The “Putting the Ball in Play” Mechanic is used when starting the game, starting an inning, “Time” has been called, or the ball becomes dead for any other reason. The “Putting the Ball in Play” Mechanic is used by the Plate Umpire. In this video, we will break down the “Putting the Ball in Play” Mechanic.
1)Anytime the ball becomes dead, it is very important that it is put back into play. Once all of the requirements have been met to put the ball in play, step into the “Slot.”
2)With the right hand and arm, point at the pitcher while simultaneously verbalizing, “Play!”
This should be loud enough to be heard by the base umpire.