You are the Umpire

Umpires have a big job!Being an umpire is not as easy as you might expect! 

You have to know the rules by heart and you have to be able to think fast when the ball is in play. 

Umpires for the youngest Little League players pitch the ball using a pitching machine and call the plays, too.

Take this umpiring quiz and see how you measure up.

You are the Umpire!You are the Little League umpire!

You're umpiring eight-year-olds in a little league baseball game when...

1.  A grounder right up the middle hits you on the shin.  What do you do?

a.   Call "dead ball," meaning the play doesn't count.

b.   Rub your shin and watch the play get finished.

c.   Throw the batter out.  How dare he hit you with the ball!

d Hobble off the field and head for the snack bar.

2.   A fly ball is hit to the outfield.  Rather than just catch it, the outfielder throws his glove in the air, hits the ball, and knocks it down.  He then picks the ball up and throws it to second base, where the batter is tagged with the ball.  What's your call?

a.  The batter automatically gets three bases and goes to third base.

b.   Out.  The batter was tagged before he reached second base safely.

c.   Safe.  The batter can stay on second base because the ball was blocked by the glove.

d.  Kick the outfielder out of the game for making such a bonehead play.

Little League Umpire3.  A fly ball bounces off the shortstop's head and the second baseman catches it before it touches the ground for the first time.  What's your call?

a.  911

b.  Safe.  The ball bounced off a surface before the second baseman caught it.

c.   Out.  The ball was in the air when the player caught it.

d.  "Do over."  It's the only way to be fair.

4.  With only one runner (on first), a batted ball is hit between first and second.  On the way to second, the runner kicks the ball as he passes it, deflecting it from the second baseman.  The second baseman then overthrows the ball to first base in his hurry to get the batter out, and both runners advance a base.  What's your call?

a.   Good thinking! The runners can stay where they are because of some fast footwork on the part of the lead runner.  Too bad for the other team.

b.   The runner who kicked the ball is out, because he touched a ball before a fielder did.  The batter can keep running until he is tagged out or someone calls time.

c.    The runner is out for interfering with a batted ball before an infielder touched it.  Because he kicked the ball on purpose, you can either call the batter out or let him stay on first.

d.   Send the runner back to first and let the batter try again (do over).

5.  In an attempt to make the play at home plate, the catcher grabs the ball rolling toward him with his throwing hand and tags the runner with his empty glove just before the runner slides across the plate.  What's your call?

a.   Ask the coaches and see what they think.  Whoever argues better can have the call they want.

b.   Out.  The batter was tagged before he reached home plate.

c.   Flip a coin and ask the coaches to call heads or tails.  It's the best way you can think of to solve this, because the play was so close.

d  Safe.  The batter was not tagged with the ball, only the empty glove.

Double Switched by Corey Green, author of the Buckley School Books
Copyright © 2000-2016, Corey Green and licensors. All rights reserved.