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Harney Little League Rapid City, SD

A Letter from the Harney UIC

Thank you for at least considering the role of Umpire!

First, let's be up front.  The Umpire role is intimidating for many and often volunteers have ZERO desire to do it.  Commonly, volunteers say many things prevent them from umpiring which include baseball knowledge or understanding of game rules.  The worst though is a fear of being mistreated or heckled by other parents!  Truth is, this is 100% the truth!  You don't always know the rules.  You don't always understand what is going on.  You get heckled.  

But, the grounding point to consider is, "I'm there for these kids!"

Important to note, I'm a coach and parent too!  I LOVE UMPIRING and especially behind the plate.  I'm not a certified LL Umpire yet, but I've worked tournaments, All-Stars, and tons of games in all divisions to ensure my ability is sharp.  I read the rule book every season and can answer many situational questions if folks are not sure.  It's a passion and why I've volunteered to be the Harney Umpire In Charge (UIC) for the coming season.

My personal goal in the coming season (and maybe a few more) is to provide learning opportunities for anyone interested in learning to be a good Umpire.  I've done research to find some great online videos for the visual learner and will be rolling out a more comprehensive Umpire training program soon.  Please browse what is available on this page and take time to reach out with questions or comments!  You can find my contact info under LEAGUE INFO>OUR STAFF.

Lets Play ball!

Jesus Moreno
Harney Little League
UIC/Safety Officer - 2017

Umpire Training Center

To become a sound umpire it's important to see and learn proper mechanics.  You can scour the internet and find many videos but we've done some of that work for you!  Please take some time to browse through the following links to review the materials provided.  If you have recommendations for better or different content please contact the Harney LL UIC/Safety Coordinator.

This website provides a comprehensive overview of Umpiring and includes videos, diagrams and down-to-earth language to help make things easy.This is one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly websites we can find to help you learn!

This website directs you to Little League University, a component of Little League International.Here you can read and watch videos to learn proper LL mechanics.You can also test your knowledge of LL rules with quizzes and other learning tools.

Umpire Volunteers - Interactive Learning

In addition to online learning resources there are plenty of interactive learning opportunities for umpire volunteers.  Upcoming events include:

Majors Umpire Clinic on Saturday, 3/18 @ 1pm. 
Show up on time for a prompt start!  This is a Majors Division only clinic and will be interactive.  Come prepared to participate, ask questions and have fun!

Location =  Harney Pee Wee Field
Time = 1pM – 330pM
Bring = baseball mitt, comfortable clothing/shoes

Majors Practices – sometimes you want to learn more or to ask questions 1:1 or in a smaller setting.  This affords you an opportunity to do so!

Dates/Times – TBD; will mirror your Majors player practices.
Focus will be on general questions, mechanics or interpretation of rules

 Scrimmage Games – opportunity to practice what you are learning before the season begins.  Dates and times coming soon as Majors Managers line up scrimmages.

First Scrimmage – Saturday, 3/25 @ 1130am (Bankers vs Engineers)
4-6 scrimmage opportunities coming; contact me via email for more info

 Majors Players – Harney is trying something new in giving Majors players a chance to umpire in lower division games, with a supervising adult umpire volunteer.

Helps players grow their baseball knowledge and understanding of the rules
Provides players a chance to mentor younger kids who look up to Majors players
Demonstrates “anyone can do this” to upcoming Majors parents

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Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

Email Us: [email protected]
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