Umpire Mentorship Guidelines

Mentorship Guidelines

  • Take mental notes during the game and provide positive feedback while reinforcing things that are being done wellIdentify 2 or 3 opportunities for improvement by demonstrating or illustrating in a way to get the point across. Talk to them between innings as appropriate as well as before and following the game.
  • Debrief after the game, exchange contact information, and encourage them to call if they have questions or need help.
  • A mentor is there to provide guidance to the new umpires and to assist developing umpires in progressing to be able to work higher levels of baseball over time.

Items to Focus On:

  • Apply a large strike zone and the advantages to all participants of calling strikes (about 2/3 of the pitches should be strikes).
  • Encourage to use a loud voice while vocalizing calls. Match voice and signals.
  • "Take their time" when making calls.
  • Encourage base umpires to move to get a proper view of the call and plate umpires to not stay anchored behind the plate.
  • Minimize the time between innings--give tips and explain benefits.

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