UMPIRE DUTIES

1. Umpires must be sure they keep track of the score, outs, strikes and balls with the league provided counters and scoreboards.

2.  Last Game Umpires must place everything back into the plastic bin.

3.  Umpires will get the Game Ball from the team designated as providing the ball for that game on the schedule.

4.  After each game, the umpire must text or wechat the final score to the league’s online content manager (number on the schedule).

5.  Umpires must make calls in a loud voice so that everyone can hear.

6.  Umpires must time the games. At the 60-minute mark, the inning being played will be deemed the last inning.

7.  Umpires are responsible for starting each inning on time. Warm-up is not allowed in-between each inning. After one minute is up, the umpire must call “Balls in” and the batter should enter the batters box.

8.  In an effort to save time, umpires must replace a foul ball with one of the used balls on hand immediately after the foul ball is hit. The team closest to the foul ball that was hit will retrieve the ball and return it to the umpire.

Please know when and where you need to umpire to avoid late game starts. We recommend that teams figure out who will umpire that day before getting to the field.

FAQ

1. What is the infield fly rule and when do we call it?

Answer: The infield fly rule is to be called when there are runners on 1st and 2nd, or the bases are loaded, and there is one or no outs. Umpires must call "INFIELD FLY RULE - THE BATTER IS OUT" if the batter hits an infield fly in this situation. I recommend that the umpires make it known before the pitch is thrown that the infield fly rule is "in effect". That way everyone will know what to do ahead of time in case the batter hits an infield fly.

2. Where are the out-of-bounds areas for each field?

For the Baseball Field, if a ball hits into foul territory goes into the dugouts or into the area of a spectator team it is considered a "DEAD" ball. For the Softball Field, it's out-of-bounds when it goes into the concrete area. Runners will be awarded one extra base from the time the last defensive player touched the ball.

3. When do I call an illegal pitch?

A: When the pitch does not exceed the 6 foot (1.83 m) minimum floor height requirement. The range is measured from the ground, not the pitcher's release point. For the baseball field, a pitch should be called illegal if it exceeds the 12 foot (3.66 m) maximum height.

4. What are the Time Limits to each game? 

A: Umpires must time each game and not allow any new inning to start after 60 minutes.

5. What's the deal with the courtesy runner rule? 

A: Before each game, each team should declare which player in the lineup will receive a courtesy runner. A courtesy runner eligibility is not transferable. In other words, if a starting player who has been declared as eligible for a courtesy runner leaves the game, his/her replacement is not eligible for a courtesy runner. If the eligible player re-enters the game, he/she would once again be eligible for a courtesy runner.

Although it is impossible to “police” this, it is strongly recommended that teams use their second courtesy runner only as a result of an injury that takes place during the game. Team captains are expected to honor the spirit of the rule, which is to allow slightly injured players to remain in the game.

6. What's the last-batted-out rule?

A: A batted out is when the batter hits himself or herself into an out (a pop-up, a ground out, a strikeout). Only the last-batted-out can pinch run for a runner on the base-paths. Batters that hit into a fielder's choice and don't get thrown out on the play are not the last batted out.

7. Can the catcher heckle the batter?

A: The catcher cannot speak while the pitch is in the air.

8. How many umpires need to be on the field?

A: At least 2 umpires need to be on the field. The home plate umpire must cover plays at home-plate and 3rd base. The infield umpire must cover plays at 1st base and 2nd base. Up to 3 umpires can be on the field.

9. If the ball hits the very edge of the strike-zone mat or home-plate, is that a strike?

A: Yes, it is.

10. What happens if a player is wearing metal cleats or a team uses an illegal bat?

A: Metal cleats and illegal "hot" bats are not allowed in our league for safety reasons. For cleats, the umpire must warn the player to get new cleats before playing next time. For bats, the umpire must check to see if the bat is not an ASA, ISF, or JSA bat. Umpires that notice an illegal bat being used must warn the team to not use that bat and report the incident to the Commish. If a team is caught using the bat again at any point in the season, they automatically forfeit the game.

11. What if an umpire is purposefully making bad calls to "get back" at one of the teams playing?

A: I would hope that we are all mature enough to not let this happen, but if it does get to that point, please immediately bring your concerns up with the Commish.