Schedules/Assigning

Regular Season Assignments

New umpires will have most games scheduled at local diamonds featuring teams in their home Minor Association. Wherever possible, RDSUA assignors try to limit travel for new umpires.

Depending on the community, the regular season starts as early as the first week of May, and runs through the months of May and June. Regular season games are a maximum of seven innings and 1 hour and 45 minutes in length. Most minor games are about 1.5 hours.

Here are some key things you need to know:

Assignor: Lisa LeMasurier is the Assignor for the RDSUA. She can be reached at assignor@rdsua.ca.

Assigning of games: Games are assigned through Arbiter, an online scheduling platform. Each umpire will receive an email notification of games that have been assigned. The umpire will be given a deadline to accept or decline the assignment. Umpires are not to switch or pickup games without going through the proper process in the Arbiter system. Details about how Arbiter works, and what will be expected of each umpire will be explained at the annual clinic in April.

Minor Softball Game fees:

  • 2 umpires assigned: $35 per umpire per game
  • 1 umpire assigned: $45 per umpire per game
  • From that per game rate, each umpire has $5 allocated to cover the costs associated with assigning. That means each umpire will take home a minimum of $30 per game.

Umpire payments: Umpires are NOT paid on the day of the game. Records are kept by the Assignor, and cheques are issued twice during the season. In 2019, cheques will be issued to minor softball umpires in mid June (to cover games in May) and then in mid to late July, at the conclusion of the minor softball season, for games officiated in June and July.

Please remember that the executive members are volunteers, and cheques are processed and issued as quickly as possible. The process also involves invoicing minor associations, and receiving their payments to ensure we have sufficient funds to cover payments to umpires.

The expectation is that each umpire will monitor his/her schedule in the Arbiter system for accuracy. If there are any errors, the Assignor should be contacted immediately.

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Cancellations

If a game is being cancelled due to weather or other factors, that will occur no later than 5 pm on the day of the game. Assignor will inform umpires as soon as possible once cancellation has occurred. Umpires are not paid for games cancelled by the 5 pm deadline.

Umpires who show up to a diamond to start a game where teams do not show up – and proper notification was not given – are paid in full for the game. The umpires are to inform the Assignor in this situation.

If a game starts, but is subsequently stopped or cancelled due to weather, the umpires are to notify the Assignor so a decision can be made regarding payment.

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Tournaments

Tournaments run typically Friday night through to Sunday afternoon. The schedule of tournaments in Zone 4 will be posted on the RDSUA website. Any umpire interested in working at a tournament is to indicate his/her availability on the Arbiter platform.

Tournament game fees vary slightly from regular season games because there are multiple games at one location and because Minor Associations use tournaments to raise funds for the betterment of the game. No Assignor fees are assessed for tournaments. Fees are paid by the tournament Umpire in Chief on the last day an umpire works at a tournament. Occasionally a tournament committee may present one cheque rather than cash, in which case payment will occur as soon as possible after the tournament.

Tournament game schedules are established by the Umpire in Chief for the tournament. The UIC will contact each umpire by email or phone to confirm scheduling.

Game fees, travel reimbursement, and meal allowances or access to the snack bar are all negotiated prior to the tournament and communicated to the umpires prior to the tournament by email. Umpires requested to travel to a tournament are asked to car pool to save costs. Meal allowances typically include water, and one meal and soft drink per four hours at the diamond (candy, chocolate bars, chips are not included).