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From: ANSLL's Chief Umpire

It is that time of year again and the fall baseball season is just around the corner. Every year Annandale-North Springfield Little League (ANSLL) registers former and new umpires for the coming season. There are two categories of umpires, Adult Volunteer Umpires and Youth Umpires. Please read the following about each category and contact ANSLL's Chief Umpire at  if you have any questions.

If you are interested in umpiring ANSLL games, please click here to complete an interest form.

 

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 are 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, one-on-one training is provided where 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 hours. Then you team up with other umpires for subsequent games. Umpire as many games as you want. Although one game per week is preferred, there is no minimum number of games required. Moreover, you will never be asked to officiate your own child’s game.

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 league umpire, nothing would make me happier than to have at least one adult umpiring every Minors, Majors, and Juniors 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?

As an incentive, adult umpires will receive a complimentary season registration after umpiring six ANSLL games throughout the season.

Please contact me at   at any time and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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 8/31/2010), 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. ANSLL provides 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

Intermediate Games $55 per game
Juniors Games $60 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  .

 

Umpire training for the 2022 Fall Season:

New umpires must attend umpire training sessions (see below). ANSLL highly encourages all returning umpires to attend the training sessions too but not required. The session will provide an update of the most current Little League rules and regulations and reinforce your current skills.

 

Umpire training will be held at Pine Ridge Field in Annandale, VA from 1-5pm on 8/28/2022. Please note, fall training is shorter in duration  (one day) versus spring training umpire training.  

New umpire equipment distribution:

New umpires will be provided umpire equipment which includes ANSLL embroidered polo shirt, hat, plate brush, umpire indicator, and drawstring bag. New umpire equipment is $40 (a one time fee).

 

First year umpires (aged 12 years old) will be assigned ANSLL minors level of games (AA & AAA).

Umpires age 13 and older with 1 year umpire experience are eligible to umpire Majors games.

Umpires aged 15 and older are eligible to umpire (90-foot) Juniors level.