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Career and Education Opportunities for Umpires

In general, umpires officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. They also detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations.

Select a state from the map below to find education opportunities to begin your Umpire career.


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Umpire video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Umpires talk with other sporting officials and facility managers in order to furnish data and consider problems. They also officiate at sporting events or competitions, to maintain standards of play and to insure that game rules are observed. Equally important, umpires have to inspect sporting equipment and/or examine participants in order to insure adherence to event and safety regulations. They are often called upon to signal participants or other officials to make them aware of infractions or to otherwise regulate play or competition. They are expected to teach and explain the rules and regulations governing a specific sport. Finally, umpires resolve claims of rule infractions or complaints by participants and assess any needed penalties, in line with regulations.

Every day, umpires are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.