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December 2023

We are accepting new umpires for the 2024 season.  Please email Colin Rome - colin_rome@hotmail.com   - MDBA UIC

For 2024 - Baseball Ontario has created a new platform/website for registration, profile, camps, umpire zone etc.  You will need to Download or use the webpage to create/update your profile

ONDeck App 
or
ondeck.baseballontario.com


RETURNING UMPIRES:  All are invited to return for the 2024 season.  You need to recertify annually to maintain your umpire certification.  UIC will be following up in early March with the expectation that you confirm you are umpiring by April 1, 2023.  After that you will be removed from the MDBA umpire list.  
 
As a reminder, the Level 1 certification is a 2-year program and the Level 2 certification is a 3-year program.

For 2024, MDBA umpires may be required to attend virtual meetings.   We will also look to have an on field training weekend for all umpires to refresh their skills and learn positioning from Senior Levelled Mentors. 

Baseball Ontario Umpire Camps:

TBD by Baseball Ontario - Info to be posted once confirmed.
 
Level 3: Super Camp

TBD by Baseball Ontario - Info to be posted once comfirmed.

REMINDER:  ALL UMPIRES MUST ATTEND A CAMP.  LEVEL 1 & 2 IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND MARKHAM'S THEN YOU MUST REGISTER FOR ANY OTHER CAMP OFFERED.  NO EXCEPTATIONS.  IF YOU DON'T ATTEND YOU WILL NOT BE CERTIFIED AND THEREFORE, I WILL NOT ASSIGN YOU ANY GAMES
 
NOTE: ALL 18+ aged umpires will need to complete or recomplete on the BO website their Vulnerable Sector and Screening Disclosure Forms.  This is now an annual task
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Umpire FAQ



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How do I become an umpire for Markham District Baseball Association

A: First you must have been born in 2011 or earlier.  Please send an email to Colin Rome, MDBA UIC who will add you to the umpire distribution list and ensure a spot is available.  All new umpires are required to take an OBA Umpire Clinic to become certified.  
 
Q: I am only available to umpire certain days of the week.  Is the umpire scheduling flexible?

A: Yes. Many of our umpires play on sports teams themselves or have other commitments on different days of the week.  MDBA UIC uses google docs to schedule and asks you at least 2 weeks in advance of the games you would like to do.  The UIC only assigns you to games which you have indicated you are able to umpire. 

You may be asked to do more games if there are open games or cancellations.  Be proactive in checking the schedule for your assignments and open games. 
 
If you are unable to do a game you have requested and been assigned you must contact the UIC no later than 48 hours’ notice of that game and have the UIC arrange coverage.

Q: What is the umpire uniform/equipment and do I need to provide my own?

A: First-year Umpires (1.1) will be provided an umpire shirt, ball bag, and hat.  

A: All other umpires Level 1.2 and higher are expected to have their own  uniform and equipment  
 
A uniform consists of Powder shirt (ALL MDBA HL games use powder as our official colour) cap, plate brush, counter, ball bag, grey coloured pants, a black belt, and black shoes.  Please refrain from wearing baseball pants, baseball belt or metal shoes.  Level 2 and 3 umpires are strongly advised to have multiple shirt colours, Black, Red, Cream, Pink & plate shoes.
 
Younger umpires or those doing lower level house league games using your hockey shin guards or shoulder pads is also a good option.

Q: Will I get yelled at?

A: While baseball is a highly competitive game, there are rules in place in order to keep arguments at a minimum, as well as to protect the umpires.  The MDBA has put into play for all our HL games that parents, coaches, and players are not to argue, challenge, verbally abuse any umpire on any call made. 
 
One thing to remember: always remain confident with your call; in baseball, there are two teams, and on EACH pitch or play, one of the teams is not going to be happy with the outcome.  If there are problems that are not in the normal course of the game, you are encouraged to contact the Umpire-In-Chief, Colin Rome, and he will ensure that the situation is looked into. 
 
As well senior umpires will come to the park during the season to Mentor you and answer any questions you have this is your opportunity to ask questions, give feedback and constructive criticism.

Q: What is the pay rate?

A:  The pay rate for umpires in MDBA depends on the age level you Umpire.  MDBA uses umpires to officiate all games between the Junior Rookie Level (6-7-year-olds) to Mens Leagues at the house league, select, and Rep levels.  The higher the age level the higher the pay rate will be.  The pay rates are between $30 and $100 per game.

All first-year umpires should expect to begin umpiring at the Junior Rookie and Rookie age groups for house league games only, with the possibility of doing Mosquito HL or Rookie Rep as the season progresses and after being Mentored by a senior umpire. 


GENERAL INFORMATION

Umpire Responsibilities

For many individuals, umpiring for MDBA will be their first real job. Umpires can expect to undertake the following responsibilities:
- Showing up on time
- Taking charge of a game
- Making quick, accurate decisions and standing by those decisions
- Balance umpire commitments with school, playing baseball and other activities
- Keeping a schedule and record of games umpired
- Communicating their concerns, questions, and problems to the UIC Colin Rome

Requirements

 Umpires for the MDBA must be able to meet the following requirements:
- Umpires must be born in 2011 or earlier (12 years or older)
- Must attend an OBA Umpire Certification Clinic
- Previous baseball experience is not mandatory, however definitely is an asset. 
 

Umpire Contact Information

Umpire In Chief

Colin Rome
colin_rome@hotmail.com
Mobile/Cell: 416-668-5957
 
You will be provided with an Umpire Manual and info that will include
·       Umpire Contact List
·       Umpire Schedule – Through Google Docs, it is View Only, Only UIC can edit
·       Umpire Availability - Through Google Forms based on your schedule of availability to work
·       Pay Scale/Pay Dates
·       Expectations/Uniform/Equipment
·       Rain Out Procedures

Colin Rome
MDBA UIC
YSBA UIC
YRAA HS Assignor
Team Ontario Astros Assigner

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