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1. The League President provides this Umpire Policy Letter in order to establish information,

guidance and standardization for the procedures which govern the Rockledge Little League

(RLL) Umpire Program. The League Umpire-In-Chief is responsible for ensuring this policy letter

is followed.

2. It is widely recognized that little league umpiring is a demanding but rewarding responsibility.

The Volunteer Umpire assumes self-training and an expected conduct which is vital to the

success of Rockledge Little League. It is in the best interest of everyone involved in RLL to

support this policy.

3. Little League desires that each league develop and maintain a high level of umpire efficiency

and stresses that umpires be volunteers and not be paid for volunteering. As such, it is

recognized that volunteers are the heart of maintaining a successful program.

UMPIRE POLICY

I. REQUIREMENTS. Individuals who will umpire any game in any division are required to:

A. Complete a Little League Volunteer Application and pass a background check (if age 18

years or older). Or Jr. Umpire Agreement if under 18

B. Attend an RLL umpire clinic. (UIC may waive this requirement)

C. Umpire Age Requirements. Before umpiring in the below division games, a minimum age

requirement must be met by the umpire(s):

Minors: Umpire must be at least 12 years old

Majors: Umpire must be at least 13 years old

Intermediate: Umpire must be at least 14 years old

Juniors: Umpire must be at least 15 years old

Seniors: Umpire must be at least 16 years old

Age requirement can be waived by the UIC based on the Junior Umpire’s baseball knowledge

and maturity. In addition, a Junior Umpire is allowed to umpire in any Division that is below the

Division that the Junior Umpire currently plays in, regardless of age, if allowed by the UIC.

II. PARTICIPATION IN THE UMPIRE PROGRAM. Little League realizes that there will be a high

level of turnover for umpires each season. In order to maintain an effective umpire program, a

rewards and recognition program will be sustained. For these programs refer to RLL’s Umpire

Rewards and Recognition Program.

III. NEW UMPIRES. Umpires who have not umpired before, will be required to umpire a

minimum of 2 games in the Minor Division with an adult umpire who will be that umpire’s

mentor. The Adult umpire will work with the new umpire on mechanics and rules during and

after the game in order to prepare that umpire for Majors and above games. New umpires will

not be allowed to work the plate for Majors or above until evaluated behind the plate at a minor’s

game by the UIC or his designee.

IV. MANAGER INTERACTION WITH JUNIOR UMPIRES

A. Managers will conduct themselves and set a proper example when interacting with

Junior Umpires. As such, managers will not argue or comment on calls made by a junior

umpire such as, but not limited to; strikes, balls, safe, out, fair and foul.

B. A manager can still ask questions to a junior umpire on a call, such as asking the junior

umpire to ask for the other umpire’s help on a call, however, at no time will a manger

continue the conversation once the final call is made.

C. Any issues arising during a game should be referred to the adult game coordinator

(supplied by the home team) or the RLL Board Member on Duty.

D. Violating the rules above will result in immediate ejection of the offender. If a

manager or coach repeatedly violates these rules, they may be removed as a volunteer.

V. ASSIGNMENT OF GAMES

A. Umpire Assignments. All umpire assignments will be coordinated and scheduled through

the Signup-Genius Website by the umpires themselves, ensuring adherence to minimum age

and shirt color limits. Assignments will be on a first come first serve basis. All umpires who have

completed the required training will be invited to the Signup-Genius Website by the UIC through

an e-mail. Questions can be submitted to the UIC or Assistant UIC.

1. Umpires can assign themselves as a plate or base umpire. If an umpire has assigned

him/herself as a base umpire and no one assigned themselves as a plate umpire, then the base

umpire will be the plate umpire by default.

2. The UIC will be responsible for maintaining the current schedule page.

B. In-House Tournament Umpire Assignment. For the RLL’s Spring In-House Tournament,

umpires may submit their names for consideration to the UIC. The UIC will make all In-House

Tournament Games Umpire Assignments, to include Championship Games. Total regular

season games umpired, and performance will be considered in the selection process.

VI. APPEARANCE AND DRESS CODE.

A. Appearance. Appearance is solid attribute to good umpiring. The well-groomed individual

creates an atmosphere of respect and dignity. All uniform items should be clean and

presentable at all times. In addition, all umpires are to be at the field 15 minutes prior in order to

conduct a gear inspection and start the game on time.

B. Umpire Dress Code. In keeping with proper Umpire Etiquette, all Rockledge Little League

Umpires will be required to adhere to the Umpire Dress Code. Failure to follow the dress code in

a game will result in the offender being denied the opportunity to umpire by the UIC, Assistant

UIC or Duty Board Member. The following is the Umpire Dress Code:

1. Shirt: A RLL umpire shirt or personal umpire shirt.

2. Pants: Shorts are NOT PERMITTED. Jeans are acceptable for both bases and plate

duties; however, gray or charcoal umpire pants are preferred, but not mandatory.

3. Shoes: Closed toe shoes are mandatory, dark color are preferred. Sandals are NOT

permitted.

4. Uniformity: When two or more umpires work a game together, the wearing of the same

color shirt is highly recommended.

5. Protective Equipment: All plate gear will be worn when umpiring behind the plate:

mask, chest protector, protective cup (male umpires) and shin guards. No exemptions will be

made.

6. Shirts, protective equipment (mask, chest protector, and chin guards), indicator, brush,

umpire ball bag, and water will be made available for all umpires. Male umpires will be required

to furnish their own protective cups.

VII. Code of Conduct for Umpires

A. Conduct. When working a game, an umpire needs to understand that his/her conduct is

being scrutinized by the players, managers, coaches, spectators, Duty Board Member and the

UIC. Therefore, an umpire is expected to be above reproach. An umpire’s conduct, in a marked

degree, determines success. Consequently, an umpire should never use profane language or

lose his/her nerve. An umpire keeps control of a game by hustle, decisiveness and self-control.

Umpires should always remember that they are there to make decisions based on rules, not to

steal the show. The below Umpire Code of Conduct is expected to be followed by all umpires at

Rockledge Little League:

RLL UMPIRE CODE OF CONDUCT

Fairly call the game based on your best judgement, treating all teams and all players equally.

Respond professionally when asked for clarification of the rules, thereby communicating the

rules effectively.

Treat managers, coaches, volunteers and parents with dignity and respect.

Ensure your sportsmanship is worthy to be emulated by all on the field.

Any and all questions can be referred to the UIC:

Contact

Rockledge Little League
P.O. BOX 560191 
Rockledge, Florida 32956

Phone: 321-636-3229
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