Tip of the week – Check Swings

Check Swings

Umpires should use the mechanics of hitting to assist them in judging check swings. Did the batter do any of the following?

  • Pass their bat through the zone
  • Roll their wrists and turn their hips
  • Was the bat in front of their body
  • Did the bat pass in front of the plate
  • Did they convince you that they made an attempt to swing?

Also, keep in mind that for a bunt there is no requirement for the batter to "pull the bat back" prior to the pitch arriving.   This is a common myth.  If the bat did not move, and the pitch is outside of the strike zone, it is a ball.  They key is whether there was an "attempt" at the ball.

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