2022 Certification Process

For the upcoming baseball season, the OBA has announced the following in regards to their certification process.

For level 1 and 2 umpires this year, you will be conducting an online e-learning style clinic based off various online modules. You can reach out to the Hamilton District Baseball Association in order to register for the online modules and gain access to the trainings required for your level of certification.

For level 3 umpires, this will be an exam year following the online super clinic format for last years certification process. You can register for the exam by accessing your online profile through the Baseball Ontario website like in past years and obtain your exam code to complete the exam. In addition to completing the exam you must also complete 2 other training modules and will have the opportunity to complete a few optional and advanced training modules.

Please feel free to reach out to us via our contact page in order to ask any further questions or to gain assistance with any of the above steps and we can do our best to direct you accordingly.

2022 Umps Care Charity Bowling Tournament

Hello all,

Chris Marco is playing in the Umps Care charity bowling tournament during spring training on March 21 in Florida. Umps Care is the official non-profit charity of professional baseball umpires, providing emotional and financial assistance to youth and families in need across the markets of MLB/MiLB’s teams. The tournament is a fundraiser to help provide the following programs in 2022:

  • Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences to critically ill patients in children’s hospitals across the US and Canada
  • VIP baseball experiences for at-risk youth, children battling major illness and military families, (including visits in Triple-A Markets)
  • College scholarships for deserving young adults who were adopted later in life
  • Funding for short term assistance to umpires and their families in times of need

Obviously, MLB/MiLB is dominated by American-based teams, but Umps Care is active at Sick Kids Toronto on a consistent basis. Check out this piece Sportsnet ran during a broadcast in 2014 (https://www.facebook.com/UmpsCare/videos/10154232102255007/). Umps Care has been to Toronto every year since.

His spring crew is bowling in support of this great cause and he personally hopes to raise more than $120 for the crew. Please visit the crew page and consider making a donation if you are in a position to support.

His crew page: https://give.umpscare.com/fundraiser/3745484

Thanks for considering this.

OBA Mandates Vulnerable Sector Checks

This coming season the OBA has mandated that all umpires within our province now have to complete a vulnerable sector check in order to officiate games this coming season.

The OBA is continuing to update their website in regards to resources pertaining to these checks. In order to view the FAQ section to find out more on the VSC process, please click here