Important Information for Umpires

If you are interested in umpiring for Raleigh Hills Little League, please contact us at raleighhills@gmail.com.

The league provides an umpire jersey, hat, and rule books. The manager of the home team will have a face mask, chest protector, & shin guards for the plate umpire. They sometimes have a counter and plate brush, but you may want to buy your own. If you have your own protective gear, you're welcome to use it instead. Guys provide their own protective cup. Little League rules require plate umpires to wear cups. You should have your own copy of the softball or baseball rule book with you at games, as well as a watch or other time keeping device.

We expect umpires to dress neatly, wearing their umpire hat (if they have one), long pants (gray is preferred but not required), their umpire jersey (tucked in!), and dark colored, closed shoes (cover any white markings on shoes with dark tape). It's OK to wear the shin guards on the outside of your pants and to wear a dark, long sleeved shirt or jacket under your jersey for warmth. No shorts or sandals. If you look and act the part, your decisions are more likely to be respected. You'll receive your final paycheck when you return your jersey. The hat is yours to keep.

If you don't get scheduled right away, don't panic. If you're inexperienced or only available one day a week, you won't be assigned to games as often as someone who is more experienced or more available. The league won't schedule you for a game without confirming with you first. Most scheduling will be done by e-mail, so check your messages often. The phone will be used mostly for urgent, last minute contacts. Please arrive at your scheduled game 15 minutes ahead of time so that you have time to introduce yourself, talk with the managers and scorekeepers, and put on your gear. If you show up later than this, coaches get nervous, or someone has been found to take your place. (If you are bumped because you show up late, you won't get paid). If another umpire is late or doesn't show, you may be asked to cover a different position or game. Speak up if you aren't comfortable with what you're asked to do.

Rain out notification procedures vary by league! When RHLL is the home team: A manager will contact you if the game is cancelled. You need to check for phone messages before you leave for the field. If the game is cancelled after you arrive at the field, but before the game starts, you will be paid $15. If the game is cancelled after it starts, you will be paid in full. For games at Alpenrose, there is a rainout line that is checked daily by the league's Alpenrose Coordinator. If there is a rainout, the Coordinator will update the twitter feed linked to the RHLL home page with field status. You can also follow the twitter account at: http://twitter.com/#!/alpenrosestatus Please do not call or contact Alpenrose directly about the field conditions.

If you agree to do a game, you need to be there, no excuses. Don't agree to do a game until you have checked your schedule for conflicts and you know you have transportation. If you miss a game without contacting the umpire coordinator, you may not be scheduled again.

However, if you do have a true emergency, contact us immediately by sending an email to Mark Gibbs, VP Baseball for baseball games Mark.Gibbs@ovs.com or Bobby Burks, VP Softball, for softball games rburks@rpm-mtg.com.


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