Alpine / West Menlo Little League has served the families of Menlo Park, Woodside, and Portola Valley for more than a half-century. Our mission is to be an outstanding community organization that creates a culture where kids of all abilities love playing
Common Umpiring and Youth Umpire Program Questions
Who is eligible to umpire?
Those 11 and older in baseball age (as of January 1, 2021). Baseball experience and knowledge as player and or observer is generally preferred and very helpful to being an umpire. New umpires and those with three seasons or less of experience must attend at least one training session before the season starts. ALL of our umpires must register anew for every season.
Do umpires get paid?
Yes! Umpires get paid according to an age scale and bonus system. The pay scale is made available to registered umpires via the Alpine training sessions and their associated materials.
What "uniforms" and equipment do umpires need?
A relatively simple uniform consisting of long grey, black, or navy trousers/slacks with a black belt. A navy blue umpire's shirt will be tucked into your trousers. You can buy Alpine-labeled navy umpire shirts for you at Goetz Brothers in San Carlos for approximately $20 each. You should wear a standard blue 'four seam' umpire's hat, bill forward both in the field and under the mask. A classic, standard light blue collared umpire shirt -- available at Goetz and or most sports retailers and online -- also works just fine. Majors umpires tend to wear these more often.
The plate will need to wear an umpire's mask, chest protector, and shin/leg guards. These are available in each shed at all of our fields. The home plate umpire should also have a ball-strike-out clicker, plate brush, and ball bag. We do not supply these, but a kit of them can generally be purchased for about $15-$20 at sporting goods stores or online. We cover umpire equipment in our trainings.
How do I learn baseball and league/level rules?
Each spring, we go through and later provide a training slide deck that essentially acts as your manual for the rules and guide to the season program. The division-specific rules are available right on the Alpine website under the "Baseball Spring & Fall Rules" tab here:
We have umpires work games in our AA to Majors levels. This experience spans games in which umpires are working in machine-pitched games with fairly elemtentary play and no called ball/strike responsibilities (AA) to gaining called plate experience with pitchers and catchers in more sophisiticated game situations (AAA) to our most senior level with generally strong play and more complex game situations (Majors).
How are umpire division level privileges set?
Privileges are set by a combination of age and experience by the Umpire Coordinator. There are some rough guidelines: 11-12 year olds will be able to work AA games, 13s will have AAA base privileges added, 14s may have AAA plate privileges added with solid experience, and 15s with experience will be able to work Majors bases. Some more veteran 16s will have plate privileges for Majors, although 17s to adult umpires are preferred for the Majors plate position. Umpires get paid the same no matter what division's games they work. We generally encourage umps to work divisions appropriate for their age and experience, even if they have privileges for all divisions.
Do I get paid if my game gets rained out?
Generally, no. If a game is canceled on the schedule and the umpire is notified of the cancellation with reasonable notice (an hour or more before the game start time) the umpire will NOT get paid for that game. If a game is cancelled so late that you have already come to the playing field or gets called for weather at any at point after the start of the game, the umpire will be be paid for that game.
When do I get paid?
Unless there is a urgent need for an interim payment explained directly to the umpire coordinator, all umpires will be paid in one cumulative check from Alpine Little League when the season comes to an end.
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