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Umpire Training

You are taking your first steps into a brand-new world. Many of you have played baseball in some compacity or another, everything from sandlot ball to rec ball to competitive. Those experiences will offer some familiarity to this new experience you are about to undertake. Being a good umpire will take a lot of work, practice, and confidence in yourself. We will give you all the tools you need to be a good umpire. Once you finish this training, you will have a new understanding of this incredible game. Are you ready to get started? Fill out your Umpire Application today!

Any questions in relation to the info below, please feel free to e-mail the UIC, Aaron Garnett, at [email protected] and he will respond as soon as possible.

Training Program:
Our training program for the 2024 season has been set. This program will consist of three (3) in-class training sessions and one weekend for field training. The classroom sessions cover different parts of becoming an umpire, review of the rules for both MLB and LSBA, and positioning on the field. These classes run between 2.5 to 3 hours long and are usually done during the week. They are a requirement for all 1st year umpires.

We will host a Field Training session that focuses on the positioning and mechanics of an umpire. This session is a weekend event and attendance is required at both the Saturday and Sunday training sessions. The Saturday training will be learning mechanics, positioning and working drills to understand how to move on the field. The Sunday event will be live games where you will be working in the full capacity of an umpire. Both days of the Field Training are required for completion of the training program and are a requirement to receive assignments for games. If you are unable to complete all of the training due to a school event or family emergency, please contact Aaron Garnett to make arrangements to complete the training.

When attending any of the training events, please come prepared to work and learn. When we are at the field, please wear your complete umpire uniform and bring all your umpire equipment as we will have live game simulations that you will be working behind the plate and in the field. If you do not have gear, LSBA does have protective gear for umpires to use during the season.

Training Dates/Location:
Below is the information for the training dates and times for the 2024 season. If you cannot attend a session, please contact Aaron Garnett to register for make-up sessions; they will only be held if there are enough participants to support those dates.

Classroom Training (City Hall, 220 SE Green, Lee's Summit, MO 64063)
Strother Conference Room – Feb 23 – 6pm to 9pm Classroom Session A
Strother Conference Room – Mar 1 – 6pm to 9pm Classroom Session B
Strother Conference Room – Mar 8 – 6pm to 9pm Classroom Session C

Make-up Sessions

Strother Conference Room – Mar 18 – 6:30pm to 9pm Classroom Session A
Strother Conference Room – Mar 22 – 6:30pm to 9pm Classroom Session B
Strother Conference Room – Mar 25 – 6:30pm to 9pm Classroom Session B
Strother Conference Room – Mar 29 – 6:30pm to 9pm Classroom Session C


Field Training
Legacy Baseball Fields – Mar 23 – 9am to 4:30pm; 12-12:45 break for lunch
Legacy Baseball Fields – Mar 24 – 12pm to 5:30pm

Make-up for field training will be in April and dependent upon needs.  Please try to attend the March 23rd/24th weekend training.


First- and second-year umpires are able to check out plate gear when needed.

1) Umpire Mask
2) Chest Protector
3) Shin Guards
4) Athletic Hard Cup
5) Navy Blue Umpire Jersey with Number (Number will be assign by the UIC)
6) Blank Navy-Blue Hat
7) Grey Slacks
8) Black Socks
9) Mostly Black Shoes, turf or tennis shoes preferred
10) Indicator
11) Ball Bag
12) Plate Brush


Lee's Summit Baseball makes no guarantee to how much, or if you will work. That depends on how well you learn, how well you conduct yourself on and off the field, and your availability to work.


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