Lafayette Little League: Umpire Page

Wednesday, December 18

Program Overview: Lafayette Little League is one of the few Little League programs with a paid Youth Umpire Program. It provides our youth with the opportunity to learn about umpiring while they earn some extra money. 

What is the Umpire's Job?
The umpire's job is to make sure one team does not get an unfair advantage over another within the scope and intent of the rules. Umpires have the authority to order a player, coach or manager to do, or refrain from doing, anything that affects the conduct of the game.

Why Umpire? For active players, umpiring can be a great way to enhance your understanding of the rules of baseball and how they are applied in game situations. It is also a fun way to stay involved in baseball if you're no longer playing. Umpiring also looks good on a college application because it requires many of the qualities colleges look for: leadership, confidence and the ability to make decisions under pressure.

Who can Umpire? If you are Little League 12 years-old or older and have played at least one year of Little League, you are eligible to apply.

Training: Training consists of 2 mandatory clinics as well as on-the-field training throughout the season.

Adult Umpire Program:
We always need eager adult umpires, especially for Majors games, where game management is of the utmost importance due to the higher level of competition. If you’re itching to get more directly involved in the games this is a great way to do it! Our adult umpires love the thrill of having “the best seat in the house”, and they also enjoy the constant challenge of making the right calls, quickly, confidently and decisively. (Patched umpires recieve $35 per game)

Zero Tolerance Policy:
We'll continue to emphasize our no-nonsense “Zero Tolerance Policy” that reads: “Ensuring a fair, safe, healthy and fun game environment is our top priority. LLL has a zero-tolerance policy for arguing judgment calls, umpire abuse or call-related displays of poor sportsmanship. Managers, coaches, players (AND PARENTS) involved in such conduct will be immediately ejected from the game, asked to leave the facility and may be brought before the board for review.

Candidates for the youth umpire program must meet the following requirements:
Little League 12 years-old or older
Required attendance at both clinics
Willing and able to umpire a minimum of one game per week. Weekday games begin at either 5:30 or 7pm while Saturday games are scheduled at 9am, Noon and 3pm.
At least one year of experience as a Little League player.

Program Benefits:
Uniform and equipment
Umpire pay (for youth umpires) for each game: specifics To Be Determined. Pay will be based on difficulty of the assignment and will likely range from $15 to $30 per game. (Patched umpires recieve $35 per game)



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