New Umpire Training Clinic

The ABUA provides training for umpires who are new to the organization. This training is suitable for any umpire whether or not they have any prior experience. There is NO FEE charged for attending this training.

This our primary, and most extensive, training. This clinic is scheduled to get new members ready for the high school season, which begins in early February.

The training is conducted in January and early February and consists of four (4) Saturdays, with both classroom and on-field training. In addition, there are two weekends of scrimmages (also Saturdays) in early February where the new members will work under the guidance of some our senior umpires (weather permitting).

In addition to the training provided by ABUA, the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) hosts an annual training conference each January. The registration fee for this conference is waived for new members. There is a training program specifically designed for new TASO members provided at this conference.

This training does not "make" you an umpire. Rather, it is designed to provide a solid basis upon which you can begin to develop the skills required to be an umpire. The course schedule and topics are shown below:

DATE / TIME

LOCATION

TOPICS

Saturday
January 6, 2018
8:00am - 6:00pm

ATTENDANCE IS
OPTIONAL
Hyatt Regency (downtown)
Houston
TASO-BASEBALL STATE CONFERENCE (attendace is optional)

Registration is FREE for NEW MEMBERS !!
 
Saturday
January 13, 2018
8:00am - 6:00pm
Location:
Hope Lutheran Church
6414 North Hampton
Austin, TX
Austin Chapter policies and procedures

State Association policies

Using "Arbiter" for game assignments
 
Umpire Duties & Responsibilities

UIL/TAPPS/SPC policies and procedures
Saturday
January 20, 2018
8:00am - 6:00pm
Location:
Hope Lutheran Church
6414 North Hampton
Austin, TX

Baseball Rules and Interpretations
 
Game Management

Saturday
January 27, 2018
8:00am - 6:00pm


Location:
Hope Lutheran Church
6414 North Hampton
Austin, TX
(morning)
 
Field - TBD
(afternoon)
Umpire Mechanics for the 2-umpire system

On-Field Work (Umpire Mechanics & Rotations)

 
(NOTE: depending on weather, topics for Jan 27th and
Feb 3rd may be switched)

Saturday
February 3, 2018
8:00am - 6:00pm


Location:
Hope Lutheran Church
6414 North Hampton
Austin, TX
Plate Mechanics (working behind the plate)
 
Cage Work (calling the pitch and other mechanics)
 
(NOTE: depending on weather, topics for Jan 27th and Feb 3rd may be switched)
Saturday
February 10, 2018
Time: TBD

Location:
TBD
 
 
Scrimmage (depending on weather) under the direction of senior umpires and training staff
Saturday
February 17, 2018
Time: TBD
Location:
TBD
Scrimmage (depending on weather) under the direction of senior umpires and training staff