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BWBA Umpire Program

The Big Walnut Baseball Association (BWBA) has a unique Youth Umpire Program that trains and employs umpires to officiate games in our Major, Minor, and Machine Pitch Leagues. One or Two umpires are typically assigned for each game, a plate ump and a field ump. Our umpires are:

 

  1. Trained by adults with umpiring experience and current and former coaches of BWBA.

  2. Provided with all necessary umpiring equipment and receive an official BWBA umpiring shirt.

  3. Paid according to their position and experience.

For many kids, BWBA’s umpiring program is their first real job. As with any job, there are many important responsibilities our umpires must assume. These include:

 

  1. Showing up on time, taking charge of a game, and creating an environment for kids to have fun playing baseball.

  2. Learning, interpreting, and enforcing the rules of the game.

  3. Making quick, accurate decisions and standing by those decisions.

  4. Balancing umpire job commitments with school, baseball playing, and other  activities.

  5. Keeping a schedule and records of games umpired, and communicating any concerns, questions, and problems to umpiring program supervisors in a timely manner.

 

Training and Payment

BWBA will offer training throughout the season to provide opportunities for continued education.  

 

  1. Mandatory Pre Season Training - BWBA will hold a mandatory 2 hour pre season training session for all Umpires.  We will offer this on 2 different days and time (TBD) to accommodate schedule conflicts.  This will count as 2 hours of training.

  2. Weekly Umpire Review Sessions - After games begin we will hold weekly review/training sessions.  These session will provide an opportunity for our umpires to discuss issues/calls from their previous games.  BWBA will communicate times and dates for these weekly.  These sessions will count as 1 hour of training.

 

When an umpire reaches 30 hours of training and game experience they will become an Experienced Umpire in our program.  Experienced Umpire will have priority scheduling and a pay increase.  Pay rates for each division and position are listed below.


 

Position

Umpire

Experienced Umpire

Machine Pitch

$12

$15

Field Umpire

$20

$25

Plate Umpire

$24

$30



 

File Game Reports

Umpires must get both coaches to sign game sheet after each game in order to get paid.  These cards are available at the concession stand and are to be turned in immediately after each game.  

 

Questions

If you have any questions concerning the BWBA Youth Umpire Program, please contact BWBA Umpire Coordinator at .

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I am only available to umpire certain days of the week. Is the umpire scheduling flexible?

Yes. Many of our umpires play on teams themselves or have other activities on certain days of the week. The BWBA Umpire Coordinator depends on you to inform him when you are available to umpire. You are expected to communicate your availability for any particular week at least 7 days in advance of that week.

 

Do I wear an umpire uniform?

Yes. Umpires will be issued an umpire shirt which must be worn at all games you umpire.

 

What kind of equipment do I wear?

Plate umpires will wear masks and their choice of a chest protector or shield.  All umpires equipment is stored in the concession stand shed and should be returned after your games.

 

Will I get yelled at?

BWBA team managers will never treat you like you sometimes see umpires get treated on TV. Every BWBA player and manager signs a code of ethics that includes an agreement to treat officials with respect. The official BWBA rules of play require managers to act respectfully toward the umpires. Further they are responsible for making sure their players, coaches, and fans act in the same manner. If these rules are violated the BWBA Board can and will suspend a player, coach, or fan from BWBA games.