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Articles for Additional Reading

Articles for Additional Reading

Table of Contents:

A.1 – Philosophies and Goals of Instruction Program
A.2 – On Learning and "Turning Out Better Refs"
A.3 – The Learning Curve - A Foundation for Instruction
A.4 – Getting In Shape

Basics & Tips:
A.5 – Umpire Signals
A.6 – Key Communication Terminology
A.7 – Umpire Signs and Signals
A.8 – Some Facts about Umpiring
A.9 – Becoming An Umpire – The Road Up ...
A.10 – The Privilege of Being an Umpire 
A.11 – Teamwork - The Basic Mechanic
A.12 – 9 Principles of Umpiring
A.13 – The Ten Commandments of Umpiring
A.14 – Ten Comments
A.15 – 25 Quick Tips for Amateur Umpires 
A.16 – 25 More Quick Tips for Amateur Umpires 
A.17 – What You Need to Learn to be a Successful Umpire 
A.18 – Points to Remember When Umpiring at Any Level
A.19 – Keep the Game Moving! Tips on how to speed up a Game
A.20 – Keep Your Eye On The Ball, Part I  
A.21 – Keep Your Eye On The Ball, Part II

Plate Work:
A.22 – Basics of Working the Plate
A.23 – The Plate Umpire – Part I
A.24 – The Plate Umpire – Part II  
A.25 – Plate Mechanics  
A.26 – Working the Plate: The Basics  
A.27 – Advanced Ball and Strike Calling  
A.28 – The Plate Umpire at Work
A.29 – The Ten Unwritten Rules of Calling Balls and Strikes
A.30 – "Give it a chance, Blue!" - or - "The Thud Principle"
A.31 – What is Timing?
A.32 – Proper Receiving Techniques for a Catcher  
A.33 – Calling the Glove
A.34 – Evaluating the Plate Umpire
A.35 – History of the Strike Zone (What does it mean to me?)
A.36 – How a Strike Zone Affects a Game
A.37 – Teaching the Strike Zone – It's "Taught to Be Called"
A.38 – Is your game in DEFENSIVE FLOW?
A.39 – Strike Zone Philosophies

One Umpire (1 Ump) Mechanics:
A.40 – Home Alone Trials and Tribulations of One-Person Umpiring
A.41 – The Absolute Basics of Field Coverage – One Umpire System

Two Umpire (2 Ump) Mechanics:
A.42 – The Base Umpire  
A.43 – What Are You Looking At? 
A.44 – Working the Bases More Effectively  
A.45 – Going Foul  
A.46 – Pause – Read – React
A.47 – I’d Like to Have That One Back
A.48 – Don't Call The Obvious! Fly-Ball Mechanics on the Baseline  

Learning & Improving:
A.49 – Talking to Yourself Can Be a Good Thing
A.50 – The Skill of Mental Focus for Umpires  
A.51 – Learning To Concentrate – The Ticket To Consistency  
A.52 – Earning the Mental Advantage
A.53 – Resolving Conflicts
A.54 – Elevating Your Game – Exploring the mental aspects of umpiring
A.55 – Set Goals for Peak Performance
A.56 – Handling On-Field Critiques
A.57 – How to Criticize Effectively
A.58 – Self-Confidence and The Umpire 
A.59 – Food for Thought 
A.60 – Sometimes a Bad Experience is Your Best Teacher
A.61 – What Do Coaches Expect of Umpires?

Rules Study:
A.62 – Teaming Up on Rules 
A.63 – Know Your Rules Inside and Out
A.64 – 9 Ways to Master Any Sport's Rulebook
A.65 – How to Study Your Rulebook
A.66 – Rules of Rules Study
A.67 – Off-Season Rules Study
A.68 – Beyond The Book – Examining and Applying Rules Spirit and Intent 
A.69 – Don't Be Over Officious
A.70 – The Gray Zone 

Situation Management:
A.71 – Handling Coaches and Ejections  
A.72 – The Coach Cometh ... a rudimentary guide to arguments, agreements and ejections
A.73 – Confrontations on the Ball Diamond – The LIPS Theory
A.74 – The 'One More Word' Threat and Other Mistakes
A.75 – The Art of Verbal Judo 
A.76 – The Dos and Don’ts of Conduct Reports
A.77 – Starting Over
A.78 – Risky Business

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