Youth Umpire Training

Interested in being a youth umpire? Check out the details below and register for a training clinic via the South Orange Recreation website!

Anyone who will be at least 13 years old as of April 30th is eligible to be an umpire for the upcoming SOM Baseball season.

Joining the SOM Baseball Umpire crew is an excellent opportunity for teens to gain real-life work experience. Umpires are paid employees* (starting at $30/game) of the township and gain valuable leadership experience. Many who have gone through the program cite umpiring as a major factor in helping them become more responsible and confident as they move on to college and beyond. Being a youth umpire looks great on college/private school apps, scholarship applications, and much more! It's a great first job!!

Classes and mechanics training take place in February and March. Candidates are expected to attend all sessions, however, please don’t simply assume you can’t participate if you need to miss any classes. Reach out to discuss any conflicts you may have.


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*13 year old umpires are not paid. However, 13 year olds who successfully complete training will receive an increased starting rate of $40 for their second season. Umpires who turn 14 during their first season will be paid at the normal starting rate of $30 per game after their 14th birthday.