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TCLL Umpire Program

Updated Wednesday April 15, 2015 by Trabuco Canyon Little League.

Introduction

The TCLL Volunteer Umpire Program is open to all qualified volunteers, male or female.  All volunteers must complete and submit the Volunteer Application Form and undergo a background investigation.  Once approved, District 68 will provide extensive training for all of our volunteer umpires in order to make them comfortable and prepared to umpire Little League games.  This training includes Rules Clinics and Mechanics Clinics for our managers, coaches, and umpires.

Attendance at these clinics will provide insight into the playing rules that will be followed during the season.  Umpire mechanics clinic attendance will be mandatory for all umpires. Rules clinic attendance will be mandatory for managers, coaches, and umpires. Note:  Any returning league umpire that achieved veteran status with years of prior umpiring experience has the ability to attend a shortened version of the traditional 4 hour Rules Clinic. This special 2 hour clinic will be put on by District 68 and can only be attended by those designated veteran umpires that the Chief Umpire invites.

Our Volunteer Umpire Program includes participation by Junior Umpires, individuals under the age of 18. However, team compliance with TCLL umpire program points & clinics requirements must be adult umpires. Paying any money to any umpire regardless of age is strictly prohibited and will subject any individual violating this rule to discipline.

Managers wishing to discuss a Rules interpretation related to any call made by a Junior Umpire must contact the adult umpire working the game for clarification of the call. Managers or Coaches are not to approach a Junior Umpire to discuss a call under any circumstances. Any violation of this rule may result in an ejection/disqualification from the game at the discretion of the adult umpire.

There is a Team responsibility for providing Volunteer Umpires throughout the season. It is the managers' responsibility that their team meets all umpire program requirements including Umpire Point System requirements noted below. Should any team not meet any requirements, that team shall be subject to disciplinary action subject to the discretion of league officials. Any exceptions due to extenuating circumstances must be approved by the UIC, Division Rep and President.

Discipline shall include but is not limited to:

Single A/AA

1st half umpire points not met - The team is ineligible for the TCLL postseason tournament.

2nd half umpire points not met - The team is ineligible for the TCLL postseason tournament.

If the yearly point totals are met by the end of the regular season, TCLL postseason eligibility will be reinstated.

AAA/Majors

1st half umpire points not met - The team is ineligible for the TCLL World Series berth and ineligible for the TCLL postseason tournament.

Yearly points total not met - The team is ineligible for the TCLL World Series berth, the team is ineligible for the TCLL postseason tournament, and the team is ineligible for the district ToC

If the yearly point totals are met by the end of the regular season, TCLL postseason and district ToC eligibility will be reinstated.

TCLL World Series eligibility will not be reinstated

All post season eligibility participation is at the discretion of the President of the League.

 

Single A Division Requirements:

  • Each team is responsible for having 2 umpires, and the manager attend the Rules Clinic.
  • Each team is responsible for having 2 persons designated as umpires attend an Umpires Mechanics clinic. A manager or coach may be designated as an umpire. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis at the discretion of the league UIC.
  • Single A games must have one umpire. Home team manager is responsible to provide base umpire for your own game.  It is encouraged that you umpire your own child’s game.
  • Each team must have at least 8 umpire points earned at Single A or above prior to end of the season.

AA Division Requirements:

  • Each team is responsible for having 2 non coaches designated as umpires. The manager, 2 coaches and 2 designated umpires must attend the Rules clinic. Each team is responsible for having 2 persons designated as umpires attend an Umpire Mechanics clinic. A manager or coach may be designated as an umpire. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis at the discretion of the league UIC.
  • Home team manager is responsible for providing plate umpire & visiting team manager is responsible for providing base umpire of your own game.  It is encouraged that you do your own childs game.
  • All AA games must have at least 2 umpires at all times.
  • First half - Each team must have at least 18 umpire points earned at AA or above.
  • Second half - Each team must have at least 18 umpire points earned at AA or above.
  • Managers will not earn more than 50% of the team’s total points per half.

AAA/Majors Divisions Requirements:

  • Each team is responsible for having 2 non coaches designated as umpires.  The manager, 2 coaches, and 2 designated umpires must attend the Rules clinic.
  • Each team is responsible for having 2 persons designated as umpires attend an Umpire Mechanics clinic. A manager or coach may be designated as an umpire. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis at the discretion of the league UIC.
  • It is encouraged that umpires not umpire their child's game to extent possible. However, the home team manager is responsible for providing plate umpire & visiting team manager is responsible for providing base umpire of your own game.
  • First half- Each team must have at least 32 umpire points earned at AA or above.
  • Second half - Each team must have at least 32 umpire points earned at AA or above.

50-70/Juniors/Seniors Division Requirements:

  • Home team manager is responsible for providing a home plate umpire for your own game.

Umpire Point System

The point system is below:

  • 50-70 or Juniors Plate (6 points); 50-70 or Juniors Base (5)
  • Majors/AAA/AA Plate (5); Majors/AAA Base (4)
  • AA Base (2)
  • A Base Only (1)

Umpire Meetings

We strongly encourage all of our umpires to attend the monthly District 68 umpire meetings. These are known on the web site as “Blue Crew Meetings”.  These meetings will be announced to all umpires once the date, time and location of each is determined by District 68.

Umpire Recognition

At the conclusion of the regular season we will recognize the Points Leaders in the following categories: Umpire Points Leader, Team Points Leader, Junior Umpire Points Leader. The Chief Umpire will also recognize the TCLL Umpire of the Year.  We will also honor and recognize those umpires that earn over 100 points during the regular season. These umpires are our leagues “Iron Man” umpires.

Umpire Registration & Scheduler

This Page is also the home of the “UMPIRE SCHEDULER” that we use. If you are new to this site, please log in and register. This is the scheduling site that all umpires will use to sign up for games and managers will use to verify that their games are covered.  Home team manager is responsible for providing a home plate umpire for your own game.