Umpire Coordinator, Joshua Winters

Hello my name is Joshua Winters and I am the Umpire Coordinator for Ankeny Little League. I will be responsible for the training and scheduling of all umpires for Ankeny Little League.  I have over 30 years of being associated with baseball in some way. I have played baseball at multiple levels, coached at both the USSSA and Little League baseball levels as well as being an umpire for USSSA and IHSAA. I'm looking forward to sharing what I have learned in my years of experience and helping new and existing umpires learn the craft and improve their skills. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me, Joshua Winters.

Information for Umpires for the 2019 Season

If you haven't already registered as an umpire this year, please contact Josh Winters as soon as possible to confirm your interest. 

Anyone age 14, by April 9th 2019, or older can umpire in our league. To encourage participation in umpiring, clinics are offered to provide instruction and is open to youth and adults. Clinic sessions are for those that reside in the City of Ankeny or attend Ankeny Community Schools. All first, second and third year umpires are asked to attend as many clinic sessions as possible.

Below are the dates for the umpire clinics and tests. You do not have to attend all of the scheduled clinics. However, it is beneficial for everyone to attend as many clinics as they can, especially for the first and second year umpires. The requirement to attend three (3) sessions of clinics is ONLY if you want to receive a uniform shirt for free.

After the clinics there is a closed book multiple choice and true-false test that each umpire must score 75% or greater in order to umpire this season. This test should not take more than 30 minutes to take. It is required for everyone that is a high school senior and below to take the Little League administered test.

First and Second Year Umpires

There is no need to register prior to any of the clinics. Attend as many clinics as possible to ensure your success as an umpire. During the clinics there will be time to create an umpire profile. This profile is needed in order to be scheduled for games. There is also a section in each umpires profile dedicated to availability. Keep this updated as much as possible so you are not scheduled for a game when you are not available. Schedules are done typically two weeks in advance. First year umpires only are scheduled for Single A through AAA games. Second year umpires are scheduled for Single A through AAA games with some more advanced 2nd year umpires doing Major and Intermediate games as bases only. The first few weeks of the season when possible all first year and most second year umpires will be paired with an experienced umpire to help in the learning experience.

Parents of 1st and 2nd year umpires

Please come to the end of one of the clinics offered so you can receive some general information about scheduling and game assignments. Your assistance in understanding this process will help your umpire have a more enjoyable season from a scheduling perspective. This will also help Ankeny Little League have games that start on time and little to no need to find last minute umpire replacements.


Third Year Umpires and Above

Third year umpires are looked at as leaders for the more inexperienced umpires. Though you have at least two years of experience please attend as many clinics as your schedule allows. The clinics are split into two groups; first and second year, and third and above. This will allow the more experienced umpires the time to discuss the rule differences in the older leagues. Since each umpire will already have a profile ensure the availability section is updated throughout the season. Schedules are done typically two weeks in advance.

Third year umpires are usually scheduled for Majors and Intermediate games but can and will be scheduled for Single A through AAA as needed. The first several weeks of the season the experienced umpires will be paired with a first or second year in Single A through AAA games to help with the learning experience. You must be 17 years old to umpire at the Junior level and 19 at the Senior level.


Umpire Uniform

The uniform for all umpires will be a navy blue umpire shirt, gray pants (no sweatpants, jeans, khakis, baseball pants, etc), black shoes, black belt and a navy blue or black hat. The league will provide home plate umpires with shin guards, chest protector and a mask. The shin guards and chest protector must be worn underneath the clothing. All league equipment must be returned to the quad center and put away neatly.

  • Shirts - A navy umpire shirt can be earned for free by 1st and 2nd year umpires attending 1 classroom and 2 field sessions or for 3rd year and up must attend 3 field sessions. If you do not meet the number of clinic dates to earn your free shirt from the league, you will need to purchase your own. Only navy shirts are to be worn when umpiring Ankeny Little League games.
  • Hat - The hat is required to be worn when assigned to bases and even under the umpire mask when umpiring behind the plate. These types of hats are called combo hats, they allow you to wear them as both plate and base umpire. The hats are to be solid navy blue or black with NO logos. Wearing a hat backwards on the field is not acceptable at any time.
  • Pants - The pants are to be heather or charcoal gray and can be an actual baseball umpire pant or a dress pant. Just remember that the shin guards are required to be worn underneath the pant legs and not over. If you purchase dress pants allow plenty of room for the shin guards. If you opt to get baseball umpire pants select combo pants as they can be worn when working behind the plate or bases. These type of pants come without a hem so you will need to have them hemmed so they almost touch the floor when wearing shoes while standing.
  • Shoes - All black is preferred or as much black as possible.
  • Belt - A black belt is required for plate and base positions.
  • Home plate umpires - The following items are REQUIRED; protective cup, shin guard, chest protector and mask. This is for YOUR safety and the leagues protection. As mentioned previously shin guards, chest protector and mask is provided by the league. Umpires must provide their own protective cup. An indicator, also called a clicker, is required that has at least balls, strikes and outs. A ball bag and brush is a great investment and is highly recommended but is not required. 


These items can be found in the Greater Des Moines area at the following locations:
1. Van Ginkels (on Ingersoll in Des Moines) - They carry various umpire items.
2. Scheels Sporting Goods (Jordan Creek Town Center) - They carry various umpire items (Umpire gear will need to be ordered in advance)

Please note: most umpire pants come without a hem. For online purchases it's suggested to look at www.ump-attire.com, www.honigs.com or even www.amazon.com.
If you have any questions please contact Joshua Winters.

Clinic and Test Dates

****All Dates listed below are tentative for the 2019 season. Please check back periodically for finalized dates.****

Classroom Sessions (Location: Quad Center(upstairs in the brick building in the center of fields 5-8)
**1st and 2nd year umpires must attend one of the following classroom sessions**:
- Tuesday, March 5th 7-9pm
- Friday, March 8th 7-9p
 
Classroom Sessions (Location: Quad Center(upstairs in the brick building in the center of fields 5-8)
Please plan to attend both of these session if possible. We will be covering rule and situations.
- Monday, March 25th 7-9pm
- Friday, March 29th 7-9pm

Gym Sessions  (Location: As Listed) ****PLEASE BRING A GLOVE TO GYM SESSIONS****
Gym sessions will begin on the following dates and may be held at various indoor school gyms. Please plan to attend as many of these session dates that you can:
- Monday, March 11th 7-9pm - First Family Church gymnasium
- Tuesday, March 12th 7-9pm - Prairie Ridge Middle School
- Thursday, March 14th 7-9pm - First Family Church gymnasium
- Saturday, March 30th 9-11:30 - Parkview Middle School

Field sessions (Location: Ankeny Little League fields) ****PLEASE BRING A GLOVE TO FIELD SESSIONS****
Field sessions will begin the first week of April, please take advantage of the opportunity to get on the field and plan to attend both dates if possible:
- Monday, April 1st 7-9pm
- Tuesday, April 2nd 7-9pm

Testing Sessions (Location: Quad Center(upstairs in the brick building in the center of fields 5-8))
Umpires may come anytime during the testing sessions. Plan on at least 30 minutes to take the test. BRING A PENCIL! Anyone planning to be an Umpire for Ankeny Little League must attend one of the testing sessions:
- Tuesday, April 2nd 7-9pm
- Thursday, April 4th 7-9pm
- Saturday, April 6th 7-9pm

Umpires must achieve a 75% or higher score to pass the test, which is required to Umpire a Little League game. 

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