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