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Welcome to the Grandville Little League Umpires Corner

Registration

All Umpires must register online each season to be scheduled for games.

Go to the registration button on the top menu above and register as a volunteer for this season.
 
All Umpires must have a signed Independent Contractor Agreement on file with the league. Click the link to print it. You can upload it during volunteer registration or email or mail it as directed in registration. 

Game assignment reminders will be sent to the email address you enter to create your account. If you want text reminders also enter your cell phone number and the carrier name. Reminders are broadcast the day before the event then 2 hours before it. If a game is canceled or rescheduled you will get an immediate message.  
 
Paychecks will be mailed to the address entered during volunteer registration. If you need to change this address during the season, send an email to with the new address.

How to Umpire in Grandville Little League

A one page summary of (1) how to sign up and prepare for the coming season, and (2) what to do on a game day.

Training

The league provides free training for anyone interested in umpiring.  This training is presented in two parts.  Part 1 (Session 2) covers common and not-so-common rules and myths from the Little League rule book as well as the league's local ground rules.  Part 2 (Sessions 1 & 3) is conducted on the field and covers mechanics and positioning.

The 2016 training clinics will be:


Session 1 - Saturday, March 26, 2016, from 8:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. at the Kelly Family Sports Center on the Grand Valley State University campus. (You must pre-register by calling Andrew Kovac at 616-304-3106)  GVLL umpires will be blended in with high school umpires in classroom and on-field activities/training.  Instructors have 20+, 30+, even 40+ years of umpiring experience!  This event will give you a great head-start on your 2016 Little League season!

Session 2 - Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. indoors at the Grandville High School              Project Room 290 (Second floor, north side of the building - enter the building off the Canal Street parking lot across from Lowes - enter the door on the northwest corner of the building)

Session 3 - Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. outside at the West Elementary Complex Field 3

If you are a new umpire, it is required that you participate in Part 1 (Session 2) and Part 2 (either Session 1 or Session 3) training sessions.  Obviously, attending all 3 sessions would be ideal.  ALL Grandville Little League Umpires (new and returning) need to be at Session 2 at the Grandville High School.

 

Priority in the scheduling of games will be given to those 

who make an effort to attend training sessions!!!

  

The material presented in each training clinic:
Umpire Training Part I - The Rules of Little League Baseball and Softball
Umpire Training Part II - Working the Plate and Bases
Grandville's Supplementary Rules

After you have completed Umpire Training Part 1, take the Umpire Rules Quiz online (password is playball).

If you have any questions at any time please contact the .

In addition to umpire training, the State of Michigan has enacted sports concussion legislation that requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a concussion awareness on-line training program.  Adult umpires must verify they have completed the online concussion training when they register online.

Resources

Please take some time to review the following links:

Rule Changes for the 2015 Season

Video Explanations of typical rule situations

The 2015 LL Baseball/Softball All-Star Tournament Rules Summary

Little League Fairball Newsletters

The Umpire Resource Center

The Umpire's Role in the Little League

The Infield Fly Rule Revealed
Learn about an often misunderstood rule.

The Uncaught Third Strike Rule Explained
A great explanation of another sometimes confusing rule.

Mechanics for 60 foot fields (Minors & Majors Baseball and all levels of Softball)

Mechanics for 70 & 90 foot fields (50/70 Intermediate, Juniors and Seniors Baseball)

The Grandville Little League uses the two-man umpiring system for all divisions. These documents provide some guide lines for umpires to help them understand the responsibilities for both the plate and field umpires.

Two Man Mechanics

The Strike Zone - A Chronological Look

Scheduling

After you have registered and completed training, use the following procedure to schedule yourself to officiate games:

  1. Go to grandvillell.com
  2. Click on Officials Area on the left and sign in.
  3. Click on Master Schedule on the left.
  4. Each game that needs umpires will have a drop down menu on the right. PU-BB-AA means plate umpire for a AA (9-10 yo) baseball game. BU-SB-Majors means base umpire for a Majors softball game.

Note: If you are using the same email address for more than one account, use the Officials Area forgot? link to create unique passwords for each account.

Important: If you assign yourself to a game, you are expected to officiate that game. If an unavoidable conflict arises, you MUST contact the as soon as possible to cancel your assignment. You will receive a cancelation notice when you have been unassigned. If you don't receive that notice, continue to contact the UIC by phone, text, or email until you receive confirmation. Multiple cancelations may result in dismissal from the program.

Payment

2015 Pay Rates (Per Game)
Division (Boys and Girls) Plate Umpire Field Umpire
9-10 (AA) $20.00 Home Team Parent Volunteer
11-12 Major or Minor (AAA) $20.00 $15.00
Junior $25.00 $20.00
Senior $30.00 $25.00

A game report must be emailed to Ump-in-Chief@GrandvilleLL.com after each game you umpire.  You should email this report as soon as possible after the game but no later than the Sunday night following your game.  Payroll will be processed on Mondays.  Payment for games reported after Sunday night will be moved to the next pay period.  Include in your email: (1) Your Name,
(2) Date of the Game, (3) Time of the Game, (4) Field Number, (5) Did you work the Plate or Bases, (6) Partner's Name (7) Was your partner on the Plate or Bases? (8) Who were the two teams on your field? (9) Final Score for each team.  
 
You may download and print forms that can be taken with you to your game to gather the needed information.  Forms can be downloaded from the website.  
 
REMINDER:  failure to email the necessary information will delay your paycheck!  Help us pay you on time!!!  Please make an effort so that you don't miss a paycheck!  The Ump-in-Chief will make sure you get paid but he will not chase down payroll information; that is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!!!
 
The pay schedule is bi-weekly. Checks will be mailed to the address you entered when you completed the volunteer registration online. The first paycheck will be sent on the third Saturday after opening day, covering all games officiated during the first two weeks of the season. The second paycheck will be sent two weeks later covering games officiated during the second two weeks of the season. This bi-weekly schedule will continue through the season.

Thank you again for your interest.  The league does not run without individuals committed to being fair umpires who do their best to know the game.