I get to see a lot of video that is shot from this angle. This particular video was the scouting video for this pitcher. When I saw it I realized how valuable it was as a training tool. I was, honestly, stunned by the head movement of the Umpire. Considering this was in a college game I was really surprised because the NCAA Evaluation form for Umpires has “Stability of Head and Body Position” as its very 1st area for an evaluator to review. An umpire can be ranked from 1-5:
1 – Unacceptable
2 – Below Standard
3 – Meets Standard
4 – Above Standard
5 – Oustanding
If you were evaluating this umpire what score would you offer?
And if you’ve ever had your partner mention to you that your head is dipping, THIS is what they mean and YES it is very noticeable to Mom and Dad sitting in the bleachers.