USE THE BIG RED ”R” to do your brief report within 24 hours of the scheduled game time. Please use the following five-questions as a guideline to complete your report. Perhaps you save this as a WORD document and use it each time to fill in your response…then place in the “Comment” section of your report.
1. Actual time the game started
2. Bat checks:
Did the coach have the current bat list?
Were the bat lists completed properly by the coaches upon pre-game inspection?
Were the bats laid out in front of the dugout in order?
3. Any items coaches were annoyed about? Warnings? Chirping issues?
4. What could the crew have done differently, etc.
5. Any issues with illegal pitches?
Professionalism in writing reports
This information is also used in the article Detailed Instructions for Completing an Incident Report in this same section (Protocols/Responsibilities).
When writing a game report, umpires should stick to the facts and use exact quotes. Here are some things which should not be included:
- Pregame history
- Hearsay or extraneous information
- Emotion of the umpires
- What an umpire should have done
- Misspellings or grammatical errors
- Judgment of penalty
- Anything that takes away from the account of what happened
- Anything that adds information that is not needed
Take into consideration that the report will be viewed by people who are educators, administrators, and if the situation was drastic enough, possibly lawyers and judges.