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Situation Positioning
60' Field

A Position

No Runners On Base

Foul Pop Up

 

The zones referenced below and in the diagram to the right are used as guidelines.

Zone A
   With no one on base, any pop-up in foul territory on the 3rd base side of the infield belongs to the plate umpire. If there is a chance the ball will become fair, the base umpire should take his/her 90-angle position; if not, the base umpire would remain at his/her position. If such a foul pop-up on the 3rd base side is close to the foul line, the plate umpire should straddle the line to make the call, indicating (by pointing) fair or foul the moment the ball is touched. The base umpire will of course be taking his/her 90-angle position if the pop-up is near the 3rd base foul line.
   If the foul pop-up on the 3rd base side of the field has no chance of becoming fair, the plate umpire will take the ball and get as close as he/she can to the play. He/she should not come off the line until he/she is convinced that the ball will be well onto foul territory and will have no chance of coming back near the line. Unless the base umpire is absolutely sure there is no chance the ball could be fair, he/she should always come into his/her 90 angle position to be ready in case the ball should drop and a play made on the batter-runner.
  For plays in Zone A, nearing zone B and only the catcher is attempting to catch the ball, then only the plate umpire will go with the ball. In this case the base umpire will remain at his/her position provided there is no chance of the ball becoming fair (and if there is a chance of the ball becoming fair, take his/her 90 angle position).

Zone B
  
With no one on base, if the batter hits a pop-up between 1st and home which is obviously going to be foul and has no chance of becoming fair (for example, a pop-up in front of the 1st base dugout or in front of the 1st base stands), if the catcher and 1st baseman both attempt to catch the ball, the plate and base umpires will both move into position to judge the catch. If the catch is made facing the base umpire, then it is his/her call (no matter who catches the ball). If the catch is made facing the plate umpire, it becomes his/her call (again, no matter who catches the ball). If the fielder is facing neither umpire, the catch/no catch belongs to the umpire who is closer. However, if there is any chance whatsoever of such a pop-up becoming fair, the base umpire should assume his/her 90 angle in case the ball should be dropped and a play is possible, and the plate umpire should take responsibility of fair/foul and catch/no catch.

Zone C
   On a foul pop-up where only the 1st baseman goes for the ball (for example, past the 1st base dugout or near the 1st base stands), then only the base umpire should go with the ball.

Zone D
If the pop-up is hit in front of or immediately behind the base umpire (or in the general vicinity of the base umpire) and has a possibility of becoming a fair/foul decision, the base umpire will come in to his/her 90-angle position. The plate umpire will take the ball by moving up the 1st base line (as far as necessary to make the call) and straddling the foul line.

Zone E
If the pop-up is beyond the base umpire, he/she should communicate that he/she is taking the ball ("Going out!" even though he/she may merely turn around or only move out a step or two in order to judge the ball). The plate umpire will come out and take responsibility of the batter-runner at 1st base and beyond if necessary. If the foul pop-up will be fielded by the 1st baseman in foul territory near the 1st base stands (i.e., well onto foul territory past 1st base), the base umpire should take the ball. On this play, the base umpire will let the 1st baseman clear in front of him/her (pivoting out of the way if necessary).
   The base umpire should then break in front of the 1st baseman and obtain a proper angle to judge the catch/no catch. The plate umpire would remain at home on this play since only the 1st baseman is attempting to make the catch (i.e., there is no need for the plate umpire to follow the play since the call belongs solely to the base umpire).