Under the current structure of the National Umpire Certification Program, the certification path is based on yearly attendance of a clinic. Umpires must progress through the yearly system of clinics to complete each level and advance their skills.
Umpires start at Level 1 and must attend a Level 1 clinic for two years before advancing to the Level 2 clinics.
Level 2 umpires will progress through 3 years of clinics for offense, defense and game management before advancing to Level 3.
The level 3 umpires only have to attend a clinic every third year, but are required to complete an online exam every year, there is no clinic.
Year 1 - Offence (odd numbered years)
Year 2 - Defense (even numbered years)
Year 1 - Offense (2018)
Year 2 - Defense (2019)
Year 3 - Game Management (2017)
Year 1 - Online Exam Only
Year 2 - Online Exam Only
Year 3 - Level 3 Clinic (next level 3 clinic will be in 2019)
To receive certification at any level an umpire must attend a clinic at that level. There are certain requirements that must be met before moving up to the next level.
Certified umpires wishing to remain at their current level are required to attend a clinic and pass a written examination every year.
Clinic attendance fees are as follows: Level 1-$60, Level 2-$75 (FMBA members are FREE)
Umpire may qualify for school credits as work experience
Uniform and Equipment Standards
The items listed below describe the proper uniform for Umpires:
Black Shirt with crest
Black (or optional Red) Undershirt
Black Hat (crest is optional)
Athletic supporter with cup *
Chest Protector *
Black (or optional Navy Blue) Undershirt
* Items marked with asterisk apply to plate umpires only.