Did you know if only takes 4 games to satisfy your LAFF Requirement? It's a fact!
We can't think of a better way to experience the game AND complete your volunteer commitment!
PHBA takes pride in developing new and beginning umpires (0-3 years experience) with a strong training and mentoring program to help you learn quickly plus have fun umpiring.
Whether you're umpiring for the first time or refreshing your skills from past seasons, the Umpire Leadership Team's (ULT) simplified approach to training and supporting mentors ensure the necessary skills are there for you to successfully umpire and put your best game on the field for the kids.
All volunteer umpires new to PHBA start at Level 1; umpiring Bases Only at the Pioneer and American age levels.
To qualify for Level 1, all new umpires are required to complete 3-hours of training. It is comprised of 1 hour of classroom and 2 hours of on-field training. Our new training program is more than enough to get you ready for getting on the field.
Returning umpires currently at Levels 1, 2, or 3 wanting to move up another level will be required to complete additional advanced training and vetting by the ULT in order to advance to the next level.
Even with our training, as a new umpire you are bound to be nervous. We have taken steps to minimize that nervousness. All first year umpires will be working with a mentor. This mentor will be an experienced umpire who will be the Umpire in Chief (UIC) for each game you work. In addition to mentoring their new umpire prior to, during and after the game, the UIC will be the intermediary in ALL instances where managers/coaches may question a call made by the new umpire. After the UIC deals with the manager's question, the UIC will engage the new umpire (his partner) in a separate discussion of the call away from the manager.
Clothing and Gear
Besides the training, we also want you to look the part. While PHBA provides a hat and shirt for all umpires, the pants and shoes fall to each umpire.
We urge every umpire to try to wear grey slacks and black shoes when umpiring. No jeans, shorts, or flip flops. This goes a long way in showing managers and coaches your commitment and professionalism toward the craft and the kids. We are fond of saying that "looking the part" is half the battle.
There are several inexpensive options for this gear should you choose to buy umpire pants and shoes. If you are ready to step up to the plate, PHBA has you covered there as well with all the appropriate plate gear!
Contact the Chief or any other ULT Member to gain access to the Level 1 Bases training page that will guide you through the basic knowledge required.