Umpire Volunteers Needed!
Hello, and welcome to the Fort Hunt Little League Umpire Page – we hope you are open to giving this unique role a try because we are an all-volunteer group (although we do compensate junior umpires – see below) and we always need more umpires.
You will be glad to know that umpiring at this level is not nearly as daunting a job as it looks from outside the fences, that we provide you significant training and mentoring and that we are blessed here in Fort Hunt with players, coaches and parents who tend to be very supportive and thankful for their volunteer umpires.
FHLL Chief Umpire Jasper Thomson (assisted by other senior FHLL Umpires) and LL District 9 Umpire Staff provide numerous training opportunities for interested parents and teens before the Spring and Fall seasons start. These training sessions (both classroom and field work) are designed to help you build a strong familiarity with the rules and to provide some practice on how to recognize and make the calls in the field and behind the plate.
At our training sessions you will be given tools to help you succeed: rule books and rules interpretation materials, a ball/strike/out indicator and we also provide a basic starter umpire “uniform” (FHLL Umpire hat and shirt). We want to teach you both umpire positions – behind the plate, and the field/bases. If you are more comfortable just doing bases, or want to just start out by doing just bases, that is also fine. If you are interested in learning how to work the plate, you don’t need to invest in all the gear when you start – we have used umpire gear in the equipment shed you can borrow (if you like it and stick with it, you will eventually want to invest in your own plate umpire gear). After training, we aim to always pair new umps with experienced FHLL umps during games, so that they can mentor you as you go during the first year.
You also do not have to commit to working a “minimum” number of games and you won’t be randomly scheduled. We send out an updated schedule of games via email each week, and our volunteers pick and choose which games work with their schedule. We provide umpires for the FHLL Spring Season (April to June) and the Fall Season (September and October), as well as the District 9 Fun Tournaments and District All Star Tournaments (June and July). Like the players, it is just necessary to prepare your best and try your best – no one expects we will get 100% of the calls correct, despite that being the goal – the umpires at the MLB level who get paid the big $ cannot even meet that standard!
We aim to provide two umpires to each game at the AAA, Minors, Majors, Juniors and Seniors levels – this will be more than 150 games in just the 2016 Spring season! Last year we covered only about 80% of the available umpire slots, so additional umpires are needed to ensure the best experience possible for the players by getting as close to 100% coverage as we can. We current have a mix of adult umpires who’s kids have completely “aged-out” of Little League, some adult umpires who currently have kids of various ages in the FHLL, and former players (and/or current FHLL Juniors players) – and we always need more folks willing to get trained and work games.
There is nothing we like better than to see young graduates of FHLL “giving back” to the league (and all the volunteers who invested time in them) by stepping up to umpire the younger kids games. We accept teenagers age 13 and older for training, and they are restricted to working the bases (until age 16) – they start off working AAA and Minors games and once experienced can move up to working Majors games also. The league also offers compensation ($25 for bases, $35 for plate) for Junior Umpires for each game, which take usually about two and a half hours. Junior Umpires will also always be paired with an adult FHLL Umpire.
Click here for 2016 Umpire Training Info