The purpose of this page is to provide important information to the umpires of WSLL. Please visit this page frequently to get the latest WSLL updates.
2015 Fall Ball
QUICK UPDATE FROM RALPH DA NEW CHIEF:
The most recent copy of the Springfield-South County Fall Baseball League (SSCFBL), Rules and Regulations are posted below. Please review. When an updated copy is issued we will swap it out.
Some key points:
o 50/70 (Intermediate) takes priority in scheduling of umpires. Then Majors on down.
o Section V Umpires. Going to change this up a bit. For WSLL fields we will be responsible for providing the plate umpire. WSLL umpires can sign up to do bases. If no one signs up for bases then the visiting team will provide a parent from the stands. All coaches were told this tonight in the coaches meeting. CSLL and SCLL will try to do the same and provide plate coverage on their fields. Bases if they can.
o Section I Special SSCFBL Speed-Up Rules 1: Managers or coaches may warm up the picture at home plate only. This rule may be pulled due to conflict with green book. More to come.
o Section L, M, N…the run rules will be changed in Majors/AAA to 4 runs in all innings. AA will be changed to 3 runs in all innings. 50/70 does not have run limits. These sections also talk about what we do for an illegal pitches in Majors/AAA/AA.
This should get us started. Please remember…fall baseball is instructional for the players. It is also instructional for the umpires. We are here to learn too. Please take advantage of this opportunity and lets have some fun.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
See you on the fields!
This weekend, 12 Sep, kicks off Fall Ball. Fall Ball is "instructional in nature". Reminder that priority of umpire coverage will go, in order, to intermediate (50/70), majors and then AAA. If all those games are filled I will consider AA assignments. Reminder that the gray local book is NOT in use.
NOTE: You will notice that the quality is one level below what your used to - majors is more like AAA talent, AAA more like AA and so on. ALSO remember the mechanics for intermediate are different than the 60 ft (Majors and AAA) ie. Runner can Lead off of base where 60 they cannot leave early. The mechanics are located below.
Here is additional information regarding Balks for your to review as well.
- Balks: Explaining, Definition and Application of the CALL - PDF / MS Word
- Balks More Information - PDF / MS Word
All games are now loaded on the umpire website - so help where you can.
MAKE SURE YOU LOOK OVER SECTION V B ON PAGE 4 AND 5 OF THE FALL BALL RULES ON WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT GAME COVERAGE. CAN BE A LITTLE CONFUSING BUT READ THROUGH IT AND IT WILL BE CLEAR.
Umpire Field Mechanics
In prep for the 2015 Fall Season and well as staying on top of your game for the 2016 Season below are refer material to review covering base mechanics.
- Dirty Dozen - Bad Habits for Umpires: PDF
- 3 man mechanic w/o picture on 60' field: PDF
- 4 man mechanic w/ pictures on 60' field: PDF
- Helpful Hints for the 60 foot - 4-Umpire System: PDF
- 2 man mechanic cheat sheet on a 60' field: PDF
For those interested in the 90 foot and 50/70 mechanics:
(NOTE: If in the file you down load and view says 90 it is interchangable with the term 50/70)
- 2 man mechanics: PDF
- 2 man mechanics: POWER POINT
- 4 man mechanic w/o picture on 90' field: PDF
- 4 man mechanic w/ pictures on 70'/90' field: PDF
Useful Umpire Information
Little League Baseball Offers some valuable resources for umpires. check it out!!
- LL Umpire Resource Center (You will need to set up an User ID (email address) and Password to access this site - Well worth it)
- Umpire Fairball Newsletter
- Umpire Registry
Pre-game Equipment Checklist - This is a guide that you might use as part of your pregame equipment check (NOTE: this PDF dates back to 2009 so some info such as chest protector is outdated with the new rule.)
2012 Umpire Guide (OK Out of dated will get update soon)
2015 Volunteer Form (PDF)
2015 Federal W4 (PDF)
2015 Youth Umpire Invoice (MS WORD)
The Powerpoint slides and handout for the 2012 WSLL umpire training sessions can be viewed or downloaded click at the link below.
Below are several useful links for umpires:
- Umpiring at the District/State/Region/World Series Levels
Find at the link below a PDF file that provides some information on requirements and process for umpiring at higher levels within LL. This was provided by the D9 UiC to answer some of the questions received and clear up some of the misperceptions of how to apply and participate in the higher levels of umpiring. If your questions are not answered reach out to any of the WS Veteran Umpires and they will be happy to help. You can also reach out to the D9 Umpire staff as well at the D9 Umpire link below under “Chief Umpires.”