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Frequently Asked Questions

New Umpire FAQs

What are the requirements to become an OSSUA official?

What sports does OSSUA officiate?

What does it cost to join OSSUA?
How much will I make as an OSSUA official?
How do I get game assignments?
How do I get paid?
What are the start-up costs for a new official?
Does OSSUA provide training?
 
 
 
 
 
What are the requirements to become an OSSUA official?
  • You must be 14 years of age or older.
  • Submit to OSSUA  a valid application.
  • Upon acceptance, complete the registration for the current season.
  • Pay all applicable registration fees.
  • Complete new umpire orientation
  • Complete rules test
  • Attend training clinic

 

What sports does OSSUA officiate?
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Fast pitch
  • Flag football

 

What does it cost to join OSSUA?
  • Fees for umpires 18 and over are $100
  • Fees for umpires under 18 are $50

 

How much will I make as an OSSUA official?
  • Your earnings as an official depend on a number of factors such as the sport you officiate, age group, time limits, and your availability. In most cases, how much you make is up to you as each official is able to set their own schedule.

 

How do I get game assignments?
  • The assignment process is determined by the types of games being scheduled.  Each umpire is responsible for setting their schedule and assignments are made based on availability, experience and skill level. New umpires are often paired with more experienced umpires when possible to provide mentoring.
 
  • Umpires are paid for league assignments monthly while tournament assignments other than league tournaments are paid at the conclusion of the tournament.

 

What are the start-up costs for a new official?
  • Start-up costs vary by the sport officiated.  All umpires are required to pay the registration fee and wear the standard uniform specified in the OSSUA Uniform Guide. At a minimum, this is a hat, shirt and pants. In addition, baseball and fast pitch umpires need protective equipment in order to work plate assignments.  Go to the Links page to find links to uniform and equipment vendors. In some cases, you may be able to reduce start-up costs by utilizing uniform pieces and equipment donated to OSSUA by former umpires.

 

Does OSSUA provide training?
  • Yes. We provide training for each sport we officiate. This includes classroom training and on field clinics. In most cases, our training is provided at no additional cost.