Little League West Region: Umpires

Tuesday, April 25
2017 Rule Interpretations

     Tom Rawlings, Director of Umpire Developement for Little League International, has released some rule interpretations and clarification on umpire signals.  Below you will find the interpretations:

Over the past few weeks a number of situations/requests for clarification have been brought to our attention.  In an attempt to ensure that we are all responding in a unified fashion the following information is being provided for dissemination to your Regional UICs and their respective Instructor staff members.

I.The use of continuous batting order as it relates to Mandatory Play:  For the purpose of consistency in enforcing the rules regarding this issue the following guidance is being offered.  When a league is using the Continuous Batting Order (CBO) option in accordance with Rule 4.04 and Rule 3.03 dealing with substitutions,  the following is the official interpretation:

  1. All players present and listed on the line-up given to the umpire are considered starters.

  2. All players are required to fulfill mandatory play requirements.

  3. Defensive replacements may be inserted at any time and are NOT required to play six defensive outs consecutively.

  4. When a player is removed from their defensive position, they will continue to bat in their assigned position in the batting order for the duration of the game. 

II.The no-pitch Intentional Base on Balls and potential Batting Out of Turn in Baseball. For the purpose of adjudicating this situation the following information is provided:

A.  In order for the defense to secure an out on the appeal of Batting Out of Turn (Rule 6.07) the improper batter must have advanced to and touched at least 1st base.  Only upon touching 1st base will his/her time at bat (Rule 2.00) be completed. If the defense appeals the infraction prior to the completion of the at bat, the offense will retain the ability to correct their mistake, resulting in the Proper Batter completing the at bat, and assuming his/her position at first base.   

B.    As with any other Batting Out of Turn situation, the offense may correct the   infraction until the improper batter has completed their time at bat. The ball is dead and no other runners may advance unless forced by the batter being awarded first base.

III. What constitutes a charged visit to the pitcher for the purposes of a pitcher returning to the mound Rule 8.06 Baseball and Softball? 

  1. In order for a pitcher to be charged with a visit according to Rule 8.06 the manager or coach must visit the pitcher either at the mound (Baseball) or in the circle (Softball).  If a manager desires to move his/her pitcher to a different defensive position but preserve the ability to return them as a pitcher without being charged a conference, they may do so by announcing the switch to the umpire or directing it from the dugout/bench area. 


    COMMENT/INTERPRETAION:  If they step into the circle or on to the mound, or converse with the pitcher or any other defensive player, the current pitcher will be charged with a conference.  


    Proper Mechanics for an Uncaught Third Strike: It has been noted by several individuals that there is no video on Little League University demonstrating the proper mechanic for dealing with an Uncaught Third Strike that was a called strike umpire (with no type of swing involved).

The umpire should verbalize the strike call (as with any other “called” strike) while simultaneously using the right arm in a crisp fashion to point away from his body as he would with any other Uncaught Third Strike.


2017 Little League Softball Regional & World Series Umpires

2017 Little League Baseball Regional & World Series Umpires

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It is time to start submitting your applications for the World Series and Western Regional Tournaments. In order to provide consistancy and clarity with this years applications, the following recommended process must be followed.  
1. Tournament Applications can be found on the main Little League web site at, just click on forms and publications. All Tournament Applications must be returned to Regional Headquarters by November 1, 2017.
2. Only one applicant for each level of tournament may be submitted per district.
3. Each applicant must be on a seperate form.
4. The form must be completely filled out and signed by the District Administrator.
5. The volunteer application attached to the Volunteer Form must be filled out completly and signed for each candidate. Your Social Security Number (SSN) is required and must be on the Volunteer Form along with a copy of your drivers license or state issued identification card.  Do not use the returning volunteer form to apply for tournaments.
Note: Any forms not filled out completly will be returned to the District Administrator. Forms recieved after November 1, 2017 will not be considered.
Any candidate who has previously umpired a World Series or Regional Tournament at any level should not be submitted again for the same level. 

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Effective immediately, a new process has been established, for all qualified umpires in the Little League Program, to apply to umpire in the EMEA Tournaments in Kutno Poland and other European sites.
Beata Kaszuba, EMEA Director for the European Region recently stated, “My goal is to get as many new umpires for the EMEA Regional Tournaments.
We do not have enough European umpires to work our Regional Tournaments and we always rely on umpires that come from the United States. By working with our European umpires, they contribute to EMEA more than just umpiring games; they become instructors to our less experienced local umpires, which, at the end, improves our program”.
This is a great opportunity for all umpires to work an upper level tournament and at the same time improve the program by helping less qualified umpires while being abroad.
Below is the application process and requirements:
1.  Download and fill out the EMEA Regional Application form...Click here2.  The District Administrator must approve and sign the form.
3.  Fill out a Volunteer Application Form. Your Social Security Number (SSN) is required and must be on the form along with a copy of your drivers license or state issued identification card.
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4.  Forward both forms to the Regional Director for consideration.
5.  The Regional Director will review all applications and make appropriate recommendations.
6.  Background checks will be conducted on selected applicants.
7.  Recommendations will be forwarded to Little League Baseball Inc.
8.  Little League Baseball Inc. will forward all applications to the European Regional Director.
9.  The European Director will inform all Applicants, Little League Headquarters, and Regional Directors the status of each umpire, if selected or not, and notify them which tournament they will be participating in.
Note: Only volunteer umpires who have not been paid for any level of baseball or softball during regular season or tournament are eligible to apply.
All applicants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the tournaments. Umpires could receive per diem and housing at some of the European Tournament Sites.
Being recommend and approved for any European Tournament does not qualify that person for any World Series Tournaments.
If the applicant does not send all the proper documentation to the Regional Center, all paperwork will be returned to the applicant.
Forms are due at Western Regional Headquarters by November 1, 2017 for the 2018 tournaments. Any forms received after November 1, will not be considered.
Any questions on this procedure may be directed to the Regional Office 909-887-6444.

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Various forms and publications are available to Little League Umpires from the Little League International website.

To view and download administrative forms click here. For tournament resource forms click here.

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The Little League Umpire Registry offers Little League umpires a smart way to stay on top of their game. The registration is now available online and umpires can sign up in minutes and start enjoying the benefits.

By joining the Umpire Registry, umpires immediately become part of a unique information network charged with enhancing umpire services for Little League players everywhere.

To find out more about the Umpire Registry and sign-up to become a member, click here.

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