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Putting the Ball In Play


Step 1
Once the pitcher is touching the pitching plate, go into the standing set position (Heel-toe/heel-toe slot position).

Do not put the ball into play until the pitcher is touching the pitcher's plate (rubber).


Step 2
Draw your hand back, as pictured.



Step 3
Point aggressively to the pitcher with the index finger of the right hand.  Verbalize "Play!".



Putting The Ball In Play
Any time the ball is not in play (dead ball) and at the beginning of the game, the plate umpire (only) must put the ball in play.  This is one of the most under used signals for amateur baseball, but should be used every time the ball is put back into play. This signal is particularly important at the Junior, Senior and Big League levels because of lead-offs, attempted steals and pick-off attempts.  Prior to the ball being put back in play, no action may be taken.  Remember that anytime a foul ball occurs, the ball is dead and must be put back into play.  The ball is not put back into play until the pitcher is touching the pitching rubber and also be sure the batter is ready to go.