Hello. My name is Shannon Self and I am the incoming Chief Umpire for Walnut Creek Little League. I want to take a moment to introduce myself and then move into recruitment! I have been umpiring for 6 years and have been to Umpire school and many small training classes on both the East and West coast. I have two girls in softball in WCLL. I firmly believe in the idea of Little League and what it stands for as a leadership development organization. For Little League to work we need volunteers. One of the biggest challenges in recruiting volunteers is filling umpire positions. Without umpires we can't have games. And we need adult umpires too.
To recruit and retain umpires we need to train them and reward them. District 4, of which we are a part of, just finished a small clinic over the weekend. WCLL will be holding a league clinic at the end of the month for our league umpires. All attendees will receive a big swag bag of goodies as well as a chance to win their own umpire mask. There will also be chances to receive umpire gear like chest protectors and leg guards throughout the season.
What happens after training? Good question. Training doesn't stop is my answer! There will be a few additional training days throughout the season. Umpires will be entered into our league umpire website along with our league schedule so that they can signup for individual games. The more signups you do the more fun you'll have!
Below are some details on dates and times for the end of month and the link for clinic registration is at the bottom of this email. Again, we need adult umpires just as much as youth umpires. Parent/Child umpire teams are a great idea! Especially softball parents! Adult umpires with previous league experience are encouraged to contact me directly!
The Walnut Creek Umpire Clinic is a 5-6 hour training session divided into 2 days. The first session focuses on Little League rules along with any specific local league and district rules. The second session is devoted to field time and learning basic fundamentals of umpire field position, basic six field mechanics and plate umpire mechanics which include proper positioning to maximize slot angle, ball/strike calls and game management.
Adult Umpires who have attended the clinics in previous years may contact the Chief Umpire @ firstname.lastname@example.org to request a waiver.
Umpire attendees will receive a swag bag that includes: Indicator, Bat Gauge, Plate Brush, Rulebook, MLB Style Umpire Shirt and Little League Iron On Patch
..But Wait There's More!
Each session will include a drawing for a Wilson New View Umpire Mask!
Also Junior Umpires will receive 35$ for Plate duty at Majors division and above, 30$ for Plate duty at Minors divisions and all Junior Umpires who pull duty at any level as a Base Umpire will receive 25$.