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Umpires

Updated for 2021 Season on 02/02/21
 

GENERAL INFORMATION
If you umpired in 2020 you WILL NOT need to complete the application form for the 2021 season. Please email umpires@bgrabaseball.org indicating your intent to umpire in 2021. You will also need to log back into Assignr, update any account information such as address and phone numbers. Please also begin to populate your availability in the Assignr system. If your Assignr account is not active you may need to complete another application.

Once completed please bring with to the Umpire Training sessions OR email the completed application to umpires@bgrabaseball.org 

If you are 13 or will turn 13 years old by August 1st, 2021, you are eligible to umpire in the BGRA. All Non-Patched Umpires will be required to attend training sessions that are posted on this page. If this is your first year as an umpire you will likely be umping the FARM division.

PLEASE email application as soon as possible so we can register you with an online account for scheduling.

APPLICATIONS WITHOUT COMPLETE INFORMATION INCLUDING SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER WILL BE REJECTED

All applications must have a valid Social Security Number for tax purposes and a valid work permit if the umpire is 15 or younger. If all the information is not included on the application and work permit is not included it will be rejected.

UMPIRE TRAINING
Umpires are required to attend at least one of the training dates.  It is highly recommended that both training dates be attended especially for first year umpires.

Umpire Training will be held at North Shore Baseball Academy (400 Corporate Woods Pkwy #200, Vernon Hills, IL 60061) on the following dates and times:

  • April 14th, 2021; 5:30-7:30pm  (T-bred & Palomino)
  • April 18th, 2021; 1:00-3:00pm (Farm & Stallion)

Applications and work permits can also be scanned and emailed to umpires@bgrabaseball.org 

 
Umpires 17 years of age that are officially "patched" are not required to attend training.  

*BGRA will require all Umpires 18 years and older to be patched with their own uniforms and equipment.  To become a licensed official go to the IHSA website at http://www.ihsa.org/Officials/HowtoBecomeaLicensedOfficial.aspx.  You will be required to pass an exam each year, watch the required video, and attend a clinic every 3 years (it is strongly encouraged you attend the clinic every year).  The annual fee for the first sport is $45, and $15 for each additional sport.  Candidates must be at least 17 years old.  You must be patched with all requirements prior to the start of the 2021 BGRA season. (Disclosure: Please note that becoming a Patched Umpire is not a guarantee of hire.)

Frequently Asked Questions can also be found on the website at http://www.ihsa.org/Officials/FrequentlyAskedQuestions.aspx.

UMPIRE SCHEDULING
Umpires are required to create and maintain their profile within BGRA's Assignr Scheduling system.

Use the following Assignr Link to log into the system and enter your availability.

Returning umpires have received a notification from Assignr to update your profile online. New umpires will receive your log-in credentials for the assignment-scheduling system emailed to the email address provided on the umpire registration form. (After training is completed) 

UMPIRE PAYROLL
Payroll is going to be mailed to the address contained within your Assignr profile this year. Please ensure all contact information is up-to date when logging into your account to enter your availability.

You will be notified and provided with your umpire coordinator contact information. This will be your point of contact for scheduling / pay / equipment / issues etc

If you have any questions, please email umpires@bgrabaseball.org.

Pay Dates: TBD
 

UMPIRE UNIFORM HANDOUT AND DRESS CODE 

TBD  BGRA Building (At Jay Jones field) 

Umpires are required to have appropriate uniforms for all games.

The cost of the umpire package is $25.00 (Cash or check only) These items may be able to be used for multiple years. 

A BGRA UMPIRE SHIRT $12.00

A BGRA UMPIRE HAT $6.00 (No team or alternate hats may be used) 

A UMPIRE KIT WHICH CONSISTS OF A BRUSH AND COUNT CLICKER $12.00

Other umpire necessities including mask, leg and chest protector are provided. 

Umpires will wear blue jeans to the games. (Shorts not permitted)

We recommend wearing cleats if you have them or any other shoes that you do not mind getting muddy.

In cold weather a sweatshirt may be worn, with the umpire shirt over it. 

UMPIRES MUST STAY HYDRATED. PLEASE BRING WATER BOTTLE TO ALL GAMES