly ball coverage ...

  • Read fly ball trajectory, project (informed guess at) its relative landing position …

  • Perform in the short period of time before the batted ball leaves the infield or passes by BU ...


Read Players -- Time Slice#2:

  • As the batted ball leaves the infield ...

  • Next, focus on the players in the “projected” landing area proximity …

  • Read their movements & listen to players ...

  • Continue to observe the players movements throughout the total time available … patience - don’t hurry to a decision → don’t rush to a decision …

  • Your read & decision time is only limited by your ability to stay ahead of BR … Take risks, experiment & determine how long that is ...

  • Visual cues … C.O.I.L. C-converging, O-out hard, I-in hard, L-to the line … plus ground rulings …

  • Be patient - read the player the whole time available …


Decision Point - Go Out or Pivot -- Time Slice #3”

  • If they start to “break down” (slow up) under the ball, then they are showing you they are going to perform a “routine” catch … then pivot …

  • If they move even faster & lower to the ground, then go out … It will probably be a diving play …

  • If you cannot tell (the play doesn’t reveal itself to be routine), then “when in doubt, go out” ...


Movement Path “A” - Go Out -- Time Slice #4”

  • When going out to cover fly balls, always read the players & position so as to open a view of the open side of the ball …

  • If converging F8 & F9 ot F9 is facing the RF gap, move towards the LF gap (“rim”) the infield …

  • If F8 moves toward the RF gap or F9 opens up towards the RF line, then move down the RF line …

  • If you cannot tell whether F8 or F9 will catch the ball deep into the gap, then head straight at them until the play read reveals who will catch the ball …

  • When one of them calls for the ball or breaks down under it, then develop angle …

  • Move straight toward the RF fence if F8 shows he will catch it ...

  • Move straight towards the LF gap if F9 shows he will catch it ...



Movement Path “B” - Pivot -- Time Slice #4”

  • When maximizing the read time for your trouble fly ball read (“pushing the edge of the envelop”) … Key is to stay in front of BR …

  • “Anticipate” when you have to make a decision by so as to be able to enter the infield & stay in front of BR …

  • Learn from your experience base how long you have …  

  • To stay ahead of BR, adjustments may be necessary to pivot point, pivot route, pivot technique, etc. to stay ahead of BR … Accepted adjustments are: (1) Shallowing of the pivot point … (2) Extending the point towards 2nd base … (3) Bowing the pivot route into the outfield … (4) “Pro Looking” into the infield ...







Here is Module #4 review material for Sunday's training ...


If you have time to glance over some of it, it may help your learning on Sunday ...



Mechanics Module #4: Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage:


From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Step Up, Turn & Face the Ball”:

B.96 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.97 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

B.98 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.99 – Level 1 Review – Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

From Starting Position “B” – R1 to 3rd “Rotation” Coverage:

B.106 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Moving into “The Library” – Common Material

B.107 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #1 – No Play Coming into 3rd Base

B.108 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #2 – Play Coming into 3rd Base

B.109 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #3 – Play Coming into 3rd Base with Overthrow

B.106 - B.109 – Concept Review – Starting Position "B" R1 to 3rd "Rotation" Coverage

B.110 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – R1 to 3rd Rotation (with R3 & R1 on Bases) & Play Comes to 3rd Base

From Starting Position “C” – "Special" Outfield Fly Ball Coverage – Runners on 2nd & 1st Bases with “Rotation” Coverage:

B.111 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – “Routine” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area – Moving into “The Library”

B.112 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #1 – No Play is Coming Into 3rd Base (Ball or R2 Doesn’t Come into 3rd)

B.113 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #2 – Play Into 3rd Base on R2 & “Routine” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area

B.114 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #3 – Play into 3rd Base on R2 & “Trouble” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area

B.115 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Option #4 – R2 on 2nd Base & “Trouble” Fly Ball to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.111 - B.115 – Concept Review – Starting Position “C” – R2 & R1on Bases with Outfield Fly Ball & "Rotation” Coverage

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – Fly Ball Positioning:

B.116 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 & “Trouble” Fly Ball or Line Drive to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.117 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Mechanics Detail – R2 on 2nd Base & “Trouble” Fly Ball to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.118 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – R3 Tags & Could Advance to Home:



Module #4 - SPB & C - Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage (Blacktop Area)


Mechanics Module #4: Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage

Issues to concentrate on:

  • Drive forward & hard into the “working area” - same thrust forward as a pick-off to 1st, but without stopping & pushing up …

  • Drive hard, forward & deeply into the working area while angling onto the diagonal line from home plate through 2nd base …Let the play slow & stop you …

  • On fly ball, view the catch in primary vision without taking your eyes off of it until a “voluntary release” ...

  • On fly balls, line up the runner just outside of center of vision -- see the runner’s leave in peripheral vision ...









Here is Module #5 review material for Sunday's training ...


If you have time to glance over some of it, it may help your learning on Sunday ...


Mechanics Module 5a - Clearing F2 & 5b - Plate Plays:


Mechanics Module 5a - Clearing F2:

Plate Mechanics - PU Fair/Foul Positioning & Clearing F2

Baseball Umpire Mechancis - Plate Ump Move PopUp.mov


Mechanics Module 5b - Plate Plays:

Plate Play #1

Plate Play #2

Plate Play #3

Plate Play #4

Plate Play #5

Plate Play #6

Plate Play #7

Plate Play #8

Plate Play #9

Plate Play #10

NJSAB Video Short - New Plays At Plate Philosophy

2011/08/13 Ichiro gets two

Burleson cws

Umpire Training with PLAYS AT THE PLATE preview

Crawfordsville Baseball: You Make The Call (4/20/2013)

Pacific Grove's Kevin Russo's RBI on the squeeze play

Umps review out at home, confirmed in 8th



Mechanics Module 5a - Clearing F2:

Issues to concentrate on:

Read the ball’s trajectory while watching F2’s shoulders/back & the ball flies out of your peripheral vision …

Read F2’s shoulders, then open so F2 can go by ...

Plate Mechanics - PU Fair/Foul Positioning & Clearing F2



Mechanics Module 5b - Plate Plays:

Issues to concentrate on:

“Point of plate” and adjusting to “collision” or “swipe” positioning theory ...

Working & keeping your head in the “wedge” theory ...

Anticipate the type of play faster & earlier in the play development ...






Here is Module #6 review material for Sunday's training ...


If you have time to glance over some of it, it may help your learning on Sunday ...


Mechanics Module #6a Foul Fly Balls & #6b Rundowns:


Mechanics Module #6a Foul Fly Balls:

B.45 – Level 2 Review – Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Ball on the 3rd Base Side

B.39 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage between 1st & Home Plate near the Dugout

B.40 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage between 1st & Home Plate near the Foul Line

B.41 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage Past 1st Base near the Stands

B.42 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Fly Ball (“Pop-Up”) Around Starting Position “A”

B.43 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Fly Ball (“Pop-Up”) Around Starting Position “A”

B.44 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Clear F3 on “Pop-Up” Down the Right Field Line


Mechanics Module #6b Rundowns:

Rundown Coverage – Single & Multiple Runners:

B.52, 55 & 58 – Concept Review – Rundowns with One Runner Only – Responsibilities & Coverage

B.119 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – Rundown on R1 between 1st and 2nd with R3 also at 3rd Base

B.120 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – Rundown on R3 between 3rd and Home with R1 also on 1st Base

B.121 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – Rundown on R2 between 2nd and 3rd with R3 also on 3rd Base

B.122 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – If the Rundown Develops between 3rd and Home

B.123 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – R3 on 3rd Gets into a Rundown between 3rd and Home with R2 on Base Also

B.124 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – R2 & R1 – Rundown on R1 between 1st and 2nd Base

B.125 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – R2 & R1 – Rundown on R2 between 2nd and 3rd Bases

B.126 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Rundown on R3 between 3rd and home

B.127 – Level 3 Review – Mechanics Detail – Bases Loaded – Rundown develops between 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd



Mechanics Module #6a: Foul Fly Balls

Issues to concentrate on:

  • PU positioning on fair/foul -- PU’s are leaving the foul line prematurely & are in no man’s land … They are off the line & not enhancing angle for open side of fielder’s body ...

  • Make the play pull PU off the foul line -- Is it threatening the dugout, fence or will the player catch the ball turned toward either? Is the glove side of the fielders body away from you?

  • If the play is between, probably stay on the foul line & move aggressively up it to open the receiving side of the player’s body up to PU …

  • BU pivoting into the infield vs. going out -- Issues: fair/foul possibility on fly ball on the infield … Fly ball landing or near BU with play exploding on BU …

  • BU clearing F3 better -- Also see PU Clearing F2 ...


Mechanics Module #6b: Rundowns

Issues to concentrate on:

  • BU needs enough depth from the baseline to roughly mirror the runner & see plays on the runner well ...

  • PU needs to come down in foul territory …

  • PU enters rundown when the runner is moving away & there is sufficient distance from 1st base …

  • If tag occurs between the umpires, then make eye contact & communicate who will take the tag ...


Single Runner coverage techniques …(review)

  • Between 1st & 2nd … half & half or cutout coverage … work out at pregame with partner ...

  • Between 2nd & 3rd … half & half or cutout coverage … work out at pregame with partner ...

  • Between 3rd & Home …half & half ...

  • Between 1st & Home … half & half ...


Multiple Runner coverage concepts …

Issues to concentrate on:

  • PU assuming R3 between 3rd & home …

  • PU angles toward the 3rd base dugout to gain depth & reduce working path needed to cover the play with 45 degree angles on each side …

  • PU voices he has it all …

  • BU stays with 3rd until PU calls for it all

  • When PU calls for it all, BU bounces away & covers trail runner(s) …

  • If a trailing runner reacquires 3rd, then BU will voice he has that end & retake tags there ...


Lead vs. Training runner(s)...

Trailing Runner(s) …

  • R2 & R1 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3 & R1 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3 & R2 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3, R2 & R1 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

Lead Runner ...

  • R2 & R1 … same of PU as single runner between 2nd & 3rd … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3 & R1 … PU angles deep toward 3rd base dugout … Assumes all R3 when can … BU takes dive back to 3rd until PU calls for all of R3 … Then, BU repositions for possible plays on trail runner(s) … Bu reacquires 3rd if R1 advances to 3rd ...

  • R3 & R2 … PU angles deep toward 3rd base dugout … Assumes all R3 when can … BU takes dive back to 3rd until PU calls for all of R3 … Then, BU repositions for possible plays on trail runner(s) … BU reacquires 3rd if R2 advances to 3rd ...

  • R3, R2 & R1 … PU angles deep toward 3rd base dugout … Assumes all R3 when can … BU takes dive back to 3rd until PU calls for all of R3 … Then, BU repositions for possible plays on trail runner(s) …



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NCOA Baseball 2015 Crestmont Workshop_021515



Instructor Teams:

Field #1 -- Module #1 - Tom Ramirez, Keith Wilkinson, Aaron Higgins, Swanny

Field #2 -- Module #2 - Mike Nantze, Pete Shellooe, Loren Jochim, Dave Gwiazdon

Field #3 -- Module #3 - Jeff Donnan, Rob Guerrero, Bruce Levering


Morning Module Content:

Field #1 -- Module #1 - SPB & C - Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage (Blacktop Area)   

Field #2 -- Module #2 - SPA “Normal” & “Special” Plays

Field #3 -- Module #3 - SPA - “Pivot” or “Go out on fly ball”


Morning Schedule:

9:00am - 10:00am -- Session #1

10:00am - 11:00am -- Session #2

11:00am - 12:00pm -- Session #3


12:00pm - 1:00pm -- Lunch & visit Honig’s at Maidu Park ...


Instructor Teams:

Field #1 -- Module #4 - Tom Ramirez, Keith Wilkinson, Aaron Higgins, Swanny

Field #2 -- Module #5 - Mike Nantze, Pete Shellooe, Loren Jochim, Dave Gwiazdon

Field #3 -- Module #6 - Jeff Donnan, Rob Guerrero, Bruce Levering


Afternoon Modules:

Module #4 -- Module #4 - SPB & C - Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage (Blacktop Area)

Module #5 -- Module #5 - Plate Plays & Clearing F2

Module #6 -- Module #6 - SPA - Foul Fly Balls & SPB & C - Rundowns   


Afternoon Schedule:

1:00pm - 2:00pm -- Session #4

2:00pm - 3:00pm    -- Session #5

3:00pm - 4:00pm    -- Session #6



Instruction Teams … Crews …

Instruction Teams #1: Jeff Donnan, Rob Guerrero, Bruce Levering,

Instruction Teams #2: Mike Nantze, Pete Shellooe, Loren Jochim, Dave Gwiazdon ...

Instruction Teams #3: Tom Ramirez, Keith Wilkinson, Aaron Higgins, Swanny


Classes participating … Send prep materials ...

L5.3, L5.2, L5.1, L4.1, L3



Sunday, 02/15 ... We will be at Crestmont Elementary School ... There are two (2) little fields there & a blacktop area sufficient for our instruction needs ... It is also a combined school-park facility so restrooms are also available ... If weather prevents the Maidu Clinic, then we will use Jesuit as our backup facility & meet there ...


Location: Crestmont Elementary School ... 1501 Sheridan Avenue, Roseville, CA 95661


Sun, 02/15:

   Mechanics Module #13: Outside: SPA - “Pivot” or “Go out on fly ball”

   Mechanics Module #14a: Outside: Foul fly balls & Rundowns

   Mechanics Module #14b: Outside: Foul fly balls & Rundowns

   Mechanics Module #15: Outside: SPA “Normal” Plays

   Mechanics Module #16: Outside: SPA “Special” Plays

   Mechanics Module #19: Outside: Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage

   Mechanics Module #20: Outside: Plate Plays & Clearing F2

   Mechanics Module #21: Outside: Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage


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Instructor Instructions …

NCOA Baseball 2015 Crestmont Workshop_021515


Instructor Teams:

Field #1 -- Module #1 - Tom Ramirez, Keith Wilkinson, Aaron Higgins, Swanny

Field #2 -- Module #2 - Mike Nantze, Pete Shellooe, Loren Jochim, Dave Gwiazdon

Field #3 -- Module #3 - Jeff Donnan, Rob Guerrero, Bruce Levering


Morning Module Content:

Field #1 -- Module #1 - SPB & C - Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage (Blacktop Area)   

Field #2 -- Module #2 - SPA “Normal” & “Special” Plays

Field #3 -- Module #3 - SPA - “Pivot” or “Go out on fly ball”


Morning Schedule:

9:00am - 10:00am -- Session #1

10:00am - 11:00am -- Session #2

11:00am - 12:00pm -- Session #3


12:00pm - 1:00pm -- Lunch & visit Honig’s at Maidu Park ...


Instructor Teams:

Field #1 -- Module #4 - Tom Ramirez, Keith Wilkinson, Aaron Higgins, Swanny

Field #2 -- Module #5 - Mike Nantze, Pete Shellooe, Loren Jochim, Dave Gwiazdon

Field #3 -- Module #6 - Jeff Donnan, Rob Guerrero, Bruce Levering


Afternoon Modules:

Module #4 -- Module #4 - SPB & C - Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage (Blacktop Area)

Module #5 -- Module #5 - Plate Plays & Clearing F2

Module #6 -- Module #6 - SPA - Foul Fly Balls & SPB & C - Rundowns   


Afternoon Schedule:

1:00pm - 2:00pm -- Session #4

2:00pm - 3:00pm    -- Session #5

3:00pm - 4:00pm    -- Session #6







Mechanics Module #1: Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage ...


From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Step Up, Turn & Face the Ball”:

B.96 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.97 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

B.98 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.99 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Working Area” Concept:

B.100 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Ground Ball on the Infield – “Working Area” Concept

B.101 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball on the Infield – Advanced Coverage of 3rd Base

B.102 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Reading, Anticipating the Play Location and Positioning in the “Working Area”

B.103 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Seeing the Play and “Bouncing” Back Across the “Working Area”

B.104 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – “Obvious” (“Clean”) Base Hit to the Outfield – R2 on 2nd Base

B.105 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Base Hit to the Outfield with R2 on 2nd Base & 2 Outs – “Time” Plays

Double Play Coverage:

B.128 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “B” – R1 on 1st Base Only

B.129 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “B” – R3 & R1 on Bases

B.130 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “C” – R2 and R1 on Bases



Module #1 - SPB & C - Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage (Blacktop Area)


Mechanics Module #1: Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage

Issues to concentrate on:

  • Drive forward & hard into the “working area” - same thrust forward as a pick-off to 1st, but without stopping & pushing up …

  • Drive hard, forward & deeply into the working area while angling onto the diagonal line from home plate through 2nd base …Let the play slow & stop you ...

  • If R2 is advancing on a grounder to F6’s left or to F5, then drive hard to the 3rd base side of the mound to open an angle for a force into 2nd or a tag on R2 …Let the play slow & stop you ...

  • Position early & aggressively -- need better use of time during the early in play development ...

  • Play “Anticipation” -- Begin moving for the probable play -- Read the playing action on the move -- Compare against your experience for detail variance while moving ...

  • Move to the play side of the “working area” …

  • After the play, “bounce back” across the “working area” in anticipation of any secondary play possibilities …





Here is Module #2 review material for Sunday's training ...


If you have time to glance over some of it, it may help your learning on Sunday ...


Mechanics Module #2a: SPA “Normal” Plays

B.25 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – BU Proper Use of Eyes during the Pitch

B.26 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Proper Use of Eyes and Position on Ground Balls to the Infield

B.27 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Establishing Proper “Play” Position

B.28 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Left Side “Play” Position – 90 Degree Angle “Play” Position

B.29 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Two Steps Fair “Play” Position with Ground Ball on Infield

B.27 - B.29 – Concept Review – Establishing Proper "Play" Position


Mechanics Module #2b: SPA “Special” Plays

B.30 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – F1 Covers 1st Base

B.31 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – F3 Covers Unassisted on a “Normal” Play

B.32 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Examples of Right Side “Pressure”

B.33 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” - Positioning

B.34 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” from F4

B.35 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” from F3

B.36 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Pulled Foot “Straight” Toward BU

B.37 – Level 3 Reveiw Mechanics Detail – Pulled Foot Toward the Right-Field Corner

B.38 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – “Pulled” Foot Toward Home Plate Followed by a “Swipe” Tag



Mechanics Module #2a: SPA “Normal” Plays

Issues to concentrate on:

  • Overrunning needed “play” position based on fielding player release point …

  • “Play” position - 90 degree angle, 2-step fair & 2-step foul ...

  • Overrunning “play” position - hurts “adjusted” positioning for “swipe” tag - more to move back ...

  • Need to use diagonal corners of base to error check positioning …

  • Need better “swipe tag” play reads … Need earlier cues & movement …

  • Proper use of eyes on throw & play .. focus on bag & read F3’s feet better …

  • Position “fair” as much as possible - only go foul if “pressured” ...


Mechanics Module #2b: SPA “Special” Plays

Issues to concentrate on:

Teach logic why each “special” play needs that position ...

  • F1 Covers 1st Base - 2-step fair ...

  • F3 Covers Unassisted on a “Normal” Play - 2-step fair ...

  • Examples of Right Side “Pressure”

  • Right Side “Pressure” - Positioning - 2-step foul ...

  • Right Side “Pressure” from F4 - 2-step foul ...

  • Right Side “Pressure” from F3 - 2-step foul ...

  • Pulled Foot “Straight” Toward BU - adjust to see ...

  • Pulled Foot Toward the Right-Field Corner - adjust to see ...

  • Pulled Foot Toward Home Plate Followed by a “Swipe” Tag on side of runner - move toward the foul line ...

  • Pulled Foot Toward Home Plate Followed by a “Swipe” Tag on back of runner - move toward the plate to see around the runner’s back side ...





Here is Module #3 review material for Sunday's training ...


If you have time to glance over some of it, it may help your learning on Sunday ...


Mechanics Module #3: SPA - “Pivot” or “Go out on fly ball”

Pivot Techniques Review Material:

B.48 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Basics – “Three-Step” Footwork

B.49 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Ground Ball on Infield with Overthrow at 1st Base

B.50 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Common Elements

B.51 – B.53 – Concept Review – BR Rounds 1st Base

B.54 - B.59 – Concept Review – BR Advances to 2nd Base or Beyond

B.60 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Adjustments – Pivot Location Adjustments – Advanced Positioning Concepts

B.61 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Adjustments – “Pro Look” Technique – Advanced Positioning Concepts


“Trouble” Ball to BU’s Area – BU Goes Out Review Material:

B.62 - B.75 – Concept Review – “Trouble” Ball to BU’s Area – BU Goes Out


Issues to concentrate on: Members strategies for reading fly balls are not effective → positioning, use of eyes, use of time available, adjustments for BR’s progress

  • Need to read these plays in time slices with specific purpose ...

  • Need to perform specific technical techniques ...

  • Need to identify visual cues to read & create decision points from ...

  • Need to use all time available more effectively ...


Read Ball off the Bat -- Time Slice #1:

  • As soon as the ball is hit, use early play time to maximum benefit - immediately “step up, turn & face the ball” … Advantage-disadvantage --increases read time by moving BU closer to the pivot point … minimal distance loss on fly ball coverage ...

  • Read fly ball trajectory, project (informed guess at) its relative landing position …

  • Perform in the short period of time before the batted ball leaves the infield or passes by BU ...


Read Players -- Time Slice#2:

  • As the batted ball leaves the infield ...

  • Next, focus on the players in the “projected” landing area proximity …

  • Read their movements & listen to players ...

  • Continue to observe the players movements throughout the total time available … patience - don’t hurry to a decision → don’t rush to a decision …

  • Your read & decision time is only limited by your ability to stay ahead of BR … Take risks, experiment & determine how long that is ...

  • Visual cues … C.O.I.L. C-converging, O-out hard, I-in hard, L-to the line … plus ground rulings …

  • Be patient - read the player the whole time available …


Decision Point - Go Out or Pivot -- Time Slice #3”

  • If they start to “break down” (slow up) under the ball, then they are showing you they are going to perform a “routine” catch … then pivot …

  • If they move even faster & lower to the ground, then go out … It will probably be a diving play …

  • If you cannot tell (the play doesn’t reveal itself to be routine), then “when in doubt, go out” ...


Movement Path “A” - Go Out -- Time Slice #4”

  • When going out to cover fly balls, always read the players & position so as to open a view of the open side of the ball …

  • If converging F8 & F9 ot F9 is facing the RF gap, move towards the LF gap (“rim”) the infield …

  • If F8 moves toward the RF gap or F9 opens up towards the RF line, then move down the RF line …

  • If you cannot tell whether F8 or F9 will catch the ball deep into the gap, then head straight at them until the play read reveals who will catch the ball …

  • When one of them calls for the ball or breaks down under it, then develop angle …

  • Move straight toward the RF fence if F8 shows he will catch it ...

  • Move straight towards the LF gap if F9 shows he will catch it ...



Movement Path “B” - Pivot -- Time Slice #4”

  • When maximizing the read time for your trouble fly ball read (“pushing the edge of the envelop”) … Key is to stay in front of BR …

  • “Anticipate” when you have to make a decision by so as to be able to enter the infield & stay in front of BR …

  • Learn from your experience base how long you have …  

  • To stay ahead of BR, adjustments may be necessary to pivot point, pivot route, pivot technique, etc. to stay ahead of BR … Accepted adjustments are: (1) Shallowing of the pivot point … (2) Extending the point towards 2nd base … (3) Bowing the pivot route into the outfield … (4) “Pro Looking” into the infield ...







Here is Module #4 review material for Sunday's training ...


If you have time to glance over some of it, it may help your learning on Sunday ...



Mechanics Module #4: Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Step Up, Turn & Face the Ball”:

B.96 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.97 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

B.98 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.99 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

From Starting Position “B” – R1 to 3rd “Rotation” Coverage:

B.106 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Moving into “The Library” – Common Material

B.107 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #1 – No Play Coming into 3rd Base

B.108 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #2 – Play Coming into 3rd Base

B.109 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #3 – Play Coming into 3rd Base with Overthrow

B.106 - B.109 – Concept Review – Starting Position "B" R1 to 3rd "Rotation" Coverage

B.110 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R1 to 3rd Rotation (with R3 & R1 on Bases) & Play Comes to 3rd Base

From Starting Position “C” – "Special" Outfield Fly Ball Coverage – Runners on 2nd & 1st Bases with “Rotation” Coverage:

B.111 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – “Routine” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area – Moving into “The Library”

B.112 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #1 – No Play is Coming Into 3rd Base (Ball or R2 Doesn’t Come into 3rd)

B.113 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #2 – Play Into 3rd Base on R2 & “Routine” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area

B.114 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #3 – Play into 3rd Base on R2 & “Trouble” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area

B.115 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #4 – R2 on 2nd Base & “Trouble” Fly Ball to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.111 - B.115 – Concept Review – Starting Position “C” – R2 & R1on Bases with Outfield Fly Ball & "Rotation” Coverage

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – Fly Ball Positioning:

B.116 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 & “Trouble” Fly Ball or Line Drive to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.117 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Mechanics Detail – R2 on 2nd Base & “Trouble” Fly Ball to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.118 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – R3 Tags & Could Advance to Home:



Module #4 - SPB & C - Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage (Blacktop Area)


Mechanics Module #4: Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage

Issues to concentrate on:

  • Drive forward & hard into the “working area” - same thrust forward as a pick-off to 1st, but without stopping & pushing up …

  • Drive hard, forward & deeply into the working area while angling onto the diagonal line from home plate through 2nd base …Let the play slow & stop you …

  • On fly ball, view the catch in primary vision without taking your eyes off of it until a “voluntary release” ...

  • On fly balls, line up the runner just outside of center of vision -- see the runner’s leave in peripheral vision ...









Here is Module #5 review material for Sunday's training ...


If you have time to glance over some of it, it may help your learning on Sunday ...


Mechanics Module 5a - Clearing F2:

Plate Mechanics - PU Fair/Foul Positioning & Clearing F2

Baseball Umpire Mechancis - Plate Ump Move PopUp.mov


Mechanics Module 5b - Plate Plays:

Plate Play #1

Plate Play #2

Plate Play #3

Plate Play #4

Plate Play #5

Plate Play #6

Plate Play #7

Plate Play #8

Plate Play #9

Plate Play #10

NJSAB Video Short - New Plays At Plate Philosophy

2011/08/13 Ichiro gets two

Burleson cws

Umpire Training with PLAYS AT THE PLATE preview

Crawfordsville Baseball: You Make The Call (4/20/2013)

Pacific Grove's Kevin Russo's RBI on the squeeze play

Umps review out at home, confirmed in 8th



Mechanics Module 5a - Clearing F2:

Issues to concentrate on:

Read the ball’s trajectory while watching F2’s shoulders/back & the ball flies out of your peripheral vision …

Read F2’s shoulders, then open so F2 can go by ...

Plate Mechanics - PU Fair/Foul Positioning & Clearing F2



Mechanics Module 5b - Plate Plays:

Issues to concentrate on:

“Point of plate” and adjusting to “collision” or “swipe” positioning theory ...

Working & keeping your head in the “wedge” theory ...

Anticipate the type of play faster & earlier in the play development ...






Here is Module #6 review material for Sunday's training ...


If you have time to glance over some of it, it may help your learning on Sunday ...


Mechanics Module #6a: Foul Fly Balls

B.45 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Ball on the 3rd Base Side

B.39 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage between 1st & Home Plate near the Dugout

B.40 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage between 1st & Home Plate near the Foul Line

B.41 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage Past 1st Base near the Stands

B.42 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Fly Ball (“Pop-Up”) Around Starting Position “A”

B.43 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Fly Ball (“Pop-Up”) Around Starting Position “A”

B.44 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Clear F3 on “Pop-Up” Down the Right Field Line


Mechanics Module #6b: Rundowns

Rundown Coverage – Single & Multiple Runners:

B.52, 55 & 58 – Concept Review – Rundowns with One Runner Only – Responsibilities & Coverage

B.119 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – Rundown on R1 between 1st and 2nd with R3 also at 3rd Base

B.120 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – Rundown on R3 between 3rd and Home with R1 also on 1st Base

B.121 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – Rundown on R2 between 2nd and 3rd with R3 also on 3rd Base

B.122 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – If the Rundown Develops between 3rd and Home

B.123 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – R3 on 3rd Gets into a Rundown between 3rd and Home with R2 on Base Also

B.124 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R2 & R1 – Rundown on R1 between 1st and 2nd Base

B.125 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R2 & R1 – Rundown on R2 between 2nd and 3rd Bases

B.126 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Rundown on R3 between 3rd and home

B.127 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Bases Loaded – Rundown develops between 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd



Mechanics Module #6a: Foul Fly Balls

Issues to concentrate on:

  • PU positioning on fair/foul -- PU’s are leaving the foul line prematurely & are in no man’s land … They are off the line & not enhancing angle for open side of fielder’s body ...

  • Make the play pull PU off the foul line -- Is it threatening the dugout, fence or will the player catch the ball turned toward either? Is the glove side of the fielders body away from you?

  • If the play is between, probably stay on the foul line & move aggressively up it to open the receiving side of the player’s body up to PU …

  • BU pivoting into the infield vs. going out -- Issues: fair/foul possibility on fly ball on the infield … Fly ball landing or near BU with play exploding on BU …

  • BU clearing F3 better -- Also see PU Clearing F2 ...


Mechanics Module #6b: Rundowns

Issues to concentrate on:

  • BU needs enough depth from the baseline to roughly mirror the runner & see plays on the runner well ...

  • PU needs to come down in foul territory …

  • PU enters rundown when the runner is moving away & there is sufficient distance from 1st base …

  • If tag occurs between the umpires, then make eye contact & communicate who will take the tag ...


Single Runner coverage techniques …(review)

  • Between 1st & 2nd … half & half or cutout coverage … work out at pregame with partner ...

  • Between 2nd & 3rd … half & half or cutout coverage … work out at pregame with partner ...

  • Between 3rd & Home …half & half ...

  • Between 1st & Home … half & half ...


Multiple Runner coverage concepts …

Issues to concentrate on:

  • PU assuming R3 between 3rd & home …

  • PU angles toward the 3rd base dugout to gain depth & reduce working path needed to cover the play with 45 degree angles on each side …

  • PU voices he has it all …

  • BU stays with 3rd until PU calls for it all

  • When PU calls for it all, BU bounces away & covers trail runner(s) …

  • If a trailing runner reacquires 3rd, then BU will voice he has that end & retake tags there ...


Lead vs. Training runner(s)...

Trailing Runner(s) …

  • R2 & R1 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3 & R1 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3 & R2 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3, R2 & R1 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

Lead Runner ...

  • R2 & R1 … same of PU as single runner between 2nd & 3rd … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3 & R1 … PU angles deep toward 3rd base dugout … Assumes all R3 when can … BU takes dive back to 3rd until PU calls for all of R3 … Then, BU repositions for possible plays on trail runner(s) … Bu reacquires 3rd if R1 advances to 3rd ...

  • R3 & R2 … PU angles deep toward 3rd base dugout … Assumes all R3 when can … BU takes dive back to 3rd until PU calls for all of R3 … Then, BU repositions for possible plays on trail runner(s) … BU reacquires 3rd if R2 advances to 3rd ...

  • R3, R2 & R1 … PU angles deep toward 3rd base dugout … Assumes all R3 when can … BU takes dive back to 3rd until PU calls for all of R3 … Then, BU repositions for possible plays on trail runner(s) …








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NCOA Baseball 2015 Crestmont Workshop_021515


To Do’s:

  • Develop station plans …

  • Equipment needs …

  • Staff availability …

  • Duties ...


Crestmont Park ...

90 ft Mechanics Clinic @ Crestmont Park ...

2 fields available plus asphalt play area (2+1= 3 fields) ..

Working on accumulating enough classroom instructors to staff stations at Crestmont Park …

Fairfield/Vacaville: Gwiazdon,

L3 - Nantze, Shellooe,

L4.1 - Levering, Guerrero, Donnan  

L5.1 - Swanny, Ramirez, Wilkinson,

L5.3 - Jochim


Instructors helping … Send schedule … Station materials … Send prep materials … Mike Nantze, Pete Shellooe, Jeff Donnan, Rob Guerrero, Bruce Levering, Loren Jochim, Tom Ramirez, Keith Wilkinson, Aaron Higgins, Dave Gwiazdon ...


Instruction Teams … Crews …

Instruction Teams #1: Jeff Donnan, Rob Guerrero, Bruce Levering,

Instruction Teams #2: Mike Nantze, Pete Shellooe, Loren Jochim, Dave Gwiazdon ...

Instruction Teams #3: Tom Ramirez, Keith Wilkinson, Aaron Higgins, Swanny


Classes participating … Send prep materials ...

L5.3, L5.2, L5.1, L4.1, L3


Sunday, 02/15 ... We will be at Crestmont Elementary School ... There are two (2) little fields there & a blacktop area sufficient for our instruction needs ... It is also a combined school-park facility so restrooms are also available ... If weather prevents the Maidu Clinic, then we will use Jesuit as our backup facility & meet there ...


Crestmont Elementary School ... 1501 Sheridan Avenue, Roseville, CA 95661


Sun, 02/15:

   Mechanics Module #13: Outside: SPA - “Pivot” or “Go out on fly ball”

   Mechanics Module #14a: Outside: Foul fly balls & Rundowns

   Mechanics Module #14b: Outside: Foul fly balls & Rundowns

   Mechanics Module #15: Outside: SPA “Normal” Plays

   Mechanics Module #16: Outside: SPA “Special” Plays

   Mechanics Module #19: Outside: Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage

   Mechanics Module #20: Outside: Plate Plays & Clearing F2

   Mechanics Module #21: Outside: Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage



Instructor Instructions …

NCOA Baseball 2015 Crestmont Workshop_021515


Instructor Teams:

Field #1 -- Module #1 - Tom Ramirez, Keith Wilkinson, Aaron Higgins, Swanny

Field #2 -- Module #2 - Mike Nantze, Pete Shellooe, Loren Jochim, Dave Gwiazdon

Field #3 -- Module #3 - Jeff Donnan, Rob Guerrero, Bruce Levering


Morning Module Content:

Field #1 -- Module #1 - SPB & C - Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage (Blacktop Area)   

Field #2 -- Module #2 - SPA “Normal” & “Special” Plays

Field #3 -- Module #3 - SPA - “Pivot” or “Go out on fly ball”


Morning Schedule:

9:00am - 10:00am -- Session #1

10:00am - 11:00am -- Session #2

11:00am - 12:00pm -- Session #3


12:00pm - 1:00pm -- Lunch & visit Honig’s at Maidu Park ...


Instructor Teams:

Field #1 -- Module #4 - Tom Ramirez, Keith Wilkinson, Aaron Higgins, Swanny

Field #2 -- Module #5 - Mike Nantze, Pete Shellooe, Loren Jochim, Dave Gwiazdon

Field #3 -- Module #6 - Jeff Donnan, Rob Guerrero, Bruce Levering


Afternoon Modules:

Module #4 -- Module #4 - SPB & C - Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage (Blacktop Area)

Module #5 -- Module #5 - Plate Plays & Clearing F2

Module #6 -- Module #6 - SPA - Foul Fly Balls & SPB & C - Rundowns   


Afternoon Schedule:

1:00pm - 2:00pm -- Session #4

2:00pm - 3:00pm    -- Session #5

3:00pm - 4:00pm    -- Session #6




Mechanics Module #1: Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage

Issues to concentrate on:

  • Position early & aggressively -- need better use of time during the early play development ...

  • Drive forward & hard into the “working area” - same thrust forward as a pick-off to 1st, but without stopping & pushing up after the 2nd step … Glide & settle into a standing set position ...

  • Drive hard, forward & deeply into the working area while angling onto the diagonal line from home plate through 2nd base …Settle 8-12 ft directly behind the F1 mound dirt/grass line …

  • If R2 is advancing on a grounder to F6’s left or to F5, then drive hard to the 3rd base side of the mound to open an angle for a force into 2nd or a tag on R2 … Move to the play side of the “working area” … Let the play slow & stop you ...

  • Play “Anticipation” -- Begin moving for the probable play -- Read the playing action on the move -- Compare against your experience for detail variance while moving ...

  • After the play, “bounce back” across the “working area” in anticipation of any secondary play possibilities …

  • Use your “instincts” (game knowledge & experience base) to help you anticipate potential plays …

  • Use “advantage-disadvantage” … “Likely-unlikely” … “strategic planning to protect against less likely plays occurring” theories to help you dynamically position …

  • Maintain “play initiative” & “positioning advantage” in movements … It’s a giant chess game …

  • Balance multiple runner needs … Compromise some movement to protect possible secondary play action movement needs …




Mechanics Module #1: Batted Ball on Infield Working Area Usage ...


From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Step Up, Turn & Face the Ball”:

B.96 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.97 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

B.98 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.99 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Working Area” Concept:

B.100 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Ground Ball on the Infield – “Working Area” Concept

B.101 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball on the Infield – Advanced Coverage of 3rd Base

B.102 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Reading, Anticipating the Play Location and Positioning in the “Working Area”

B.103 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Seeing the Play and “Bouncing” Back Across the “Working Area”

B.104 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – “Obvious” (“Clean”) Base Hit to the Outfield – R2 on 2nd Base

B.105 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Base Hit to the Outfield with R2 on 2nd Base & 2 Outs – “Time” Plays

Double Play Coverage:

B.128 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “B” – R1 on 1st Base Only

B.129 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “B” – R3 & R1 on Bases

B.130 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “C” – R2 and R1 on Bases




Mechanics Module #2a & 2b: SPA Plays


Mechanics Module #2a: SPA “Normal” Plays

Issues to concentrate on:

  • Overrunning needed “play” position based on fielding player release point …

  • “Play” position - 90 degree angle, 2-step fair & 2-step foul ...

  • Overrunning “play” position - hurts “adjusted” positioning for “swipe” tag - more to move back ...

  • Need to use diagonal corners of base to error check positioning …

  • Need better “swipe tag” play reads … Need earlier cues & movement …

  • Proper use of eyes on throw & play .. focus on bag & read F3’s feet better …

  • Position “fair” as much as possible - only go foul if “pressured” ...


Mechanics: SPA “Normal” Plays

From Starting Position “A”:

B.25 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – BU Proper Use of Eyes during the Pitch

B.26 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Proper Use of Eyes and Position on Ground Balls to the Infield

B.27 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Establishing Proper “Play” Position

B.28 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Left Side “Play” Position – 90 Degree Angle “Play” Position

B.29 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Two Steps Fair “Play” Position with Ground Ball on Infield

B.27 - B.29 – Concept Review – Establishing Proper "Play" Position




Mechanics Module #2b: SPA “Special” Plays

Issues to concentrate on:

Teach logic why each “special” play needs that position ...

  • F1 Covers 1st Base - 2-step fair ...

  • F3 Covers Unassisted on a “Normal” Play - 2-step fair ...

  • Examples of Right Side “Pressure”

  • Right Side “Pressure” - Positioning - 2-step foul ...

  • Right Side “Pressure” from F4 - 2-step foul ...

  • Right Side “Pressure” from F3 - 2-step foul ...

  • Pulled Foot “Straight” Toward BU - adjust to see ...

  • Pulled Foot Toward the Right-Field Corner - adjust to see ...

  • Pulled Foot Toward Home Plate Followed by a “Swipe” Tag on side of runner - move toward the foul line ...

  • Pulled Foot Toward Home Plate Followed by a “Swipe” Tag on back of runner - move toward the plate to see around the runner’s back side ...



Mechanics: SPA “Special” Plays

Special “Play” Positioning on Infield Ground Ball from Starting Position “A”:

B.30 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – F1 Covers 1st Base

B.31 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – F3 Covers Unassisted on a “Normal” Play

B.32 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Examples of Right Side “Pressure”

B.33 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” - Positioning

B.34 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” from F4

B.35 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” from F3

B.36 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Pulled Foot “Straight” Toward BU

B.37 – Level 3 Reveiw Mechanics Detail – Pulled Foot Toward the Right-Field Corner

B.38 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – “Pulled” Foot Toward Home Plate Followed by a “Swipe” Tag




Mechanics Module #3: SPA - “Pivot” or “Go out on fly ball”


Issues to concentrate on: Members strategies for reading fly balls are not effective → positioning, use of eyes, use of time available, adjustments for BR’s progress

  • Need to read these plays in time slices with specific purpose ...

  • Need to perform specific technical techniques ...

  • Need to identify visual cues to read & create decision points from ...

  • Need to use all time available more effectively …

  • Need to check F8 & F9 positioning often - “head on a swivel” - to help anticipate hard, low liner dive plays quickly ...


Read Ball off the Bat -- Time Slice #1:

  • As soon as the ball is hit, use early play time to maximum benefit - immediately “step up, turn & face the ball” … Advantage-disadvantage --increases read time by moving BU closer to the pivot point … minimal distance loss on fly ball coverage ...

  • Read fly ball trajectory, project (informed guess at) its relative landing position …

  • Perform in the short period of time before the batted ball leaves the infield or passes by BU ...


Read Players -- Time Slice#2:

  • As the batted ball leaves the infield ...

  • Next, focus on the players in the “projected” landing area proximity …

  • Read their movements & listen to players ...

  • Continue to observe the players movements throughout the total time available … patience - don’t hurry to a decision → don’t rush to a decision …

  • Your read & decision time is only limited by your ability to stay ahead of BR … Take risks, experiment & determine how long that is ...

  • Visual cues … C.O.I.L. C-converging, O-out hard, I-in hard, L-to the line … plus ground rulings …

  • Be patient - read the player the whole time available …


Decision Point - Go Out or Pivot -- Time Slice #3”

  • If they start to “break down” (slow up) under the ball, then they are showing you they are going to perform a “routine” catch … then pivot …

  • If they move even faster & lower to the ground, then go out … It will probably be a diving play …

  • If you cannot tell (the play doesn’t reveal itself to be routine), then “when in doubt, go out” ...


Movement Path “A” - Go Out -- Time Slice #4”

  • When going out to cover fly balls, always read the players & move to open a view of the open side of the ball …

  • If converging F8 & F9 ot F9 is facing the RF gap, move towards the LF gap (“rim”) the infield …

  • If F8 moves toward the RF gap or F9 opens up towards the RF line, then move down the RF line …

  • If you cannot tell whether F8 or F9 will catch the ball deep into the gap, then head straight at them until the play read reveals who will catch the ball …

  • When one of them calls for the ball or breaks down under it, then develop angle …

  • Move straight toward the RF fence if F8 shows he will catch it ...

  • Move straight towards the LF gap if F9 shows he will catch it ...


Movement Path “B” - Pivot -- Time Slice #4”

  • When maximizing the read time for your trouble fly ball read (“pushing the edge of the envelop”) … Key is to stay in front of BR …

  • “Anticipate” when you have to make a decision by so as to be able to enter the infield & stay in front of BR …

  • Learn from your experience base how long you have …

  • To stay ahead of BR, adjustments may be necessary to pivot point, pivot route, pivot technique, etc. to stay ahead of BR … Accepted adjustments are: (1) Shallowing of the pivot point … (2) Extending the point towards 2nd base … (3) Bowing the pivot route into the outfield … (4) “Pro Looking” into the infield ...

  • Experiment & take risks in lower level games where you won’t hurt yourself … You will never maximize your umpiring if you don’t take some risks & flirt with failure … Living in “safety” & “security” is not how you become a great umpire …  


Mechanics Module #9: Classroom: SPA - “Pivot” or “Go out on fly ball”

Pivot Techniques Review Material:

B.48 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Basics – “Three-Step” Footwork

B.49 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Ground Ball on Infield with Overthrow at 1st Base

B.50 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Common Elements

B.51 – B.53 – Concept Review – BR Rounds 1st Base

B.54 - B.59 – Concept Review – BR Advances to 2nd Base or Beyond

B.60 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Adjustments – Pivot Location Adjustments – Advanced Positioning Concepts

B.61 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Adjustments – “Pro Look” Technique – Advanced Positioning Concepts

“Trouble” Ball to BU’s Area – BU Goes Out Review Material:

B.62 - B.75 – Concept Review – “Trouble” Ball to BU’s Area – BU Goes Out

Mechanics Module #4: Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage

Issues to concentrate on:

  • Use many thoughts as batted ball to infield working area usage ...

  • Drive forward & hard into the “working area” - same thrust forward as a pick-off to 1st, but without stopping & pushing up …

  • Drive hard, forward & deeply into the working area while angling onto the diagonal line from home plate through 2nd base …Let the play slow & stop you …

  • On fly ball, view the catch in primary vision without taking your eyes off of it until a “voluntary release” ...

  • On fly balls, line up the runner just outside of center of vision -- see the runner’s leave in peripheral vision ...



Batted Ball to Outfield Working Area Usage

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Step Up, Turn & Face the Ball”:

B.96 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.97 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

B.98 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.99 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

From Starting Position “B” – R1 to 3rd “Rotation” Coverage:

B.106 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Moving into “The Library” – Common Material

B.107 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #1 – No Play Coming into 3rd Base

B.108 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #2 – Play Coming into 3rd Base

B.109 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #3 – Play Coming into 3rd Base with Overthrow

B.106 - B.109 – Concept Review – Starting Position "B" R1 to 3rd "Rotation" Coverage

B.110 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R1 to 3rd Rotation (with R3 & R1 on Bases) & Play Comes to 3rd Base

From Starting Position “C” – "Special" Outfield Fly Ball Coverage – Runners on 2nd & 1st Bases with “Rotation” Coverage:

B.111 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – “Routine” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area – Moving into “The Library”

B.112 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #1 – No Play is Coming Into 3rd Base (Ball or R2 Doesn’t Come into 3rd)

B.113 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #2 – Play Into 3rd Base on R2 & “Routine” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area

B.114 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #3 – Play into 3rd Base on R2 & “Trouble” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area

B.115 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #4 – R2 on 2nd Base & “Trouble” Fly Ball to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.111 - B.115 – Concept Review – Starting Position “C” – R2 & R1on Bases with Outfield Fly Ball & "Rotation” Coverage

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – Fly Ball Positioning:

B.116 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 & “Trouble” Fly Ball or Line Drive to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.117 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Mechanics Detail – R2 on 2nd Base & “Trouble” Fly Ball to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.118 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – R3 Tags & Could Advance to Home:




Mechanics Module #5a & 5b: Plate Plays & Clearing F2


Mechanics Module 5a - Clearing F2:

Issues to concentrate on:

Read the ball’s trajectory while watching F2’s shoulders/back & the ball flies out of your peripheral vision …

Read F2’s shoulders, then open so F2 can go by ...

Plate Mechanics - PU Fair/Foul Positioning & Clearing F2


Baseball Umpire Mechancis - Plate Ump Move PopUp.mov




Mechanics Module 5b - Plate Plays:

Issues to concentrate on:

“Point of plate” and adjusting to “collision” or “swipe” positioning theory ...

Working & keeping your head in the “wedge” theory …

Anticipate the type of play faster & earlier in the play development … Read fielder, ball & runner spacial relationship


Plate Play #1

Plate Play #2

Plate Play #3

Plate Play #4

Plate Play #5

Plate Play #6

Plate Play #7

Plate Play #8

Plate Play #9

Plate Play #10

NJSAB Video Short - New Plays At Plate Philosophy

2011/08/13 Ichiro gets two

Burleson cws

Umpire Training with PLAYS AT THE PLATE preview

Crawfordsville Baseball: You Make The Call (4/20/2013)

Pacific Grove's Kevin Russo's RBI on the squeeze play

Umps review out at home, confirmed in 8th




Mechanics Module #6a & 6b: Foul Fly Balls & Rundowns


Mechanics Module #6a: Foul Fly Balls

Issues to concentrate on:

  • PU positioning on fair/foul -- PU’s are leaving the foul line prematurely & are in no man’s land … They are off the line & not enhancing angle for open side of fielder’s body ...

  • Make the play pull PU off the foul line -- Is it threatening the dugout, fence or will the player catch the ball turned toward either? Is the glove side of the fielders body away from you?

  • If the play is between, probably stay on the foul line & move aggressively up it to open the receiving side of the player’s body up to PU …

  • BU pivoting into the infield vs. going out -- Issues: fair/foul possibility on fly ball on the infield … Fly ball landing or near BU with play exploding on BU …

  • BU clearing F3 better -- Also see PU Clearing F2 ...


Mechanics Module #10a: Classroom: Foul Fly Balls & Coverage:

B.45 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Ball on the 3rd Base Side

B.39 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage between 1st & Home Plate near the Dugout

B.40 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage between 1st & Home Plate near the Foul Line

B.41 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage Past 1st Base near the Stands

B.42 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Fly Ball (“Pop-Up”) Around Starting Position “A”

B.43 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Fly Ball (“Pop-Up”) Around Starting Position “A”

B.44 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Clear F3 on “Pop-Up” Down the Right Field Line



Mechanics Module #6b: Rundowns

Issues to concentrate on:

  • BU needs enough depth from the baseline to roughly mirror the runner & see plays on the runner well ...

  • PU needs to come down in foul territory …

  • PU enters rundown when the runner is moving away & there is sufficient distance from 1st base …

  • If tag occurs between the umpires, then make eye contact & communicate who will take the tag ...


Single Runner coverage techniques …(review)

  • Between 1st & 2nd … half & half or cutout coverage … work out at pregame with partner ...

  • Between 2nd & 3rd … half & half or cutout coverage … work out at pregame with partner ...

  • Between 3rd & Home …half & half ...

  • Between 1st & Home … half & half ...


Multiple Runner coverage concepts …

Issues to concentrate on:

  • PU assuming R3 between 3rd & home …

  • PU angles toward the 3rd base dugout to gain depth & reduce working path needed to cover the play with 45 degree angles on each side …

  • PU voices he has it all …

  • BU stays with 3rd until PU calls for it all

  • When PU calls for it all, BU bounces away & covers trail runner(s) …

  • If a trailing runner reacquires 3rd, then BU will voice he has that end & retake tags there ...


Lead vs. Training runner(s)...

Trailing Runner(s) …

  • R2 & R1 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3 & R1 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3 & R2 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3, R2 & R1 … PU stays home … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

Lead Runner ...

  • R2 & R1 … same of PU as single runner between 2nd & 3rd … BU limits movement for multiple runner responsibilities ...

  • R3 & R1 … PU angles deep toward 3rd base dugout … Assumes all R3 when can … BU takes dive back to 3rd until PU calls for all of R3 … Then, BU repositions for possible plays on trail runner(s) … Bu reacquires 3rd if R1 advances to 3rd ...

  • R3 & R2 … PU angles deep toward 3rd base dugout … Assumes all R3 when can … BU takes dive back to 3rd until PU calls for all of R3 … Then, BU repositions for possible plays on trail runner(s) … BU reacquires 3rd if R2 advances to 3rd ...

  • R3, R2 & R1 … PU angles deep toward 3rd base dugout … Assumes all R3 when can … BU takes dive back to 3rd until PU calls for all of R3 … Then, BU repositions for possible plays on trail runner(s) …



Rundown Coverage – Single & Multiple Runners:

B.52, 55 & 58 – Concept Review – Rundowns with One Runner Only – Responsibilities & Coverage

B.119 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – Rundown on R1 between 1st and 2nd with R3 also at 3rd Base

B.120 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – Rundown on R3 between 3rd and Home with R1 also on 1st Base

B.121 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – Rundown on R2 between 2nd and 3rd with R3 also on 3rd Base

B.122 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – If the Rundown Develops between 3rd and Home

B.123 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – R3 on 3rd Gets into a Rundown between 3rd and Home with R2 on Base Also

B.124 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R2 & R1 – Rundown on R1 between 1st and 2nd Base

B.125 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R2 & R1 – Rundown on R2 between 2nd and 3rd Bases

B.126 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Rundown on R3 between 3rd and home

B.127 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Bases Loaded – Rundown develops between 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd




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Mechanics Module #11: Classroom: SPA “Normal” Plays

From Starting Position “A”:

B.25 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – BU Proper Use of Eyes during the Pitch

B.26 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Proper Use of Eyes and Position on Ground Balls to the Infield

B.27 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Establishing Proper “Play” Position

B.28 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Left Side “Play” Position – 90 Degree Angle “Play” Position

B.29 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Two Steps Fair “Play” Position with Ground Ball on Infield

B.27 - B.29 – Concept Review – Establishing Proper "Play" Position


Google+ Circle Material (also attached below):

Ump Basics - SPA - Infield Grounder - Angle-Distance - BU Fair

Ump Basics - SPA - Infield Grounder - Left-Side - 90-Deg Angle

Ump Basics - SPA - Infield Grounder - Right-Side - Two-Step Fair


Mechanics Module #12: Classroom: SPA “Special” Plays

Special “Play” Positioning on Infield Ground Ball from Starting Position “A”:

B.30 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – F1 Covers 1st Base

B.31 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – F3 Covers Unassisted on a “Normal” Play

B.32 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Examples of Right Side “Pressure”

B.33 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” - Positioning

B.34 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” from F4

B.35 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Right Side “Pressure” from F3

B.36 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Pulled Foot “Straight” Toward BU

B.37 – Level 3 Reveiw Mechanics Detail – Pulled Foot Toward the Right-Field Corner

B.38 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – “Pulled” Foot Toward Home Plate Followed by a “Swipe” Tag


Google+ Circle Material (also attached below):

Ump Basics - SPA - Infield Grounder - F3 Pulled Foot Off Base

Ump Basics - SPA - Infield Grounder - Overthrow to DBT

Ump Basics - SPA - Infield Grounder - Swipe Tag



Mechanics Module #10a: Classroom: Foul Fly Balls & Coverage:

B.45 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Ball on the 3rd Base Side

B.39 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage between 1st & Home Plate near the Dugout

B.40 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage between 1st & Home Plate near the Foul Line

B.41 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Foul Fly Coverage Past 1st Base near the Stands

B.42 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Fly Ball (“Pop-Up”) Around Starting Position “A”

B.43 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Fly Ball (“Pop-Up”) Around Starting Position “A”

B.44 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Clear F3 on “Pop-Up” Down the Right Field Line



Mechanics Module #9: Classroom: SPA - “Pivot” or “Go out on fly ball”

Pivot Techniques Review Material:

B.48 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Basics – “Three-Step” Footwork

B.49 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Ground Ball on Infield with Overthrow at 1st Base

B.50 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Common Elements

B.51 – B.53 – Concept Review – BR Rounds 1st Base

B.54 - B.59 – Concept Review – BR Advances to 2nd Base or Beyond

B.60 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Adjustments – Pivot Location Adjustments – Advanced Positioning Concepts

B.61 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Pivot Adjustments – “Pro Look” Technique – Advanced Positioning Concepts


“Trouble” Ball to BU’s Area – BU Goes Out Review Material:

B.62 - B.75 – Concept Review – “Trouble” Ball to BU’s Area – BU Goes Out



Mechanics Module #10b: Classroom: Rundowns

Rundown Coverage – Single & Multiple Runners:

B.52, 55 & 58 – Concept Review – Rundowns with One Runner Only – Responsibilities & Coverage

B.119 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – Rundown on R1 between 1st and 2nd with R3 also at 3rd Base

B.120 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – Rundown on R3 between 3rd and Home with R1 also on 1st Base

B.121 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – Rundown on R2 between 2nd and 3rd with R3 also on 3rd Base

B.122 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – If the Rundown Develops between 3rd and Home

B.123 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R2 – R3 on 3rd Gets into a Rundown between 3rd and Home with R2 on Base Also

B.124 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R2 & R1 – Rundown on R1 between 1st and 2nd Base

B.125 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R2 & R1 – Rundown on R2 between 2nd and 3rd Bases

B.126 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Rundown on R3 between 3rd and home

B.127 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Bases Loaded – Rundown develops between 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd



Mechanics Module #17: Classroom: Infield Working Area usage

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Step Up, Turn & Face the Ball”:

B.96 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.97 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

B.98 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.99 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Working Area” Concept:

B.100 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – Ground Ball on the Infield – “Working Area” Concept

B.101 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball on the Infield – Advanced Coverage of 3rd Base

B.102 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Reading, Anticipating the Play Location and Positioning in the “Working Area”

B.103 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Seeing the Play and “Bouncing” Back Across the “Working Area”

B.104 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – “Obvious” (“Clean”) Base Hit to the Outfield – R2 on 2nd Base

B.105 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Base Hit to the Outfield with R2 on 2nd Base & 2 Outs – “Time” Plays

Double Play Coverage:

B.128 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “B” – R1 on 1st Base Only

B.129 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “B” – R3 & R1 on Bases

B.130 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Double Plays from SP “C” – R2 and R1 on Bases


Google+ Circle Material (also attached below):

Ump Basics - SPB - R1 Only - Double Play

Ump Basics - SPB - R1 Only - Double Play - Reverse



Mechanics Module #18: Classroom: Outfield Working Area Usage

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – “Step Up, Turn & Face the Ball”:

B.96 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.97 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “B” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

B.98 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Left Side of the Infield

B.99 – Level 1 Review Mechanics Detail – SP “C” – Ground Ball Hit to the Right Side of the Infield

From Starting Position “B” – R1 to 3rd “Rotation” Coverage:

B.106 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Moving into “The Library” – Common Material

B.107 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #1 – No Play Coming into 3rd Base

B.108 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #2 – Play Coming into 3rd Base

B.109 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #3 – Play Coming into 3rd Base with Overthrow

B.106 - B.109 – Concept Review – Starting Position "B" R1 to 3rd "Rotation" Coverage

B.110 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R1 to 3rd Rotation (with R3 & R1 on Bases) & Play Comes to 3rd Base

From Starting Position “C” – "Special" Outfield Fly Ball Coverage – Runners on 2nd & 1st Bases with “Rotation” Coverage:

B.111 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – “Routine” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area – Moving into “The Library”

B.112 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #1 – No Play is Coming Into 3rd Base (Ball or R2 Doesn’t Come into 3rd)

B.113 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #2 – Play Into 3rd Base on R2 & “Routine” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area

B.114 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #3 – Play into 3rd Base on R2 & “Trouble” Fly Ball to BU’s 80% Area

B.115 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Option #4 – R2 on 2nd Base & “Trouble” Fly Ball to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.111 - B.115 – Concept Review – Starting Position “C” – R2 & R1on Bases with Outfield Fly Ball & "Rotation” Coverage

From Starting Position “B” or “C” – Fly Ball Positioning:

B.116 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 & “Trouble” Fly Ball or Line Drive to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.117 – Level 2 Review Mechanics Detail – Mechanics Detail – R2 on 2nd Base & “Trouble” Fly Ball to PU’s Left Field Line 10% Area

B.118 – Level 3 Review Mechanics Detail – R3 & R1 – R3 Tags & Could Advance to Home:


Google+ Circle Material (also attached below):

Ump Basics - SPB - R1 to 3rd - Ball to RF Line

Ump Basics - SPC - Outfield Fly Ball - R2-R1 - Tagging

Ump Basics - SPC - Outfield Fly Ball - Bases Loaded - Tagging

Ump Basics - SPC - Base Hit - R2 Only - Time Play

Ump Basics - SPC - Base Hit - R2-R1 - Time Play














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