Cranberry Township Athletic Association

Umpires

Coordinator: Jim Tanda

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Umpire Opportunities

The CTAA employees youth and adult umpires for their in-house baseball programs in Mustang and Bronco leagues. In order to be elligible to umpire, a youth must be old enough to be elligible to play Pony League in baseball or Major Slow in softball. Initially youth umpires are assigned to umpire bases in the Mustang League, but as their experience contiues to grow they begin to take on plate responsibilites and move onto umpire Bronco 11 games.

Older baseball leagues (Pony, Colt, etc.) are umpired by an outside umpire chapter comprised mostly of adults. The CTAA umpire program does not particiapte in these age groups. All softball games are umpired by an outside umpire association. The CTAA umpire program does not participate in softball umpiring.

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Umpire Clinics

All umpires are required to attend an annual umpire clinic in order to be eligible to be scheduled to umpire Mustang and Bronco baseball games.

All managers of Mustang and Bronco baseball, especially those new to managing Mustang or Bronco teams, are encouraged to attend one of the umpire clinics to learn the rules of the game as well as understand what is expected of the umpires and the managers who are teaming up to teach the players how to play baseball.

About the Clinics

The clinics are two and a half hours of instruction on umpiring a baseball game. Topics covered include:

You must bring the following things to the clinic. No copies will be provided at the training:

Umpiring Links

Help with Rules

These sites can help umpires, managers, coaches, and parents gain a better understanding of the rules and why some calls are made.

The Ten Commandments of Umpiring

  1. Keep your eye on the ball.
  2. Keep all personaliteis out of your work, forgive and forget
  3. Avoid sarcasm. Don't insist on the last word.
  4. Never charge a player, and above all, no pointing your finger or yelling.
  5. Hear only the things you should hear -- be deaf to others.
  6. Keep your temper. A decision made in anger is never sound.
  7. Watch your language.
  8. Take pride in your work at all times. Remember respect for an umpire is created off the field as well as on.
  9. Reveiw your work. You will find, if you are honest, that 90 per cent of the trouble is traceable to loafing.
  10. No matter what your opinion of another umpire, never make an adverse comment regarding him. To do so is despicable and ungentlemanly.
--Ford Frick, National League President, June 1949
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