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Minor League Baseball Umpire Development

The Umpire Development Process

What do I need to become a professional umpire?

To excel as a professional baseball umpire, one must embody traits such as quick thinking, common sense and unwavering confidence. In the heat of the game, umpires must adeptly observe the action, assess situations and make decisive calls, all within a matter of seconds. A successful umpire possesses an in-depth understanding of the rulebook, maintains composure in all circumstances and exhibits mental resilience to navigate high-pressure situations. Additionally, professional umpires are expected to display hustle, remain alert, maintain excellent physical fitness and present a polished appearance.

Prospective umpires aiming for a career in professional baseball must fulfill certain essential requirements, including:

  • Possession of a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Maintain a healthy physical condition
  • 20/20 vision, with or without corrective lenses
  • Strong communication skills
  • Quick reflexes and coordinated movement
  • Demonstrated athletic ability
  • Completion of requisite preliminary training for the role, such as an invitation from an MLB Umpire Camp

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Umpire Benefits

Professional umpires regular-season salary ranges and benefits for each classification are below.

Professional Umpire Employment Benefits:

  • Daily Meals and Incidentals ($64 daily)
  • Health Insurance (100% Employer Paid)
  • Dental Insurance (100% Employer Paid)
  • Life Insurance (100% Employer Paid)
  • Uniforms (Jacket, Shirts, Pants, and Hats)
  • Uniform credit ($400) with approved supplier
  • MiLB.TV Annual Subscription
  • Union Approved Tuition Reimbursement
  • Major League Baseball Provided Leased Vehicle
  • Major League Baseball Provided Lodging
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Major League Baseball Security

How do I attend MLB Umpire Camp's free one day clinic?