There are many levels of umpiring, from the novice to guys who go all the way and do it in the USA as professionals.
Currently the QBUA has one such umpire working as a professional in the USA – Tom West.
Umpires; What We Really Are
Nearly everyone has an opinion of what an umpire is. Definitions range from our being a “necessary evil” to “an integral part of the game”.
Perhaps it would be cleaver to say the truth is probably somewhere in between, but honestly we are an integral part of the game.
What does our avocation really encompass? What is an umpire
Let’s take a look.
First and foremost, we are really game managers. The plate umpire or crew chief is the manager and the line umpires are the assistant managers.
Like it or not, this is what the managers, coaches, players really want: someone to run the game.
Not a dictator, but a person who will take charge and effectively manage the game.
An arbiter is a person empowered to decide matters at issue and to assume the absolute power of judging and determining. Not exactly a field for the feint hearted, and certainly a position open to criticism. However if you strive to become a good communicator, much of the criticism will be alleviated.
In the pre-game you are a communicator. In starting the game you are a communicator. Once you have rendered a game decision, you are most definitely a communicator.
If you are able to project yourself as knowledgeable, fair and impartial, you will be a successful communicator.
Communication not only involves verbalising and signalling but also includes your complete demeanour.
Although many officials refuse to believe it, or perhaps have never thought about it, being a good game manager and a good communicator are just as good as being a good arbiter.
In probable fact, it is not always the umpires with the best field judgment who advance to the very top of their leagues, but rather it is the good managers and communicators.
All new umpires need to complete the Introductory Level Officiating General Principles from the Ausport site prior to doing any courses. www.ausport.gov.au/official.
Below you will find Manuals . Read and experience what umpires are required to do at different levels.
Always ask as many questions as possible as there is a wealth of knowledge in our Association to answer your questions.