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Becoming an Umpire

Umpires are held in the highest regard by Little League Canada. If you are thinking of becoming an umpire reach out to your local league to inquire about next steps. If you are an Umpire some helpful insight, tools and resources can be found on the Little League International Umpire website and at the Little League University website.

Umpires should keep an eye on all League Rules, Regulations, and Policy for the most current rule changes and rule books. 

Please order all books and supplies from Little League Canada as we have some changes from International (USA). 

 If you would like to more information please contact our national Umpire Coordinator Brad Johnston  for more information.  


13th Edition, May 2020

Message from the National Umpire Coordinator

Welcome to the 13th Edition of the Little League Canada Umpire Newsletter.

As we find ourselves at the start of May we would normally be celebrating opening days around the country and maybe be a few games into the season by now. However I don’t have to tell you that this is no ordinary year. In the past month there have been big announcements from Little League International. The largest being the cancellation of the 2020 Little League World Series. Along with the series Regional Tournaments have also been cancelled in Canada.

If you haven’t already had a chance to review the message from Stephen Keener and information on the website, I encourage you to have a look.

We are happy to announce that the Canadian umpires assigned to 2020 will have the chance to go their respective events in 2021.

Although there have been cancellations, local leagues still may choose to operate season in one way or another in accordance with their local health guidelines. Please check with your DA for latest plans for the season in your area.

Stay safe and stay healthy,

Brad Johnston
National Umpire Coordinator


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As certain Provinces and municipalities begin their phased approaches to reopening, it is highly encouraged that each league and district adheres to the guidelines set forth by their respective Provinces and local government and health officials in terms of public gatherings, organized youth sports, and sporting events when determining when it is safe to return to Little League activities after May 11 and into the future.

As officials, our role is to support our Districts in adhering to guidelines as developed into the future. Further details will be available from Little League Canada and your local District Administrators as they become available. Please be ready to support them when you are asked. Your support is appreciated as everyone works through this challenging time.


It is with sadness, that Little League International, has reluctantly concluded we must announce the cancellation of ALL 2020 Regional Tournaments.

Little League Canada’s came to this difficult decision based on concerns regarding the health and safety of the many individual's involved in hosting our regional tournaments, including the children and youth athletes, coaches, managers, officials, umpires, tournament host committees, volunteers and fans.The details are available here.



As many of you have already seen and heard Little League International has cancelled all Little League World Series Tournaments for 2020. The National Umpire Coordinator has been in touch with all of those selected to represent Canada for 2020, and with this news and plans for 2021.




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12th Edition, April2020

Message from the National Umpire Coordinator

Welcome to the 12th Edition of the Little League Canada Umpire Newsletter.

I hope that this message finds all of you well and navigating your individual situations to the best of your abilities. This is a time for all of us to take care of those closest to us and to reflect on what matters most.

Understandably baseball is likely far from the forefront for many of us, however we intend to keep communicating with you.

I’d like to use this message to remind you that as a Little League umpire our first job is to facilitate the game for the players. Little League plays such a vital role in the development of youth all over the world and as umpires we are proud to do our part.Keepin mind that "a better umpire = a better game”. A core principal of our umpire program and something I know we all keep close to out hearts every time we walk out on that field.

Stay safe and stay healthy,

Brad Johnston
National Umpire Coordinator




Little League International operates more than 6,500 programs in more than 84 countries, and therefore, we recommend that our leagues exercise an abundance of caution and implement a temporary suspension/delay of all league activities until no earlier than May 11.


The umpire section of the Little League Canada website has been updated to include a number of resources such as:

  • LL Canada Umpire Uniform Standard
  • LL Canada Umpire Code of Conduct
  • LL Umpire expression of interest form for LL Canada Region Tournaments

As well as other resources that serve to create a consistency in our umpire program. Finally it is the place to get the latest few issues of the newsletter in case you missed something!Check it out here!


Little League® International’s Umpire Registry offers Little League umpires an informative way to stay on top of their game. By joining the Umpire Registry, umpires immediately become part of a unique information network charged with enhancing umpire services for Little League players everywhere.





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Little League International

Little League Baseball and Softball

Dear Little League® Umpire Registry Member:

As we all wait out this delay in getting our seasons started, Little League has decided to host a program aimed specifically at answering your questions. "Time Called" will be a series of conversations with Gerry Davis, Regional Umpires in Chief and Little League staff focused on particular rules and their applications, game situations and how to handle them and how to enhance your performance as a Little League Umpire.

The initial session of this program may be viewed by clicking here. These sessions will be pre-recorded and posted on-line to allow you to view them as your schedule permits. Notifications of new sessions will be sent to all current members of the Umpire Registry as they become available.

Gerry Davis

In order to make these sessions more meaningful to you, we encourage you to send topics for future discussion to [email protected]. Your specific submissions may be centered on rules and regulations both for the Regular and Tournament seasons, advancement through the tournament levels, a game experience of your own or any baseball/softball related issue you may have questions about.

Submit Topics For Discussion

We are excited to launch this new initiative and hope that the umpiring community finds it both useful and informative.

Stay safe.

Tom Rawlings

Tom Rawlings
Director of Umpire Development
Little League International®

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