The “Ball” Mechanic is used by the Plate Umpire when calling balls and strikes. In this video, we will break down the “Ball” Mechanic.
It is important to remember that “ball” calls are called down which means while still in your stance. Just prior to the pitcher delivering the ball, get set in your stance. You shouldn’t be in the process of getting set as the pitch is being delivered. As the pitch comes in and you determine it to be a ball, verbalize “ball”. When calling a “ball,” make sure that it is loud enough for the batter, catcher, and pitcher to hear. The “ball” call should be made with the same tone, regardless of how close the pitch is. Wait a second or two then stand up out of your stance, take a step back and relax.