Training Class Announcements
The Merrimack Valley Umpires Association (MVUA) announced today that the umpire training classes for men and women, as well as teenagers over 16, will begin on July 13th, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at St. Michael’s School, 80 Maple Ave, No. Andover, MA and continue on consecutive Thursdays for seven weeks; July 20th and 27th; August 3, 10, and 17th; ending with the administration of the Massachusetts Baseball Umpires Association (MBUA) State Umpires Exam on August 24th. The fee is $150 and includes all training materials and first year’s MVUA dues.

Anyone who wants to be trained as a baseball umpire in MLB (Major League Baseball) rules should attend these classes. The Massachusetts Baseball Umpires Association (MBUA) umpire’s exam is based on the rules of Major League Baseball, and will be administered at the end of the class. Candidates passing the exam will then attend clinics on mechanics and positioning.

Anyone interested is urged to contact 2nd Vice President David Kennedy 603-553-9935 or email at strikesandouts@hotmail.com for reservations and registration.

Veteran MVUA Rules Interpreter Ron Annand will be teaching the class, as he has done for over a decade. For more information about MVUA umpires please visit Join MVUA.

“I am amazed that even though the MVUA has grown significantly over the years, there still are times when it’s hard to find umpires to cover some games. We are constantly being asked by leagues to provide umpires and we are not sure we have enough to cover all those games. We need more men, women, and teens to umpire games.” said Tim McGonagle of Haverhill, Mass, MVUA President. Bill Clifford, MVUA 1st Vice President added, “Our 16 year old members can earn $50 or more for a 2 hour Little League game, a lot more money and a lot more fun than flipping burgers. Plus, it’s a great part-time job for local college students.”

MVUA members umpire games at all levels of baseball: college, Massachusetts and NH high school, AAU, Babe Ruth, and Little Leagues in the Merrimack Valley. The MVUA is the oldest umpiring organization in Massachusetts, and has been providing quality umpires to the area for over 50 years..

Umpires have the option to work as many or as few games as they like. They make their own schedules and make some extra money in the process. Some of our umpires do as many as 150 games a season and some do as few as 10 games at an average game fee of $60 for a typical 2 hour game.

The MVUA supports candidates of all genders, all ethnic groups and teenagers (men and women over age 16) to become umpires. MVUA has also taken steps to ensure that anyone who wants to be an umpire and attends the clinics but due to language or learning difficulties may have trouble with the written exam will be assisted as much as possible.

Download the MVUA Membership Application