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Frequently Asked Questions

When will games be available for signup?

The SFLL Umpire Update email newsletter announces when games are open for signup. Games are generally opened for signups about a month in advance and we attempt to finalize umpire assignments two weeks in advance so you can plan your calendar accordingly.

How do I signup for games?

In the newsletter will be links to each week of game signups. Click on a link, and submit your requests for any number of games that week you are available to umpire. When umpire assignments for each game are posted to the SFLL website, another announcement will be sent and the signup links will be deactivated.

If there are blank spots on the umpire assignments and you'd like to umpire those games, email the Chief Umpire Office. Include your full name along with a list of games (date, time and field) that you are interested in.  The Chief Umpire Office will confirm with you directly via email.

What if I didn't receive as many game assignments as I would like?

There are a lot of umpires and a lot of competition for spots on the schedule (especially for first year umpires). We make an effort to give everyone a fair chance, but our main goal is to get games covered for the sake of the kids playing.

Signing up early is appreciated and does factor into game assignments. However, a lot of priority is also given to ability (which is different than seniority). The best way to get a lot of games is to be available for a lot of games. If you only ask for three or four games you might end up with zero. If you can make yourself available for a lot of games (weekdays, weekends, different fields, etc.) you will greatly increase your chance of receiving more assignments.

You can request to work with a specific umpire (friend, sibling, etc.), and we will accommodate when possible. However, this will sometimes limit the number of games made available to you.

What if I sign up for a game and can’t make it?
There are at least 18 youths counting on you to show up for your game. It is very important that you only sign up for games you can commit to. In an emergency, you are responsible for finding another umpire to take your place. The umpire roster is available by logging into this website. You should also contact the Chief Umpire Office immediately. If they can help you, they will.
What if rain is an issue?
Before you leave for a game, check the rain widget on the SFLL home page (make sure the widget is showing the current date's info). If it says a field is closed then the game is canceled. If the field is open, assume that the GAME IS ON until you hear otherwise. If you show up to an empty field, let the Chief Umpire know.
Once a game has started, it is the umpire's decision whether or not the weather is safe to play in. If the field is unsafe, then stop the game. This may be hard to do with players and parents all present and wanting to play, but safety is the first concern. However, if you feel it is safe, by all means play.

Can umpires decide to swap plate and bases assignments?
This is usually okay if both umps are willing, but assignments are sometimes made for specific reasons and it is best to check with the Chief Umpire Office beforehand if possible.

How do we get paid?
Youth umpires are paid in two installments. The first payment, for games worked in March and April, will be mailed out in the middle of May. The second payment, covering games worked through the end of the season, are mailed in early July.
What should I wear during games?
The league will provide you with a shirt and hat. Watch your email, or check with the Chief Umpire Office. You should always wear dark colors. Avoid patterns and bright colors that might be distracting to the players. Always wear long pants, shorts are never acceptable. Choose comfortable clothes and athletic shoes you can move around in. Cleats are okay but not required. You may get wet/muddy so keep that in mind. The city is cold, so dress warm, wear layers, and be prepared.


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