The Baseball Observer Feb 2015 vol 1 - Page 9

Umpire Interaction: Procedures and Conduct Regarding Game Situations for Coaches This article has been created to assist new and current High School Baseball coaches. The purpose of the article is to help coaches understand how to interact with umpires during a game. By following the guidelines on this page hopefully coaches and umpires will be able to communicate better with one another thus creating a better environment for everyone. The major issues covered on this page are presented by Dave Nixon, an umpire with the Lake County Athletic Officials Association, and Bryant Tutterow, webmaster of the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. The issues discussed are as follows: ⁃ ⁃ ⁃ ⁃ ⁃ ⁃ The Proper Way to Ask About Balls and Strikes The Catcher’s Relationship With the Home Plate Umpire Timeouts (When Can They and When Should They be Called) The Proper Way to Make a Substitution The Proper Way to Appeal a Call Maintaining Spectator Control