Umpiring During COVID

Revised Roles and Mechanics for a Two Person Umpire Team

Little League International has provided general safety guidance for umpires as we work through COVID-19 in 2021.  Each League will adopt it with their own approach.

 

Here you’ll find umpiring guidance as developed by my District in WA for a two-person umpire crew (Home Plate Umpire and 1 Base Umpire).

 

Hopefully we’ll be able to resume normal play sometime this year but in the meantime: mask up, play safe, have fun!

 

Revised Base Umpire Responsibilities

Normal Year - Main Responsibilities

Not So Normal

(COVID Safety)

- Safe and out at 1st, 2nd and 3rd

- Runners touching 1st and 2nd

- Runners leaving early

- Interference and obstruction

What’s changed?

 

- Call balls and strikes from the infield, behind and to side of the pitcher

 

Revised Plate Umpire Responsibilities

Normal Year – Main Responsibilities

Not So Normal

(COVID Safety)

- Conduct pre-game meeting

- Balls and strikes

- Catch / no catch on fly balls

- Fair / foul

- Safe and out at home plate

- Runner touching 3rd base on way to home

- Game management (pace of warm-up pitches, play, manager visits, ...)

What’s changed?

 

- Does not call balls and strikes!

 

- Don't collect or exchange lineup cards

- Keep 6' away during pre-game meeting

- Runners leaving early

- More time for obstruction / interference calls

 

* Little League International advises plate meetings should be eliminated (“if possible”)

 

Umpire Positioning on the Field (two-person crew)

Not So Normal (COVID Safety)

 

 

What’s Changed?

 

- Plate Umpire (PU) behind and to the side of the batter, more than 6’ away (different side for right vs. left-handed batter).

 

- Base Umpire (BU) behind and to the side of the pitcher, near 2nd base

 

 

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