Become an Umpire


"The integrity of baseball is embodied in the Umpire upon whom the trust is placed to ensure the game is played by the rules guaranteeing fairness for those involved. During the course of performing these prescribed duties, the Umpire must at all times interpret and clarify rules as they are written. Words can never be written to cover all situations in our great game and therefore incidents may occur which call for the sound and fair judgement of the Umpire."

PBUC Umpire Manual


We welcome you to share our love of the sport of Baseball with teaching and supervision from New Zealand Baseball Umpire’s Association(NZBUA) Instructors, we can enhance your understanding of the game and in turn, your enjoyment of the sport.

Becoming an umpire requires the support of people who have travelled the same path you may be commencing and who know what you need to know for you to enjoy the role of umpiring from Kiwiball to the International level that some of our members have enjoyed.

This association is charged with the responsibility of administering the NZBUA Development Programme which is comprehensive for umpires starting with Kiwiball and junior baseball all the way through to high performance senior games.


Umpiring baseball is an excellent way to stay involved in the greatest of games as well as earn some extra money. When you become an umpire there are many opportunities for you to progress to a higher level. The pathway for umpires is very similar to that of a player. You can start at your local club and progress your way through to the international level umpiring both tournaments and overseas competitions.


FIVE REASONS TO BECOME AN UMPIRE

  1. The challenge and enjoyment of umpiring an exciting baseball game from the 'best seat in the house';
  2. The opportunities to umpire at club, regional, national and even the international level by progressing through the development pathway;
  3. The camaraderie within the umpiring fraternity;
  4. The chance to supplement your income whilst pursuing your hobby;
  5. To play a key role in the future of the great sport of baseball.


UMPIRE ACCREDITAION

Umpires obtain and maintain a National Accreditation, which can be obtained by completing an umpiring course during the year. Various levels of courses are conducted throughout the year by the New Baseball Umpires Association.

  • Community Umpire – Junior Club games only
  • Community Umpire – Administered by the NZBUA
  • Association Umpire – Administered by the NZBUA
  • National Umpire – Administered by the NZBUA
  • International Umpire – Administered by the NZBUA


ASSITANT UMPIRE REGIONAL CO-ORDINATOR (AURC)

​​​​​​​The AURC is the person appointed by the NZBUA (New Zealand Baseball Umpires Association) to provide strategic direction and development for all Baseball Umpires in their Region. The AURC, and his assistant work closely with The Director of Umpiring, Associations and Clubs to provide the following:

  • Umpire appointments for club, regional and national competitions (associations appoint an Appointments Coordinator to allocate club games to umpires);
  • Training and accreditation;
  • Policy and quality standards;
  • Ensuring baseball is maintained in a good light.


To discuss the range of NZBUA programs for umpiring, please contact the Director of Umpiring.


UMPIRE RESOURCES

UMPIRE MANUALS

UMPIRE CONTACTS

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF UMPIRING

Warren van Rooyen


Regional Development Officers & Assistant regional Coordinators

Auckland

Joshua Wechsler    

EML:  joshuawechsler@hotmail.com    MBL:  0278554013

Travis Watson    

EML:  021737938 travnz@gmail.com

Keith Wilson    

EML:  wilcoe@gmail.com    MBL:  0274763298

Michael Vukcevic    

EML:  michaelvukcevicnz@gmail.com    MBL: 0274899136  

Waikato

Carlo Gorissen    

EML:  carlo@teltherm.co.nz    MBL:  0275551773

​​​​​​​Tauranga

Peter Ajamian    

EML:  peter@pajamian.dhs.org    MBL:  0274790201

Nelson

Kelvin Heiford   

 EML:  0211915709kelvinheiford@gmail.com 

​​​​​​​Christchurch

Michael Smith    

EML: mikesmithchchnz@hotmail.com    MBL: 0212120944