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Couple of Plate Mechanics Questions

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Couple of plate work questions:

 

Question 1:

How do you handle the situation with a tall catcher and short batter?    If I set up with my eyes at the top of the strike zone, I'm losing the outside corner because the catcher's head is in the way; and if I set up with my chin no lower than the top of catcher's head, I can see the outside corner, but am well above the top of the strike zone.   

 

Question 2:

How do you handle a catcher who slides over to the inside corner when a batter is already crowding the plate?    When this happens, it takes my slot away.    I've been told to set up higher, but when I do that I can't see the catcher glove the ball, meaning I'm guessing on pitches low in the zone.

 

I'm working middle school and high school baseball and softball.

 

 

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1.  You lose the outside corner.  You can try to stick your head in farther, but that usually drives your zone down. Communicate with F2.

2.  Again, communicate with F2.  Let him know he's giving up the low strike when he sets up like that. 

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Just set up in your normal spot and watch for the ball.  You'll see it.

 

And, you already know the inside corner.  If the catcher moves outside because that's where the ball is, that will open things up and you'll see that.

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Solicit opinions from the catcher, batter and the fans as to what you should call there.  You can take a vote, be the first democratic umpire. :question1: I

 

 

1.  You lose the outside corner.  You can try to stick your head in farther, but that usually drives your zone down. Communicate with F2.

2.  Again, communicate with F2.  Let him know he's giving up the low strike when he sets up like that. 

 

I disagree with #2 here.  You have to change for them not them for you.  So if that means you get down on one knee and dry hump the catcher then you do it.  If you can't see then you need to adjust.  I set up based off where the catcher sets up.  I never tell the catcher they are giving something up, instead I work to find a position that I can see the zone.  That might mean giving up seeing the pitcher's release.

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