Baseball & softball umpiring opportunities

If you are interested in being an umpire, please read the information below, then complete an umpire application.

Spring / Summer Season Umpiring

  • Eligibility: To be eligible to umpire, you must be a current or former baseball player 13 years old or older (by April 30) or a current or former softball player age 13 years old or older (by December 31 of the previous year). In addition, players that have aged out of the WMLL program and siblings of current and former players are eligible to be umpires.
  • Application: You must apply to be an umpire (click HERE) and not everyone will automatically be selected.  Umpire commitment and availability will be key factors in the selection process
  • Mandatory training for new & second-year umpires: All new & second-year umpires must attend two mandatory WMLL-approved training sessions.  The first session is on February 11 from 4-6 PM at Edgewood High School & the second is on February 18 from 4-6 PM at the Madison Ice Arena (725 Forward Drive).  New & second-year umpires are also encouraged to attend the District-wide Little League umpire training session on March 11 from 3-6 PM at Edgewood High School.
  • Training for experienced umpires: Experienced umpires are asked to attend the District-wide Little League umpire training session from 3-6 PM on March 11 at Edgewood High School.
  • Game Selection: Umpires will continue to select their own games to work via the online Arbiter scheduling system (within established limits)
  • Continued reduction of umpire “no shows” will again be a major focus, although attendance was excellent in 2015 & 2016.

Fall Ball Umpiring

  • Eligibility: While Fall Ball eligibility is the same as Spring / Summer Season eligibility (see above), opportunities may be available for 12 year olds who will become eligible the following year.
  • Application: You must apply to be an umpire (click HERE) and not everyone will automatically be selected.  Umpire commitment and availability will be key factors in the selection process
  • Mandatory training for new umpires: WMLL will conduct a 90-minute new umpire training clinic at the Forward Drive fields.  If you are a brand new umpire (umpiring for the first time during 2018 Fall Ball) & have not attended a previous WMLL-approved umpire training clinic, you must attend this clinic if you want to umpire in the fall.  If you cannot make it to this clinic, you will not be permitted to be a Fall Ball umpire.
    • The clinic will take place on August 21 from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Forward Drive fields & will begin on the picnic porch before moving onto the fields (weather permitting).
    • At the clinic, basic umpire calls & techniques will be covered and Arbiter, WMLL’s online umpire game selection system, will be explained.
  • Game Selection: Umpires will continue to select their own games to work via the online Arbiter scheduling system (within established limits)

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