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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 – [email protected] (619) 948-5972 cell. District 42 Umpire Staff. Shelley White, Chief Umpire- Softball

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volunteer umpires

Volunteer Umpires

Little League Baseball, Inc.

California District 42

Chula Vista, California

presenters
Presenters
  • Ozzie Castillo – District 42 Chief Umpire - Baseball

Contact – [email protected]

(619) 948-5972 cell

district 42 umpire staff
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
topics of discussion
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
why use volunteers
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
perceived obstacles excuses
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
start a successful program by recruiting how where to get umpires
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
training umpires
Training 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
developing umpires following up on training
Developing Umpires – Following Up On Training
  • 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
retaining keep them coming back
Retaining – Keep Them Coming Back
  • 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
recognizing rewarding
Recognizing & Rewarding
  • 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
making the transition paid to volunteer
Making The Transition – Paid to 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
resources
Resources
  • Regional Training
    • Umpire School
    • Junior Umpire School
    • Weekend Clinics
    • Outreach Clinics
  • District 42 Umpire Staff
  • Neighboring Districts
  • Other Leagues
  • Umpire Registry
keys to a successful program
Keys To A Successful Program
  • Local League & Board Support
  • District Support
  • Budget For Umpire Volunteers:
    • Recruiting
    • Training / Equipment
    • Developing
    • Retaining
    • Recognizing & Rewarding
developing umpires for league and district tournaments
Developing Umpires for League and District Tournaments
  • 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
district umpire training program
District Umpire Training Program
  • 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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