From: Wayne Wisneski, ANSLL's Chief Umpire
It is that time of year again and baseball is just around the corner. Every year Annandale-North Springfield Little League (ANSLL) registers former and new umpires for the coming season. This year is no different. There are two categories of umpires, Adult Volunteer Umpires and Youth Umpires. Please read the following about each category and contact me (Wayne Wisneski, Chief Umpire at
) if you have any questions.
Adult Volunteer Umpire:
We have all been there. It is a nice sunny afternoon and we are settling down to watch our son or daughter compete in a Little League game. The teams have warmed up and everyone is ready to go. But wait, where are the umpires? Your child’s coach then informs you that no umpires is assigned to the game and parents will have to assist with umpire duty. You volunteer to help and your relaxing afternoon has just become a stressful one as you struggle to understand the rules and make accurate and fair judgment calls on the field of play.
How can this happen? Why don’t we have at least 2 umpires assigned to every game? The answer actually is very simple. Little League is a volunteer organization. Without hesitation, parents help out with coaching, field maintenance, opening day ceremonies, and a variety of other requirements. So how come we cannot get enough umpires? Is it the time commitment? Is it the complexity of the rules? Are you concerned about making a bad call? Maybe it is a combination of all of these?
There is no question that volunteering to umpire Little League games does require a commitment of time, however, not as much as you may think. When an adult volunteers to be an umpire, I personally will provide one-on-one training. We review, study, and discuss the rules. We also study the mechanics of when to move where when a given action happens on the field. I then provide the adult volunteer with the equipment needed to officiate a game and I go onto the field with you to work at least two games together. Each game should last an average of 2 ½ hours. Then you team up with other umpires for subsequent games. But wait - how many games? And the answer is - as many as you want. Although one game per week is preferred, there is no minimum number of games required. Moreover, I will never ask you to officiate your own child’s game. That is way too difficult.
Please understand, the youth umpires that work most of the games in ANSLL do an amazing job! However, there is no substitute for having a uniformed adult officiate a game. As the Chief umpire, nothing would make me happier than to have at least one adult umpiring every Minors, Majors, and Junior game. With your assistance, this can happen. These players are trying their best out there. They deserve top notch officiating from parents (fathers and mothers) who care. Don’t you agree?
Please contact me at
at any time and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thanks, I look forward to a fun season.
If you are interested in umpiring ANSLL games, please click here to complete an interest form.
Starting as young as 12 (must have turned 12 by 5/1/2020), these umpires provide an invaluable service to ANSLL. They begin umpiring Minors games and then start moving up to Majors or even 90-foot Junior level games as they gain experience. The Youth umpires are paid for their time per game to cover expenses. However, they can also ask to be given volunteer hours that they can apply to school or other community requirements. I provide them with training on the rules and the mechanics needed.
Youth umpire pay:
||$20 per game
||$25 per game
||$30 per game
||$40 per game
|5th year and beyond
||$50 per game
If your child is interested in umpiring ANSLL games, please click here to complete an interest form. If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com
Spring 2021 Training Schedule (updated 1/4/2021)
- Umpires - New (Youth) and 1 year experience, training requirements:
Training sessions are in the process of being scheduled and these details (location, dates and times) will be sent out soonest possible. New umpires must attend all training sessions. Umpires with 1 year of experience are highly encouraged to attend as many training sessions as possible. All classroom training will be held in the cafeteria at Canterbury Woods Elementary School and will promptly start at 6:30 PM and end at 8:15 PM.
Location: Canterbury Woods Elementary School
Time: 6:30 - 8:15
New Umpire Training Dates: Feb 10, 12, 19, 25, 26 and Mar 5
- Umpires age 13-16 with 2 years experience (Majors)
Will be required to complete a rules test before the season starts. The test will be emailed to you at the beginning of March.
- 90-foot Junior level (ages 15-Adult)
Please contact me if you are interested in umpiring 90-foot baseball. You must be 15 years or older.