Umpires – Request Games
2018 Umpire Contacts
2018 CHIEF UMPIRE
2018 UMPIRE COORDINATORS
Myles E. Lampenfeld
Address mentor requests to the division coordinator for the division you will start umpiring in
YOUTH UMPIRE COORDINATOR/MENTOR
- Rules Quiz!!
- Request Game Assignments
- Little League University Umpire videos and training
- If questions, Steve Depetris
- NOLL/SOLL Umpire Manual 2015-16
- Rules Manual for Coaches, Players and Fans
Memo to Umpires.
2018 UMPIRE REGISTRATION: UMPIRE REGISTRATION IS OPEN (New Umpires Only). Returning umpires from last year do not have to register again – their registration from last year will still be online. If you need to update any of your information on your umpire registration, just send an email to the Chief Umpire who will take care of it.
New umpires must register so they can go thru the 1-minute online registration process which includes compliance with the Little League background check requirement; youth umpires are exempt from the background check section of registration. As part of the background check requirement, social security and driver’s license numbers must be furnished (this is a Little League requirement), but this information will be destroyed once the background checks have been completed.
CLINICS – Spring, 2018:
Umpires are strongly encouraged to attend one classroom clinic and one field clinic, especially if they are new to umpiring. There will be a special clinic designed for coaches (ONE COACH FROM EVERY AA – JUNIORS TEAM MUST ATTEND THE RULES CLINIC UNLESS A TEAM HAS A COACH WHO HAS ATTENDED A RULES CLINIC WITHIN THE PAST TWO YEARS). It is not necessary to pre-register. The clinic will cover the important rules, discuss common myths coaches have about umpires and the best way for coaches to approach umpires to discuss a call. There will only be one small diamond field clinic (March 11) in NOLL/SOLL in 2018. For 2018, you should plan on attending the District 4 clinic on February 10. The Big Diamond clinic on March 25 will be for big diamond umpires only
2018 CLASSROOM RULES CLINICS:
Wednesday, February 21:6:00 pm – 8:30 pm NOLL/SOLL Clinic – MPR Room Chabot
Wednesday, February 21:6:00 pm – 9:00 pm D4 Clinic – Walnut Creek Intermediate School
Monday, February 26: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Coaches Only) MPR Room Chabot
Wednesday, February 28: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm D4 Clinic – Ellerhorst School, Pinole
Thursday, May 24: Tournament Umpires Rules Meeting Location TBD
2018 FIELD CLINICS:
Saturday, February 10: D4 Basic Umpire Clinic at Ygnacio Valley Elementary School, Concord
Morning: Field Mechanics 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Afternoon: Plate Mechanics 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 4: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm D4 Junior Umpire Clinic Location TBD
Sunday, March 11: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm NOLL/SOLL Small Diamond Clinic Chabot Field
Sunday, March 25: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm D4 Big Diamond Clinic Front Caldecott
Sunday, May 20: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm D4 Tournament Clinic Galindo Fields, Concord LL
ADDITIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:
In 2018, there will be two local Western Region Outreach Clinics offering more involved training than the District 4 clinics. These clinics will teach the identical mechanics that we teach in our clinics, the same as are taught at the Western Region Clinics in San Bernardino. The clinics are longer in duration so they offer more time for skill repetition and feedback.
Two clinics –
Western Region Umpire Mechanics Clinic hosted by Section 5 in Los Gatos – February 17 and 18, 2018. Basic Umpire Mechanics.
Western Region Big Diamond Umpire Mechanics Clinic February 10 and 11 in Danville. (Note this clinic conflicts with our District 4 Basic Mechanics Clinic.
If interested in either clinic, send an email to the NOLL/SOLL Chief Umpire.
DISTRICT 4 UMPIRE INFO:
For general information on D4 umpires and a direct link to D4 umpire clinic registration, go to www.eventbrite.com and, using the Search box, enter “District 4 Little League Umpire” for a list of clinics.
UMPIRE MECHANICS: This link leads to the Little League Umpire Resource Center. You can sign up (no charge) and then review 25 or so plate and base umpire mechanics videos (1 to 3 minutes long each). These are a good way to learn little league umpire mechanics if you have missed the field clinics.
EQUIPMENT REIMBURSEMENT: NOLL/SOLL will reimburse you up to $100 per year for umpire clothes or equipment purchased. If you did more than 20 games last year or 10 more than the previous year, the reimbursement is $150. Send receipts or other proof of purchase to Steve Depetris at email@example.com.
HUNTER’S INDEX: Click here for a hugely useful index to the green Little League Official Rules.
REQUESTING GAMES: You can request games by clicking on the link above (“Request Game Assignments”) or on the link on www.nollsoll.com. You will receive an email confirming your request and, normally within a few days, another email assigning you the game or denying the request with an explanation (for example, someone else had requested it first.)
MENTORING: We want to assist the development of our newer umpires, especially at the AA and AAA levels, by having them work games with experienced umpires. You will see mentor-available games posted on the website when requesting games. For some games, a mentor can even work with two of you as a team (e.g., you and your child, or you and a friend). Umpires wanting mentoring should look for these games and will get priority for approval to do them. There will also be mentoring opportunities posted for people wanting to move up to the big diamond, where there are steals, balks and leading off. You can request a mentor for games at any level, including Majors and Juniors.
RULE UPDATES: AA will once again phase in stealing. Here is the modified stealing rule in effect in AA for the first three weeks of the season:
Week 1 = no steals.
Week 2 = Stealing second only. No advancing on overthrows from catcher to second.
Week 3 = Stealing second and third only. No advancing on overthrows from catcher to second or third.
Week 4 – end of season = No restrictions on stealing
As a reminder: In Majors and below, it is no longer necessary for the pitcher to throw pitches if the coach wants the batter walked intentionally. The coach must make this known to the umpire before any pitches are thrown to the batter; the ball is dead and four pitches are added to the pitch count.
YOUTH UMPIRE STIPEND
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include (1) your name and address and (2) the time, date, and location of the game. Also indicate the level of the game. Stipend for AA, AAA, or Majors games is $20 for bases and $25 for plate. Stipend for Intermediate, Juniors or Seniors games is $30 for bases and $35 for plate. A check will be mailed to you within 4 weeks. The stipend is available for NOLL/SOLL regular season, playoff & Fall Ball games. It is also available for Tournament of Champion or All-Stars games. It is not available for exhibition or practice games as youth umpires are strongly encouraged to use these games to develop their skills.
Youth umpires must be at least 12 years old and, if playing, can umpire up to the level below the one they are playing in. For example: a youth umpire who is playing Majors may umpire AA and AAA games. Youth umpires may be base umpires on big diamond games if they have at least one year of umpiring experience and have attended an umpire clinic.
We have a discussion forum for talking about rules and other issues and finding game assignment replacements. In order to join, go to https://groups.yahoo.com/nollsoll and ask to join the group. On the top right hand side of the page, find the button entitled “Join This Group”. If you have a Yahoo ID, enter it. Otherwise, follow the directions for signing up. Once you have your ID, your request to join the group will be forwarded to the group moderator. As soon as the request is approved, you will receive an email notification and can begin posting messages and participating in the discussions. Note: This forum does not replace the Sportability game scheduling and assignment website for requesting game assignments.
Q: I was assigned to a game that I cannot umpire. How do I find a replacement?
A: If you cannot make one of your assignments, please notify the appropriate umpire coordinator asap so he can remove you from the game to allow another umpire to request that game. You can also post a request in the Yahoo Groups discussion forum. Instructions for registering with and participating in the Yahoo Groups discussion forum is contained on the Umpire Info page.
Q: I ejected someone from a game I umpired. What should I do now?
A: If for any reason you ejected a player, manager, or any other person from a game, you are required by Rule 9.05 to report it to the Chief Umpire, who will then forward it to the NOLL/SOLL President. Explain the circumstances of the ejection, including the name of the person ejected. Submit your report by e-mail to the Chief Umpire, Steve Depetris (email: email@example.com.) Timely reports are critical; please send your report within 24 hours of the incident. Or you can write to the Chief Umpire at P.O. Box 11087, Oakland, CA 94611. Read Rule 9.05 for the information you are required to include in the report. League officials will notify the coordinators of the appropriate level to ensure that the person(s) ejected are not permitted to participate in the next game, in accordance with Little League rules.
Q: Equipment was missing from the umpire equipment bag at the field. What should I do?
A: Never umpire a game behind the plate without wearing a complete set of protective equipment, including mask, chest protector, leg guards, and a hard cup for males. You can call balls and strikes from behind the pitching mound if protective equipment isn’t available. After the game, call or e-mail the umpire equipment coordinator so he can arrange for the replacement of missing equipment.
Q: How should I report abusive or inappropriate behavior in a game I umpired?
A: The league wants to know the circumstances of abusive or inappropriate behavior by anyone at our games. Rule 9.05 requires umpires to report to the League President, any “incidents worthy of comment.” Submit your report to the League President (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and send a copy to the Chief Umpire, Steve Depetris (email: email@example.com.) Or you can write to the NOLL/SOLL President and Chief Umpire at P.O. Box 11087, Oakland, CA 94611.
Q: I have a question about a rule or a situation which came up in a game. Whom can I contact?
A: First look at the Little League rule book and the NOLL/SOLL Umpire Manual. The Manual is easier to use and covers most situations that come up. However, it is good to learn to use the Little League rule book as well. You can also contact the Umpire Coordinator at the level of play to which the question relates or the Chief Umpire. Our Yahoo Groups discussion forum is also an excellent place to post questions and comments about rules and situations.
Q: A manager wants to protest a game I am umpiring. What do I do?
A: Protests are rare, but they can occur and may be legal. Protests may be based on rule interpretations (Rule 4.19). Protests cannot be based on judgment calls. Protests must be made by the manager before any succeeding play (e.g., before the next pitch, or pick-off attempt, etc.). The manager notifies the umpire that the game is being played under protest and informs the umpire of the basis for the protest. At that point, all umpires confer and decide whether the rule interpretation was correct. If the rule interpretation was incorrect, change the decision. If the rule interpretation was correct (or was a matter of judgment which cannot be protested, or the protest is untimely) inform the manager that the decision stands. Then have the official (visitors) scorekeeper record the exact game situation at the time of the protest in the scorebook. Have the protesting manager state the basis for the protest in his own words and have those words written in the scorebook. The game then continues to conclusion. The umpire in chief must “immediately” notify the League President (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and Chief Umpire, Steve Depetris (email: email@example.com) of the protest and the rationale for denying the protest, in writing. Use e-mail or write to P.O. Box 11087, Oakland, CA 94611.