Escondido National Little League: Umpires

Becoming an umpire

Umpire in Chief

Tom Marshall -

 Escondido National Little League 2014 Umpire Program



If that doesn't work, please make request with ENLL UIC via email Inlude Date,Time, Division with request. Games will be assigned in the order the request are received  

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Youths must enter (Y) at the end of their name.

Adult Umpires:
· Adult umpiring is open to all over the age of 18.
· Volunteer Applications for each season are available on our documents section. These will be required for all umpires 18 and older.
· If you are interested in Umpiring for Fall or Spring Season, please contact the Head UIC.

Youth Umpires (Paid via check):
· Youth umpiring is open to all ages 11 to 17.
· Your past experience will determine what division you will be eligible to umpire in. 


2014 Umpire Outreach Clinic
Click here for info on 2014 Western Region Umpire Clinics


The ENLL seeks adult volunteers to become umpires for the Spring 2011 season.

Job Requirements

Must love kids and baseball/softball.
Can physically perform (no one has to be an Olympic athlete, but it does get hot out there sometimes and you do have to move around a bit).
Willing to learn the rules.


Snappy blue/gray uniform (gear and uniform supplied by the league)
Gratitude of the truly wonderful folks in the ENLL (parents, coaches, managers)
All the free water you can drink.

Training provided at Mountain View Park in late Febuary or early March.

Click the Volunteer with ENLL link on the left-hand menu if interested.


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Umpire Responsibilities
Before a game starts, the Umpire shall:
· Arrive at the field 15 minutes before the scheduled game start time
· Check equipment in dugouts of both teams, equipment that does not meet specifications
must be removed from the game.
· Make sure catchers are wearing helmets when warming up pitchers.
· Run hands along bats to make sure there are no slivers.
· Make sure that bats have grips.
· Make sure there are foam inserts in helmets and that helmets meet Little League
NOCSAE specifications and bear Little League’s seal of approval.
· Inspect helmets for cracks.
· Walk the field for hazards and obstructions (e.g. rocks and glass).
· Check players to see if they are wearing jewelry.
· Check players to see if they are wearing metal cleats (Major and below).
· Make sure that all playing lines are marked with chalk or other white material and are
easily distinguishable from the ground or grass.
· Secure at least two (2) official Little League balls for play to be used by both teams.
· Conduct pre-game meeting with Managers from both teams (10 minutes before game
o Review the Ground Rules;
o Discuss the conduct of all parties (Managers, Coaches, parents, players);
o Discuss that only the Manager can question an Umpire call;
o Ensure players have appropriate safety equipment, especially catchers;
o Discuss LL Strike zone (armpit to top of knees);
o Review that judgment calls (Strikes/Balls, Fair/Foul, Safe/Out, etc) cannot be
o Review In-field fly (if in effect); describe when it will be called (if necessary);
o Any other questions or issues unique to the game at that time.
During the game, the Umpire shall:
· Govern the game as mandated by Little League rules and regulations.
· Check baseballs for discoloration and nicks and declare a ball unfit for use if it exhibits
these traits.
· Act as the sole judge as to whether and when:
o play shall be suspended during a game because of unsuitable weather conditions,
because of the unfit condition of the playing field, or because of low visibility
due to atmospheric conditions or darkness;
o play shall be resumed after suspension;
o a game shall be terminated after suspension.
· Enforce the rule that no spectators shall be allowed on the field during the game.
· Make sure catchers are continuing to wear the proper equipment.
· Continue to monitor the field for safety and playability.
· Make the calls loud and clear, signaling each call properly.
· Make sure players and spectators keep their fingers out of the fencing.

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 person.
  • 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 backwards.

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