Umpiring Recreation Baseball:
Depending on when a new umpire applies to MAC, they will be required to attend a "crash course" from our staff instructors to get them trained and familiar with our policies and procedures. Subsequent training will include a six (6) week course which goes into much greater detail of how to become an umpire. These classes usually begin in February, and they will get the umpire field ready for the upcoming season. They will be exposed to rules, mechanics, cage training and PowerPoint presentations. Other than described above, no certification is required to work at this level.
Umpiring Maryland High School Baseball - MPSSAA:
Every umpire is required to attend the same above-mentioned six (6) week course. Umpires will be categorized according to their ability and experience. In addition to the classroom and cage work described above, umpires will be tested throughout the training sessions. In order to advance, each official will need to successfully complete all course requirements. Simply attending does not guarantee advancement. Once completed, the umpire will be considered a Veteran Official. Each umpire is required to be registered with the State of Maryland, and pass the High School test. Per the MPSSAA, 1st year umpires are not required to take the test, however, we encourage everyone to participate. There are no additional certification required to work at the High School level in Maryland.
Umpiring Virginia High School League Baseball - VHSL:
Our association requires the same training as Maryland. The State of Virginia, however, has some additional requirements. Virginia requires each umpire to be Certified by the State. Officials need to register online and pay a fee. They are also required to pass the State Test.
Umpiring Babe Ruth Baseball:
Our association has the same criteria outlined for our Recreation and High School Baseball training. There is no certification needed unless the official wants to work in the State Playoffs. Officials need to apply online and register with Babe Ruth National Umpires Association and Virginia Babe Ruth Baseball. Umpires will need to pass the Babe Ruth Test first, then apply online with the Virginia State Babe Ruth Association.
Umpiring Junior College Baseball - JUCO:
For those wishing to get to the highest level possible, JUCO Baseball is the first step to getting there. At this point in your umpiring career, you will have had several years of training and working games. To get to this level, umpires would be invited to attend advanced training sessions, Showcase games where they can be seen by some of our top evaluators, clinics and camps. All College umpires are required to attend at least one (1) week long camp. This training is part of our contract with our clients.
Umpiring College Baseball - Division I to Division III:
Anyone fortunate enough to get to this level has excelled in all of the prior levels. Each umpire, per contract with our clients, are required to attend at least one (1) week long camp for advanced training. They will be evaluated by of top College and Professional Staff umpires, and also seen and evaluated by the Conference Coordinator. Upon completion, they will receive a Certificate and will be eligible to work College Baseball.