The “Called Strike” Mechanic is used by the Plate Umpire when calling balls and strikes, specifically on a strike in which the batter doesn’t swing. In this video, we will break down the “Called Strike” Mechanic.
It is important to remember that “strike” calls are called up which means standing up out of 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 strike, stand straight up out of your stance. There is no need to bring the feet together when performing this movement. Then, raise the right hand up so the elbow is parallel to the ground and, in a “hammer” motion, move the forearm forward while closing the fist and simultaneously verbalizing, “Strike”. When calling a “strike,” make sure that it is loud enough for the batter, catcher, and pitcher to hear. The “strike” call should be made with the same tone, regardless of how close the pitch is or which strike it is. Finish the mechanic by dropping the arm to the side, taking a step back and relaxing.