Manchester South Little League: Umpire Central

Friday, May 22
Stump the Ump - You make the call

Q.  The third baseman is attempting to catch a high foul fly ball in the coach's box. The coach stands perfectly still and the third baseman comes in contact with the coach causing the third baseman to drop the ball. The umpire calls the ball foul. True or False.


 A.   False – Rule 7.11 – This is interference on the coach and the batter is called out. The coach must vacate any space needed by the fielder who is attempting to field a batted ball.



 Q.  The batter hits a ground ball to the shortstop, who makes a bad throw to the first baseman with the ball rolling up the first baseman's arm and ends up being trapped against the first baseman's shoulder. In the meantime, the batter-runner crosses first base, the first baseman did not drop the ball but the umpire calls the batter-runner safe. True or False.


A.  True – Rule 2.00 – A Catch – The first baseman did not have secure possession in the hand or glove of the ball in flight before the batter-runner touched first base. It was a trapped ball.



Q.  If a batter hits ball a few inches in front of home plate, and when the batter drops his bat, it hits the ball, what is the rule?


A.   According to Rule 6.05 (g), the batter is out when after hitting or bunting a fair ball, the bat hits the ball a second time, in fair territory. The ball is dead and no runner may advance.

If, however, the batter drops the bat, and the ball roles against the bat a second time, and in the umpire's judgment there was no intent to interfere, the ball remains alive. For most instances, we can hang our hat on this statement: Ball initiates second contact, ball is alive and in play. Bat initiates second contact call play dead and batter out, no one advances.


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Manchester South Little League is looking for dedicated volunteers to umpire in our league, you do not need to have any prior experience. We will be offering an Umpire Clinic for all that are interested, and all equipment will be provided. If you are interested please contact.  If you have questions or comments about league umpires or are interested in volunteering as an umpire, please contact Jay Robarge at

Junior Umpire Program
Are you a teenager between the ages of 13-19? Are you a former Little Leaguer, knowledgable about baseball? If so, then the Manchester South Little League Junior Umpire Program might be for you! We are looking for teens who know baseball and who want to umpire games for Farm, Minors & Majors games on weeknights and on weekends during the day. We will train you and provide the equipment you need.

If you want to join the program, please contact Jay Robarge at

Infield Fly Rule explained

Little League Umpire Resource Center

This site provides Little League Baseball Umpires with the tools they need to be effective and fair arbiters of the game, to provide leadership to children as well as managers and coaches, and to help train future volunteer umpires.

You have to register, but once in, there are quite a few resources including videos and the changes to rules and regulations.

Instructional Videos
The instructional videos below are useful for all umpires. Each video provides appropriate instruction on the fundamentals of umpiring. 
Chest Protectors  Calling Strikes

Equipment for Baseball Umpires

Calling Foul Balls

The "C" Position for Base Umpires Base Umpire Positions 
Making Close Calls as a Baseball Umpire  How to Be a Home Plate Umpire  
How to Be the Only Umpire on the Field  Voice Projection for Baseball Umpires
Terminology for Baseball Umpires  Who Can Umpire Baseball 
Umpire Etiquette  Youth Basenball Umpiring 
Umpire-Catcher Relationship Umpire Mechanics 

Baseball Rule Myths
Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball

Myth # 1
The hands are considered ...

Umpire Gear

Here are a few sites to purchase online Umpire Clothing and Gear