Umpire Mentorship Guidelines

Mentorship Guidelines

  • 1/2 hour before game meet with umpires to be mentored to explain the process and answer question
  • Dress in base pants, base shoes, cap, and appropriate shirt or your jacket
  • Attend the plate meeting and briefly explain your role
  • Take notes during the game and provide positive feedback while reinforcing things that are being done well
  • Identify 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 or go on the field only if you can do so without interrupting the flow of 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 should not interfere with any aspect of the game

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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