ALL umpires (both youth as well as Majors and AAA coaches) will need to attend one of these sessions to be eligible to umpire during the 2017 season.
ALL Majors and AAA coaches need to attend one of these sessions.
Umpire training dates/times and locations (updated as of 2/27/2017 PM - you need to attend only one):
We will have 60 minutes of field instruction, followed by 15-30 minutes of rules and logistics review.
We will assign online homework as well - watching umpiring videos, filling out and submitting a quiz. We will also encourage umpires to get their feet wet during practice games, behind the plate and on the field. Those who volunteer for practice games will get first dibs for regular season assignments!
Please read and sign up via the Google Form below!
Check your name in the sheet below the form to ensure you're registered (there may be up to a 24-hour delay for your name to appear ..).
At the bottom is a frequently asked questions list. We'll keep adding to the list!
|UMPIRING TRAINING DAY: 10:00 - 11:30AM|
|Get coffee, bagels, OJ, cups||(Gordon)|
|* Highlight / check those attending|
|* space for new youth ump attendees: name / email / phone#|
|* space for adult ump attendees|
|10:00||Introductions (Gordon, Spencer); agenda; get folks onto the field||Gordon, Spencer|
|Field training - bases||Spencer (with umps xxx, players xxx)|
|10:05||* Demonstrate at Position A - play @ first, play at 2nd via OF|
|* Demonstrate at Position B: IF + OF play|
|* Demonstrate at Position C: IF + OF play|
|10:20||Have all kids / adults run through all 3 positions concurrently (~ 5 experienced youth / adults first to set an example)|
|* Get in line for A, run through Position A (IF play at 1st) * May include OF play 1B to 2B||Need: exp ump, 4 players - 2 runners, 2 fielders (1B, and 2B or SS)|
|* Get in next line for B, run through B (IF play - call runner at 1st)||Need: exp ump|
|* Get in line for C, run through C (IF play - call runner at 1st)||Need: exp ump|
|10:35||Umps get in line: OF play at Position A: batter to 2B||Need: exp ump, 4 runners|
|10:40||Special situations like infield fly (Majors), obstruction vs interference, 3rd strike not caught (Majors); check swing help|
|10:45||Field training- behnd plate|
|* Demonstration by several experienced umps - feet position, head position, strike zone size|
|* Keep strike zone consistent throughout entire game|
|* Strike zone: top of knee to bottom of armpit; outer edges of plate * AAA height: can allow bottom of knee to top of armpit - help the pitcher, pace of game * Width: can go chalk-to-chalk earlier during season|
|* Call a more generous strike zone in beginning of season; can allow to get tighter as the season progresses|
|* Work with field ump on coverage of bases|
|10:50||Have all kids / adults get behind plate for 1 pitch: 3-2 full count* Also use 1B, 3B batting cages||Need x 3: Spencer, catcher, 2 pitchers, kid ump (rotating)|
|* Situations: * Called strike 3 * Swing: miss or foul? * Dropped 3rd strike (including ball in dirt, or dropped from glove) * Steal home * Steal 2nd|
|11:00||Rules training (in stands while watching play on field)|
|* LL and local rules review (based on pre-work)|
|* Expectations and Guidelines (general) * Anticipate the play, NOT the call * Be loud and forceful with your calls of balls and strikes, and definitive on the bases * Coaches cannot question judgement calls, only questions on whether a rule has been applied properly * Only managers (not coaches) can address umpires * Lean on your fellow umpire for affirmation, rules questions, validation * Describe game management issues—how coaches/managers should conduct themselves in managing the game/complying with the rules of the game * Adults behind plate for first half of season; youth behind plate for 2nd half of season * Adults CANNOT give assignment to youth. Must have at least one adult ump each game. * Vouchers - 1 per game to youth ump (by home manager) * New pitchers get 8 warmup pitches; 5 warmup pitches between innings * Encourage bench player to warm up pitcher if catcher not yet ready (must have mask); NO COACHES can warm up pitcher * Encouraged to wear protective cup|
|* Expectations (adults) * Guidance to youth; don't overrule unless help requested by youth * Let Gordon, Spencer know about youth umps - feedback, issues * Let Gordon, Spencer, + Coordinators know about managers / coaches, teams being abusive, breaking rules * Manager responsible for working with coaches on initial assignments, and for team's assignments unless swapped * Each coach Dibs with agreed assignment * Procedure for fill-ins: email list, swap on own via Dibs|
|* Expectations (youth) * Arrive early for games * Assertiveness (don't get intimidated) * reinforce treating the job with respect and responsibility. They are being paid for games and should act accordingly. * Expectations viz. managers/coaches, players, fans, etc. * Reinforce respect for the game. * Early dibs for signing up for practice games * Group text chat - cell #s or personal email addresses needed! * Dibs process * Homework: ump quiz * Vouchers - cashing in * Release Form - fill out and return|
|Pass out 2017 Rule Book|
|11:30||Signups for practice games for Feb 25th Stadium (4 umps per game max; 2-3 innings per ump, BE AT ENTIRE GAME to help out fellow umps!)|
|Email umpiring homework for youth (and adults)||Gordon|
|25 Key Little League Rules for SCLL (2015 edition, to be updated for 2017)|
|SCLL Majors Rules - 2016 draft (will publish 2017 ed)|
|SCLL AAA Rules - Updated for 2016 (will publish 2017 ed)|
|Umpiring training videos - field / base and home plate positions (we will be using 2-man umpiring crew positions)|
|Western Region UIC - umpiring presentation slides|
Here's a rundown of frequently asked questions, with answers: