There will be over 800 umpired games, not counting Playoffs and All Star Day during this season. Towards the end of the season it became increasingly difficult to find umpires due to graduations, finals and other activities. SRVGAL will be offering Umpire Clinics again this year so please be sure to sign up if you are interested.
Behavior Toward Umpires
Providing well-trained umpires for over 50 teams (3rd/4th – High School) is a tremendous task. The umpire organization in SRVGAL represents over 150 dedicated youths and adults who are on the field during games to provide safety and fairness for all teams. Umpire coordinators work diligently all season to provide coverage for the high volume of games played.
Parents and coaches need to keep in mind how difficult it is to be an umpire, especially if you are young. We continue to lose many umpires every year because of the harassment they receive from coaches and parents.
The role of umpire must be recognized and respected by the coach, the team, and the parents. Youth umpires must be given the same respect as the adult umpires. New umpires must learn positioning, signs and timing of calls. If you are patient and positive, that umpire will become experienced and confident. That umpire could be YOUR child! The umpire in a softball game has complete authority over players and coaches from the moment that the umpire walks onto the field until the game is over.
Coaches, players, parents, and spectators shall never argue or dispute the decision of the umpire, make negative or derogatory remarks or gestures towards an umpire, or otherwise behave irresponsibly or bring the game into dispute. Remember, it's only a game.
SRVGAL is committed to the core value of "Respecting the game and all who participate in it." To that end all behavior which is not respectful or is in contradiction with this core value will be reported to the SRVGAL Umpire In Chief, at which time the event will be reviewed to determine what occurred, and if any steps need to be taken to prevent similar events in the future. If it is determined that the guidelines as stated above have been violated, appropriate action will be taken to address the issue, which could include suspension of involved parties or even permanent expulsion from SRVGAL in whatever capacity may be held by the party to be found violating the rules, guidelines or core values of SRVGAL and the game in general.
We have established the following standards for SRVGAL umpires:
- All umpires should be ASA certified, however, if the umpire only wishes to umpire in SRVGAL then attending our training sessions will suffice- we'll provide the training to achieve this. Any umpire over the age of 18 will have the opportunity to take the test through SRVGAL, if they wish.
- For 1st-year umpires, attendance will be required at two preseason clinics that will encompass both rules and mechanics. Of course, ASA certification through another organization will satisfy this requirement. However, it is strongly recommended that even in that case the ASA certified umpires attend at least the "rules" training class, so that they are familiar with some of the nuances of the SRVGAL "Operating Rules"
- If you are a returning SRVGAL umpire, you need only attend one training clinic -- preferably, a SRVGAL rules/mechanics clinic.
- All umpires will be expected to officiate some games at the white and blue levels. Assignments will be made primarily by availability and level of experience — not by preference. No one will be asked to umpire games beyond their abilities.
- All umpires will be required to wear protective equipment (face mask, shin guards and chest protector) at all games. This equipment will be supplied by SRVGAL or personal gear, of course, can be used.
- All umpires must be 13 years old by the beginning of regular season games.
- Umpire scheduling will be made exclusively through the use of the online scheduling system available on Sportability.
- In prior years, we have had many committed and dedicated people performing the umpiring duties for SRVGAL and, for this, we are very grateful. Unfortunately, our past experience has involved many umpire "no-shows" leaving games without an umpire. It is our goal this year to virtually eliminate all cases of umpire "no-shows" and uncovered games and would appreciate all the help we can get from the umpires on this years' roster to achieve that goal.
"No-shows" will be kept track of and may have an effect on future umpire assignments.
Umpire Scheduling Guidelines
- No SRVGAL umpire may be scheduled to umpire the games of girlfriends, sisters, daughters or other close relatives.
- Every attempt should be made to ensure that an umpire does not even umpire in the same league where there is a girlfriend, sister, daughter or other close relative.
- There are exceptions to these:
a.) if we have no alternative, we can relax the guidelines, especially in the white divisions and
b.) in the case of an umpire being at a game and the assigned umpire is a "no-show."
Umpire Pay Schedule
The pay scale has been devised with an emphasis on trying to get umpires to return and continue to work with SRVGAL:
- New umpires and umpires with no SRVGAL experience will be classified as level 1 umpires in Sportability and will be paid per the Umpire Pay Schedule (PDF).
- All umpires registered with SRVGAL will be placed in the Sportability data base which is where the umpires will request game assignments and the umpire coordinators will assign the games. In this database every umpire has been designated a number designating their "level". Entry level will be assigned a 1 for at least the first season with SRVGAL. The other level numbers, which will be assigned, are 2,3 and 4 (most experienced). Many factors are considered when assigning the numbers, such as number of games which that person has umpired, the quality of umpiring provided in previously umpired games, the amount of times an umpire may have not shown up for assigned games, etc. SRVGAL is committed to do whatever is reasonable to help any umpire develop and move up in the "levels", but will make the final determination on the ranking of all umpires in the SRVGAL system.
- If any umpire believes their assigned level is not commensurate with their level of skill as an umpire, please let the Umpire In Chief or an Umpire Coordinator know and we will be happy to address the issue and consider any reasonable discussion related to the rating.
- It is highly recommended that 1st year umpires work with partners, particularly for the 1st half of the season.
- In cases where the Board of Directors approves the use of two umpires, the umpires will be paid based on their number classification in Sportability for whatever position they are umpiring on the field (ie: behind the plate or bases).
- Starting in the 2014 Season, SRVGAL has decided to have only one umpire for the White Division games. We are aware that there may be entry level umpires who might be reluctant to umpire a game without a 2nd umpire on the bases and for that concern we have developed a solution that may want to be considered by those umpires who will be umpiring the White Division games. The solution is, that for any of the White Division, 3/4, 5/6 or 7/8 games, any umpire that is assigned to one of those games, will have the option to have another SRVGAL registered umpire of their choice umpire the same game with them. SRVGAL will split the pay between the two umpires who are umpiring, paying each umpire 50% of the amount that the officially assigned umpire would have earned if he/she had umpired the game by him/herself. The amount that will be split will be based on the fee listed on the pay schedule for the umpire who was originally assigned the game. Completing the pay slip will be the responsibility of the umpire who has been officially assigned to the game. There is a section on the pay slip for the second umpire's information. The second umpire will not be assigned through Sportability, but will be arranged solely by the umpire who has been officially assigned the game through Sportability. Even though it will be at half pay for each, it does provide an option for those who might feel uneasy doing the games alone until they gain some experience.
The Umpire Game Card/Pay Slip (PDF) is the form that every umpire must use to document their participation in their scheduled games. To receive payment, the umpire must complete this form, have it signed by the game coaches, and then send it to the SRVGAL Treasurer. The Treasurer will send payment within two weeks of receipt of the Game Card. The back of the Game Card provides an area for documenting any unusual game event.