Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need experience?

No. Beginner's Mind is the best approach, regardless of experience.

Will I work the plate or bases?

Both. Which is most important? Both. The two-man system requires equal effort.

How many games will I work? 

That depends on several factors: meeting attendance, your availability, the schedule, and the weather. If you can commit to the training, you will be assigned games.

Do I purchase my own gear? 

Yes. Affordable starter packages are available. Many of our umpires also work Babe Ruth which deducts gear. Start-up costs are easily recouped in several games.

Do I need a car? 

Yes. Travel to games outside Eugene-Springfield is compensated.

How far will I have to travel?

All sub-varsity games are in Eugene-Springfield or within 10-25 miles. Cottage Grove is the longest drive.

When are game times?

High school game times are 4:30 or 5:00 on weekdays. Saturday games (often doubleheaders) are 12:00 or 1:00.

What about summer ball?

Summer leagues begin in late May and play until late July. Game times are after 5:00 on weekdays and vary on weekends.

Will I have the same partner?

No. You will work with a variety of umpires and be assisted by experienced partners.

Will I be an employee? 

No. Umpires are independent contractors. If you earn over $600 you will receive a Form 1099 the following January.

How often will I be paid? 

Bi-weekly in the Spring and monthly in the Summer.

Is there an age requirement?

Yes: 18. We can petition OSAA to have the age restriction waived. There is no age requirement for Babe Ruth