Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need experience?​​

Will I work the plate or bases?

How many games will I work?

No. Beginner's Mind is best, regardless of level of experience. 
Both. Which is most important? Both. All games are worked by two umpires and each position demands equal effort. 
There are too many variables to answer that question, such as meeting attendance, availablity, and the weather. However, if you commit to the training you will be assigned games.

Do I need a car?

How far will I have to travel?

Do I purchase my own gear?​​

Yes. Travel to games beyond Eugene-Springfield is compensated.
All sub-varsity games are in Eugene-Springfield or within 10-25 miles except Florence.
Yes. An affordable starter's package is available. Start-up costs are easily recouped in several games.

When are game times?

What about summer ball?

Will I have the same partner?

4:30 or 5:00 on weekdays. Saturday games (often doubleheaders) are 12:00 or 1:00.
Summer leagues begin in late May and play until late July. Game times are after 5:00 on weekdays and vary on weekends.
No. You will work with a variety of umpires and be assisted by experienced partners.

Will I be an employee? 

How often will I be paid? ​

Is there an age requirement?

No. Umpires are independent contractors. If you earn over $600 you will receive a Form 1099 the following January.
Every two weeks in the Spring and monthly in the Summer.
Yes: 18. We can petition OSAA to have the age restriction waived.