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Before the Game —
Meeting at home plate
• Introduce plate and base umpires, managers/coaches
• Discuss any local playing rules (time limit, playing boundaries, etc.)
• Discuss the strike zone
• Discuss unsportsmanlike conduct by the players.
• Discuss the pitch count rules and who is keeping the count?
• Clarify calling the game due to weather or darkness
• Inspect playing field for unsafe conditions
• Discuss no head-first slides, no on-deck hitter, players warm only up pitchers with head gear on.
• 5 game balls from home team 3 to home plate 2 to one base umpire. Home team supplies.
• Be sure players are not wearing any jewelry
• Be sure players are in uniform (shirts in, hats on)
• Inspect equipment for damage and to meet regulations
• Ensure that games start promptly or even earlier if managers agree.
During the Game — Umpires and Coaches
• Encourage coaches to help speed play by having catchers and players on the bench prepared and ready to take the field with two outs.
• Make sure catchers are wearing the proper safety equipment
• Continually monitor the field for safety and playability
• Pitchers warming up in foul territory must have a spotter and catcher with helmet on.
• Keep game moving — one minute or eight pitches to warm up the pitcher between innings or mid inning.
• Make calls loud and clear, signaling each properly- give count after every pitch.
• Umpires should be in position to make the call
• No protesting of any judgment calls by the umpire. Ever, zero tolerance.
• Managers are responsible for keeping their fans and players on their best behavior.
• Encourage everyone to think safety first!