Umpire Schedule September 18th

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Umpire Guide

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Understanding the Infield Fly Rule:

An infield fly is a fair ball that, in the umpire's judgment, can be caught by an infielder, pitcher, or catcher with ordinary effort. This does not include a line drive or bunt. The Infield Fly Rule applies when there are fewer than two outs, and there is force play at third base (so, when there are runners at first and second base or the bases all have runners).
What does it mean for players? In these situations, if the umpire calls "infield fly" then the batter is out, regardless of whether the ball is subsequently caught or dropped. If "infield fly" is called and the ball lands fair without being caught, then the batter is still out, there is no force, but the runners are not required to tag up.
Why does the Infield Fly Rule exist? More than a century ago, infielders were intentionally dropping pop-ups in order to record multiple outs by forcing out the runners on base. So, the rule prevents double or triple plays on easy infield pop-ups.
The reason the rule only applies with at least first and second base occupied is that if there are not multiple runners on base a missed pop-up can only result in one force out.

Building From within

Did you know, Herriman Baseball believes in giving our baseball players opportunities to not only learn to play the game but also to learn to officiate it? For years now Herriman Baseball has given the opportunity for kids in our community to umpire live games. We think the kids learning the rules is a fundamental skill in learning the game of baseball. 
If you or your child (10yrs and older) would be interested in becoming an Umpire please fill out the volunteer form on the website. 

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