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.
There is no sound reason for paying umpires, or any other person whose services should be provided on a volunteer basis. Our league historically has found successful ways to operate volunteer umpiring programs, helping to defray the costs that might normally be passed on to the parents. FNLL will provide equipment or uniforms to umpires to use in performing their service to the league.
Frederick National will also offer 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.
The intent of this Resource Center is to provide Little League Baseball and Softball Umpires with the tools they need to be effective and fair arbiters of the game, to provide leadership to children as well as managers and coaches, and to help train future volunteer umpires.
This service is being provided at absolutely no charge whatsoever by Little League International. Any and all Little League Baseball and Softball Umpires are eligible to access any of the information in this Resource Center at any time they wish. It is just one of the many reasons Little League remains the largest, best, and most respected youth sports program in the world.
We hope all umpires, novices and seasoned veterans alike, will be able to learn from this Resource Center. And be sure to check back often as the site is updated.
We hope you enjoy it.
The Maryland State Umpire Association (MSUA) is a representation of volunteer Umpires committed and dedicated to officiating Little League baseball and softball games/activities across the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia; MSUA is endorsed by both Little League International and the Little League East Region.