Manchester South Little League: Umpire Central

Thursday, June 4
Stump the Ump - You make the call

Situation: With the bases loaded, and two outs, the batter hits a ball that lands in foul territory, but due to the spin on the ball, enters fair territory and stops. The ball did not pass either first or third base, and it did not touch a fence, player, or equipment. Would this be a fair ball?


Answer: Because the ball settled on fair ground and did not touch the person of a player or an umpire or any object foreign to the natural ground while in foul territory by definition of a Fair Ball (2.00) the ball would be considered live and in play.



Situation: Little League® (Major) and Minor Division Baseball: Runners on first and second, one out.

Runner on first base (R1) leaves base early and the pitched ball is hit by the batter. The batted ball is grounded to left field and the ball rolls between the left fielder’s legs, reaching the outfield fence. Both runners score, and the batter-runner advances to second base. You dropped the red flag indicating that a runner left early. Now what?


Answer: When a base runner leaves the base before the pitched ball has reached the batter and the batter hits the ball, the base runner or runners are permitted to continue. If a play is made and the runner or runners are put out, the out or outs will stand. If not put out, the runner, or runners, must return to the original base or bases or to the unoccupied base nearest the one that was left; In no event shall the batter advance beyond first base on a single or error, second base on a double or third base on a triple. The umpire-in-chief shall determine the base value of the hit ball.

Call time and conference with the plate umpire asking him/her whether he/she would rule the hit a double or a single and an error. Let’s assume the plate umpire ruled it a single and an error. With the play being ruled a single and an error, you place the batter-runner on first base since in no event shall the batter advance beyond first base on a single or error. With second and third base open, you place R1 on second base and R2 on third base since these are the unoccupied bases nearest the ones that were last left.


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

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Umpire Gear

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