Umpiring in Glebe Litle League
Having well-trained umpires is vital to the safety, timely flow and enjoyment of all of our games, and umpiring offers a tremendous opportunity for young members of our community to develop their leadership skills. It also helps coaches understand the game better.
Training for Glebe umpires is provided by Little League. An umpiring clinic is held each spring. Attendance at this session is mandatory for those wishing to become umpires for the season. Adult umpires would be greatly appreciated. We are looking for adult umpires who are willing to make a multi-year commitment. This involves various levels of training and several years of experience leading to District Playoffs, Provincial and even National Championships.
Each Spring Glebe Little league partners with the South Ottawa Little League to provide an umpires clinic where the rules that apply in Little League baseball games are reviewed and where any outstanding questions are poised and answered. This course is mandatory for anyone who has not acteed as an umpoire in the past but who wants to ump within the GLL that year.
The GLL also operates a one-day refresher course that covers changes to rules and also how to handle more difficult occurences where special rules apply.
The links below contains a series of video presentations related to umpiring. All GLL umpires should review this material prior to the start
of the season.
- Basic Umpire Tutorials for New Umpires
- Sign Up for Little League Canada Umpire Newsletter
- The Best Position for Umpires at Home Plate to Minimise Concussion Risk
- Understanding Base Runner Interference
- Understanding Obstruction
- Understanding a Runner’s Lane Violation
- You Make the Call – Did the Runner Leave Base Early?
- Explanation of the Infield Fly Rule
- Defining Catcher’s Interference
- Definition of Little League Strike Zone
- Plate Mechanics: Explaining “The Slot”
- You Make the Call – Quick Pitch
- You Make the Call – Did the Batter Bail Out or Swing?
- 10 Commonlly Misinterpreted Little League Rules
- Description of the “Basic Six” Umpire Field Mechanics
- Tips to Help a Base Umpire with Timing
- Pace of Play: Time Management
- Hey, Blue! – That Pitch Bounced; It’s a “Dead Ball”
- Game Control vs. General In Charge
Umpire Abuse Policy
There is zero tolerance for abuse of umpires, particularly when adult coaches, parents or spectators abuse a non-adult umpire by yelling at them or criticizing judgement calls. Notwithstanding the formal protest of a game, an option only available to coaches, complaints about the officiating should be made, in writing, to the umpire-in-chief. Any yelling at or criticizing of the umpires will result in the immediate enrollment of the abuser in a crash umpiring course in preparation for their umpiring of the next available game. Remember that an umpire starts the game perfect and only improves as the game progresses.
“Questionable” Umpire Calls
No player or coach may ever question the call of an umpire that involves a matter of judgement (e.g., fair/foul; ball/strike; tag/no tag). The umpire’s call is considered final. Any questioning or challenging of such calls will result in a warning from the umpire; persistence will result in ejection from the game.
Players and coaches may, however, question the interpretation of a rule and how it is applied (e.g., how many bases are awarded a runner, and from what point, if a live ball thrown by a fielder goes out of the playing area; the consequences of a foul tip on the second vs third strike; the consequences of a coach nudging his/her base runner to get running; etc.). While coaches and players are strongly encouraged to do their homework by reading and learning the rules, such inquiries are generally welcomed, provided they are civil and short, because they help build a better understanding of how the rules apply.
The routine for an inquiry of an umpire is as follows:
- Wait for play to stop.
- The coach requests “time” from the Umpire (often called “Blue”).
- When the umpire calls time and invites the coach or player to come onto the field, enter the field. (Note that the coach “requests” time; the umpire “calls” it.)
- The coach can go directly to the umpire and keep the conversation quiet and civil – i.e., no big public scene.
- The coach can ask the umpire what the rule was, how it applied, what he/she saw and why he/she thinks it applies.
- If the coach has a different interpretation/understanding, point that out and ask if the umpire agrees if it applies, and if not, why not.
- If the response does not seem adequate, the coach may ask if the umpire minds checking with his/her partner. (He/she may not always agree to do this, but often will, for maximum certainty.)
- Accept the umpire’s final decision.
Coaches or players are never to go onto the field without umpire’s permission.
For more information about umpiring within the Glebe Little League, please contact our Umpire in Chief, Dennis Leung at firstname.lastname@example.org.