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Situation Positioning
60' Field

A Position

No Runners On Base

Fly Balls & Line Drives To The Outfield

Trouble Ball
Base Umpire Goes Out

 

   On a 60 foot diamond it is best when teaching volunteer Little League umpires that any time the ball is hit to the outfield, the base umpire should move into the infield and pivot. The plate umpire will take all fair/foul, catch/no-catch. On a 60-foot diamond the plate umpire should have no trouble making these calls and these mechanics result in fewer choices that the new umpire may have to consider thus resulting in less confusion.

   When the base umpire goes out into the outfield to rule on the play or ball, he/she will stay out until the play is completed. The base umpire will allow the ball to guide him/her to any continuing play and will stay out in the outfield and observe, but should always be ready to help the plate umpire if the need arises. When he/she goes into the outfield the base umpire is looking for the batted ball hooking towards the bullpen, or if the ball is headed towards an out-of-play line, or if there is a possibility of spectator interference in addition to the fair/foul and the catch/no catch responsibility.

   When the base umpire goes out, the plate umpire will be responsible for the batter­runner and will take the batter-runner all the way around the bases. The plate umpire will stay on the inside of the diamond even if it results in a play being made on the batter-runner at home plate while the plate umpire is in fair territory. The plate umpire would also have any plays made on the batter-runner back into 1st base.

Trouble Balls

(1) The outfielder is running hard in towards the infield as though he/she is going to make the catch on a dead run (or as though he/she will dive to make the catch). (In addition to this, the infielders will usually be yelling "in, in, in!" on such a play.) This would be an indication that the base umpire should go out on the ball.

(2) The outfielder has turned his/her back to the infield and is running towards the outfield wall with his/her back to the infield. This is another indication that the base umpire should immediately go out on the ball.

(3) Three fielders (for example, the center fielder, right fielder, and 2nd baseman) are all converging on the ball, and it appears that any one of the three might catch the ball. This again is another indication that the base umpire should go out.

(4) The right fielder is running towards the right field line (i.e., towards his/her left), and it appears that a fair/foul decision may have to be made on the line. (Note that a fair/foul decision should be made any time the ball drops, or is initially touched, within approximately 20 feet of the foul line.) Again, this would be another indication that the base umpire should go out (only when the base umpire is in the A position).