Umpiring in Fairfax Little League
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For any questions contact: Will Macht - Fairfax LL Chief Umpire at:
Fairfax Little League depends upon volunteer umpires to officiate the supervised baseball program. Both adults and youth are encouraged to volunteer to provide this essential service. The League's umpires come from three categories:
League Certified Adult Umpires - are persons over 21 who have successfully completed the FBOA New Umpire School conducted each year by the Chief Umpire and Assistant Chief Umpire and certified to the Board of Directors. These adult umpires are assigned games by the Umpire Scheduler and officiate the League’s Major League and 90 foot baseball programs. Adult volunteers perform without reimbursement
League Certified Youth Umpires - are full time students 21 or younger who have successfully completed the FBOA New Umpire School conducted each year by the Chief Umpire and Assistant Chief Umpire and certified to the Board of Directors. Certified Youth Umpires begin officiating at the Minor League level and progress to higher levels based on experience, age, and ability. Youth volunteers are given a stipend to offset their expenses in providing umpiring services.
Team Parent Umpires - Each Little League team, from Tee Ball through the Senior Division, is required to provide at least one adult, normally a parent, to serve as the designated team parent umpire. At the AA Minor League level and below, the team parent umpires from each team are the sole officials on the field. At the AAA Minor League level and above, the League strives to provide two League Certified Umpires for each game. If the League Certified Umpires are not available, this designated team umpire should be prepared to umpire the game. Training for Team Parent Umpires consists of one 3 hour classroom session and one 2 hour on-field session. These are usually conducted during the two weeks prior to the start of the spring season.
To support the League's umpire training and development needs, the Board of Directors established in 1997 a volunteer organization of adults and qualified youth named the Fairfax Baseball Officials Association (FBOA). This group of highly qualified umpires conducts training for all volunteer umpires, managers, coaches, and parents and works with new and experienced umpires throughout the season in an effort to give our players and our umpires the best game playing environment possible. New volunteer adults qualify for membership in this association by expressing their interest, attending training classes, and agreeing to actively umpire Fairfax Little League games. Members of the association are provided uniforms and equipment, as well as the opportunity to purchase additional equipment at reduced costs. Members are also afforded the opportunity to attend umpire training clinics around the state and the week long course in St. Petersburg, FL, and Williamsport, PA. Members of the FBOA are also certified to the District Administrator as being qualified to umpire at the District level and above. Current membership of the FBOA includes two World Series umpires, several Regional Tournament umpires, and numerous Virginia State Tournament umpires.
Umpiring is great fun and is as much a part of the game as is playing itself. If you are interested in volunteering (adult or youth), you may make your interest known by indicating so on the player registration form during registration, or by e-mailing or calling the Chief Umpire. It is a rewarding feeling to walk off the field after a game, knowing that you have made a difference in the Little League playing experience of our players.
The Chief Umpire provides training to all volunteer umpires in both classroom and field situations before the season starts, and is available to conduct additional training during the season as needed. Training subjects include Playing Regulations and Rules, Local Rules, and procedures used to officiate Little League baseball as the home plate or base umpire. See the "Calendar" on the league website for training sessions and FBOA meeting information.
Our League Certified umpires strive to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, the capabilities and limitations of young athletes playing Little League Baseball. A trained umpire can and does inspire children to abide by the rules and to recognize authority while at the same time increasing their enjoyment of the game.
No game is better without umpires. Ask any of the young athletes who have played a baseball game which had no official umpires, or not enough umpires, and you will find children who feel slighted when "makeshift" umpiring is all that is provided. To the youngsters in our program, it doesn't seem like a "real" game without "real" umpires.
League Certified umpires are assigned to games on the basis of ability and experience, with the most qualified officiating at the Major League and Junior/Senior Division levels. The League attempts to assign league certified umpires to officiate all games at the AAA level of the Minor Leagues and above. Designated team parent umpires are required to umpire at the AA, A, and T-Ball levels of play.
Umpiring is important, fun, and a great way to support our Little League program. We encourage everyone to try it. Please be supportive with our beginning umpires, for they will be the backbone of the umpire corps for years to come. And remember, before you yell at "blue" behind the plate, ask yourself, can I really make the right call from my seat? And if the umpiring skills are not what you think they should be, we'll gladly sign you up!!
We hope each of you will give serious thought to volunteering as an umpire. Your efforts in this area will ensure a more pleasurable season for all!!!
Additional Umpire Resources:
www.umpire.org: The Umpire's Resource Center of the Amateur Baseball Umpires Association
www.amateurumpire.com: The Amateur Baseball Umpire's Home Page
http://www.littleleagueumpire.org: Little League Umpiring News and Information! You will need to register to access the resources, but it is free and you do not need an authorization code.