Become an Umpire

Become an Umpire

There are many reasons people decide to become an umpire. Some are helping their Club while others aim to extend their playing career or seek social and community involvement.

Becoming an accredited umpire highlights a recognised level of competence and effort and enables you to wear the Baseball New Zealand Umpires logo with pride, knowing you have earned it.

Prior to deciding to become an official umpire of Baseball, the following next steps provide excellent insights into the role of an umpire and whether it is suited to you.

  • You will need to keep good fitness levels for the role
  • You will need to familiarise yourself with the member policies and guideline related to umpires
  • An outline of the accreditation process and registration will also give you a scope of the education pathway available to you
  • You will need to know the basic skills involved in playing Baseball as you will need to umpire on throwing, catching, fielding a ball, hitting and moving between bases. More tips and training programs to help you develop your skills
  • It is helpful to have an understanding of the basic Baseball rules and terminology
  • Extensive umpiring resources are available to answer all your enquires
  • There are also various umpire profiles available to provide you with inspiration
  • The frequently asked questions or Ask an umpire sections also offer invaluable insights for umpire beginners
  • There are many regularly updated resources for umpires, including the umpiring news
  • You can Find a Club near you or contact your Region Association or Baseball New Zealand for more information.

More than 50 accredited Baseball umpires throughout New Zealand spend their summer ruling the diamond at local Clubs and Associations. They dedicate their time to umpiring as the benefits include helping improve fitness and knowledge, enhancing leadership and management skills in high-pressure situations and also having fun.

A good umpire is able to demonstrate knowledge of the rules, quick decision-making, an ability to explain and defend decisions and a willingness to keep the game moving at a steady pace.

Most umpires start at local association level and umpire from junior through to senior competitions. As umpires gain skills and confidence, they often seek optional ongoing accreditation, which can lead to umpiring region, national and international games.


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