ATTN: ALL UMPIRES

Published: 25/01/2018



In case you were not aware, a new umpire’s development plan (“The Umpiring Pathway”), has been introduced to assist all umpires to move forward in the great game of baseball.


As of the beginning of this year, The Umpiring Pathway has been developed for umpires to progress through the ranks, be it from grass-roots club level through to international status. To achieve any of these levels, however, a new accreditation regime has been introduced, similar to the previous but altered slightly.


From now on, for an umpire to be accredited as an Association Umpire (the old Level 1 Yellow and Blue shirts), the minimum requirement has changed.


Now, for an umpire to officiate in Divisions 3 and below (Yellow shirt), they must attend, and successfully complete:
– a single-day seminar;
– 6 hours of instructor-led or self-based training on baseball rules and interpretation; and
– completion and pass of Association Umpire theory exam (70% pass mark).


For an umpire to officiate in Divisions 1 and 2 (Blue shirt), they must attend, and successfully complete:
– a two-day seminar;
– two practical game assessments by a qualified umpire assessor;
– 6 hours of instructor-led or self-based training on baseball rules and interpretation; and
– completion and pass of Association Umpire theory exam (70% pass mark).


Each Baseball Queensland Club must nominate one or more umpires to be part of the ‘Blue Shirt Association’. That is one or more umpires who are capable of umpiring Divisions 1 and 2. Each nominated umpire will be assessed by the QBUA to ensure that they are capable of officiating at that level. The QBUA will help train and work with the nominated umpires on a regular basis to assist them in their craft.


This is way too much, you may say. Well, this is where QBUA is here to help. To help us help you though, QBUA is looking for names, numbers, and clubs who wish to pick up the ball and run with it, in readiness to move forward to the 2018/2019 season.


QBUA would like your Club to indicate if you are willing to:
– offer your facilities over 2 consecutive days for a Seminar to be held (around September but subject to change);
– provide food and drinks to students and instructors (for a fee invoiced to QBUA);
– indicate to QBUA, how many umpires/students would be willing to enroll and take part in the 2018 Seminar(s) even if not at their facility; and
– nominate at least one person who, with that person’s consent, is willing to become a Blue shirt for your club.


QBUA would like umpires/students to indicate:
– what Seminar they would like to attend because given the duration of Seminar depends on the level of umpiring (Div. 1 & 2 – Blue shirt = 2 days; Div. 3 and below – Yellow shirt = 1 day);
– where they would like to attend that Seminar, in view that all Clubs will nominate their availability to host but obviously subject to the Club’s submission and availability;
– what they as a student, expect from the Seminar; and
– short; medium; and long-term goals of where they see their umpiring career in 1; 3 and 5 years.

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