OYO maintains a high-quality umpire program. Any individual age 11 (as of January 1, 2023) or older may apply, participate on trainings and experience a great part-time job making the call. As part of the process, applicants must register online, take the umpire exam and attend the mandatory clinics.
All first year umpires will start out umpiring 8U Softball, Junior Rookie Baseball and Rookie Baseball games, unless prior approval is obtained from the umpire committee.
The process OYO uses to train and select our umpires is as follows:
PROCESS & SCHEDULE
1. STILL OPEN! | All prospective umpires must register online.
2. COMPLETED! | Sunday, February 5 or February 12 | All prospective umpires must attend one Rules Clinic, either at Jenn Park or virtually. (See options below.)
2A. COMPLETED! | Sunday, February 5 | All prospective umpires can attend the in-person Rules Clinic at Jenn Park, 10450 East 63rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46236.
- Younger Division Umps | 1-3 p.m. | 8U Softball, Junior Rookie and Rookie Baseball
- Older Division Umps | 3-5 p.m. | 10U, 12U and 14U/16U Softball, Minor, Super Major, Junior/Senior Baseball
2B. COMPLETED! | Sunday, February 12 | All prospective umpires can attend the virtual Rules Clinic via Zoom. (Login links provided below.)
- Younger Division Umps | 1-3 p.m. | 8U Softball, Junior Rookie and Rookie Baseball | ZOOM LINK
- Older Division Umps | 3-5 p.m. | 10U, 12U, 14U/16U Softball, Minor, Super Major, Junior/Senior Baseball | ZOOM LINK
3. COMPLETED! | February 13-24, 2023 | All prospective Umpires must take an “open book” Online Test that will be open book test. Instructions for the exam and copies of the questions in PDF form are provided in the next section below.
4. COMPLETED! | Sunday, February 26, 2023 | All Levels | 1-3 p.m. | All prospective umpires must attend the Test Review Clinic at Jenn Park, 10450 East 63rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46236.
5. Sunday, March 12, 2023 | All selected umpires must attend a Mechanics Clinic at Jenn Park, 10450 East 63rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46236.
- Younger Division Umps | 1-2:30 p.m. | 8U Softball, Junior Rookie and Rookie Baseball
- Older Division Umps | 2:30-4 p.m. | 10U, 12U and 14U/16U Softball, Minor, Super Major, Junior/Senior Baseball
6. Saturday, April 8, 2023 | All umpires participated in umpire training sessions during OYO Scrimmage Games at OYO. (Times TBA at Mechanics Clinic.)
UMPIRE EXAM INSTRUCTIONS & TEST OUTLINES
All interested umpires should take the time to complete the online exam for the highest level they aspire to umpire in during the 2023 seasons. The exam is "open book", and all umpires are encouraged to reference notes from the rules review clinics, the OYO-specific rules available online and/or the NFHS rule book to complete the exam.
TESTING PROCESS | Please note, test takers may only complete the exam once. So, we strongly recommend you download the test questions (actual exam questions to be posted in February 2023) for your respective level below, complete the test on paper and then login to complete the online exam. Please allow approximately one hour to complete the exam.
TEST-RELATED QUESTIONS | If you have questions about specific questions or the exam process, please email Anthony DeSanto, Frank Ampil or Michael DeSanto -- or you can send a text to 317.922.3956. If you have questions for which level exam you should complete, please contact Anthony DeSanto or Frank Ampil. All new umpires ages 16 and younger should complete the Junior Rookie-Rookie-08U Softball exam at this time.
ELIGIBILITY-RELATED QUESTIONS | If you have questions about which test level you should complete with this exam, please email the OYO Umpire Committee -- or text 317.922.3956.
HELPFUL DOCUMENTS | The downloadable PDFs are sample test questions that umpires may experience when taking the exam in 2023.
- Instructions to Access/Take Exam | Click Here
- 08U/Junior Rookie/Rookie Exam Questions | Click Here
- 10U/Minor Exam Questions | Click Here
- 12U/14U-16U/Super Major/Junior Baseball Exam Questions | Click Here
- Exam Access Issues | If you have any questions about gaining online access to the exam, please contact Steve Heyman at 317.695.6426
2022 RULES CLINIC RECORDINGS
Umpires can review the respective two-hour clinics from 2022 below by level:
Umpires will be selected based on their attendance and participation at the clinics, as well as their test scores. Selected umpires are expected to wear a navy blue umpire shirt, navy blue umpire hat (no logos), and gray pants. *Umpires will not be paid for the clinics.
- All umpires must complete the free online registration via LeagueApps.
- All umpires must have access to an email account and the internet
- All communication is done via email and All game scheduling is done on the internet
- All umpires must attend the clinics, take the exam and sign the Code of Conduct and Release and Waiver of Liability forms, regardless of past experience.
- The online Officials Registration must be completed prior to clinics.
For more information, contact one of the following members of the OYO Umpire Committee:
- Anthony DeSanto, Umpire Training Co-Chair
- Frank Ampil, Umpire Training Co-Chair
- Ann Appleton, Umpire Scheduling Chair
- Michael DeSanto, Vice President of Game Day Operations