Tips For The Little League Umpire
- Do Not point the batter to first
base after a walk (simply state "ball four" after the pitch)
- Danger example - plate umpire
points to first base alerting the batter that he is to go to
first base because it is a walk. The first base umpire
misinterprets the plate umpire's signal and thinks the plate
umpire is appealing to him on a check swing. The first
base umpire indicates that the batter did - in fact - swing and
calls the pitch a strike. Do not point to first on a walk.
- Do Not make stadium calls
- A stadium call is when the
umpire is loud and emphatic when they don't need to be.
Example: An obvious foul ball does not need a loud
emphatic "foul" if everyone in the stadium knows it's foul.
- Do Not forget to put the ball in
play after a foul ball or a time out.
- Do Not wear a ball bag while
umpiring the bases.
- Do Not take your eyes off of the
ball ever (while the ball is in live).
- Do Not have rabbit ears.
- Do Not make quick calls.
- Do Not carry a rule book on your
- Do Not call your indicator a
"clicker" - it is an indicator.
- Do Not carry your indicator in
your right hand - that is your action hand - carry the indicator in
your left hand.
- Do Not wear your baseball hat