There are endless reasons to try your hand at umpiring baseball.
Anyone, boys and girls, 12 year of age and older can certify to become an umpire. No past baseball experience is required.
The cost to become certified is $60, but it can be free. Umpires who certify and work 10 games through Red River Valley Baseball will be reimbursed their clinic fee. An even greater incentive, if an umpire works 30 games through Red River Valley Baseball they will earn an extra $150.
Basic catchers gear is required for working behind the plate, this includes a mask, chest protector, shin guards, and protective cup. For your uniform you will need black or powder blue collared shirt (no logos), grey pants, black shoes, and a black baseball cap (no logos). A Baseball Manitoba umpire patch will be provided.
To become an umpire you can register for a clinic through Baseball Manitoba and sign up for any clinic in the Red River Valley Baseball area.
For level 1 and 2 umpires, the clinic will be split into sections, an online course and an on field course. The online course is roughly 2 hours in length and the on field course will run 6 hours.
For level 3 umpires, the course will be done completely online for 2021.
We train all umpires to be able to work as both the plate umpire and the base umpire. Our goal at Red River Valley is to have two umpires for all games, as such when selecting games you can choose to work the plate or the bases.
Umpire at your own leisure, you can work as many or as few games as you wish. The online assigning tool allows you to pick what games you work, when you want to work.
Travel outside your community is not a requirement of umpiring. Just like you can select what days you want to work, the online assigning tool also allows you to pick and choose what locations. While Red River Valley Baseball does extend outside the city of Winnipeg there is no requirement to travel.
For those living outside Winnipeg and travel into the city to umpire, there is a $10 incentive for travel. The same incentive is applied for those who live inside Winnipeg and travel outside the city to umpire.