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Umpires

Brent Black

Umpire-in-Chief

Umpire Information

Who can be an umpire?

At Little Mountain, we have youth umpires at the Minors, Majors B, and Majors A divisions.  Players can umpire games in divisions below the one they are playing in, so you must be playing at the Majors B or Majors A level to start.  We welcome new adult umpires as well.

Note that the team drafts may not have taken place by this time so you may not know whether you made a Majors B team.  If you attend the clinic but wind up being placed in the Minors division, you will need to wait until the following year to start umpiring.

Pay rates

 
Division Plate Umpire Base Umpire
Minors $25 $20
Majors B $30 $25
Majors A $35 $30

 

How are umpires paid?

To collect payment for your game worked, you must go to the concession stand at the Main Diamond.   The concession stand has  a log book with a list of all the games on the schedule.  Tell a concession worker that you are there to pick up a game payment.  They will have you print your name and sign the book next to the game you worked, then give you an envelope with your payment. 

The concession is open any time games are scheduled at the Main Diamond.

If you work a game at Oak Park, you can come to the concession stand the next time you're in the Hillcrest Park area and pick up your payment from the concession.  It is not necessary to immediately go to the concession stand to collect your payment the same day you worked the game.

Umpire training

Before you can work as an umpire, you must attend a new umpire training clinic.  The 2019 New Umpire is now full.

After completing the training clinic, your name will be added to the umpire assigning system and you will be able to request assignment to work games.  We will also provide new umpires with an umpire shirt, ball bag, plate brush, and hand-held indicator.  Umpires are expected to provide their own grey or black pants when working as an umpire.

We use a system called assignr to schedule umpires.

Follow-up training and mentoring

New umpires can expect to receive follow-up mentoring from the UIC or another experienced umpire during their first few games.  This umpire evaluator will observe the umpires from an off-field location for part of the game.  He will approach the umpires at some point during the game and offer some feedback and advice about how they are performing.  The game umpires may ask questions too. 

The first 2-4 times a new umpire is scheduled to work, it will be as a base umpire.   You can let the UIC know when you feel comfortable accepting plate assignments, carry more responsibility (and pay an extra $5).  If you prefer to keep working base umpire assignments, that is completely acceptable.

Other reminders

  • Both umpires: make sure you know who the Adult Game Coordinator is.  Do not begin the game until this person is identified.
  • Plate Umpire: the indicator should always be held in your left hand.
  • Plate Umpire: when giving the strike-ball count, state the number of balls first, followed by the number of strikes.  Indicate the number of balls by holding up 0, 1, 2 or 3 fingers on the left hand and the number of strikes with the right hand.
  • Plate Umpire: stay down in your crouch and track the pitch with your eyes.  Your head should not move as the pitch is coming in.
  • Plate Umpire: in Majors B and especially Minors, the strike zone should be quite generous.  We want the batters swinging, not walking.
  • Plate Umpire: keep your plate brush in your side pouch.  If you don't have a pouch, keep it on the ground against the backstop.
  • Both umpires: don't forget to signal your umpiring partner so you both know the situation (out count, whether infield fly is in effect, etc).

PRE-GAME CONFERENCE CHECKLIST

Umpires should arrive at least 20 minutes before game time to discuss these items with their partner:

  1. Introductions
  2. Fair-Foul Coverage (who has what and where)
  3. Tag ups and base touches
  4. Fly balls to the outfield
  5. Fly balls to the infield
  6. Coverage of third base (in a two-man system)
  7. Live ball (restarting the game after foul/dead balls
  8. Uncaught third strike (Majors A and AA only)
  9. Batted ball hits batter while in batter's box
  10. Checked swing
  11. Umpire positioning on the field
  12. Signals