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Welcome to Alameda Little League! California District 4

Welcome to Alameda Little League! California District 4


2024 Umpire TrainingSUNDAY, MARCH 3RD
(last updated 3/3/24)

*** There will be no make-up training sessions. ***

Where and when?
Training consists of two elements:

On Sunday, March 3rd, from 8:30am-1:00pm, we will hold an instructional clinic designed to provide basic umpire training. No prior experience is necessary. The on-field clinic will cover basic positioning, making calls, and proper signals.  Weather permitting, the clinic will be held at the Alameda Little League Fields, between Wood Middle School and the former Lum Elementary School.

Additionally, all trainees – regardless of division - must attend the rules instruction, which was graciously conducted by District 4 umpire training staff via a four-part Zoom series.  These sessions were recorded and made available as YouTube videos shortly after each session was conducted; please make sure to have watched or attended them all by March 3rd. 

Part 1 - Recorded on February 8th Covered Regulations, Rules 1 and 2 (Safety, Mandatory Play, Decorum, Equipment, and Definitions) and rule changes for 2024

Part 2 - Recorded on February 15th - Covered Rules 3 through 7 (Beginning and Ending the Game, Batters and Runners)

Part 3 - Recorded on February 22nd - Covered Base Awards, Obstruction, and Interference

Part 4 - Recorded on February 29th - Covered Rules 8 and 9 (the Pitcher and Umpire, plus review of Minor and Major divisions baseball interleague rules)

How do I register for the on-field training?
Please click here2024 Umpire Training

How does the on-field training work?
Separate on-field sessions will be held for each division.  Please attend according to the staggered schedule shown below for the Division(s) in which you intend to umpire.  If, for example, you wish to umpire in A, AA, and AAA/Majors, come for all sessions.  

A Division: 8:30am check-in at the snack bar; instruction from 9:00am to 10:00am on Anderson Field

AA Division: 9:30am check-in at the snack bar; instruction from 10:00am to 11:00am on Kees Field

AAA & Majors Divisions: 10:30am check-in at the snack bar; instruction from 11:00am to 1:00pm on the Minor Field; a AAA scrimmage will be held at 1:00pm on the Major Field for those who'd like to stick around and practice their new umpire skills in live action (instructors will be present)


What next?
After you have completed the training, you will likely fall into one of two categories:

- Volunteering for a specific team (i.e. you are a coach, manager, parent, or older sibling): in this case, you are encouraged to contact your team’s manager and volunteer to help him/her cover umpire duties that will have already been assigned to the manager prior to the March 3rd training

- "Free agent” (i.e. you may be a junior umpire, former league parent, community member at large, or a coach/manager/parent looking to umpire more): in this case, your contact information will be circulated to all major and minor division managers immediately after the March 3rd training and they will contact you to help cover their umpire duties as needed.

If you need a refresher on AAA/majors mechanics, please refer to this live-action instructional video made during a scrimmage in 2021: On-Field Mechanics 

No make-up training sessions will be held.  If you have any questions, please contact Jim Quilici, Director of Umpires, at [email protected].  Please be sure to check back here periodically for any updates, especially if poor weather is forecast on March 3rd!

2024 District 4 Umpire Training 

If you are interested in further high-quality training, Alameda Little League would be proud to have you represent us at the following clinic conducted by District 4 (lunch is provided to all attendees!):

- Little League Umpire Mechanics: Sunday, February 25th, 8:30am-5:00pm @Pinole Valley Little League, Ellerhorst Elementary School, 3501 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA 94564.  This session is offered to both adults and junior umpire candidates, with prior experience.  Please register here: District Clinic 

Please also consider the Little League Umpire Registry.  Membership in the Umpire Registry is free, and includes access to several training publications, reduced price bundle of umpire supplies, and participation in several training webinars.  Members will also receive the regular email newsletter.  Feel free to register here: Umpire Registry

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Quilici, Director of Umpires, at [email protected].


2024 Little League and Local Rules Resources 

The Little League Rulebook has gone online - for instructions on how to download the app to your phone, click here: 2024 Rulebook 

Also, Alameda Little League has some local rules that the Board of Directors has chosen to implement. Did you know that a pitcher in AA can pitch only 2 innings while a Majors pitcher can pitch an entire game (provide they stay below the daily maximum pitch count for their age)?  Press this link to read the 2024 Local Rules and Pitching Guidelines.

New umpire or seasoned vet? Press here for a quick diagrammed refresher on Basic Umpiring Mechanics.

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