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Umpire Information & Clinics

Welcome to the Umpires page for Union Little League

Overview:

Union Little League depends on adult volunteer and youth umpires to officiate baseball games.  For active players, umpiring can be a great way to enhance your understanding of the rules of baseball and how they are applied in game situations.  It is also a fun way to stay involved in baseball if you’re no longer playing.  The League’s umpires come from three categories:

1.     District Umpires:  Volunteer umpires that have been officially certified and/or trained by Little League International.

2.     Adult Umpires:  Persons 18 and older who have successfully completed an umpire training clinic such as the Western Region Outreach Umpire Clinic (see below for more information) or equivalent.  Adult umpires perform without reimbursement.

3.     Youth Umpires:  Full or part time students, 17 years old or younger who have completed the umpire training conducted by Los Gatos Little League or equivalent.  Youth umpires do get compensated for their time or receive community service hours/credits.  Youth umpires may umpire A, AA and AAA league baseball games, with the following age restrictions*:

•    A:  League age 11 for the 2019 season ($20/game)

•    AA:  League age 12 for the 2019 season and played a season at Majors level ($20/game)

•    AAA:  League age 13 for the 2019 season ($25/game)

•    Majors: By exception, see expectations below ($35/game)

*General rules/guidelines. Ages can vary depending on experience and evaluations.

Regular season umpire requirements/expectations:

·         Tball:  No umpires.

·         A:  Two youth umpires.  Both umpires will officiate the bases since A-Ball is strictly coach pitch.

·         AA:  Two youth umpires.  During coach pitch, both umpires will officiate the bases.  During kid pitch, one umpire will call pitches from behind the pitcher.

·         AAA:  Two umpires, can be youth or adult.  One plate umpire and one base umpire.

·         Majors:  Two umpires, can be adult or District umpires.  One plate umpire and one base umpire.

 

Getting Involved:

The 2019 Union Little League season is just around the corner and the League needs youth and adult umpires for our A, AA, AAA and Majors league baseball games. 

Youth Umpires:

In order for the youth program to be successful, we need responsible youths who are interested in giving back to the community (while earning some extra cash or completing volunteer hours!).  Union Little League is very proud of its youth umpire program.  We believe it is an outstanding way to develop the character, courage, and leadership of our youth.  You must be 17 years old or younger to be a youth umpire.

If you are a new youth umpire, you will need to complete the required training/clinics shown below and meet the age requirements.  You must attend both the in-class and mechanics clinics provided by Los Gatos Little League.  Once these have been completed, you will be provided access to Arbiter where you can sign up for games.  If you are interested in being a youth umpire, please email the Chief of Umpires (contact shown below).

Adult Umpires:

All it takes is the desire to help our children learn the game of baseball and the personal commitment to help umpire a few games a season.  We always need eager adult umpires, especially for AAA and Major league games, where game management is of the utmost importance due to the higher level of competition.  Our adult umpires love the thrill of having “the best seat in the house” to watch some great baseball, and they enjoy the challenge of making the right call…quickly, confidently and decisively.  Adult umpires are a minimum of 18 years old.

If interested in becoming an adult umpire and have not done so in the past, please email the Chief of Umpires (contact info shown below).  You will also need to fill out a Volunteer Application and pass a background check that will be provided to you online.  You will be required to attend training such as the Western Region Outreach Umpire Training or an equivalent clinic.  Once these have been completed, you will be provided access to Arbiter where you can sign up for games.

Returning adult umpires are also required to complete a Volunteer Application and pass a background check online as well this year prior to signing up for games.  Please notify the current Chief of Umpires that you would like to umpire again this year and we’ll send an online application.


Training:

There will be several umpire clinics in February and March to help you get ready for the 2019 season.

Youth Umpire In-Class Clinic – Feb. 13

Led by our own District 12 umpire (and plate umpire for the 2012 Little League World Series Championship Game) Dan Campagnolo, this clinic discusses the rules of Little League and is open to all returning and new youth umpires. The rules clinic will be separated into two sessions - Beginning Umpire (A/AA) and Returning Umpire (AAA/Majors). Both sessions will be held at Blossom Hill School - Multipurpose Room:

Beginning Umpire (A/AA) Rules Clinic will be held from 5:30pm – 6:45pm. 

Returning Umpire (AAA/Majors) Rules Clinic will be held from 7:00pm – 8:15pm.

Youth Umpire Mechanics Clinic - Feb. 24

Led by Dan Campagnolo and other District 12 umpires, this clinic covers basic umpire mechanics and is mandatory to attend to become a youth umpire for ULL. The clinic will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Baggerly Field at Blossom Hill Park.  Lunch/snack will be provided.

Adult Umpire Mechanics Clinic – Feb. 10

Sponsored by Cambrian Park Little League, covers the mechanics of both plate and field umpire positions.  9:00-2:30 at the Cambrian Park Little League Complex, Check-in at 8:30.  Lunch will be provided.  Please contact the Union Little League Chief-of-Umpires it you’d like to attend.

Adult Western Region Outreach Umpire Clinic:  TBD usually in February

The most thorough and complete clinic to learn umpiring skills for new and experienced older youth and adult umpires as well as managers and coaches. We highly encourage those that umpire at the Majors level to attend.  The clinic is taught by Little League World Series Umpires and Western Region Instructors and is free to attend.

New youth umpires are required to attend the two clinics provided in Los Gatos in February.  We ask and strongly encourage returning youth umpires to attend as well.

 

Contacts:

Union Little League Chief of Umpires:  Bill Daulton ([email protected])  

 

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