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Winter: Recruiting Umpires

Now is a good time to begin the process of screening and qualifying umpires for the next season. Notices around town, in the paper, community bulletin boards, local cable company bulletins, etc., help bring out interested adults.

It is a fallacy to assume that paying umpires will result in better umpiring. Some of the dangers and considerations in paying ANYONE for a service normally rendered by a volunteer are:

  • Worker’s Compensation laws
  • Internal Revenue Service regulations
  • State income tax regulations
  • Little or no control over paid umpires in an association

Acceptable forms of compensation used at a well-run Little League: Pins, plaques, jackets, T-shirts. Or, they allow the umpire to use a set of equipment for two or three years as a volunteer, then own it.

The Little League Umpire Resource Center is a free online service provided by Little League International that can provide new and experienced umpires with training tips and education to confidently volunteer as a Little League umpire. Access to the Little League Umpire Resource Center is available here: http://www.littleleagueumpire.org/.

A database of all of these Operations Tips can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/Tips_Successful_League

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