The “Safe” Mechanic is an extension of the “Hands-On-Knees Set” Position. If you have not watched the “Hands-On-Knees Set” Position video, you may want to do so prior to watching this video. The “Safe” Mechanic is used by both the Base and Plate Umpire. In this video, we will break down the “Safe” Mechanic.
Beginning from the “Hands-on-Knees Set” Position, lift the torso straight up. It is not necessary to bring the feet together during this movement. Simultaneously, lift both arms together straight up in front of the body and level with the shoulders. Fingers on the hands should be closed with the thumb resting beside the index finger. Next, move the arms out to the sides parallel to the ground making sure that they are not overextended while verbalizing “Safe”. The hands should remain in-line with the arms and not pointing up. Hold the arms in that position for a few seconds and then drop the arms to the sides.