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. The job of a professional baseball umpire requires quick thinking, common sense, and confidence. When the ball is in play, the umpire sees the action, assesses the situation and makes the call -- all in a matter of seconds. The successful umpire has a thorough knowledge of the rulebook, is even-tempered, and is mentally strong enough to handle situations under stressful conditions. A professional umpire is expected to hustle, be alert, be in excellent physical condition, and have a neat appearance.
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., MiLBUmpireAcademy.com or certified professional umpire school)
- A driving record that makes him or her insurable and able to drive employer-provided transportation