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Umpires

Aside from calling balls or strikes, safe or out, Umpires should be demanding good sportsmanship from all game participants. Umpires are also called upon to interpret rules and help settle minor disputes that may occur during games. Umpires are required in the competitive divisions (AA and above) and most games have one field umpire and one plate umpire.

All teams in LFLL will be required to provide to LFLL’s Umpire in Chief (“UIC”) a “team” of volunteer umpires to umpire each of the AA and above division games. 

LFLL will provide basic umpire equipment at each field for the plate umpire (mask, outside chest protector, shin guards, plate brush and ball/strike indicator). No special equipment is necessary for the base umpire, but should wear comfortable closed toe shoes. 

 

Requirements

  • Background Check (volunteers 18+ only)
  • LiveScan Fingerprinting (only required for adult umpires 18+ who umpire 5+ games in one month or 10+ in one year)
  • Online Trainings 
    • CDC Concussion
    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    • Child Abuse Mandated Reporter
  • Live Trainings (only required for new/inexperienced Umpires)

Background Check: As part of its Child Protection Program, Little League International (LLI) requires all leagues and districts in the United States to conduct an annual background check, including a nationwide criminal search, a search of the National Sex Offender Registry, review of the U.S. Center for SafeSport Centralized Disciplinary Database and Little League International Ineligible List. LFLL utilizes J.D Palatine (JDP), which is LLI’s preferred provider, to conduct its background checks. The annual period resets on October 1st of each year, so those participating in Fall Ball will need to complete the background check process twice during the season. If you completed the background check since 10/1 of the previous year, then you are already cleared for the Spring season. Everyone else will be receiving a link soon to complete the application to get it done based on the information provided during registration.

Live Scan Fingerprint CheckCalifornia passed a new legislative bill, Assembly Bill No. 506, which is effective January 1, 2022, that requires a fingerprint-based background check for individuals (18 and older) who have direct contact with the players for more than 16 hours a month or 32 hours a year. Given the number of practices and games in our season, LFLL has determined that this law would apply to all Managers and Assistant Coaches, plus any volunteer Umpires who plan on umpiring more than 5 games per month or 10 games over the year, plus any additional adults who help at practices on a consistent basis. Live Scan is operated by the Dept of Justice. Some key information is summarized below, but you can find additional info at https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints

  • The cost of Live Scan will be covered by LFLL if you get it completed by the OC Sheriff Dept of Lake Forest.
  • Only the LFLL President and Safety Officer will receive the information provided through Live Scan. 
We will send direct communication regarding LiveScan requirements. 

Online Trainings:

  •  HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training - Required per California State Law (CA HSC 124235). If you previously completed this training and provided your completion certificate to us, you do not need to complete the training again. Note: In order to access the training you must create an account with CDC TRAIN. Please see How to Create an Account in CDC Train for instructions. Once you have an account and have completed the training, your completion certificate will be stored for retrieval/reprinting at any time. This training is required "at least once" during your time as a volunteer with LFLL - we will notify you if we would like for you to take the course again as a refresher. There is no cost for this course. 
  • NFHS Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training - Also required per HSC 124235. If you previously completed this training and provided your completion certificate to us, you do not need to complete the training again. Note: In order to access the training, you must register with NFHS and "order course" for the state of California. Once you have an account and have completed the training, your completion certificate will be stored for retrieval/reprinting at any time. This training is required "at least once" during your time as a volunteer with LFLL - we will notify you if we would like for you to take the course again as a refresher. There is no cost for this course. 
  • Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training - Required per CA Assembly Bill No. 506, effective January 1, 2022. In order to access the training, you must register with Mandated Reporter/Dept of Social Services and select the training specific for Volunteers. Once you have an account and have completed the training, your completion certificate will be stored for retrieval/reprinting at any time. This training is required only once during your time as a volunteer with LFLL. There is no cost for this course. 
Live Trainings: No previous experience is necessary. Umpire training is provided by LFLL and District 55. Any new umpire volunteers will be required to attend a minimum of one training session.  Returning umpires are highly encouraged to attend additional training sessions. If volunteers cannot be recruited, the responsibility will fall to the coaching staff. Be on the lookout for emails from our UIC for specific dates, or email [email protected] to inquire. 

Helpful References

Lake Forest LL Playing Rules: 

AA Rules

AAA Rules

Majors Rules

Intermediate Rules

Juniors Rules are Blue Book "full baseball" rules

Umpire Mechanics Explained: (For Umpires)

Base Umpire A Position : https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/a-position-no-runners-on/

Base Umpire A Position-Pivot : https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/a-position-the-pivot-migration/

Base Umpire B Position :  https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/the-b-position-runner-on-first-base/

Base Umpire C Position : https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/c-position-runner-on-second-third-or-bases-full/

Plate umpire Mechanics : https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/plate-mechanics-explaining-slot/

Little League Rules explained:  (For Managers, Coaches and Umpires)

Rule 1.0 and 5.0:  https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/little-league-rules-1-00-and-5-00-game-objectives-and-putting-the-ball-in-play/

Rule 2.0: https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/little-league-rule-2-00-definition-of-terms/

Rule 3.0 and 4.0: https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/little-league-rules-3-00-and-4-00-game-preliminaries-and-beginning-and-ending-games/

Rule 6.0 Batter: https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/little-league-rule-6-00-the-batter/

Rule 7.0 Runner: https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/little-league-rule-7-00-the-runner/

Rule 8.0 Pitcher: https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/little-league-rule-8-00-the-pitcher/

Rule 9.0 Umpire: https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/little-league-rule-9-00-the-umpire/

Runners Lane Violation Rule: https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/understanding-a-runners-lane-violation-rule-6-05j/

Interference: https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/understanding-base-runner-interference-rule-7-09j/

Obstruction: https://www.littleleague.org/university/articles/understanding-obstruction-rule-7-06b/

Little League Rulebook ($2 app download)






Contact

Lake Forest Little League
25422 Trabuco Rd., Ste 105 #472
Lake Forest, California 92630

Email: [email protected]

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