Wear Umpire Ball Bag on Side of Throwing ArmApr 16th, 2013
This is a good tip for beginners but sometimes overlooked.
Two bags or one? If you are new to umpiring, you are likely umpiring at a youth level. There, you are likely only to have a few balls provided per game. Therefore one umpire ball bag should do.
If you wear one, make sure to wear it on the side of your throwing arm. Makes sense, right? Beats taking it out with one hand and passing to your throwing hand before handing it to the catcher or throwing to the pitcher.
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