How to Become a Babe Ruth Umpire

Babe Ruth Leagues are baseball and softball leagues for kids ages 13-18. There are over 9,000 leagues and 56,000 team in 6 countries and in all 50 US states. Babe Ruth leagues are great baseball leagues to umpire because, for this age group, the games are a little more intense than other youth leagues and the rules start to resemble that of high school and college – leading off is allowed and the bases are further apart.

If you’re not an experienced umpire, and even if you are, we suggest you visit your local youth league ball fields to go see what Babe Ruth baseball looks like. If you’re not familiar, it’s a more advanced youth league with older players. If you accustomed to local youth recreational leagues, you need to be sure you’re ready for the Babe Ruth level of play. In addition, you can introduce yourself to the umpires at the field and get to know them.

Join the National Umpires Association (or NUA), it is one of the largest umpire associations nationwide and was inaugurated by Babe Ruth League, Inc. The association exists to assist local league officials who are affiliated with the program by providing education and training. They teach league rules as well as umpire mechanics with the stated goal of improving the quality of umpiring in their league games.

After applying, you will be sent a baseball rule book and exam (they also offer a softball version) that must be completed prior to umpiring. In order to pass you need to score 80% or better. There is a small fee associated with the exam.

Once you’re a National Umpires Association member, they can help you by suggesting umpire clinics that you may wish to attend. Getting hands on training is highly recommended.

Here are some more benefits of joining the National Umpires Association member:

  • Get help with rule interpretations on professional and/or Babe Ruth rules by emailing, phone, or submitting a support ticket.

  • Become eligible to be selected as a member of the World Series umpiring staff. Nine World Series are held annually.

  • Umpire’s manual built with the help of American League former Supervisor of Umpires, Marty Springstead. It shows positioning for both regulation and “Cal Ripken Baseball” fields, rule compendium, tips on working plate and bases.

  • Receive Babe Ruth Baseball rule book which includes official playing rules of baseball and Cal Ripken Baseball rules .

  • ID Card

  • Membership Certificate

  • Babe Ruth Baseball National Umpires Association patch.

  • Online BULLPEN magazine access.

  • Batter Up e-newsletter

  • Regional, State or District Umpire Clinics.