The Local Umpire Program
Being a baseball umpire is a great way for youngsters to develop leadership skills and confidence. Many of our Umpires are also baseball players in RDMBA. Umpiring allows them to be engaged in a different aspect of the game that provides an elevated level of learning and experiences. RBMBA encourages and assists in the development of Umpires. Our Umpires have the opportunity to work at all levels in baseball. They may choose to participate at the Rec or Rep levels as well as at the Provincial level. They will have great experiences and get paid for their services and travel. Our Umpires start by earning their Level I certification prior to the season (RDMBA will conditionally refund the fees) and then can begin umpiring minor baseball in Red Deer. Depending on the Umpire's age and experience level, Level 1 certification allows umpiring most levels at a local and regional level. Level 2 certification is similar to Level 1 but allows occasional Provincial Level Umpiring depending on age and experience.
Umpires must attend a clinic annually to maintain certification.
RDMBA has an Umpire Coordinator who schedules and coordinates Rec Program Umpire assignments. The Umpire Coordinator also ensures payment to Umpires by managing the tracking process once the games are completed. For more detailed information about Umpiring with RDMBA or if you would like to register as an umpire, click here to Contact Us.
Beyond the Local Umpire Program
There are a total of 5 Umpire Certification Levels as defined by Baseball Alberta and its governing body Baseball Canada. Levels 1 and 2 are sufficient for local and Provincial baseball. A complete explanation of all the Levels can be found in the Baseball Canada Umpire Operation Manual.
There is also a leadership opportunity to be a Zone Umpire Supervisor with responsibilities in coordinating umpire assignments and mentoring all umpires in the zone.