PRE-GAME MEETING LIST
The umpire must meet with the coaches of both teams before
every game. During this meeting, the
following should be discussed.
– A smile and a handshake goes a long way.
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.
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.
Information – State the time limit, runs per inning limit, and the run
rule before the game.
Limits - T-Ball has a 1-hour time limit, Coach Pitch an hour and 15
minutes, Peewee and Midget 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Runs per Inning – T-Ball and Coach Pitch has a 6 run
limit. Peewee has a 10 run limit.
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
– Ask if there are any questions.
Luck – Wish all coaches (and players, if present) good luck and shake