South Highline National Little League: Umpires




Little League Umpires give his/her time so the game that the kids play their hearts out for is decided by their play and by the rules of the game. Other than a general knowledge of the game of baseball or softball, there is nothing else necessary to sign up. SHNLL will provide each volunteer with thorough training and direction well in advance of the first games. Additionally, the league will continue to provide ongoing training and the necessary feedback throughout the season to ensure every Umpire is as successfull as possible. Umpires are great role models for the children, so please sign up today and make the difference. 

For more information contact Dan Malmanger at


Do you have what it takes to be an umpire?

All it takes is the desire to help our children learn the game of baseball and the commitment to help umpire a few games a season.

It is a little known fact that all the umpires used for all levels of baseball are volunteers. As our children move up through the levels it becomes more important that they have trained umpires to help. Start by umpiring divisions (A - AAA Ball) games as you work on your skills and grow with your child as they move up through the dividions.

SHNLL needs YOUR help for the 2014 season!

There are several opportunities each season to work with district umpires on Little League rules and umpire skills. Work with skilled mentor umpires during live games. All umpires equipment is provided by the league. For more information please contact SHNLL UIC -  Dan Malmanger

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Situation 1: In a Little League baseball game, the home team manager substitutes his fifth pitcher in to pitch. In the top of the sixth inning, the pitcher is injured and must be replaced with a sixth pitcher. The umpire does not allow this substitution and calls the game. True or False?

Situation 2: In a Little League baseball game, with runners on first and second base, the pitcher commits an illegal pitch. The umpire calls balk and advances the runners to second and third. True or False?

Situation 3: The runner on first base is stealing as the ball is fouled into the catcher’s mask and drops into the glove of the catcher. The defensive manager wants the runner now on second base to return to first base because of the foul ball. The umpire disagrees and allows the runner to remain at second because of the foul tip. True or False?

Situation 4: The batter gets set to hit the next pitch with a two-ball and two-strike count. The pitcher throws an inside pitch which the batter swings at, with the ball striking the batters hands. The umpire awards the batter first base. True or False?

Situation 5: A long fly ball down the right field foul line is very near the fence. The right fielder charges over to the fence and reaches up and is about to catch the ball on the playing field when a spectator reaches across the fence and catches a souvenir ball, clearly interfering with the fielder attempting to catch the batted ball. The umpire calls the batter out because of the spectator interference. True or False?

Situation 6: The game is over and the manager of the losing team realizes that the winning team used a pitcher that was an ineligible pitcher for the game and protests before the umpire(s) leave the field. The umpire(s) does not allow the protest because the manager should have protested before the game was over. True or False?

Situation 7: The batter is not happy with the ball and strike calls of the umpire. To show his/her displeasure with the umpire, the batter refuses to get into the batter’s box when told to do so by the umpire. The umpire ejects the player. True or False?

Situation 8: The batter crushes a fastball down the left field line that has extra bases written all over it. The left fielder thinks the same thing and throws his/her glove at the ball and hits the ball with the glove. Unfortunately this knocks the ball even further away from the left fielder. The batter-runner puts it into high gear in the attempt for an inside the park home run and is thrown out at the plate. However, the umpire sends the batter-runner back to third base because the rule calls for a three-base award for throwing equipment and hitting a batted ball. True or False?

Situation 9: The centerfielder fires the ball from centerfield in an attempt to get the runner trying to make it to third on the base hit. The ball sails and ends up in the parking lot. At the time of the throw the lead runner was between second and third and the batter-runner was between home and first base. The runners are placed at second and third base. True or False?

Situation 10: The batter strokes a ball deep to the outfield and in running the bases has to change running direction to avoid a collision with the shortstop. In the umpires judgment the batter-runner would have made it to third base had there been no change of direction. The ball reaches third base ahead of the batter-runner and the batter-runner is tagged. The umpire immediately calls “Time” identifies the obstruction on the shortstop and awards the batter-runner third base. True or False?

Situation 11: In running the bases the batter-runner rounds first base on the way to second, but while rounding first, runs 15-feet out of the base line on the way to second base. The umpire calls the batter-runner out for being out of the base line. True or False?

Situation 12: The second baseman takes the strong and accurate throw from the right fielder and is waiting for the batter-runner to come into second base. The batter-runner seeing that he/she is a dead duck, intentionally barrels into the second baseman and knocks the ball loose. The umpire calls the batter-runner out for not sliding or attempting to go around the fielder. True or False?

Situation 13: Runner on first base and the batter lofts a fly ball to the right fielder. The runner on first advances only a few steps off first base, watching to see if the ball is caught. The batter-runner passes the lead runner also watching to see if the ball is caught; the ball is dropped and the lead runner hustles to third base and the batter-runner ends up at second base. The umpire calls “time” and calls the runner at third base out for allowing the batter-runner to pass. True or False?

Situation 14: With the winning run on third base and one out the batter hits a fly ball to shallow centerfield. The base coach has the runner tag up at third base. At the last second, the third base coach thinking the runner will be thrown out at home, puts out his/her arms and grabs hold of the runner to stop him/her. The umpire calls the runner at third base out for interference by a base coach. True or False?

Situation 15: The batter hits a ground ball to the shortstop, who throws wild into the stands (ball is dead). The batter-runner misses first base but is awarded second base on the overthrow. Once the ball is put back into play, the defensive team makes a proper appeal that the batter-runner missed first and the umpire calls him out. True or False?

Situation 16: The runner on second base scores on a base hit, but fails to touch third base on the way home. The ball is finally thrown to the infield and the defense requests “time”. After time is called the defense appeals to the umpire that the runner who just scored missed third base. The umpire agrees and calls the runner out for missing third base. True or False?

Situation 17: A manager or coach may be granted “time” to talk to any defensive player(s). There is a visit charged to the pitcher for each such conference. True or False?

Situation 18: Any umpire’s decision that involves the interpretation of a playing rule is not protestable by the manager and/or coach, even if the interpretation is wrong. True or False?

Situation 19: The power to forfeit a game lies with any and all umpires who are involved in the game. True or False?

Situation 20: The home plate umpire declares all infield flies, because it is only the home plate umpire that has infield fly responsibilities. True or False?



Situation 1: False. Regulation VI (a). With the new Pitch Count Regulation the restriction on the number of pitchers a team can use has been eliminated.

Situation 2: False. Rule 2.00 – Balk. There is no balk in the Little League Majors and below divisions.

Situation 3: False. Rule 2.00 – Foul Tip. By rule the ball must go “sharp and direct from bat to the catcher’s hands”. This would be a rebound and a foul ball.

Situation 4: False. Rule 2.00 – A Strike (e). The old myth that the hands are part of the bat. The batter was swinging so it is called a strike and the ball is dead and the batter is out on strike three.

Situation 5: True. Rule 3.16. The fielder is protected from the fans as long as he/she remains on the playing field while trying to field the ball. However, if the right fielder had reached into the stands and the fans knocked the ball away from him/her it would NOT have been interference.

Situation 6: False. Rule 4.19 (d). The manager has until the umpire(s) leave the field to protest the use of an ineligible pitcher.

Situation 7: False. Rule 6.02(c). The umpire should order the pitcher to pitch and call each pitch a strike. Trust me after the first called strike the batter will set a land speed record getting back into the box.

Situation 8: False. Rule 7.05(c). By rule the batter-runner should have been protected by award to third base on the infraction but advanced to home plate at his/her own peril.

Situation 9: False. Rule 7.05(g). The lead runner should have been awarded home and the batter-runner should have been awarded second base.

Situation 10: True. Rule 7.06(b). In the umpire’s judgment the runner would have acquired third base had there been no obstruction. Good call “Blue”.

Situation 11: False. Rule 7.08(a). The runner should only be called out for “running out of the baseline” when he/she does so to avoid a tag. This is just a case of bad base running, nothing more, northing less.

Situation 12: True. Rule 7.08 (a) (3). The defensive player “has the ball” and “is waiting to make a tag” which requires the runner to slide or attempt to go around the second baseman. And another great call by the umpire.

Situation 13: False. Rule 7.08 (h). The batter-runner did the passing and should be the one called out.

Situation 14: True.  Rule 7.09(i).  The runner on third base should be called out when all play is over for the base coach's assistance or interference.

Situation 15: True. Rule 7.10(b). The batter-runner still has the requirement to touch all bases, in order, while advancing.

Situation 16: False. Rule 7.10 (b). With the defense calling “Time” the ball is dead and nothing can happen when the ball is dead. Refer to rule 5.02 which says “….While the ball is dead, no player may be put out …”

Situation 17: True. Rule 8.06 (d). Anytime a manager/coach comes on my field to talk to the defensive, whether that is the pitcher or any member of the defensive team charge that team with a visit to the pitcher. Then inform the manager/coach the number of visits that have taken place. “That’s one, coach,” or “That’s two, coach.”

Situation 18: False. Rule 9.02 (b). Just the opposite of what the rulebooks say. Rule interpretations are protestable and judgment calls are not protestable.

Situation 19: False. Rule 9.04 (a) (6). Only the plate umpire has the authority to forfeit a game. The forfeit, of course, is the last thing you want to do. Get things under control before you even think about this and then talk to your partner before making that kind of decision.

Situation 20: False. Rule 9.04 (b) (3). All umpires (except the line umpires in a six-umpire crew) have the authority to declare an infield fly. Once one calls it the rest should echo the call.

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