2013 American Legion World Series Umpires

The umpires for the 2013 American Legion Baseball World Series have been selected. Below is the complete list of umpires for this week’s games. The 2013 American Legion Baseball World Series is held is Shelby, North Carolina .

2013 Umpires – American Legion WS:

  • Craig Mills
  • Joe Rocha
  • Jay DeSantis
  • Dave Brown
  • Terry Myers
  • Phil Schlosser
  • Mark Mayle
  • Randy Sutton

Update: New Jersey wins the 2013 American Legion World Series!

If you want to follow the progress of this years games you can do so here. Also, most of the games will be broadcast on ESPN 3.


Thanks to all those who umpire American Legion Baseball – your service is appreciated.

How to Become an American Legion Umpire

More than half of current Major League Baseball players at one point participated in American Legion Baseball. It is one of the more traditional and history-rich amateur baseball leagues in America.

The American Legion baseball program is always growing, and participation is easy. The program is always looking for hardworking umpires, coaches, and volunteers. About 5,000 teams compete every season, so there is a lot of opportunity to became an umpire and help in almost every state.

In most cases, local umpire associations provide American Legion departments with umpires for games and tournaments. Umpires can also be nominated by department chairmen and other umpires to officiate the national tournament.

Just like every amature baseball league, if you want to become an umpire for that league, it is recommended that you attend a local umpire clinic. American Legion posts will often host their own umpire camps and clinics, so contact your local American Legion post for information.

Another component to becoming an American Legion umpire is a certification exam. The test covers the rules of American Legion baseball and is administered by the Legion umpiring committee.

Most American Legion leagues have some type of evaluation process that continues after umpires begin umpiring games to maintain high umpiring standards. It usually covers things like timing of calls, how the umpire handles coaches and players, and their strike zone accuracy.

The cost of becoming an American Legion umpire is very low but it varies by post so contact your local post for more information. The best place to get starting as an American Legion umpire is to visit their great site and read their published umpire manual.


How to Become an Umpire

What is your goal?

Starting your career as an umpire isn’t difficult and it can be a lot of fun. Below you’ll find information on what to expect and how you can achieve your goal of becoming an umpire.

Expect the work to be physically demanding. You will need to jog often to ensure you position yourself properly to make an accurate call. Basically, you need to be agile enough to keep up with the pace of the game. It’s also important to consider the weather in your area – depending on your location, hot and/or colder temperatures can be a burden on your body. As the player’s get older and the game competition increases the demands on your body will also increase. If you’re new to umpiring you might be best served by umpiring younger age groups first.

Step 1: Attend a Baseball  Association Meeting or Clinic – The easiest way to learn the umpiring landscape in your area is to meet people who are involved in the community. An easy way to find one is to attend a local game and ask the officiating crew which association they belong to. You can also call the athletic departments at local organizations or visit their websites. Many will post information for umpires.

Step  2:  Learn the Rules of the Leagues You Will Umpire In — Once you’ve identified some of the leagues you may want to officiate you need to develop a sound understanding of the rules. Don’t rely on your years as a ball player. Many of the “rules” that circulate in youth leagues are incorrect. Go to the source and do some reading.

Step  3: Join an Organization or Association — After attending a few association meetings you may be ready to join an organization. This will give you a leg up by keeping you plugged into what’s going on in your area and will push you to keep on the umpiring path.

Step  4:  Get in Shape — Before you attend your first clinic you may want to start to get into shape. Start a jogging routine, play some basketball, or better yet join a men’s baseball or softball league. Or, just hit the gym. You don’t want to be ready for first job and it’s good to get into a routine early.

Step 5: Get Trained –  Attend clinics, camps and classes recommended by your association so that you know proper form and mechanics. Being formally trained is what separates amateur umpires to professional officiants. If your goal is to become a college, MiLB or MLB umpire you will need to attend professional umpire school. Click here to learn more about the cost of professional umpire school.

Step 6:Pass Your Tests — Take the tests administered by your sanctioning body (umpire association). The most common affiliations are; Pony, NSA, BPA, and ASA.

Step  7:  Get Your Protective Equipment and UniformPurchase your uniform and the necessary umpire equipment.

  1. Black Umpire Shoes
  2. Black Athletic Socks
  3. Black Umpire Belt
  4. Baseball Umpire Pants and Shorts
  5. Umpire Uniform Shirt (over 10 different colors) - color requirements vary
  6. Umpire Masks / Umpire Helmets
  7. Umpire Shin / Leg Guards
  8. Umpire Chest Protector
  9. Ball Bag
  10. Plate Brush
  11. Balls, Strikes, Out Counter
  12. Referee Watch and Game Timer
  13. Lineup Cards & Pencil
  14. Performance Base Under Gear
  15. 2-Inch Bill Combination Cap