How to Become a Baseball Umpire

Here’s how to become a baseball umpire or baseball official: Find out about the local baseball officials associations in your area. An officiating association is a group of baseball umpires who meet periodically to discuss rules, mechanics and philosophy. They are a great way for new umpires to learn from veteran baseball umpires.

Attend a baseball game in your area and ask the umpires what association they belong to and whom to contact for information. The association will be a valuable pool of resources for training, obtaining games and getting to know other baseball officials in your area.

Attend association meetings. At those meetings, some held before the season starts, you can ask questions about rules, mechanics and positioning. Those sessions will be a foundation to get you started properly as a baseball umpire.