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Getting Ready for Tournament

Tournament time is just around the corner, and it’s not too late to start getting ready. The first and most important thing you should do is get familiar with the baseball and softball tournament rules.

These rules can be found in both the Little League Baseball and Softball rule books in the tournament section in the back of the book. All of the rules for the various levels of tournament are found in this part of the rule book. Be very careful when reading the rules because certain rules are specific for each level of baseball and softball. It is a very good idea to review the tournament rules before each game so you are familiar with the tournament rules for the level of play you are officiating.

Each District Administrator should conduct tournament meetings before the tournament begins. All volunteers who will be participating in the tournaments should attend this meeting. Those in attendance should include; Tournament Directors, Managers, Coaches, Umpires and any other volunteer participating in the tournament. Tournament procedures including rules and regulations should be covered at these meetings. Contact your District UIC and find out when and where these meetings will be held and attend.

Some other good tournament resources are found on the Little League website under the rules link on the home page. Check this page often as changes and interpretations could be updated at any time. Click here for the link: http://www.littleleague.org/Little_League_Online.htm. Another good resource for tournament information is the “Resource Section” under the District Officer link, here is the link for that page http://www.littleleague.org/tournamentresources.htm.

Little League requires that at least two volunteer umpires be scheduled for each game. In some cases, three and four umpires are scheduled. You should be familiar with the three and four man umpire mechanics for the 60’ and 90’ diamond. If you are a member of the Umpire Registry, you can sign in and download these resources. If you are not a member of the Umpire Registry, you can join and share in the benefits by clicking on this link http://www.eteamz.com/llbumpireregistry/.

There’s not much time left, so get busy and get ready for the tournament season. The more you know, the betting your games will be for yourself and the players. Have a great tournament season!

Bill Carter
Western Region Umpire-In-Chief