***DUA UMPIRE TIPS***
Lineup Card Maintenance
As the plate umpire, one of your most important jobs is to keep an accurate record of all lineup changes, courtesy runners, charged conferences, and many other details about the game. In order to do this, remember that your lineup card and pencil are just as essential as your plate gear.
At the plate conference with the head coaches prior to the start of the game, check the lineup card that each head coach submits to you. Be sure that each name and number listed is correct, that each position is filled and that eligible substitutes are listed separate from the starting lineup. Confirm with the head coach that the designated hitter in baseball, or the DP/Flex players in softball are listed correctly. Know which player is batting, and which player is playing defense only. If the DH or DP/Flex players are not listed in the lineup, confirm with the head coach that that option is not being used for this game.
Once the game has begun, call "Time" to record each substitution, each charged conference and each courtesy runner on the official lineup card. Record the substitute or courtesy runner's name and number only after checking to be sure the substitute or courtesy runner is eligible to enter the game. Do not allow any ineligible player to enter the game. Also record the inning when the substitute or courtesy runner entered the game. If a charged conference is used, record the number of conferences used and the inning(s) in which they occurred. Politely notify the head coach of that team how many conferences he/she has used.
If there is an ejection, bench confinement or suspension of play, write the details on the back of the lineup card. Note the inning, the number of outs, placement of any base runners and a brief and factual description of what happened. In the case of an ejection or bench confinement, record names and numbers of individuals involved.
Whenever recording game details on your lineup card, stand up straight and place your mask under your arm. Never place your mask on the ground or hang it on the fence. Use a lineup card holder with a hard surface to make it easier to write on. Keep a spare pencil or pen in your ball bag or pocket. This is an important part of your job and you should look professional while doing it.
All of the above may take extra time during the game, but it is essential to document the details properly and accurately while they are fresh in your mind. That lineup card may be needed to complete an ejection report or to resume play in a suspended game. Also, it will help you keep track of what has happened in the game as it progresses.
Your lineup card is one of your most important tools. Maintain it properly and it will serve you well.