This is a story submitted by a Little League Umpire
Today, I worked with an umpire named Bobby (not his real name). Bobby is a big guy. Well over six feet tall. He has been umpiring for something like 30 years, but started when he was young.
He’s friendly and can really talk your ear off. Nothing wrong with that, he’s easy to get a long with.
He taught me something cool that I didn’t learn while watching umpiring videos. How to signal between umpires, when it’s an infield fly situation. This helps for each umpire to know what the situation is, and the potential for calling infield fly.
What is the infield fly rule?
When runners are on first and second or loaded with less than 2 outs, any ball hit in the air to the infield, which by the umpires judgement can be caught using regular skills, the umpire points directly up at the ball and calls infield fly, batter’s out. Now, the runners can still advance at their own risk, but the batter is out. As you probably already know, the reason for this is to stop the fielding team from purposely dropping the ball and turning a double play.
So, Bobby says to me, when you are in the field and we have an infield fly situation, some guys put their fist to their chest, but you to do it properly, if there is one out, hold one finger up to the brim of your hat. If there are not outs, then hold a fist to the brim of your hat.
And that’s how I learned to signal the other umpire that infield fly is in effect.