1. How do I sign up for games?
and be sure to include your full name in the request, along with a list of games (date, time and field) that you are interested in. Only registered umpires who have completed training may sign up for games.
2. If something in the schedule changes, will I get a phone call?
No, as a general rule we do not make telephone calls to schedule games or warn of changes. Therefore, it is important that you check your emails frequently and always the night before a game you are scheduled to umpire. You may also feel free to
with any questions that may arise.
3. What if rain is an issue?
If the rain widget on the CVLL home page says a field is closed then the game is canceled. Make sure the widget is showing the current date's info.
If the coaches agree to cancel a game ahead of time they have been asked to call the umpires. Even if the weather looks terrible, 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.
If you are not given advance notice of a cancellation before you leave for the game site you will be paid for the game regardless of if it gets played. You receive full pay for a game shortened by rain or darkness.
4. 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 and will be emailed to you. You should also contact the
immediately. If they can help you, they will.
5. How do we get paid?
Youth umpires will be paid at the Snack Bar for games at 5 Canyons Park and Proctor. For games at Creekside or Palomares they must be paid at the pregame Plate meeting.
6. When will games be available for assignment?
Once games are posted on the schedule website, they are open for scheduling requests. Games are generally scheduled a couple weeks in advance. Check those emails frequently for opportunities.
7. What if I didn't receive as many games as I would like?
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.
8. 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 scheduler beforehand if possible.
9. What should I wear during games?
The league will provide you with a shirt and hat. 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 weeknight games are cold, so dress warm, wear layers, and be prepared.