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Welcome to the Umpires page for Los Gatos Little League

 

Los Gatos Little League depends on volunteer umpires to officiate baseball games.  Both adults and youth are encouraged to volunteer to provide this essential service. For active players, umpiring can be a great way to enhance your understanding of the rules of baseball and how they are applied in game situations.  It is also a fun way to stay involved in baseball if you’re no longer playing.  The League’s umpires come from three categories:

 

1.District Umpires:  Those umpires that have been officially certified by District 12.

2.Adult Umpires:  Persons over 21 who have successfully completed the umpire training conducted each year by the NorCal Section 5 staff (see below for more information) or equivalent.  Adult volunteers perform without reimbursement.

3.Youth Umpires:  Full-time students, 20 years old or younger who have completed the umpire training conducted each year by Los Gatos Little League.   Youth umpires may umpire AA, AAA, and Majors games, with the following age restrictions*:

  •  AA: 11 years old, as of January 1st 2017
  •  AAA: 13 years old, as of January 1st 2017
  •  Majors: 15 years old, as of January 1st 2017

*General rule guidelines. Ages can vary depending on experience and evaluations.

 

Calling All Youth Umpires!

The 2017 Los Gatos Little League season is just around the corner and the League needs youth umpires for our AA, AAA and Major games.  In order for the youth program to be successful, we need responsible youths who are interested in giving back to the community (while earning some extra cash!). 

The Youth Umpire Flyer and the Parent - Umpire FAQ’s has information about the program, most importantly the upcoming training clinics.  Dates, times and locations for the clinics can be found below. If interested in becoming a youth umpire and have not done so in the past, please complete a Youth Umpire Application.  If you are a returning youth umpire and your contact information has changed please complete a new application as well.

Los Gatos Little League is very proud of its youth umpire program.  We believe it is an outstanding way to develop the character, courage, and loyalty of our youth. 

If you have any questions please contact the Los Gatos Little League Umpire-In-Chief, Erik Anslinger at .

 

Adult Umpires

All it takes is the desire to help our children learn the game of baseball and the personal commitment to help umpire a few games a season.  We always need eager adult umpires, especially for Majors games, where game management is of the utmost importance due to the higher level of competition.  If you’re itching to get more directly involved in the games this is a great way to do it!  Our adult umpires love the thrill of having “the best seat in the house” to watch some great baseball, and they also enjoy the constant challenge of making the right calls, quickly, confidently and decisively.

If interested in becoming an adult umpire and have not done so in the past, please complete an Adult Umpire Application.  If you are a returning adult umpire and your contact information has changed please complete a new application as well. You must also complete a Little League approved Volunteer Application and pass a background check or complete the approved Returning Volunteer Application.

It is a little known fact that virtually all the umpires used for Little League Baseball are volunteers.  Los Gatos Little League and District 12 staff umpires will provide each volunteer with thorough training and direction well in advance of your first game.  Additionally, mentors are available to provide ongoing training and feedback throughout the season to ensure each umpire is as successful on the field as possible.  Umpires are great role models for the children, so please sign up today and help make a difference to the youth of your community!

 

Training

There will be several umpire rules and mechanics clinics in February and March to help you get ready for the 2017 season.

February 8th, 2017: Youth Umpire Rules Clinic.

Led by our own District 12 umpire Dan Campagnolo, this clinic discusses the rules of Little League and is open to all returning and new youth umpires. The rules clinic will be separated into two sessions - Beginning Umpire (AA Rules) and Returning Umpire (AAA/Majors Rules).  Both sessions will be held at Blossom Hill School - Multipurpose Room:

Beginning Umpire (AA) Rules Clinic will be held from 6:00pm – 7:15pm. 

Returning Umpire (AAA/Majors) Rules Clinic will be held from 7:30pm - 8:45pm.

 

February 25th - 26th, 2017: Western Region Outreach Umpire Clinic.

The most thorough and complete clinic to learn umpiring skills for new and experienced older youth and adult umpires as well as managers and coaches. We highly encourage those that umpire at the Majors level to attend.  The clinic is taught by Little League World Series Umpires and Western Region Instructors and is free to attend.  More information can be found here: 

 

March 5th, 2017: Youth Umpire Mechanics Clinic.

Led by Dan Campagnolo and other District 12 umpires, this clinic covers basic umpire mechanics and is mandatory to attend to become a youth umpire in Los Gatos. The clinic is being held from 10am – 2pm at Baggerly Field at Blossom Hill Park.  Lunch/snack will be provided.

 

 

 

Reference Documents and Links

The Umpire in Los Gatos Little League

Los Gatos Little League Regulations and Rules

Umpire Guidelines - Little League

Umpire Positioning - Little League

Common Umpire Signals

Little League Umpire Resource Center

Little League Rules Myths

Video Rule Explanations

 

Contacts

Los Gatos Little League Umpire-In-Chief:  

Erik Anslinger 

LGLL Vice President - Information and Registrar:  

Kelly Campbell