Dear Prospective Umpire:  

The 2018 Umpire Clinic is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, at 3:30 pm at the Central Catholic High School.

Pay days this summer will be on Mondays, beginning June 4th.  Paychecks will include every card you have turned in by Friday of the previous week.  Games can be scheduled anytime during the office hours listed below, but we encourage you to schedule on Mondays when picking up your paycheck.  Cards will need to be turned in to the Baseball Office at O’Neil Park during office hours which are listed below.  Pay for Leagues 2-4 this season is $25.00 per game.  IHSA Patched Umpires are paid $35.00 per game.

If a previous commitment to umpire must be canceled, please give us sufficient notice, at least 48 hrs.  It is very difficult to replace an umpire on short notice.   
The BNBA office phone number is 829-2129.   

Please visit our website at for more information.   

We look forward to your participation as an umpire in our program.

Doug Miller                                  Paul Thompson
BNBA President                                 BNBA Director

Beginning May 14 Office Hours:  

11:00 am - 6:00 pm Mon - Fri

10:00 am - 1:00 am   Saturday

Please refer to Office Hours at the bottom of the page when turning in cards or picking up paychecks.

Employment Status: The BNBA will treat umpires as independent contractors and not employees of the program. With regard to pay, the league will not withhold any Federal, State, Social Security or Medicare deductions. It is the responsibility of the independent contractor to file the appropriate earnings forms with the State of Illinois and the Internal Revenue Service. BNBA does not provide accident insurance for umpires.

Payment Structure: Paydays will be on Mondays, beginning June 4 and will include cards turned in by the previous Friday. Umpire cards need to be filled in completely and signed by a coach.

League 2 – League 4: Pay is $25.00 for each game umpired and meeting all scheduled games. Pay is $20.00 per game if those conditions are not met.

BNBA will attempt to provide 1 umpire for all American League/L2 games and 2 umpires for National League/L3 – Major/L4 games.

If it is necessary to cancel an obligation please provide at least 48 hours notice.

Baseball Rules: Baseball rules can be obtained from a variety of sources including the IHSA office, local sporting goods stores the library or internet. Obviously the more versed you are with the rules the better umpire you will be. All of the league rules will be available at the May clinic.

Inevitably there will be controversy regarding calls or rule interpretations; as an umpire stick to your decision and refrain from engaging in arguments with coaches, players and parents. Major issues should always be reported to the league office. Please remember you are in charge of the game; coaches, players, and spectators are not. Thanks for your service and have a great season!