Do I need to have umpiring experience in order to join the MOA?
No. You only need a desire to work and learn. MOA training is designed to provide you with a working knowledge of the rules and umpire mechanics so that you can begin your development as a Softball umpire.
How much does it cost to join?
MOA annual dues are currently $100. Annual Dues for Scorekeepers only is $20. You will also need to provide proof of sporting insurance, This varies depending on the carrier that you select from $16/year for scorekeepers to $103/year for full coverage
What about equipment and uniforms?
Each umpire supplies his/her own equipment and uniforms. At the minimum, this should include a mask, chest protector, shinguards, shoes, heather gray pants that can fit over the shinguards, MOA uniform shirt, fitted cap, ball bag, indicator, and a plate brush. Uniform and equipment packages are available from various vendors (See our LINKS page). The cost of a complete package can run from a couple of hundred, depending on the amount and quality of equipment and uniforms you purchase.
I have several years experience, Will that experience count?
The MOA assigns games based upon performance and not years of service (seniority). New umpires generally start out calling Freshman/JV games and advance to higher levels based upon their performance. If you have prior experience at higher levels (college, etc.) or are transferring from another organization, the board may approve a schedule of higher level games based upon that experience. The bottom line is that your experience may have some bearing on your assignments, but it really depends on your performance as a umpire.
How do I join the MOA?
You will need to complete an application form and submit dues.
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