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Game Balls

Umpires - 1) Please check that only baseballs licensed by Little League are used during games. Baseballs shall be printed with one of two designations: "RS" (for regular season play) or "RS-T" (for regular season and tournament play). Practice baseballs are not to be used during games. (Tee ball: The ball may carry the words "Little League Tee Ball".) 

Pitch Count Rules

Coaches & Umpires - We have new guidelines for days of rest and pitch count. The guidelines apply to all levels of play where player-pitch is used. 

Umpiring Duties

Home Plate and Base Umpires will be assigned by the Umpire-In-Chief for all levels of play (except Farm and T-ball).  All levels of teams (including T-ball and Farm) will be given Team Base Umpiring Assignments.  Managers are responsible for their team's umpiring assignments.

Click image to visit ArbiterSports website and check your teams umpiring assignments.  If you need further assistance, please contact .



NCLL Umpiring wants YOU to umpire!

And we want you to feel comfortable while doing it!

2018 Season Umpiring Schedule and Training

We have several training opportunities for new and experienced umpires. District 14 hosts training
clinics for all divisions of play and for umpires of all levels of experience. (This year, we are also joining
with District 15 for a 70’/90’ Clinic in Danville).

These clinics are open to all league and district umpires, managers, coaches, officials and parents.
Instructors are all district umpires and have taught clinics at the local, sectional and regional levels. We
hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please contact me: Jeanine DeBacker, NCLL UIC,

Saturday, February 3, 2018: Rules Clinic
Time: 8am – 2pm Location: Snow Elementary
This classroom clinic provides an in depth look into the Little League Rule Book. This clinic is
highly recommended for all umpires and managers and coaches at the minor, major, and
upper levels of play.

Saturday and Sunday February 10 & 11, 2018: 70’/90’ Base Mechanics
Time and Location: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Saturday); 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Sunday) at Sycamore
Valley Park, Danvile.

This clinic is for all umpires who will be working games at the Intermediate, Junior, Senior and
Big League level of play. Students should have attended at least one beginning session.
This clinic is being hosted by District 15 in Danville and costs $75. (Talk with me if you want to

You’ll need to register at:

Questions? Contact Steve Chrisman:

Sunday, February 11, 2018: Beginning Umpire Base Mechanics Clinic
Time: 8am – 2:30pm Location: Warm Springs Little League (47370 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539 – but really entrance is on Fernald near Pontiac)

This clinic is especially designed for the first-time umpire and umpires with only a few years’
experience. It is an excellent opportunity for parent volunteers to learn base mechanics for
working the 60 foot diamond.

Sunday, March 4, 2017: Junior Umpire Clinic / Adult Mini date
Time: 1pm – 4pm Location: Niles-Centerville Little League
This clinic is for all players (12-years and older) who will be participating in NCLL’s Junior Umpire
program. All junior umpires must attend this clinic regardless of past experience.
This is also for all adult volunteers who are not able to attend the Beginning Clinic.

Friday, March 9, 2018 – Sunday, March 11, 2018: Advance Umpire Mechanics
Friday, March 9 at Snow Elementary (7pm – 9pm) – Classroom
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Newark Memorial High School (8 am – 4 pm) – Mechanics
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Newark Memorial High School (8 am – 12 pm) - Mechanics

This clinic is for umpires desiring additional training. Students should have attended at least one
beginning session.

Click HERE for additional information to sign-up for the Advance Umpire Mechanics clinic.

Plate mechanics will be taught as well as a more in depth look at base
mechanics. Part 1 is a classroom session. Part 2 is on the field.

Students are expected to attend both sessions and should bring their own plate gear. (If you don’t have plate gear, let me know!  We will get you all the equipment you need – well, except for a cup – so you can participate
fully. You’ll need to provide your own cup!)


Rule Summaries

Summary of Rule 4.04 & 5.07 - Continous Batting Order

Summary of Rule 8.06 - Visits to the Pitcher

Umpire References

Beginning Umpire Mechanics Clinic

90ft Diamond Basic Umpire Responsibilities

2011 NCLL Field Ground Rules

9-Man Lineup Card Instructions