Umpires

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Calgary West Little League has a strong tradition of training and supporting youth Umpires. These paid Umpires are at minor games and older divisions (Rookie Ball has parent volunteer umps). Typically drawn from our players, but open to anyone, Umpires may begin training from age 11 & up (must play in the Majors division if 11), and may begin working games once they have completed an initial training session offered through the league. Players can umpire in any division below the one they play in. 11 year old umps may only umpire Minors B games.

Umpires are provided rule books and the Umpire in Chief (UIC) is available to answer any questions, as well as look out for our Umpires' best interests and assure they are treated with respect at all times. The UIC is responsible for training the Umpires throughout the season. As such, the UIC may request schedule changes to facilitate mentoring.

For the Minor and Major divisions, both plate and base umpires will be scheduled by the League Umpire Coordinator for each game. In the case that just one umpire is there, the home team provides a base ump. If there are no umpires for a game, then the home team provides a home plate umpire and the away team provides the base ump.

For the Rookie division, Umpires are provided by the teams from parent volunteers. The League recommends using the same 2 or 3 for the season if possible. The home team provides the plate umpire and the visiting team provides the base umpire.

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2019 Umpire Clinic

For the 2019 baseball season details of clinics TBD, tentative dates as below

  • Saturday April 13th New Umpires (sign in at 8:30 am; course from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday April 14th Returning Umpires (sign in at 8:30 am; course from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm)

Details of the Little League Canada Umpire Clinic TBD.

There is no cost to you, however, registration is limited so register now!

2019 Umpire Registration Form

Umpire Registration Form (85kb) - CLICK HERE to download

Becoming an Umpire

Umpiring baseball is open to women, men, girls and boys.  This is an excellent opportunity for that Spring/Summer job, for anybody looking to earn some extra money while having a great time participating in baseball and working outdoors.  Whether you are playing baseball or are there to watch, it is a terrific way to gain an advanced knowledge of the game.

Moms and Dads – this is a great way to watch the game up close, help influence the quality of play and application of rules, being involved in a different way with your kids and their activities – and having a front row seat to every game!  Siblings of a player, who may not play but may enjoy participating or having a part-time job, should consider umpiring.

Umpiring is open to persons 11 years of age and up.  Experience with baseball or umpiring is not required.  However, if you have played the sport or have a general knowledge of Baseball, that will be beneficial to you.  Players can umpire in any division below the one they play in.  If you are 11 years old, you may only umpire Minors B games.

If you are interested in umpiring this season, please complete the Registration Form and email to Umpire in Chief Trevor Selanders at uic@cwll.org.

Once that is complete, we will make sure you are enrolled in the Little League Canada Umpire Clinic. More details can be found under Umpire Training.  All first-year Umpires are required to complete the Little League Canada Umpire Clinic.

Prior to the start of the season, all new Umpires will be provided with an official Umpire hat, shirt, ball bag, brush, indicator, and rule book.  Umpires must supply all other clothing i.e. pants, shoes, belt, etc.

Umpire Scheduling & Fees

Calgary West Little League (CWLL) uses the Umpire scheduling tool ArbiterSports where Umpires are able to sign up to umpire games scheduled. For those games not allocated out to Umpires, the Umpire in Chief will review and attempt to fill from the pool of umpires available to CWLL.

To all CWLL Umpires, please ensure you are going on ArbiterSports frequently to self-assign games.  You are able to ‘Block Sites’ (diamonds) you prefer not to work at, or dates that you are unable to Umpire.  Once they are Blocked, the games at those diamonds or on those days will not show up.

New Umpires should consider base umpiring five (5) games or so prior to plate umpiring.  This will help you get comfortable umpiring, allow you to see how it is done, and to ask questions in-between innings or after the game.


On a per game basis, Umpire fees are:

Minors:
- Plate Umpire - $35
- Base Umpire - $35

Majors:
- Plate Umpire - $35
- Base Umpire - $35

Intermediate/Seniors
- Plate Umpire - $45
- Base Umpire - $45

At the start of the season we will set the Umpire, or parent in the case of a young Umpire, with Direct Deposit.

Umpire Training/Qualifications

All first-year Umpires are required to complete the Little League Canada Umpire Clinic.  Details on the 2019 clinic will be coming shortly.

Tentative Dates for clinics:

  • Saturday April 13th New Umpires (sign in at 8:30 am; course from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday April 14th Returning Umpires (sign in at 8:30 am; course from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm)

Please pack your own nut free lunch and beverage as there are no on-site concessions.  You are not required to bring any Umpire equipment.  Simply bring some comfortable clothes and sneakers, and a good attitude.

Those who umpired last year are not required to take the Little League Canada Umpire Clinic.  During the season, we may host some supplemental training for all Umpires.  These could include on-field situational training and may be an opportunity for you to ask questions and or get clarification on a rule.  Returning Umpires can also inquire into the National Umpire Certification Program (NUCP).  Information on the NUCP can be found here.

In the meantime, please check out our Umpire Resource Center for training tips, answers to questions and so much more.  During the season, if you cannot find an answer to a question or rule you have, please contact our UIC, Trevor Selanders, at uic@cwll.org.

Umpire Registration

All new and returning Umpires are required to complete the Registration Form and email to the Umpire in Chief at uic@cwll.org.  This will ensure we have all your current information.

2018 Umpire Registration Form - CLIK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Umpire Equipment

Prior to the start of the season, all new Umpires will be provided with an official Umpire hat, shirt, ball bag, brush, indicator, and rule book.  Umpires must supply all other clothing i.e. pants, shoes, belt, etc.

 

If you did not receive Umpire equipment and or do not own your own, or an Umpire forgot their equipment, there will be equipment in the storage bins at all ball diamonds.  If you are unsure of the code of the lock, simply ask one of the coaches as they will know it.  Please take good care of the equipment, it is there for all of our safety and use.

Rules

Below are links to the 2018 rules changes.  Please pay particular attention to the new bat changes.

An excellent document is the 2017 Little League Umpire School Rules Instruction Manual.  Not only does it provide all of the rules, there are helpful hints to assist in interpreting specific rules.

 

Test your Umpiring knowledge here: Online Umpire Quiz

Umpire Resources

The Little League umpire is essential to the operation of every Little League program.
It is not enough to know the rules of the games of baseball, however. Being a Little League Umpire also means being able to fairly and impartially enforce those rules in the context of a game for kids.

Little League Umpires should never strive to be the center of attention. They should let the children be the stars. In fact, it’s been said that the best-umpired game is the one in which nobody could remember who the Umpire was.
Veteran Little League Umpires will say the highest praise they receive is a “good game, blue,” comment from a child.

Some of the tips you will find on this Umpire Resource Center are very basic, while others are more advanced. So this is designed to be useful for any umpire at any level of Little League – even for someone who is just thinking about umpiring. We’ll add more content from time to time, so keep checking back for updated tips.

And, of course, the Umpire Resource Center is free. It’s yet another benefit of membership in the world’s largest, and most respected youth sports organization -- Little League.

 

So get started, and click on https://www.littleleague.org/umpires/.

 

Umpiring Techniques

The Basic Six

Other Signals

 

Please refer to the 2 Umpire Crew Mechanics document which reviews the proper field positioning for Umpires during games. It can be found here:

 

Calgary and Area Little League Associations

About us

Calgary West Little League exists to provide the youth of our community with an affordable opportunity to learn excellent baseball skills in a fun, healthy, environment and to develop the three attributes of Little League's Motto: Character, Courage, and Loyalty; to also understand an individual's contribution to a team, to value healthy competition, and to respect the game and all its participants. Our goal is that these values and attributes will extend in the lives of our players beyond baseball.

It is our vision that we will continue to inspire pride in every player, parent, and volunteer for being part of a continuing tradition that has made Calgary West Little League a successful Little League in Canada since 1969.

Contact Info

Calgary West Little League

P.O. Box 15001

RPO Aspen Woods

Calgary, AB T3H 0N8