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 2018-19
- 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.
2018 Umpire Manual
A huge thank-you to Dennis for working so hard on the latest version of his classic umpire guide. It has been updated to reflect all of the many rules changes adopted by Little League this year and all of the field directions are now up-to-date and correct. Other changes include removal of the Big League references and a change of approach to batters who inadvertently throw their bats.
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 COMPLETED (75 students)
Monday, February 26: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Coaches Only) MPR Room Chabot COMPLETED (55 students)
Wednesday, February 28: 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm D4 Clinic – Ellerhorst School, Pinole COMPLETED
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 COMPLETED
Morning: Field Mechanics 8:30 am – 12:30 pm COMPLETED
Afternoon: Plate Mechanics 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm COMPLETED
Sunday, March 4: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm D4 Junior Umpire Clinic Hidden Lakes Park Fields Martinez COMPLETED
Sunday, March 11: 8:30 am – 11:30 am NOLL/SOLL Small Diamond Clinic Chabot Field COMPLETED (52 students)
Sunday, March 25: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm D4 Big Diamond Clinic Front Caldecott COMPLETED (25 students)
Sunday, May 20: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm D4 Tournament Clinic Galindo Fields, Concord LL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
YOUTH UMPIRE STIPEND
For payment, send an e-mail to email@example.com. Include:
(1) your name and address,
(2) time, date, and location of the game,
(3) level of game (AA, AAA, Majors, Intermediate, Juniors), and
(4) your position (plate or bases).
The stipend for AA, AAA, or Majors games is $20 for bases and $25 for plate. The stipend for Intermediate, Juniors, or Seniors games is $30 for bases and $35 for plate. Checks are written once a month.
The stipend is available for NOLL/SOLL regular season, league playoffs, fall season, Tournament of Champions, and All-Stars.
Youth umpires must be at least 12 years old and, if playing, can umpire up to the level below the one they are playing. 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.
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.
NEW RULES FOR 2018
Rule 1.10 (BATS): Beginning in 2018, there are significant changes in Rule 1.10. BPF 1.15 bats are now prohibited at all levels. The maximum bat diameter at all levels is now 2-5/8 inches. Use of pine tar or similar adhesive substances is prohibited. For Majors and below, all non-wood bats must bear the USA Baseball logo, signifying that the bat meets USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. For Intermediate Division and Junior League, all non-wood bats must either bear the USA Baseball logo or the BBCOR (batted ball coefficient of restitution) certification mark. For Senior League, non-wood bats must bear the BBCOR certification mark and bats may not exceed in inches by more than three their weight in ounces (for example, a 33-inch bat shall not weigh less than 30 ounces). At the Intermediate Division level and above, aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as being aluminum/alloy or composite. This requirement applies only to bats that have aluminum/alloy or composite barrels. The BBCOR and bat material markings shall be permanent, whether by silkscreen or otherwise, a minimum of one-half inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color..
Rule 4.07: A.R. – For the purpose of continuous batting order, all players listed in the batting order shall be considered starters.
REGULATION VII(D) – PITCHERS: Modifies the regulation that governs days rest based upon pitch count, adding a note that no pitcher may pitch three days in a row. This applies to all divisions of baseball.
REGULATION VI NOTE 3 – PITCHERS and RULE 4.10(D) – All suspended games will be resumed from where they were stopped, regardless of when. Pitching records, including number of pitches, will be counted for that day and days of rest.
RULE 3.03 – SUBSTITUTION: Changes the substitution rule to indicate that a substitute who enters for a starter can be replaced in the lineup, but both starters and substitutes can only enter in the same place in the batting order. A starter can re-enter but only in their original spot in the lineup and after the substitute has met MPR. Once both starter and substitute have met MPR, they can re-enter freely in that lineup spot.
RULE 4.10(E) (optional) and TOURNAMENT RULE 12 – REGULATION GAME: In all divisions, a game will be conceded by the losing manager when that team is behind by 15 or more runs after 3 innings (2 ½) for Majors and below, or 4 innings (3 ½) for Intermediates and higher. Maintains existing rule that a regulation game will be conceded by the losing manager when they are behind by 10 runs or more.
RULES 8.06(a) and (b) VISITS TO THE MOUND: A manager may come out twice in a inning to visit the pitcher, but on the second visit, the pitcher must be removed. A manager may come out three times in a game to visit a pitcher, but on the third visit, the pitcher must be removed. Majors and above only.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.) 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: email@example.com) and send a copy to the Chief Umpire, Steve Depetris (email: firstname.lastname@example.org.) 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: email@example.com) and Chief Umpire, Steve Depetris (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.