Runner On 1st Base (Only)
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With a runner on 1st base only, on a clean hit to the outfield, the base umpire will step up with the foot on the side the ball is hit and bust into the infield, turn in the direction of the ball and back up toward the mound to open up the playing field. (NOTE: We call this area behind the mound the "working area" for the base umpire). From this area he/she is in good position to perform his/her responsibilities and for moving into proper position as plays develop. When the base umpire has multiple runner responsibilities, if no play develops after the base hit, the base umpire should maintain his/her basic position in this "working area" and not be drawn unnecessarily towards a base without a potential play developing there.
The base umpire has the responsibility of the touch at 2nd base by the runner from 1st as well as the touch of 1st base by the batterrunner. The plate umpire will come out from behind home plate in the direction of 3rd base, keeping approximately three to six feet into foul territory as he/she moves down the 3rd base line. It is suggested that as the plate umpire leaves the cutout area at home plate, if he/she observes that a possibility exists of a play at 3rd on the runner originally on 1st, that the plate umpire make an initial communication to his/her partner, "I've got 3rd if he/she comes!" alerting his/her partner to the possibility of a 1st-to-3rd play.
When the plate umpire sees that there is a good possibility for a play at 3rd, as previously mentioned, he/she would communicate to the base umpire as he/she moves into the cutout at 3rd. At that point he/she should immediately get into position for the play at 3rd, obtaining proper distance and angle for the play. He/she should be completely set at the cutout and waiting for the play (ball and runner), NOT timing his/her arrival so that he/she is getting set as the play is about to occur. In getting into position for the play, the plate umpire should initially square his/her body towards 3rd base as he/she sets for the play and watches the ball by turning his/her head.
If the runner is
declared out at 3rd base, the plate umpire will pivot out of the
cutout and head back to home plate in foul territory, keeping
the ball in front of him/her and his/her eye on the ball. If the
runner is safe at 3rd, the plate umpire will again keep his/her
eye on the ball, and after the ball is thrown to the pitcher
he/she will pivot out of the cutout, come across the 3rd base
foul line into foul territory, and head back to home plate. If
the ball is over thrown at 3rd base (so that the runner may get
up and start home), the plate umpire will stay in fair territory
and take responsibility of the runner going home. In this
situation, he/she should pivot out of the cutout at 3rd with
his/her left leg opening up towards home and move in fair
territory in the direction of the home plate cutout, staying, of
course, off of the foul line so as not to interfere with the
runner's progress. Again, he/she must turn with the ball and
keep his/her eye on the ball.