Umpire "U" Certification

Preparing, Communicating and Managing

Requirements to Obtain a "U" Certification:

  • Complete Introduction to Umpiring Course
  • Complete Abuse Awareness for Adults Course
  • “U” Certification Commitment (Code of Conduct)

Renewal Requirements:

  • None.

Benefits of Obtaining a “U” Certification:

  • Further the game of baseball through umpire education.
  • Become a better umpire through continual learning and development, both on and off the field.
  • Create a better experience for baseball athletes through understanding umpiring basics.
  • Promote a safe and positive environment for long-term development of athletes, both personally and athletically.
  • Be able to better recognize and respond to health and safety issues and other instances of emotional and physical misconduct.
  • Listed in the member search feature of the USA Baseball Develops website as a Certified Umpire.

Topics Covered:

  • Preparing for competition
  • Understanding Pitch Smart and signs of pitching fatigue
  • Professionalism and communicating with coaching staffs, players, and spectators
  • Avoiding and managing conflict
  • 2-man positioning and mechanics
  • Making calls and game management

Umpires who have completed a “U” Certification have demonstrated the following:

  • Knowledge of best practices for being professional during competition. 
  • Knowledge of positioning and mechanics to make calls. 
  • Ability to create positive competition environments through avoiding and managing conflict.
  • Understanding of how to recognize and respond to any misconduct, and how to create a safe environment for all players, coaches, parents, and umpires.


  • Free.

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