PBUC Quiz #6 from the Manual for the 2-Umpire System (Red Book)

Section 6 Runners on First and Second Base, Quiz  6.1  Positioning

1.      With runners on first and second base, what position does this manual place the base umpire? 

Answer:  The C position.       

 6.2  Fly Balls and Line Drives to the Outfield – Responsibilities 

2.      What fly ball responsibility does the base umpire have with runners on first and second base? 

Answer:  The same as with a runner on second base only.  The “V” all the way from the left fielder straight in (or straight back) to the right fielder straight in (or straight back).


 3.      When is it most important to communicate to for the two umpires on fly ball responsibility? 

Answer:  When the fly ball is hit toward the left or right fielder.  The reason here is so that each umpire is certain who has responsibility for any given fly ball or line drive.


 6.3  Fly Balls and Line Drives to the Outfield – Coverage and Mechanics 

4.      Which umpire has the tag-ups at first and second base? 

Answer:  The base umpire.


 5.      Which umpire has the play at third base if R2 tags up and advances? 

Answer:  The plate umpire.


 6.      What technique should the base umpire use to determine if he should move to the edge of the infield grass or not? 

           Answer:  The Pause-Read-React technique. 

7.      If the play is a difficult play and the base umpire moves to the edge of the infield grass, what does he do as soon as he recognizes a catch or no catch? 

Answer:  He sells the call and immediately bounces back to pick up responsibility of the base runners.


 8.      Again, on all fly ball coverage, what is the first priority? 

Answer:  The BALL.


 9.      What words does the plate umpire use to communicate to the base umpire that the plate umpire will be covering third base? 

Answer:  “I’ve got third, if he tags!”


 10.  What is necessary for the plate umpire to move into the cutout at third base? 

Answer:  The ball and the runner.  Or in more plain terms, a play.


 11.  What if the runner from second base doesn’t tag up at second base and come to third? 

Answer:  The plate umpire should communicate, “Staying home!  Staying home!”


 12.  If the fly ball is down the right field line, the plate umpire communicates, “I’m on the line!”  What does this mean? 

Answer:  The plate umpire will not be covering third base because of other responsibilities.


 13.  If the fly ball is down the left field line, what does the plate umpire say? 

Answer:  “I’ve got the ball!”


 14.  What does “I’ve got the ball!” mean? 

Answer:  This means the plate umpire has the catch/no catch and fair/foul and he also will follow up with “I’ve got third, if he tags!”


 Section 6-4, 6.5 and 6.6Runners on First and Second Base  6.4  Base Hit to the Outfield

15. True     False    On a base hit to the outfield with runners on first and second base the plate umpire stays at home. 

Answer:  True


 16. The plate umpire has the responsibility for watching all runners including the batter-runner touch third base. 

Answer:  False – the batter-runner is the base umpire’s responsibility.


 17. What plays on the bases does the base umpire have? 

Answer:  All plays.


 18. How does the base umpire decide which play to cover on the bases? 

Answer:  He lets the ball take him to the play.


 19. What should the plate umpire say to the base umpire during a base hit to the outfield with runners on first and second base?  

Answer:  “Staying home!”


 20. Why should he communicate that he is staying home? 

Answer:  To remind the base umpire that the base umpire has all plays on the bases.


 21. Where should the base umpire go and stay if there are no plays on the bases when there are multiple runners? 

      Answer:  The working area.


       22. True     False    Those umpires that go too soon to a play and do not let the ball take him to the play are said to have “happy feet.”                                     

       Answer:  True, sorry about this one because it is not in the manual.  This is what trained umpires call this movement when there really    is no place to go but we want to go there anyway. 

6.5  There are no questions.6.6  Infield Fly Situations      

23.What is the usual infield fly signal used in this manual prior to the pitch? 

       Answer:  The right index finger touching the bill of the cap or top of the mask.


       24. What is another pre-signal for the infield fly signal? 

      Answer:  It is an open hand with the thumb up across the middle of the chest.


       25. Should both umpires give this signal or just the plate umpire?           

       Answer:     Yes, but I believe the plate umpire should be initiating all signals to alert his partner.  The only time that this is not true is if the plate umpire is forgetful or is not very well trained.      

26. What does an umpire say and do when he recognizes that the ball that was hit becomes an infield fly? 

      Answer:  “Infield Fly!  Batter is out!” while fully extending the right arm with a fist and index fingers

      pointing straight up.


 27. If it is near a foul line the plate umpire will add what phrase to the above answer? 

      Answer:  “If fair!”


       28. What is the purpose of the infield fly rule?  This is not found in the mechanics book.      

      Answer:  To prevent a “cheap” double play.  This is not found in this manual.      

29. When should you declare an infield fly? 

      Answer:  When the umpire sees that the infielder is positioned under the ball and the ball I on its way down

      from the top of its apex.


       30. What does “ordinary” effort mean? 

Answer:  When the infielder is facing the infield and after the ball has reached its apex and the skill level of the players is considered and there still is a possible double play at third and second base.


   Sections 6.7-6.10Runners on First and Second Base  6.7  Ground Balls to the Infield

31. On most ground balls to the infield the plate umpire will do what? 

Answer:  He will swing out from behind home plate a few feet into foul territory in the direction of third base but he will stay home for any possible play there.


 32. True     False          The plate umpire is responsible for the touches of third base by R2 and any play at the plate. 

      Answer:  True


 33. What is the difference between a double play with a runner on first base only and with runners on first and second base?  

Answer:  The base umpire is in position B with R1 only and in position C for R1 and R2.  Another difference would be that there is no lateral drift necessary in the base umpire’s movement with R1 only and there is a lateral drift with R1 and R2 because of the starting position in C.


 34. With R1 and R2 and the ball hit back to the pitcher, what must the base umpire be careful about? 

      Answer:  He should take care not to cross in front of the throw to second base by the pitcher.


 35. The base umpire should not over-commit on any ground ball with R1 and R2.  Why? 

Answer:  Because there is more than one possibility for the fielder to make on the play.  He could go to 3rd first or first instead of second base.


 36. What technique can the base umpire use to prevent from over-committing to any one play? 

      Answer:  He uses the technique of letting the ball take him to the play.


 37. Another technique he can use after the initial first play would be to do what? 

      Answer:  Bounce back toward the other possible plays.


 6.8  Steals With Runners at First and Second Base

38. What two possibilities exist that the base umpire must be aware of on a steal with R1 and R2? 

      Answer:  The throw could go to third base or second base.  It could even go to first base for a pickoff.


 6.9  Pickoffs and Rundowns

39. True     False          If R1 gets in a rundown between first and second, the plate umpire should help out at the first base end. 

Answer:     False, he can only help out at third base on the lead runner and the base umpire must take the rundown between first and second base by himself.


 6.10          Time Plays 

40. What time play signal is mentioned in this manual. 

Answer:  Indicate 2 out and then point down to home plate.


 41. What signal do we generally use for a time play in our area of the country. 

Answer:  Two fingers of the right hand on the back of our left wrist and pointing where we would usually wear a wristwatch.  Again this is not found in this manual. 

42. Why do we need a time play signal? 

Answer:  To alert each other that the plate umpire must stay at home to rule if a run scores or not after a third out is recorded on the bases.  Again this is not found in the manual.


 43. What would the plate umpire say during the play to remind his partner? 

      Answer:  “Staying home, Bill!  Staying home!”


 44. What does the plate umpire say and do if the run scores before the third out on the bases? 

Answer:  After the third out is recorded on the bases, the plate umpire would step out in front of the plate and point at the plate twice and say, “That run scores!  That run scores!  Score that run!”  He makes sure the press box sees him do this.


 45. What does the plate umpire say and do when the third out is recorded on the bases before the runner touches the plate? 

Answer:  After the third out is recorded on the bases, the plate umpire would step out in front of the plate and facing the press box, he would wave his arms in a cross-wise fashion in front of his upper body above head level and say, “No run scores!  No run scores!”

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