MGSA umpires are expected to look and act professional at all times. Be proud of the uniform. Hustle on the diamond and be aware of the proper mechanics.
Be punctual. Arrive at the park at least 20 minutes before game time. You should meet your partner away from the diamond (ex. the parking lot). Go to the diamond together and hold the plate meeting at least 5 minutes before the scheduled game start time.
It is important to always be prepared for the game. Whether you are plate or base umpire, be sure to have your indicator, brush and face mask with you when you arrive at the game. It is also suggested that you wear a Jock or Jockette.
Plate equipment will always be located in the equipment bins at each diamond. It is the responsibility of the Milton coaches to give you access to the bin.
Each bin should include an umpire kit with:
- Leg protectors
- Chest protector
Punctuality and No-Shows
Once you have confirmed that you can umpire assigned games, it is your responsibility to meet that obligation. If for any reason you are not able to make your assignment, it is your responsibility to secure a replacement umpire. Bear in mind that on most evenings every umpire will be scheduled to work or play on their own team so the earlier you try to reschedule the better chance of success.
If a team needs to cancel a game due to bad weather, poor field conditions r if the City has closed the diamond; they must notify the head umpire by 3:00pm on the day of the game. Should I receive late notification (after 3:00pm), the umpires will still be paid for the canceled game. If the cancellation is because of non-weather related issues, then the head umpire must be notified by the Association with at least 24 hours notice or the umpires will be paid.
Do not miss an assignment. If an umpire is a "no-show", that umpire will have their next pay total reduced by that game's rate.
Umpire Mechanics and Rules
It is important to review both the league and age group rules for the games you will be umpiring. Each Division within the Milton Girls Softball Association has its own rules that they follow. Study the rules frequently and plan your plate meeting to include any special rules pertinent to the game.
MGSA-Mississauga Girls Softball Assoc. (U12 - Squirt, U14 - Novice) plays under the MGSA rules.
HGSL-Halton Girls Softball Assoc. (U12 - Squirt, U14 - Novice) play under Peel-Halton rules.
MGSA U6 - T-Ball, U8 - Minor Mite and U10 - Mite divisions follow Milton Girls Softball Assoc. rules.
Ejections and Suspensions
- Each team’s coach will be accountable for their behaviour and that of their respective supporters.
- Any persons, players, coaches, managers or supporters, ejected for any reason must immediately leave the playing area, and park.
- Umpires have the authority to eject/banish any disorderly person(s) from the playing area
- All ejections will be reported by the umpire to the necessary association authority.
- All ejections will be reviewed by the necessary association authority and may result in further disciplinary action.
Umpire Mechanics Sheet: MGSA Milton Girls Softball Association
- Be Prepared: Always have your indicator/counter, brush and base mask with you when umpiring at games.
- Know where to get plate equipment: The Milton coaches can give you access to the equipment before the game
- Wear your Uniform: MGSA light blue umpire shirt, black pants and black/dark sneakers (if you have them) and a hat (black or Milton Baseball hat is fine).
- Be Heard: When calling balls and strikes, speak loudly and clearly so as to be heard by all.
- If an incident occurs on the field during play, call time, talk to your partner about the situation/incident and write it down on the Home and Away teams score sheets. Ask for assistance from parents or any MGSA coach or executive member. After the game, email the lead umpire and describe the incident that occurred. If you are uncomfortable/afraid in any situation, call game and leave the field asap.
- Be punctual: Arrive at the park at least 20 minutes before game time. You should try and meet your partner away from the diamond and arrive together as a team
- Plan what you will say at the plate meeting. Be sure to include any special rules that may be pertinent to that game and the time limits for the game.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Always check the field for foreign items, i.e.: glass, debris, sticks, large rocks, etc.
- If you do not show up for your scheduled game, you will not be paid
- Keep Hydrated: bring water with you especially when the weather gets warmer
Remember: Work Safe and Have Fun!
The MGSA is a softball association based in Milton, Ontario which provides year-round development and competition for young female athletes from ages 6 to 18.
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