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Umpires

Welcome Umpires!

Umpires play an important role in Tigard Little League. They contribute to the development of our players, promote equity and fairness, and contribute to the positive culture within the organization. Umpiring is a terrific way for individuals to develop self confidence, leadership identity, and courage. For more information about being a Tigard Little League umpire please see below.

2019 Umpire Management Team

 - always looking for additional volunteers!

Connie Kling

Umpire in Chief & Umpire Trainer

Phone: (503) 734-6750

Jacki Ross

Assistant Umpire in Chief

Phone: (503) 481-5787


Umpire Rain Out Procedure

On days with questionable weather, here is what umpires must do:

  • Managers will notify the Umpire In Chief or Assistant Umpire in Chief by 3 p.m. each day with any games that have been rained out.
  • If your game is rained out, you will receive a text or an email informing you. If you do not receive a text or an email, your game is on.

CHECK YOUR TEXT/EMAIL FREQUENTLY EACH DAY YOU ARE SCHEDULED TO UMPIRE A GAME

Emergency Hotline

If you have an emergency that requires you to cancel:

  • Call Connie Kling, Umpire in Chief: (503) 734-6750, or
  • Call Jacki Ross, Assistant Umpire in Chief: (503) 481-5787
  • If you are not able to actually speak with Connie or Jacki please send a text message to both their cell phones.

Last minute cancellations cause a great deal of hardship for the umpire staff, your umpire partners and league managers.  Last minute cancellations (within 48 hours of game time) will be tracked and may cause individuals to be subject to sign up restrictions. 

Registration

Tigard Little League is always looking for umpires. If you are interested, please follow these steps to register: Click the Registration button below

  1. Create a Member Account for yourself (if you don't already have one)
    • Provide phone numbers and e-mail addresses
    • We have to be able to quickly contact you in the case of cancelled games
  2. Fill in all information
  3. Click Finish. You are done!

Registration will allow you to be copied on all future correspondence pertaining to umpires.

 

Umpire Payment Process

For umpire payments, the goal is to issue checks 3 times during the Spring season and 2 times during Fall Ball.   Checks will be mailed to the address provided on the umpire registration page, along with a list of the games/positions worked.  

Please remember that all folks involved in preparing umpire checks are volunteers and are doing this work on their own time.  Every attempt is made to issue checks in a timely manner.

Umpire Uniforms

While umpire uniforms are not required, the goal is to look official, different from the teams on the field, and non-attention grabbing. 

Preferred attire is as follows:

  • navy blue or light blue polo shirt with as little advertising as possible
  • gray or dark pants (long pants are preferred over shorts)
  • dark hat with no logo
  • jackets or cold weather gear should be dark colored, when possible
  • water bottles encouraged

Please remember, it is always colder on the fields than you think it will be.  Also, the sun is usually setting by the end of the game, so temperatures cool off.

If you are looking for options for this gear, Goodwill, Value Village or any other second-hand store are valid options!

Umpire Policies

Communication of assignments will occur through the Umpire Schedule online spreadsheets. Umpires will not be e-mailed their assignments.  Since each umpire signs up for their own games, it is  expected that umpires are aware of their game assignments and are tracking their own game schedules.

Multiple last minute cancellations (within 48 hours of game time) or missed assignments may result in the limitation of sign up opportunities for those offending umpires. 

Umpire Pay

  • $30 for Plate (Junior, Majors and AAA)
  • $25 for AA Plate
  • $20 for Base / Field (any level)

Tigard Little League Umpire Sign Up Process

Umpire Scheduling and Confirmation Process - umpire responsibilities are highlighted in red:

  The Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) or Asst. UIC, or "Umpire Staff" will email all registered umpires with links to the upcoming game schedule documents.  Umpires will be notified in the email of what dates are open for sign ups. (Anyone signing up for games beyond the open period will have their names removed in an effort to keep things fair for everyone.)
 
  • Umpires should review all Umpire Schedules (JV, Majors, AAA, AA) and fill in their names for any open games/positions that they desire to work.
 
  • The Umpire Staff will send out an e-mail that will ask for additional help  from anyone that can fill in the upcoming open positions
  • Umpires wanting the open spots should e-mail the Umpire Staff who sent the email  with their requests and availability
  • The Umpire Staff will directly email the umpire(s) that are assigned to each open game
  • Umpire(s) who receive an email from the Umpire Staff should reply to confirm for that game
   

Oregon District 4 Softball InterLock Rules

These rules are applicable when playing interlock games at all softball league levels (Majors, AAA, AA and A)

Questions?

For questions contact the Umpire in Chief Connie Kling.

Connie Kling

Phone: (503) 734-6750

IMPORTANT DATES:

Mandatory D4 Umpire Training, Saturday, March 16, 2019, Fowler Middle School, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  The annual Mandatory District 4 Umpiring Training is scheduled for Saturday, March 16th, all day.  Please plan to bring your own lunch.  Even if you have attended this training in the past, you are still required to attend this year’s training.  This is the only training that we require our TLL umpires to attend.  It is the best way to prepare yourself to take responsibility for your performance on the field, and we all have something we can learn or improve before the start of the season.  Rule books will be provided at this training.

Outdoor/On the Field Training, Sunday, March 17th, Cook Park  - this is an added opportunity to practice what you learn on Saturday and put it to use on the field on Sunday.  We plan to have some of our teams scrimmaging during this training so that umpires can get the feel for how things play out in actual game situations.  ALL umpires are encouraged to attend

Western Region Outreach Clinic, Vancouver, WA, March 22, 23 and 24th – car pooling will be available and I will make sure that everyone who wants to attend can get there and back.  This is a full weekend of training with some of the top umpires/instructors in the region.  The cost is $100 per umpire, but the league will pay $50 and we will ask each umpire to pay $50.  If you attend the weekend training and do 5 games for the league we will tear up your $50 check and the cost will end up being free to you.  Tigard Little League has a vested interest in having each umpire trained at the highest level possible.  This offer is open to the first 5 umpires that let me know you want to attend.

Opening Day, Saturday, April 6, 2019 – league games begin on Saturday, April 6th, and will run through early June, with post season games to follow.

Umpire Rules Question and Answer meeting – tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 28th at a pizza restaurant in Tigard, there will be a question and answer meeting for any umpires interested in attending.  District 4 umpires will be on hand to answer questions, listen to your stories and “what if” scenarios for the correct Little League rule interpretation.  Pizza will be provided.