Umpire Schedules and Info
February 18, 2013
Well the season has started and so far things have been pretty smooth. The gear you ordered has not come in yet. I have Indicators and a few Hats/Shirts if you need one.
Parents if you are getting my email for your son/daughter, PLEASE print it out so they know about the info included in the email. These Umpire Info emails should be kept with your Rule Books.
The next Block of games is out and I will process them Sunday. I only have so many games each week and a lot of new/retuning Umpires. Returning Umpires have priority on the schedule. If you are new you may not get a game every week for now. If you didn't get a game the 1st week, mention it in your requests for the new schedule you get. I usually set up a rotation to ensure that all new guys get at least 1 game every other week.
There are a few things that I need to go over with you all again.
1. When you send your availability you MUST put dates and times. If you just put I'm avail for any game, you may not get scheduled. Too many times and it's happened already this year, I assign a date and when I send confirmation I get "I can't do that time" So no more. If you want to be avail for all dates either type in all the dates or pick a few dates and then tell me in a note that you may be free for other games in that block.
2. When I send you a confirmation of your assigned Games I need you to reply to that email, so I know you got it.
3. Make sure you understand the time limits for your games. DST is here, so it's pretty simple. Pinto and Mustang - 2hrs, Bronco - 2hrs 15min (all year). It's very important that you start games on time, so be at the field 30 minutes prior to the start of your game.
4. Once the game has started You need to keep the Teams hustling between innings (This is part of your job) Pitchers should only get 8-10 warmups if new and 6-8 if continuing from a previous inning. This is very important to keep the games moving (Especially on Saturdays). Too many games the umpires are just standing around , talking or not paying attention and pitchers are throwing 15 or more warmups.
5. If you encounter rain or have darkness issues and are unsure what to do, meet with BOTH managers and get their input. Never risk the safety of the Kids to get a game completed. You can also call me or get me to the field (I'm around most nights) if needed.
There are a few umpires who are on this mailing list who never attended a scrimmage to get certified. You should know who your are (New Umpires only). If you didn't do at least 1 scrimmage game last week you are NOT certified. You need to contact me to see about making it up.
6. There is a small green shed attached to the snack bar. It has a key lock on it. The key is in the snack bar cash register by the tickets. Go to the front window to get the key. The time cards are on the wall and there is a box for completed time cards on the wall. Game balls must also be returned to the bucket in the umpire shed for use in future games.
Each time card must be properly filled out or it may affect when you get paid. For all the new guys, payroll ends on the 15th and 31st. Checks will be available with 2-3 days of the end of the pay period. The checks are kept in the snack bar when ready.
7. Time Cards are now available. Please fill out all info and make sure you get at least one manager to sign it. See below:
Umpire Time Card
Name_______Your name___________________ Plate or Bases___What position you worked__________
Date and Time______Date AND Time_______ Division____Bronco, Pinto, Mustang___
Team________________________________ vs. Team_________________________________
Team name and Mgr’s signature Team name and Mgr’s signature
My new number
I have an additional contact number 707-631-5753. The Pony phone number is still good. 707-718-0686. Also my email address is still email@example.com
February 11, 2013
Hello everyone Coach Al here. The 2013 season is just around the corner. I need to find out who is going to Umpire this year. We will have our 1st meeting Saturday Feb 16th at Keating Park. Anyone interested in Umpiring should be there. I know it's short notice and this meeting isn't Mandatory, but please try to attend. There will be some changes this year. My goal is to provide the Best, most knowledgeable umpires possible. I have attended umpire school in Sacramento and I am now certified with NCOA and Pony National. There will be training sessions this year and they will be Mandatory if you wish to Umpire. They will probably be held some time during late February, dates to be determined as soon as possible. If you can't attend on Saturday, please let me know via email (see below). Also if you know someone who wants to umpire but isn't on our list please pass this info on to them. If you have any recommendations, questions or comments please bring them to the meeting or let me know via email.
I will have a dedicated phone for Umpires this year, it is a league phone 707-718-0686.
Once we get going I will be using the Pony phone exclusively throughout the season.
My Email is still: firstname.lastname@example.org
My personal phone number is 707-631-5753 use it if I don't answer the Pony phone. Don't hesitate to use it.
Must be at least 13 yrs old, (12yr old only considered if needed for Pinto) No experience Required but must attend training and Umpire 1 game with Certified Umpire before you can be a paid umpire. Must have the proper umpire attire, Navy Blue shirt, Gray pants, black shoes and an umpire hat(not a baseball cap). Mask, chest protector and shin guards are not required and will be supplied if needed. Each umpire must have his own indicator (clicker), a copy of the Pony rulebook and a copy of the Local Rules. I will have the first 2 items available for purchase prior to the start of the season. Last but not least, a commitment to be professional, on time and know the rules of the game.
Bronco - Plate - $42, Bases $35.
Mustang - Plate - $35, Bases $28.
Pinto - Plate - $28, Bases $25.
Thanks, Coach Al .
Scheduling and General Info
January 1, 2012 – 11:30 PM
Attention all umpires!!!
Do not go into the back door of the snack bar anymore. Get your time cards from the small shed on the side of the snack bar and baseballs from one of the workers at the front window. If you need equipment it is in the small shed at the side of the Snack Bar.
Your time cards for each game are on the wall above our equipment bag in the small shed on the side of the snack bar. I will have a box up on the wall for all completed time cards. Pay day is twice a month on the 1st and the 15th. I will contact you when the checks are available.
Remember Plate umpires need to get 2 game balls from the drawer in the snack bar below the pretzel machine. Ask one of the workers to get them for you. Don't wait in line, go to the front of the window and politely ask for them.
Also please ensure you have a clicker for all games even when you have the bases.
Pinto and Mustang games have a 2 Hour time limit. No new inning is to start after 2 hours. If it hasn't reached the completion of the 4th inning you must continue, even after 2 hours if it doesn't conflict with the next game or as light permits for night games. Also ties should be continued with the same restrictions as above.
707-718-0686 Pony cell - Primary number during the season
Do not hesitate to use these numbers if I don't answer the Pony phone
email@example.com (Email address)
Pinto Rule Review
January 11, 2012 – 12:56 PM
Below are Rule changes that occur at half way point in Pinto. Pinto no longer has coach pitch. They can also steal bases. These are the rules for stealing bases.
1. No leading off until the ball crosses the plate.
2. If a runner leaves the base prior to the pitch crossing the plate and the ball is not put into play (fair ball) by the batter, the runner is sent back to the base he last occupied.
3. If a runner leaves the base prior to the pitch crossing the plate and the ball is put into play (a hit into fair territory) by the batter, The runner is out and the play continues until all play on the batter and/or other runners is completed.
4. Once a runner reaches 3rd base he can no longer steal. He can however be tagged out if he over runs the base or leaves the base as in a leadoff attempt. The only way a runner on third can go home is a batted ball or a walk, HBP with the bases loaded.
5. There is no running to 1st for the batter on a dropped 3rd strike.
All Pinto, Mustang and Bronco umpires need to turn in the used balls from their games to the snack bar. We need to re-cycle these to the Pony field as they are going through baseballs at an alarming rate. I tried to talk to most of the managers on Saturday. If you have a manager that says he's used to getting the game balls for his kids, tell him you can do it this time but in the future all game balls are going back to the snack bar. Have them talk to me if they have any questions. If the balls are too beat up to be used any further, you can give them to the managers.
There are still some issues that we need to step up our game on.
When the time limit has been reached, if you have enough innings for a legal game it should be called. No new inning after the time limit has been reached. If enough innings haven't been played or you have a tie game, you need to continue. It's 4 innings in Pinto and Mustang and 5 in Bronco For fields without lights, D and E play should continue as long as it's safe. In the case of ties in Pinto and Mustang on the weekends you should continue play until it impacts the start time of the next game. In Bronco a game should never be stopped before 5 innings regardless of time or in the case of tie game because they have lights. If you have any questions or a manger is pressing you to play/not play, contact me or another board member to make the call.
1. Only talk to the managers during the game. Whoever comes out for the plate meeting is considered the manger for the purpose of that game. Make this clear at the plate meeting.
2. Only 3 adults, the manager and 2 coaches are allowed in the dugout(4 in Pinto-team mom is allowed in dugout). When on defense only 1 mgr/coach is allowed on the corner of the fence, all others MUST be BEHIND the fence in the dugout. No Buckets are allowed on the field of play, this includes the corner of the fence. They must be behind the fence out of the filed of play.
3. If a coach attempts to approach you, stop him immediately and warn him that you will only talk to the manager. If he continues Immediately eject him from the game. 1 warning only per game.
If you have to issue a warning stop the game and inform both managers that the next coach to violate this rule will be ejected.
This also includes VERBAL attempts from the dugout or coaches boxes even if they don't physically approach you.
4. If a manger properly calls time and approaches you to appeal a play to your partner (Time must be called and all appeals must be made to the umpire that made the call) You have the CHOICE to confer with your partner if there is a possibility you missed something. After conferring with your partner you CAN change the call if he saw something you didn't(he had a better angle-player pulled his foot, dropped ball you didn't see, ect). Or if your confident you made the right call, you can politely refuse to confer with your partner and that should be the end of the discussion. If a manager persists that you made a bad call, warn him that the discussion is over and if he doesn't return to his dugout, Eject him.
5. Always speak to managers in a polite and controlled tone. Managers and coaches will respect you if your firm and confident in your calls.
At no time should you let outside influences affect your calls.
If a mistake was made and you correct it, it will also go a long way towards earning the managers respect.
Attention all PINTO umpires
Attention all PINTO umpires!!!!!!!!!!!
Please be aware of the rule for stoppage of play. Play does NOT stop the minute an infielder takes possession of the ball.
Here is the rule:
When the ball is in the possession of an infielder and, in the umpire's judgment, all play on the runner or runners has ceased, the umpire shall call "Time". The ball is dead and it is up to the umpires to determine if the player has crossed the 30 ft line. If past it he is awarded the next base. If not past it he goes back to the previous base.
A good example of this is - runner on 1st and 2nd, there is a hit to outfield. Ball is thrown to second (trying to make a play on the runner going from first to second) at that same time, the runner from second is rounding third and scores. Since the infielders possession included a play being attempted on the runner going to 2nd, play isn't stopped until the attempt to get the runner at 2nd is completed. If the runner going home makes it before time is properly called at the end of the attempt he scores.
Also you will have coaches from various leagues umpiring the bases most of the time. It is up to YOU to make sure they know this rule. If they make an incorrect call regarding this rule, call them to the side, explain the rule and make the correct call afterward. You can call timeout also.
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