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I am an avid Bama softball fan-Diamond Backers Club, seasons tickets, etc.,
but I cannot understand something about the home plate ump. In baseball,
when calling a strike, the ump immediately raises his hand, but in softball,
the ball is on its way back to the pitcher before the arm goes up. I
understand that they give a verbal call, but to those of us in the stands
or watching on T V can't hear the call. Does anyone know why this is
and the reasoning behind the delayed call? Thanks.
Unlike in baseball where the home plate umpire signals a strike in his own manner, all softball umps do what you describe when calling a strike. My only guess is that thats the way they are trained, or expectations are higher that they all be consistent (for whatever reason).
Just a guess although I have been around softball for a very long time. Lexington is just 2 hours from here and I am looking forward to seeing the Tide in action during the SEC Championship games later in the year, May I believe.
I think its more of the style of who is umping not the sport. Also one thing I notice is that softball gets the ball quicker back to the pitcher apposed to baseball.
Might have something to do with the distance from pitcher to home plate
In softball it is only 45 ft.
I believe it is in the way that they are trained. They actually verbally call out the ball/strike as soon as it hits the mit.
The players know it right away and my guess is the hand gesture is just for the booth to confirm the call.
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It's a two-step process. You call the strike in the down position, then signal the strike in the up position (so people can see the signal). Baseball umpires do pretty much the same thing. The difference is that softball is much more rigid with their mechanics than baseball. Baseball allows their umpires a little more leeway to freelance which, as an umpire, I really like. In softball they essentially want you to be a robot.
I'd be happy to copy the mechanic out of the book if you wish.
This post was edited by bama58 17 months ago
A more important question is why do softball umpires have a 3 foot wide strike zone.
I find no validity in your assertion. Both softball and baseball umpires are pretty consistent with balls and strikes IMO.
I am a baseball umpire and have done some softball, we are actually all taught the same, after the ball hits the mit, you hesitate a bit and verbally call it, then stand up and signal.
The idea is to see the pitch all the way into the mit, if you are calling the pitch as soon as it hits the mit, then there is no way that you possibly saw it all the way in. If the timing is correct, there should always be a delay, no matter which sport.
Hope this helps
I agree softball umpires are consistent with their 3ft wide strike zones.
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