Laconia Little League

General Info on Umpiring

 

 

 

 

Safety, Safety, Safety

 

Common misconceptions

 

Speed of play

 

 

 

 

Umpire Priorities

  1. Fair/Foul; must be on the line to call; one umpire ONLY; no voice for fair
  2. Catch/no catch; indicate/call all catches, but be particularly loud and vocal on any where they may be doubt; one umpire ONLY; “I’ve got a catch” or “That’s a catch” (signal OUT), vs. “No Catch!” (signal safe)
  3. Everything else

Know who is responsible for a call – one umpire, one call; do NOT offer “help” on a call unless asked!

 

Timing, Timing, Timing

 

Infield Fly – must be catchable with “ordinary effort”.  Keep in mind there is no such thing as “ordinary effort” in minors and below!  Know whether infield fly is in effect before the pitch and indicate as such to your partner (usually finger to bill of hat, or fist to chest)

 

Plate Mechanics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field positioning (one base umpire)