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How to become a major league umpire?

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What education or experience is required to become a major league umpire?
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Venkatesh’s Answer

STARTS AS A MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL UMPIRE
Each year Minor League Baseball Umpire Development recommends new candidates to serve as umpires for Minor League Baseball. These candidates have good training, strong ability as umpires, and a keen desire to succeed.

Umpires seeking a job in professional baseball must meet some basic requirements. Each applicant must have:
High School diploma or G.E.D.
Reasonable body weight
20/20 vision (with or without glasses or contact lenses)
Good communication skills
Quick reflexes and good coordination
Some athletic ability
Required preliminary training for the job (i.e., MiLB Umpire Training Academy)
A driving record that makes him or her insurable and able to drive employer-provided transportation
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Kale’s Answer

So the only way to become a major league umpire, is to go to one of the two accredited schools in Florida. After the four week course students get picked for the advance course where they compete for jobs.


Becoming a major league umpire takes anywere from 10-15 years in the minor league system.


Also so if you do not get a job in Major League Baseball, having a job as minor league umpire opens up lots of opportunities once you get release. Ie. College officiating, positions with minor league teams or major league affiliates, and you get to see our beautiful country .

Former MiLb umpire

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