FAQ's

Who's eligible to be an umpire?

Anyone age 12 and up who shares a love of the game, attends district or league led umpire training sessions and has a commitment to learn the Little League rules.

Why should my child be an umpire?

Many of our kids "age-out" of Shoreline Little League (SLL), but still love the game and want to play a part in our SLL community.  It teaches them responsibility, discipline, commitment and a very public sense of community service that they can be proud of.

What is the commitment?

As much or as little as you would like.  You can sign up for umpire assignments that work best for you.  Keep in mind if you sign up, you must show up.

Can I umpire for Shoreline Little League if I live outside the League boundaries?

Yes.

Do I need to register?

Yes, all junior umpires need to go through a simple online registration process on the SLL website:  shorelinelittleleague.com.

Please click on the “Register” button to start.

How do I get trained to be an umpire?

SLL will offer training for all interested junior umpires. There will be two different clinics offered:

Rules Clinic (mandatory for AAA and up):  Led by District 8, this clinic discusses the rules of Little League. 

First Flight:  Tuesday, February 25, and Wednesday, February 26, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Shorewood High School

Second Flight: Tuesday, March 10, and Thursday, March 12, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Bothell High School Library

Mechanics Clinic (mandatory for AA and up):  Led by District 8, this clinic goes over basic umpire mechanics and is tailored for Little League.

First session:  Saturday, February 29 from 9am - Noon at Northshore Athletic Fields, Woodinville

Second session: Sunday, March 1st from 9am – Noon at Shorewood High School, 60’ field

In addition, during the season junior umpires can request an umpire mentor to be present at a game for additional training.  Contact SLL Chief Umpire, Bruce Mainwaring:  [email protected]

When and where are games played?

Games are typically around 2 hours long.  Weekday games start at 5:30 PM.  Saturday games start at 8:30 am and are played throughout the day.  Games are played at various Shoreline parks and schools.  The playing season is from late March to early June.  For more information on field locations, see the league website:  shorelinelittleleague.com>Resource>Field Locations.

What equipment/uniform does the league provide to umpires?

SLL provides umpire’s protective equipment, with the exception of a cup.  The equipment is located inside a bin at each of the fields.  Also, the league will provide an umpire shirt and hat, as well as a Little League Rulebook.

How do I sign-up for games?

Both adult and junior umpires will be able to self-assign for games.  Details are forthcoming.  Stay tuned!

Can I sign-up for any game?

Pretty much, but with these stipulations:

Junior umpires may umpire AA, AAA, and Majors baseball games, with the following age restrictions:

o    AA:  12 years old, as of January 1st 2020

o    AAA:  13 years old, as of January 1st 2020

o    Majors:  15 years old, as of January 1st 2020

Am I compensated for my time?

Yes, junior umpires receive community service credits and if the snack shack is open, a free hot dog.

Community Service:  Each game is worth 3 hours of community service credit

What are the rules about un-assigning yourself from a game?

Details are forthcoming.  Stay tuned!

What happens if the game is rained out?

If a game is rained out where you have signed up to umpire, the Umpire Coordinator or home team manager will contact you as soon as possible to inform you.  You will have the first opportunity to umpire the game once it has been rescheduled.

Can two juniors umpire the same game?

If only junior umpires (age 17 or younger) are assigned to a game, there must be an adult present at all times serving as the Game Coordinator.  While this adult will not be called on to make calls, the adult will serve as “umpire in chief” in resolving disputes and maintaining order.  If there is no Game Coordinator selected, the game cannot be played. 

Can parents be umpires?

Yes!  And we still need you!  The Junior Umpire program will supplement the existing Adult Volunteer Umpire Program.  Please note that as Little League is a volunteer organization, we cannot compensate Adult Volunteers.

I have a question, who do I contact?

SLL Chief Umpire, Bruce Mainwaring:  [email protected]

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