"HEY, WE NEED AN UMPIRE…”
Sometimes, just before a game starts, you may hear that statement. Once in a while, a scheduled umpire can't make it due to traffic, missed ferry, or some scheduling mishap. Usually, especially at the AAA levels, it's because we don't have enough volunteers willing to do this job.
Many people think they are not "qualified" right off from the start, and for some of the upper levels of play - acting as a single umpire for a game - they are correct. But anyone, with a little bit of training, can do this job at any level - AA through Majors.
The fact is that there is no game without somebody agreeing to act in the role of umpire to call balls, strikes, safe, out. Often, the coaches have to do it from the mound, but they already have enough on their plate managing the game for our kids.
And most importantly without an umpire, there is not game.
ROLE OF THE UMPIRE
Umpires are the sole representatives on Little League on the field. In addition to applying the rules in a fair and unbiased fashion, the umpire is responsible for:
In addition to being great fun, and umpire is
Our umpire crew is a combination of experienced and new umpires. There are various way to learn to become an umpire.
Umpire scheduling is flexible. Umpires select games in advance through the UMPIRE SCHEDULING CALENDAR. Ideally NKLL likes to have both a plate and at least one base umpire.
Majors and AAA games require an umpire for the game to be played. It’s preferred that AA games have an umpire.
WHAT TO WEAR
NKLL provides umpires with basic protective equipment for game day use: mask, chest protectors, shin guards, jerseys and cap.
Umpires generally wear grey or dark pants, black belt, black shoes (not cleats) and black socks in addition to the safety gear….and like the ball players themselves, umpires should also wear personal protective gear.
Many umpires purchase some of their own equipment. We understand the costs associated with that. Our Board of Directors has come up with "Umpire Bucks" reward program.
If you have any questions please contact our NKLL Umpire in Chief Chris Boyd at email@example.com