The umpire must meet with the coaches of both teams before every game. During this meeting, the following should be discussed.

  1. Welcome A smile and a handshake goes a long way.
  2. Ground Rules Point out ground rules to both coaches. Any open spots around the fence should be discussed. Dugouts with walls in front should be discussed (normally play off the front unless it goes inside the dugouts). Players sitting on such walls and equipment outside the dugout should also be addressed. A point of emphasis needs to be that only the base coaches and the on deck batter are to be outside the dugout. This will prevent confrontational situations that could arise from interference with a play (even when not intentional) or confusion by the defense. T-Ball and coach pitch coaches often have defensive coaches on the field. This practice is not in the rule book, but should be monitored closely if it is to be used in the game.
  3. Statement of Sportsmanship It should be pointed out that we are out here to set a good example for the players. If you must question a call, do it in a sportsmanlike manner.
  4. Game Information State the time limit, runs per inning limit, and the run rule before the game.
    1. Time Limits - T-Ball has a 1-hour time limit, Coach Pitch an hour and 15 minutes, Peewee and Midget 1 hour and 30 minutes.
    2. Runs per Inning T-Ball and Coach Pitch has a 6 run limit. Peewee has a 10 run limit.
    3. Run Rule T-Ball and Coach Pitch has none (unless coaches agree to stop). Peewee has a 12 after 3 run rule, Midgets have a 10 after 4 run rule, and Preps have a 10 after 5 run rule.
  5. Questions Ask if there are any questions.
  6. Good Luck Wish all coaches (and players, if present) good luck and shake their hands.