2014 Umpire Registry
Registration for the 2014 Umpire Registry is open! Umpire Registry page
Little League® International’s Umpire Registry offers Little League umpires an informative way to stay on top of their game. By joining the Umpire Registry, umpires immediately become part of a unique information network charged with enhancing umpire services for Little League players everywhere.
The Umpire Registry provides an opportunity for umpires to stay current with rules and regulations, and offer suggestions that will continually improve skills. Umpires can access the latest information on rule interpretations, regulations updates, and more. The Umpire Registry also offers tools through the Members Only website. As a member, you will have access to the Fairball newsletter, a quarterly publication that contains articles on rule interpretations, mechanics, and news concerning umpires; E-Rules; the Rules Instruction Manual (RIM); and 60 and 90 foot Field Mechanics Manuals.
The cost to join the Umpire Registry is $25 when registering online and $30 if the registration is delivered via standard mail.
One of the great benefits with membership is the Members Only “E-Rules” section. Here you have the ability to download the current electronic edition of the Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and Little League Challenger Division® Rules. The electronic rulebooks allow users to search the rules electronically, making it easier and faster for umpires to find the information they need. And, just like the printed rulebooks, the E-Rules expire at the end of the year when Little League issues updated rulebooks for the coming season. Also available in the “E-Rules” section are 11 videos featuring common rules interpretations.
Whether you are new to Little League umpiring or a long-time veteran, the Umpire Registry is here to help you become a better volunteer umpire. Included in your membership is:
- a print and digital copy of the Little League Baseball and Softball Rulebooks,
- a print copy of The Little League Umpire,
- a print copy of Make The Right Call, the case book of Little League Baseball and Softball,
- an official Little League Umpire Registry Identification Card,
- a Little League Umpire Registry Certificate,
- a Little League Umpire Patch,
- an Official Little League Bat Ring,
- your name added to the Little League Registry of Umpires to be maintained at Little League International for referral to league officers and Tournament Directors,
- access to the Little League Umpire Registry Members Only website containing Fairball, the Umpire Registry Online Newsletter, as well as other great resources (Active.com account required), and
- registrations completed on-line will also receive a Little League Umpire patch iron-on upgrade
Should you have any questions, or need information regarding the Umpire Registry, please contact Cathy Lusk, Operations Administrative Assistant, at 570-326-1921, ext. 2248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Often an overlooked aspect of the Little League program, umpiring is one of the most important. The volunteer umpire is as much a part of Little League as the volunteer manager, coach or concession stand worker.
It is not necessary or recommended to pay umpires, or any other person whose services should be provided on a volunteer basis. Many districts and leagues have found successful ways to operate volunteer umpiring programs, helping to defray the costs that might normally be passed on to the parents. Some leagues provide new equipment or uniforms to umpires to use in performing their service to the league, then the umpire can retain the items after a certain period of time.
Little League also offers many training materials, clinics and seminars on umpire education, as well as the Little League Umpire Registry. The registry allows volunteer umpires to receive regular mailings from Headquarters on rule interpretations, updates, etc.
Who is responsible for the conduct of umpires? First and foremost, it is the umpire himself/herself. Each of us in Little League must take responsibility for our own actions. However, umpires are appointed by the local league president and approved by the local league Board of Directors. Only the local league Board of Directors has the authority to dismiss or suspend any local league umpire from regular season games.
A select group of volunteer umpires whose knowledge, experience and demeanor have received recognition at top levels of Tournament Play are invited each year to officiate at one of the World Series tournaments. In keeping with the volunteer aspect of the local league, travel expenses for World Series umpires are borne by the umpires themselves.
The District Administrator is responsible for nominating umpires (those who volunteer their time to local Little Leagues within the district) for upper level tournaments. Most umpires who reach the pinnacle of youth sports officiating (one of the World Series of Little League Baseball or Softball) have been volunteering their time to local Little Leagues for a decade or more
Umpire Resource Center
Little League Baseball and Softball is pleased to offer the new Umpire Resource Center to the list of resources available at no cost to all of our volunteer umpires. Our goal continues to be to provide our volunteer umpires with a network to teach, learn and help provide the safest atmosphere for our children. You may join the Umpire Resource Center by clicking on the banner below.