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Celebrating 50+ years serving the youth of Miami Lakes and surrounding areas.

Celebrating 50+ years serving the youth of Miami Lakes and surrounding areas.

Umpires Corner


Individuals interested in becoming club umpires must complete an annual training provided by our Head Umpire Alex Rodriguez.  

Umpires 18 and older need to pass a background check. 18 and under you need a letter from an adult who knows you, preferably from the park, both have to go on PENDING to take a picture for an ID at the Optimist Clubhouse.

If you don't have the ID, you won't be able to umpire. 

The meeting reviews club specific rules, standards for umpires as well as position and movement on the field, controlling game situations including behavior and conduct of coaches, players and fans,  and all aspects of the playing field.  The upcoming meeting and training program is TBA.
Anyone wishing to umpire for Miami Lakes Optimist Baseball/Softball program must attend an umpire meeting, you will need to purchase a black, light blue umpire shirts, and a black hat from the Miami Lakes Sports Shop.  If you need additional information please contact the club's Head Umpire, Alex Rodriguez @ 786-229-3262


Umpire Schedules ~ assignments and schedules are coordinated by Alex Rodriguez. 

                          Please note the following rules for Umpires

  • Umpire Schedules contact Alex at 786-229-3262
  • Please show up at least 15 minutes prior to game time
  • Be sure managers start the game on time (note Picture day may delay actual start times)
  • There is a 1 hour and 45 minutes time limit in 8U / 10U / 12U,  2 Hours 14U / 16U games ~ No new inning begins once the time limit has expired ~ inning in progress must be complete unless home team is ahead and is at bat.  A new inning begins if there is any time left within the time limit
  • Uniforms for umpires ~ Black, Light Blue Shirt/Gray Pants ~ Black/Navy cap
  • Please remember that fans are not permitted to have noisemakers and must remain in the areas away from behind home plate.
  • Please contact a League Official if there are any problems
  • Please bring the game sheets to the box at the concession stand after each game
  • Please return Umpire equipment to designated location after each game
  • Please ask questions and discuss game issues as they come up!
  • Be Polite, Courteous but do not accept yelling or abuse from players/managers/coaches
  • Protests are not allowed on judgement calls ~ only rule interpretations!
  • Innings pitched must be logged on the Game Sheet kept by the Home Team
  • Keep the game moving
    Balks will be called in Mustang!  The first balk committed by a pitcher is a warning.  Any subsequent balks (must be obvious) in the game by the same pitcher will be called and base runners will be awarded a base per the rule book.
  • Always notify Alex 72 hours in advance if you can not work your assigned game


Optimist Club of Miami Lakes
6411 NW 162nd St 
Miami Lakes, Florida 33014

Phone: 305-204-6857
Email: [email protected]

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