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NCLL Umpire Training

To prepare for the upcoming 2020 season, NCLL is hosting training for umpires, managers and coaches to review and learn Little League Umpire basics and get hands on practice in umpiring.

NCLL Umpiring 101

Pat Murphy, Umpire in Chief (UIC) for NCLL, and Tom Clark, Director of Umpires, will hold a clinic on the basics of Little League umpiring and some local rules at a time and place to be determined. The following material will be discussed. Umpires are strongly urged to be familiar with rules, game management, etc.

NCLL Umpiring 101 Powerpoint Deck: Pat uses this deck to guide the session. A good place to start! Contains rules (including the 10 most commonly misunderstood ones), scenarios, registration/scheduling procedures, and links to additional resources.

NCLL Umpire Training Curriculum: Pat's guide to areas to study including roles & responsibilities, signals/calls, uniform/equipment, and game management.


NCLL Baseball Rules and Misc FAQ: Contains rules & guidelines specific to NCLL and a comprehensive FAQ on common game situations.

Little League International Umpire Clinic (referenced in curriculum): Prepared by Little League International. Valuable guide to field mechanics and details on recognizing and enforcing rules on obstruction vs. interference, catcher interference, illegal pitches, infield flies, and other situations an umpire will most likely encounter.


For questions about umpiring for NCLL, contact the NCLL Umpire Director and the UIC at [email protected].

Veteran Umpires Meeting

Pat Murphy, Umpire in Chief, and Tom Clark, Director of Umpires, want to meet with umpires who've worked games in past seasons. Here are some details.

When: Wed, Feb 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WherePhinney Neighborhood Association -- Room 35 (in the brick building)
What: Rules Updates, Game Mgt / Safety Refresher, Incident Mgt / Protest Protocol, New Umpire Mentoring & Scheduling.

District 8 Rules & Mechanics Clinics

Invaluable training for the new or veteran umpire provided by the experts at District 8. Clinics provided as follows:

Rules ClinicFeb 25 & 26
6:30 - 8:30
Shorewood High School Cafeteria 
Field Mechanics ClinicMar 1
9:00 to noon
Shorewood High School Athletic Fields 

No registration required.

For details on what will be covered and for contact information, consult this flyer.

Western Region Clinic

The Little League Western Region hosts a one-and-one-half day clinic each year in SeaTac to give new umpires a solid foundation in umpiring, or to give veterans a chance to refresh their skills after the long off-season. The clinic features long-time umpires from around western Washington conducting classes and drills on the following: 

  • Plate mechanics: proper stance, framing the strike zone, etc.
  • How to coordinate calls with other umpires
  • Signals for strike, foul ball, time out, etc.
  • Game management
  • And most importantly, how to remove your mask without your cap coming off!


This year the clinic will be held as follows:

When: Saturday, March 7, from 9:00 to 5:00 and Sunday, March 8, from 9:00 to 2:00

Where: Valley Ridge Park in SeaTac, WA

How much
: Although the clinic costs $85, which includes lunch on Saturday and some swag, NCLL will reimburse that cost in full. Simply mail your registration confirmation and instructions for how to reimburse you to [email protected].

For more information and instructions for registration, consult the promotional flyer here.

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