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Volunteer Umpires. Little League Baseball, Inc. California District 42 Chula Vista, California. Presenters. Ozzie Castillo – District 42 Chief Umpire - Baseball Contact – ozziecastillo12@yahoo.com (619) 948-5972 cell. District 42 Umpire Staff. Shelley White, Chief Umpire- Softball

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Volunteer Umpires

Little League Baseball, Inc.

California District 42

Chula Vista, California


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Presenters

  • Ozzie Castillo – District 42 Chief Umpire - Baseball

    Contact – ozziecastillo12@yahoo.com

    (619) 948-5972 cell


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District 42 Umpire Staff

  • Shelley White, Chief Umpire- Softball

  • Robert Hernandez, Assistant Chief Umpire

  • Steve Loa, Lead Trainer

  • Hal Kuisel, Lead Trainer

  • Dennis Williams, Staff Umpire

  • Joe Butler, Staff Umpire

  • Robert Bospflug, Staff Umpire

  • Richard Pol, Staff Umpire

  • Juan Garcia, Staff Umpire


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Topics of Discussion

  • Why Use Volunteers

  • Perceived Obstacles / Excuses

  • Keys To A Successful Program

    • Recruiting

    • Training

    • Developing

    • Retaining

    • Recognizing & Rewarding

  • Moving From Paid To Volunteer

  • Resources


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Why Use Volunteers

  • Little League Is A Volunteer Program

  • Quality & Motivation Of Umpires

    • Associations Generally Send the Least Qualified Umpires to Little League Games

    • Paid Umpires Are Generally Financially Motivated

    • Volunteers Are Generally Motivated By A Sense Of Responsibility / Belonging and Community Leadership

  • Financial


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Perceived Obstacles / Excuses

  • No One Wants To Umpire

  • You need to ask Them and Yourselves Why

    • Fan / Manager Abuse – You Need to Stop It

    • Lack of Support From the Board/ Recognition from the League

    • Someone else will do it

    • I’m not trained

    • I just came to watch

  • “We’ve Always Done It This Way”

  • It’s Too Difficult

  • Politics & Conflicts Of Interest

  • If I can’t manage why should I help


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Start a Successful Program By Recruiting – How & Where to Get Umpires

  • Registration / Tryouts – Dress Like An Umpire & Ask For Help

  • Ask Every Team to provide 1-2 people to Umpire

  • If You Ask – Follow Up

  • Youth Umpires – Your Junior & Senior Players

  • Military Personnel

  • Managers & Coaches – May Help With Verbal Abuse Also

  • High Schools / Colleges

  • Community Service Organizations

  • Fall Ball & TAD Program


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Training Umpires Get Umpires

  • Mechanics & Rules Training – Strike a Balance Rule Books & Clinics/Camps

  • Use Visual Aids / Videos Tapes

  • Feed The Attendees

  • Provide Incentives To Attend Clinics & Workshops & Make Them Fun

  • Instruct How to Handle Situations & Conflicts

  • Raffles / Giveaways

  • Monthly Meetings


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Developing Umpires – Following Up On Training Get Umpires

  • Refresher Clinic During Season

  • Monthly Meetings

  • Pre-Tournament Clinic – 3 & 4 Umpire Mechanics

  • Mentoring / Partnership

  • Send Umpires To Regional Clinics

  • Evaluation – Use LL Standards

  • Accentuate The Positive

  • Encourage Post-Game Meeting / Debrief

  • Be Aware Of Individual Goals

  • Off Season Camps/Clinics


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Retaining – Keep Them Coming Back Get Umpires

  • It Has To Be Fun

  • Train Them Adequately

  • Provide Food / Water At Games

  • Mentors / Partners / Buddies

  • One Size Does Not Fit All

    • Find Out What Motivates Each Volunteer

  • Meetings With League & District UIC

  • Support – Board Member At Every Game

  • Say Thank You !

  • Let them Know that they are Appreciated


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Recognizing & Rewarding Get Umpires

  • Postseason Recommendations

  • Newsletter Article

  • Recognition Dinner / Breakfast

  • Awards

    • Most Improved

    • Umpire’s Spouse Award

    • Most Enthusiastic

    • Rookie Of The Year

  • Pay For Training

  • Buy Them Equipment / Uniforms

  • Pins, Hats, T-Shirts

  • Sponsor The Umpire Registry


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Making The Transition – Paid Get Umpiresto Volunteer

  • Identify Your Obstacles

  • Sell The Benefit To Your Board

  • Recognize Volunteers Aren’t Free

    • Training / Equipment

    • Rewards

    • Incentives

  • Recognize It Won’t Be Easy

    • Someone Has To Own It & Be Passionate About It

    • It May Take 2-3 Seasons – Recognize It & Plan For It

  • Start at Lower Levels and Move Up- Caps to Minors to Majors


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Resources Get Umpires

  • Regional Training

    • Umpire School

    • Junior Umpire School

    • Weekend Clinics

    • Outreach Clinics

  • District 42 Umpire Staff

  • Neighboring Districts

  • Other Leagues

  • Umpire Registry


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Keys To A Successful Program Get Umpires

  • Local League & Board Support

  • District Support

  • Budget For Umpire Volunteers:

    • Recruiting

    • Training / Equipment

    • Developing

    • Retaining

    • Recognizing & Rewarding


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Developing Umpires for League and District Tournaments Get Umpires

  • Umpires are Needed for Training

  • Every League that participates in

    ALL-STARS shall provide:

    • 2 Umpires for each team entry of Tournament play-Minimum

  • Individuals shall not be the same in each Division

  • Does not include the League UIC

  • Two new people every year at the Minor Level


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Two Umpires per Get UmpiresLevel / Division-Minimum


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District Umpire Training Program Get Umpires

  • Provides local Clinics for all League Umpires Baseball & Softball -Nov thru Feb

  • Provides Class room instruction for All Umpires Baseball & Softball twice a month- Jan thru July

  • Can provide Individual League Clinics - Upon Request

  • WR Clinics Rule & Mechanics Week-end Camps – February

  • WR Week School - January


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Questions Get Umpires


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