Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am only available to umpire certain days of the week. Is the umpire scheduling flexible?
A: Yes. Many of our umpires play on sports teams themselves, or have other commitments on different days of the week. Our Scheduler works hard to ensure that all umpires are assigned as many games as they are available for. However, it should be noted that the more games one umpires, the more skilled they will become.
Q: What is the umpire uniform and do I need to provide my own?
A: The umpire uniform consists of an umpire shirt, grey umpire pants, black shoes, and an umpire’s hat. The OMBA mandates that all umpires wear the approved umpire shirt, hat gray pants and black shoes. In the event of colder or rainy weather, it is recommended that a navy or black plain pullover be worn. NOTHING with logos or detail is allowed. The gray pants can be purchased from almost any clothing store and are fairly inexpensive. A black or navy belt is also mandatory, as the umpire ball bag needs to be attached this way. Umpires are expected to be wearing this uniform EACH time they step on the field, with no exceptions.
Q: How are umpires ranked in the OMBA?
A: OMBA umpires are ranked according to Baseball Ontario’s policy regarding umpire certification. Our Association is home to umpires ranging from Level 1 (beginner) to Level 4. The majority of our umpires fall into the level 1, 2, and 3 categories. The higher the level of an umpire, the more advanced games they are eligible to officiate. A complete outline of umpire certification is available at: http://www.baseballontario.com/umpires/Level_1_2_3_Programs/Certification_System/certification_system.html.
Q: What kind of equipment does an umpire wear?
A: Umpires will need to use a set of shin pads, an umpire’s mask, as well as a chest protector. The OMBA provides these at most diamonds, but it is recommended that each umpire purchase the equipment on their own and bring them with them to each game. Ensure that you bring them to each assigned game even though you may not be doing the plate.
Q: Will I get yelled at?
A: While baseball is a highly competitive game, there are rules in place in order to keep arguments at a minimum, as well as to protect the umpires. One thing to remember: always remain confident with your call; in baseball there are two teams, and on EACH pitch or play, one of the teams is not going to be happy with the outcome. If there are problems, you are always encouraged to contact the umpire-in-chief and we will ensure that the situation is looked into.
Q: What is the pay rate?
A: The pay rate for umpires in Oakville Minor Baseball depends on the age level. Oakville Minor Baseball uses umpires to officiate all games between the Rookie Ball and the Junior age group, at the house league, select, and REP levels. The higher the age level the higher the pay rate will be. All beginning umpires should expect to begin by umpiring Rookie Ball and Mosquito house league games only until they have gained experience in these groups.