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MNLL Umpire Policy

Murrieta National Little League
25060 Hancock Ave.
Suite B103 190 
Murrieta, CA 92562

      Jan 18, 2018


1. The League President provides this Umpire Policy Letter in order to establish information, guidance and standardization for the procedures which govern the Murrieta National Little League (MNLL) Umpire Program for the 2018 Spring Season. The League Umpire-In-Chief is responsible for ensuring this policy letter is followed.

2. It is widely recognized that little league umpiring is a demanding, but rewarding responsibility. The Volunteer Umpire assumes self-training and an expected conduct which is vital to the success of Murrieta National Little League. It is in the best interest of everyone involved in MNLL to support this policy.

3. Little League desires that each league develop and maintain a high level of umpire efficiency and stresses that umpires be volunteers and not be paid for volunteering. As such, it is recognized that volunteers are the heart of maintaining a successful program.

This policy:
I.  Mandates administrative, age, and training requirements which must be met before individuals are allowed to umpire in intra-league games. Individuals include managers, coaches, umpires and junior umpires

II. Encourages participation in the umpire program

III. Umpire requirements for games

IV. New Umpires

V. Manager Interaction with Junior Umpires

VI. Requirements for teams to provide umpires, assignment of games to umpire and penalty for not fulfilling the assigned games to umpire 

VII. Umpire assignments and procedures for the end of season In-House Tournament umpire assignments 

VIII. Reports for Ejections

IX. Appearance and Dress Code for Umpires 

X. Umpire Code of Conduct


I. REQUIREMENTS. Individuals who will umpire any game in any drafted division are required to:

    A. Little League Volunteer Application. Complete a Little League Volunteer Application and pass a background check (if age 18 years or older). 
    B. Umpire Clinic. Attend and complete MNLL’s Umpire Clinic for Calendar Year 2018. The clinic will consist of two sessions.
        1. Session One will consist of Little League Rules and Regulations. This session is mandatory for all managers and coaches in AA Divisions and above and all umpires. Board members and parents are highly encouraged to attend.
       2. Session Two will consist of umpire mechanics. The session is mandatory and exclusive for umpires. 
           a. Session One must be attended and completed before attending Session Two.
       3. Multiple dates for both sessions will be scheduled before and during the season. 
       4. Individuals who attend the Western Region Rules Clinic for 2018 and District Umpires are waived from attending the Rules and Regulations Session.
       5. Individuals who attend the Western Region Umpire Mechanics Clinic for 2018 and District Umpires are waived from attending and the Umpire Mechanics Clinic. 

   C. Umpire Age Requirements. Before umpiring in the below division games, a minimum age requirement must be met by the umpire(s):

AA:                 Umpire must be at least 10 years old as of January 1, 2018
AAA:               Umpire must be at least 12 years old as of January 1, 2018
Majors:            Umpire must be at least 14 years old as of January 1, 2018
Intermediate:   Umpire must be at least 16 years old as of January 1, 2018 
Juniors:            Umpire must be at least 17 years old as of January 1, 2018
Seniors:           Umpire must be at least 18 years old as of January 1, 2018 

Age requirement can be waived by the UIC based on the Junior Umpire’s baseball knowledge and maturity. In addition, a Junior Umpire is allowed to umpire in any Division that is below the Division that the Junior Umpire currently plays in, regardless of age, if allowed by the UIC.
II. PARTICIPATION IN THE UMPIRE PROGRAM. Little League realizes that there will be a high level of turnover for umpires each season. In order to maintain an effective umpire program, a rewards and recognition program will be sustained. For these programs refer to:
MNLL’s Umpire Rewards and Recognition Program.

III. UMPIRE REQUIREMENTS FOR GAMES. The umpire requirement for each game in each division is detailed below:

Tee-Ball:  No umpire is required
A:             No umpire is required; however, one of the team’s managers may serve as an umpire
AA:          A plate umpire is required; a base umpire may be assigned 
AAA:       A plate umpire is required; one or more base umpires may be assigned
Majors:    A plate umpire is required; one or more base umpires may be assigned 

Inter:        A plate umpire is required; one or more base umpires may be assigned
Juniors:   A plate umpire is required; one or more base umpires may be assigned
Seniors:  A plate umpire is required; one or more base umpires may be assigned

An umpire may not umpire a game in which a family member of that umpire is playing in, unless; both team managers agree and the action is approved by the Umpire in Chief or the Duty Board Member.

IV. NEW UMPIRES. Umpires who have not umpired before, will be required to umpire a minimum of 2 games in the AA Division with an adult umpire who will be that umpire’s mentor. The Adult umpire will work with the new umpire on mechanics and rules during and after the game in order to prepare that umpire for AAA and above games. The adult umpire can be contacted by the new umpire or the new umpire can request the UIC for a mentor to be assigned to that new umpire.

     A. Managers will conduct themselves and set a proper example when interacting with Junior Umpires. As such, managers will not argue or comment on calls made by a junior umpire such as, but not limited to; strikes, balls, safe, out, fair and foul. 

     B. A manager can still ask questions to a junior umpire on a call, such as asking the junior umpire to ask for the other umpire’s help on a call, however, at no time will a manger continue the conversation once the final call is made.

     A. Team Umpire Requirements. Each team in the AA, AAA, Majors, Intermediate and Junior Divisions will be required to provide umpires to the league throughout the season. The team’s umpires may only be the team’s players, parents/family members of the team’s players, coaches or the manager. The provided umpires must meet and complete all administrative, age and training requirements stated in this policy prior to umpiring.
           1. Each team in the AA, AAA, Majors, Intermediate and Junior Divisions is assigned five (5) total games to umpire during the regular season. 
               a. The team will be given credit for the games umpired by the team’s identified umpires only.  
               b. Team umpires may umpire in any division that is not their team’s division. For example, a team who belongs in the AAA Division may have its team representative umpire in AA, Majors, Intermediate, or Junior Divisions (Providing age requirements are met).

     B. All teams are required to provide an umpire to a minimum of two (2) or three (3) games before March 25, 2018 (middle of the season) and two (2) or three (3) games before May 6, 2018 (end of the regular season), for a total of four (5) games. 
For example, if a team provides an umpire for three (3) games before Mar 25th, then that team only needs to provide an umpire for two (2) games between March 26th and the end of the regular season (May 6, 2018).

     C. If a team completes a total of six (7) games umpired in the regular season, that team’s manager, two coaches and players will receive a hot dog and a drink at their next scheduled game after completing six (7) umpired games.    
D. Penalty. 
          1. When a manager does not produce a team umpire for the minimum of two (2) games prior to March 25, 2018, the following penalty will be asserted:  
               a. The manager will not be allowed to manage for 1 game after March 25, 2018 and will be mandated to provide an umpire for however many games the manager did not provide an umpire.
           2. When a manager does not produce a team umpire for the required five (5) games before the regular season ends, the following penalty will be asserted:
               a. The manager will not be allowed to manage his/her team in the MNLL Spring In-House Tournament and will not be considered for managing/coaching All-Stars.

      E. Monetary or any other form of payment for umpiring a game is NOT allowed and goes contrary to Little League’s principle of an all-volunteer umpire program. Ensure that no one solicits an umpire to umpire a game for a team for payment. Doing so violates this policy and may have disciplinary consequences.


       A. Umpire Assignments. All umpire assignments will be coordinated and scheduled through the Signup-Genius Website by the umpires themselves, ensuring adherence to minimum age limits. All umpires who have completed the required training will be invited to the Signup-Genius Website by the UIC through an e-mail. Questions can be submitted to the UIC or Assistant UIC. Each Team Manager is required to ensure that their volunteer team umpires have completed the required training and registered for the games required for coverage. A weekly report of umpire volunteer assignments will be reviewed and provided in an e-mail to the umpires and managers by the UIC. 
          1. Umpires can assign themselves as a plate or base umpire. If an umpire has assigned him/herself as a base umpire and no one assigned themselves as a plate umpire, then the base umpire will be the plate umpire by default.
          2. The UIC will be responsible for maintaining the current schedule page.

      B. In-House Tournament Umpire Assignment. For the MNLL’s Spring In-House Tournament, umpires may submit their names for consideration to the UIC. The UIC will make all In-House Tournament Games Umpire Assignments, to include Championship Games. Total regular season games umpired and performance will be considered in the selection process.

VIII. REPORTS FOR EJECTION. If a manager, coach, player or spectator is ejected from a game, the umpire who ejected the manager, coach, or player will send a detailed e-mailed to the League President, Umpire in Chief, and the Head Player Agent containing the circumstances surrounding the ejection and the actions taken by the person ejected before, during and after the ejection. Junior umpires are not allowed to eject personnel from the game.

      A. Appearance. Appearance is solid attribute to good umpiring. The well-groomed individual creates an atmosphere of respect and dignity. All uniform items should be clean and 
presentable at all times. In addition, all umpires are to be at the field 15 minutes prior in order to conduct a gear inspection and start the game on time. 
      B. Umpire Dress Code. In keeping with proper Umpire Etiquette, all Murrieta National Little League Umpires will be required to adhere to the Umpire Dress Code. Failure to follow the dress code in a game will result in the offender being denied the opportunity to umpire by the UIC, Assistant UIC or Duty Board Member. The following is the Umpire Dress Code:
           1. Shirt: A MNLL umpire shirt or personal regulation umpire shirt with the Little League Umpire patch on the left sleeve.     
           2. Pants: Shorts are NOT PERMITTED. Jeans are acceptable for both bases and plate duties; however, gray or charcoal umpire pants are preferred, but not mandatory. 
           3. Shoes: Closed toe shoes are mandatory, dark color are preferred. Sandals are NOT permitted.
           4. Uniformity: When two or more umpires work a game together, the wearing of the same color shirt is mandatory.
           5. Protective Equipment: All plate gear will be worn when umpiring behind the plate: mask, chest protector, protective cup (male umpires) and shin guards. No exemptions will be made. 
           6. Shirts, protective equipment (mask, chest protector, and chin guards), indicator, brush, umpire ball bag, and water will be made available for all umpires. Male umpires will be required to furnish their own protective cups.

X. Code of Conduct for Umpires 

     A. Conduct. When working a game, an umpire needs to understand that his/her conduct is being scrutinized by the players, managers, coaches, spectators, Duty Board Member and the UIC. Therefore, an umpire is expected to be above reproach. An umpire’s conduct, in a marked degree, determines success. Consequently, an umpire should never use profane language or lose his/her nerve. An umpire keeps control of a game by hustle, decisiveness and self-control. Umpires should always remember that they are there to make decisions based on rules, not to steal the show. The below Umpire Code of Conduct is expected to be followed by all umpires at Murrieta National Little League:


Fairly call the game based on your best judgement of the rules as established by the League, treating all teams and all players equally.
Respond professionally when asked for clarification of the rules, thereby communicating the rules effectively. 
Treat managers, coaches, volunteers and parents with dignity and respect.
Ensure your sportsmanship is worthy to be emulated by all on the field.


4. The Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) will ensure that this policy is available to all managers, coaches, Board Members, parents, and umpires. 

Any and all questions can be referred to the UIC:

UIC:       Jose Lugo            [email protected] (760) 803-8819



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