‘Pitch In’ : Umpire

Umpire baseball or softball games as and when required.

Time commitment:

This will depend on league or tournament fixtures and your availability during the playing season.

What you’ll do:

  • Promote and uphold a high level of officiating.
  • Keep knowledge, skills and qualifications up to date.
  • Work with coaches to ensure that their knowledge of the rules is kept up to date.
  • Support community sport by officiating whenever possible.
  • Promote good sportsmanship wherever possible.
  • Join your sport's Umpire Association and attend relevant Committee meetings as required.
  • Encourage others to take up officiating.
  • Monitor, evaluate and feed back on player-umpire relations to the relevant league or Federation and to Head Coaches and Team Managers.

Skills required:

  • Understanding the rules of baseball and/or softball -- and how the games work on the field.
  • Goods judgement in game situations.
  • Focus.
  • Reliability.
  • Good communication and people skills.
  • Confidence.
  • The ability to be unbiased and impartial.


  • Contributing to well-managed games in your sport.  Both baseball and softball in the UK suffer from a shortage of trained umpires.
  • Learning new skills and developing existing skills through hands-on experience.
  • Personal and professional development and/or training.
  • The ability to explore career or job opportunities in a voluntary capacity.
  • A chance to have fun and meet new people, enjoying the traditional social life that baseball or softball clubs generate.
  • Experiencing new challenges.
  • Supporting your local community, with the personal satisfaction that comes with knowing you have helped others.
  • A written/verbal reference.
  • A brilliant CV booster (73% of employers will employ a candidate with volunteer experience over one without).

Special conditions:

If an Umpire has contact with young people or vulnerable adults, he or she must have a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

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