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How to Become an Umpire in IL

Updated: Mar 15

Some people measure the passage of time by the changing seasons. If your idea of “seasons” starts with pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, have you ever thought of becoming an umpire in Illinois? You don’t have to be ready for the Cubs or White Sox. It doesn’t matter if you have a .001 batting average, an ERA of 20, or no idea yet what a batting average or ERA is. All you need is a love of the game and the motivation to learn. Official Finders can help you become an umpire in Northern Illinois. Do you have questions? We’ve got answers!

What do I need to become an umpire in Illinois?

Our umpires come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are here because they’ve watched the game for as long as they can remember and they’d like to get involved. Some are past players. Others just like a new challenge but don’t know a thing about officiating a game. If you’re willing to put in the work, we’ll give you the knowledge and training you need to succeed, and the opportunity to get behind the plate at baseball games throughout the area.

How does your umpire training work?

Your first training session will take place online. It’s an orientation to the way Official Finders works, and what you can expect from us, and also covers the rules of the game. The second and third training sessions are in-person, and they’re designed to help you apply what you learn while you’re on the diamond. There are plenty of training sessions to choose from, and they won’t cost you anything.

Why choose Official Finders?

Let’s start from the umpire’s point of view. Your training is flexible; you’re learning from coaches and officials who’ll share their knowledge, and who share your love of the game. Our scheduling is flexible, so it fits into your busy life. Our online store with official gear, a simple booking system to find jobs, and quick payment through our payment processing system, we help guide you through the training process so when game day comes you can just focus on the work.

But there’s another reason. We’re able to offer work throughout Northern Illinois and even into Indiana because local clubs and athletic organizations turn to Official Finders when they need to hire an umpire in Northern IL. We really do take care of everything!

Will I need any special equipment?

Well, sure. After all, you’ll want to look professional, and you’ll also need special equipment to officiate. But we cover that as well since our online umpire equipment store helps you look and perform professionally without breaking the bank.

When can I start umpire training?

How about now? The sooner you sign up, the sooner you can complete your training and start officiating baseball games in Northern Illinois and Indiana!

What if I still have questions?

We’re just a click or call away. Contact Official Finders for answers to any other questions you might have. We’ll make sure you get the information you need, and then we’ll help you discover a new passion!


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