Recreational baseball for children league age 4-18 serving families of Mission Viejo California. Character. Courage. Loyalty. Let's Play Ball!


Have you been thinking about umpiring? Would you like to give it a try? Contact John Papa at


John Papa 
SMVLL Umpire in Chief





2021 Clinics & Training Dates!  


2021 Clinic and Blue Crew Dates
Rules Clinics
Rules Clinic 1
Wed Feb 10th
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Rules Clinic 2
Tues Feb 16th
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Rules Clinic 3
Mon Feb 22nd
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Mechanics Clinics
Small Diamond 1
Sun Feb 28th
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Cox Park, Ladera Ranch
Small Diamond 2
Sun Mar 7th
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Vista Hermosa, San Clemente
Junior Umpire Clinic
Sat Mar 20th
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Upper Gilleran, Mission Viejo




Link to Umpire Schedule below: 

Each team has a certain volunteer requirement on # of umpire points they need to hit. Each game is worth 3 to 5+ points depending on the level. 

Tball/Coach Pitch - 12 points
Single A - 25 points
AA, AAA, and Majors - 50 points
Juniors - 25 points

For new users, create a new account, hit “send request,” then you will receive an automated email in return with your username. 

For returning users, update your account with your new team name:

Fill in your team name. Please follow this format:

Then sign up to umpire games based on your comfort level. If you’ve never umpired before, start with Single A. Returning umpires should do AA and AAA. You shouldn't umpire games in your own division, but reach out to John Papa directly if you want to discuss any of this further. 





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Small Diamond 2 Man Mechanics

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Big Diamond 4 Man Mechanics


Small Diamond 3 Man Mechanics

  1. With no runners on base PU will have fair foul to the base and UI and U3 will have it at the base and beyond (pane of glass). PU will have all catch/no catch unless U1 or U3 goes out; then remaining umpires will revert to two man mechanics. PU will only verbalize a CATCH. PU should trail the BR to 1st if he believes there is an opportunity for a play at 1st, if not, he should be prepared to move up the 3rd base foul line for a play at 3rd  
  2. With a ball hit within infield or a base hit to the outfield, U3 (positioned on 3B foul line (D) will move into working area to take the BR to 2B. If that takes place, PU will move toward 3B and take the BR to 3B announcing, “I’ve got third if he comes.” U1, who began in the A position, will remain in foul territory watching for any throw back to 1B.  Once the BR releases and commits to 2B, U1 will rotate to HP (point-of-plate).
  1. With R1, U3 will begin in C position with U1 in A. PU will communicate a 1st to 3rd possibility and receive acknowledgement. See rotation in #2 above if R1 proceeds to 3B.
  2. With any R2, U1 will begin in the B position with U3 in the D position. U1 will be responsible for all plays at 2B and all plays at 1B.  U3 will have all plays at 3B.  PU will have all plays at HP.
  3. With R3 only, U1 will begin in the A position with U3 in the D position.  U1 will be responsible for all plays at 1B and 2B.  U3 will be responsible for R3’s retouch of 3B and all plays at 3B.  If U3 goes out on a trouble ball, PU has touch or re-touch at 3rd. If U1 goes out, U3 breaks to working area, has responsibility for 1st and 2nd bases, PU has touch or re-touch at 3rd. PU will be responsible for all plays at HP. 
  4. With R1 and R3 (or bases loaded), U1 will begin in the B position with U3 in the D position (see #4 above).

Please always keep in mind that it is important that you know where the ball is, your shoulders squared to it, do not anticipate where you will think it will go.


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