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Umpire Program

Volunteers are the core to the success of Ballard Little League, and that includes game day umpires for both baseball and softball.  Ballard Little League has opportunities for both adults who are able to donate their time and for juniors (ages 12 to 17) who are looking for community serve hours or get paid. No experience is required to participate in the Ballard Little League umpire program.  Umpire training, resources and equipment will be provide. 


Step 1: Complete Volunteer Application Form [link to the volunteer page; need to make some portion of that section live so individuals can apply]

Step 2: Contact Ballard Little League Chief Umpire, Dave Trop, at [email protected] or (206) 852-7110.

Step 3: Your name will be added to the email list where you will find out about upcoming events and training opportunities.

If you have a youth interested in Junior Umpiring, here is more information.


Ballard Little League and District 8 provide pre-season training for all umpires.  Clinics are offered in the areas of Little League baseball and softball rules, field mechanics, game management and umpire equipment and positioning in the one and two person umpire system. Clinic dates, times and locations will be added once they become available.


What do I need to work a game?
Completed training. Comfortable shoes. A smile on your face.

Can I work my child’s game?
Absolutely. You get the best seat in the house to watch your kid’s game. We trust that our umpires are fair and honest in all situations.

How big of a time commitment is this?
You set your own schedule. Umpiring 3 to 5 games per season is a HUGE help to the league. Ballard Little League allows you to schedule the games you want based on your availability and the umpires you want to work with. 

What if I don’t have the gear?
You don’t need much.  The league will provide a hat, umpire shirt, a counter and protective gear for when you are ready to get behind the plate.

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