qualifying for placement

The top candidates from the 2021 session of the Umpire Placement Course will be offered positions to umpire in the Northwoods League, American Association, West Coast League, and other leagues with available positions that have partnered with us for 2021.

Below is a list of details that any umpire who is attending the course will need to know:

  • Check-in for the Umpire Placement Course is January 18, 2021, and continues with our Opening Session at 6:00 p.m.

  • Umpires are responsible for their own accommodations for the duration of the Umpire Placement Course. We have negotiated a low preferred rate with a local hotel, although umpires are welcome to make arrangements on their own.

  • Umpires are required to obtain their own transportation during their time at the Umpire Placement Course.

  • When purchasing flights for the Umpire Placement Course, you should purchase a ticket with a Jan. 25 departure date. Please plan a mid-afternoon flight at the earliest on Jan. 25, as final evaluations will begin at 8 a.m.

  • Professional dress attire is recommend for check in, and final evaluations.

  • To be offered a position in the Northwoods League, American Association, West Coast League, and other leagues we have partnered with, completion of the Umpire Placement Course is required (Umpires in the MiLB Advanced Course are not subject to this requirement). Umpires must meet a minimum of 1 of the following requirements for placement consideration; 

    • 3 years of NFHS (Varsity Level) baseball

    • Graduate of an approved MiLB Umpire Development Umpire School                         (Wendelstedt Umpire School/ MiLB Umpire Training Academy) 

    • Professional Baseball experience

    • Summer Collegiate League experience

    • Minimum 1 year of collegiate umpiring

  • Candidates must have the following if offered placement:

    • Valid Driver’s License

    • Valid Vehicle Registration (if crew driver)

    • Valid Auto Insurance (if crew driver)

    • Health Insurance (personal or on family's)

    • Valid United States Passport

    • Social Security Card        

    • Insurable to drive an automobile (American Association Only)         

    • Pass a Background Check (American Association Only)


*Any umpire can attend our umpire training and league placement course, however these above requirements are specifically for umpires seeking placement into any of our leagues that have partnered with us. Attending UPC does not in any way, shape, or form guarantee job placement into any of our partner leagues. 

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