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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.

 

Youth Umpire:

 

Starting as young as 12 (must have turned 12 by 8/31/2021), 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:

1st year $25 per game
2nd year $30 per game
3rd year $35 per game
4th year $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 umpire@ansll.org 

 

Spring 2021 Umpire Training Schedule (updated 2/16/2021)‚Äč
 
  • Umpires - new and 1 year experience, training requirements:

New umpires must attend all training sessions. For this season we're requiring umpires with 1 year of experience also attend training sessions. With the cancellation of the 2020 spring season due to COVID-19, this prevented many umpires the opportunity to gain valuable game experience not to mention the lapse of time since the training a year ago. Our goal is to ensure the best overall experience for our umpires and training is an important aspect to achieving that. All training will be held at Thaiss Field in Fairfax on March 7th, 13th, 14th, and 21st. Training on the Sunday training days (Mar 7th, 14th, 21st) will start promptly at 1:00pm and end at 3:00pm. Training on Saturday, March 13th is from 10:00am to 12:00pm. While we realize that an outdoor training venue poses weather risk, conversely, the outdoor venue provides the best opportunity to ensure the safest COVID-19 environment. We will follow current COVID guidelines of six-foot separation, wearing masks and follow CDC prescribed pre-screening protocols. We'll monitor the weather in the days leading up to each session and make adjustments as needed. Please dress accordingly.

  • Training Location: Thaiss Park Pavilion (in Fairfax)

  • Training Dates/Times: 

    • Sunday, March 7, 1:00-3:00pm - Rules

    • Saturday, March 13, 10:00am-12:00pm - Rules

    • Sunday, March 14, 1:00-3:00pm - Rules

    • Sunday, March 21, 1:00-3:00pm - Field Mechanics

  • New umpire equipment distribution:

New umpire equipment (shirts, hats, brushes, indicators, and bags) will be distributed following training. There is a $40 fee for the initial umpire kit. Please bring a check for $40 made out to ANSLL on the last day of training.

  • 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 in 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.
 
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Wayne Wisneski, ANSLL Chief Umpire
umpire@ansll.org