Welcome to Behind the Plate, where you learn about all of the things
that go on behind the field of play, from making the calls
and holding the fate of players and teams in your hand to
writing it all down in the books.
So, if you're ready to yell real loud, endure boos from the crowd,
and go face to face with angry players, strap on your mask and dive in.
The Ump's Job
You think you know everything there is to being an umpire? Well,
it's a lot more than just calling balls and strikes. Check out this
lesson to find out all the responsibilities of an umpire.
Making the Calls
Not sure of the exact boundaries of the strike zone, or don't know whether
the 3rd base line is considered fair territory? Visit this lesson
to find out all about strikes, fair balls, and fouls.
Scoring the Game
Did you know that there are certain statistics that are required
to be recorded every game? Learn more about the job of the official scorer.
About the Players' Stats
Look at example baseball cards to find out what all the abbreviations mean and
learn how all the statistics are calculated.