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Program Overview

Welcome to the East County Little League Baseball and Softball Umpire web page! Our umpire staff consists of adults and teenagers working baseball and softball games at the AA, AAA, and Majors levels of play. On this page, you'll find training and game schedule information as well as information and links for umpires and anyone else interested in the rules of the game. If you have questions, please email the Umpire-in-Chief, Ray Shaffer, at umpires@eastcountyll.org

East County Little League is one of the few Little League programs with a paid Youth Umpire Program. It provides our youth with the opportunity to learn about umpiring while they earn some extra money. For many of our umpires, this is their first job.

Becoming an umpire is a great way to enjoy the game of baseball while developing valuable skills in communicating and decision making. We provide training on guidance for all of our umpires.

2019 Umpire Training Dates

  • ECLL on-field clinic - 2019 TBD (mandatory for all East County Little League Umpires)
  • District 4 Umpire Training - 2019 TBD
  • Youth Umpire Training - 2019 TBD (Umpires need to attend at least once)
  • Contact umpire@eastcountyll.org if you or your kids are interested in umpiring this season.

What is the Umpire's Job?
The umpire's job is to make sure one team does not get an unfair advantage over another within the scope and intent of the rules of the game. Umpires have the authority to order a player, coach or manager to do, or refrain from doing, anything that affects the conduct of the game.

Why Umpire?
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. Umpiring also looks good on a college application because it requires many of the qualities colleges look for: leadership, confidence and the ability to make decisions under pressure. Umpiring is also a great way to earn some extra spending money!

Who can Umpire?
If you are Little League 13 years-old or older and have played at least one year of Little League, you are eligible to apply.