EXCELLENCE AND PROFESSIONALISM
NTSO Umpires are expected to continue developing their craft through continuing education, training and rules review. Members will maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times on the field.
BACKGROUND CHECKED AND INSURED
NTSO Umpires are background checked and insured. No umpire may be on the field representing NTSO without having passed a full background check.
NTSO members are paid every two weeks, without fail. Large tournaments are paid no later than two days after the conclusion of the tournament.
For 2020, returning members must only complete the Background Check Consent Form. New members must complete the NTSO Application, the Background Check Consent Form, the W9, and the ACH Form (for direct deposit payments). Umpires under 18 years of age must also have a parent or guardian complete the Parental Consent Form. All paperwork and chapter dues must be completed and turned in before games will be assigned.
Teenagers wishing to learn to umpire will begin in Coach Pitch games. This allows them to learn foundational rules and mechanics they will need should they wish to move up into kid pitch. Prospective umpires must:
Be 13 years old before the beginning of the season
Have a sense of General Baseball Knowledge
Be able to apply league rules in a fair and consistent manner
Be able to move and react quickly
Be able to learn and understand basic movements/mechanics
Be able to process constructive criticism
Be able to remain calm and relaxed in pressure situations
Be able to represent NTSO on (and off) the field