Umpires are special people, who care about our local youth and the rules of the game. We are always in need of outstanding people willing to step and become a Little League Umpire.
We have volunteer and paid positions available, and will provide all of the training and gear needed for you to step on the field. Frequently Asked Questions
Can I become an Umpire?
Anyone who has an approved Volunteer Application form on file (for the current season) with the League can be an umpire. Adults can either be volunteers (unpaid) or paid contractors. Youth umpires (under 18) can become an umpire by contacting Paul Eaton @ [email protected]
Is there training?
Yes. The Umpire in Chief holds training sessions in advance of the spring as well as ongoing support and umpire coaching. There are also opportunities to work pre-season scrimmages with experienced adult umpires. Additionally, umpires receive booklets with Little League rules and umpire-specific information.
I’d like to be paid for serving as an umpire. Am I an employee of the League? How much will I be paid?
League umpires are independent contractors and are not in anyway employees of Little League. As an independent contractor, paid umpires are responsible for paying taxes from income received by umpiring. You will receive a 1099-MISC from the League if you receive more than the IRS-designated threshold amount during the calendar year (currently $600). Anyone wishing to be paid for serving as an umpire also needs to submit a W-9 form to the League Treasurer.
Little League umpires are paid on a per game basis. The Board sets the per game fee, and for 2022 the fee for new Little League umpires was $40 per game (if the serving as the home plate ump) and $30 per game (servings as the field or bases umpire).
How often do I get paid?
Time sheets are submitted every 2 weeks to the Umpire in Chief. After review and approval by the Umpire in Chief, the time sheet is forwarded to the League Treasurer. The Treasurer makes a good-faith effort to send out checks within 5 days of receiving the time sheet from the Umpire in Chief
Do I have to buy my own umpire equipment?
The League provides umpire shirts and hats. Protective gear such as face masks, chest protectors, shin guards, ball bags, strike/ball indicators, and plate brushes are provided as well and stored at each location. Pants should be purchased by the individual umpire. They can be general wear pants and do not need to be pants specially designed for umpires however should be dark grey to black. Umpires may also provide their own equipment, should they wish to do so.
How are umpires selected to work a game?
The League Umpire in Chief who works with umpires to determine availability, and then will contact each umpire once the division schedules have been established to determine if the umpire would like to accept a game. If the umpire declines the game, then it will be offered to another umpire.
The League prefers that umpires work games from the various divisions (Minors, Majors, & Juniors), as each division provides different levels of play and being exposed to different umpires at their games promotes a richer experience for players.
Is there a minimum number of games I need to work? Is there a maximum number?
There is no minimum number of games required to be worked in a season.
The maximum number is determined by the availability of other umpires, and your own desire to work games.
Am I insured by the League?
Adult volunteer and youth volunteers are covered by the League’s insurance. Independent contractors (paid umpires) are not insured by Redmond Little League
I’d like to be an umpire.
Please fill out the form below for more information!