mac266 Posted December 24, 2021 Report Share Posted December 24, 2021 I was taught, whether I am the plate umpire or base umpire, to point at a player committing an infraction (balk, obstruction, interference, etc.) with my LEFT hand while giving the audible ("THAT'S OBSTRUCTION!"). Then, at the proper time (whether the call is a delayed dead ball or immediate), award bases with my RIGHT hand -- "You, second base!" I went to a clinic where they told us to do just about everything with the right hand. It felt wrong. If I'm the plate umpire and I see a balk, under NFHS rules it's no big deal because it's an immediate dead ball -- "THAT'S A BALK! TIME! THAT'S A BALK! YOU, SECOND BASE!" But under OBR, it's a delayed dead ball -- "THAT'S A BALK!" Let the pitch happen and adjudicate afterwards. It may be a home run. The way I was taught, I would point at the pitcher with my LEFT hand and announce "That's a balk!" while letting the delivery continue. If I were to use my right hand as taught, it could be confused by anyone as a premature strike call, which would infuriate them. What are you guys using and why? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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