Welcome to OCBOA! The Orange County Baseball Officials Association assigns high school baseball officials in Orange County. We pride ourselves on the quality of our umpiring, which begins with umpire training and development. Many of our past first-year officials have advanced to officiate baseball at the Community College and College (DI, D2, & D3) levels. Some have gone on to become professional baseball umpires.
New Umpire FAQs
What are the registration fees?
Fees will be $185.00 this year (this includes $89.00 for NASO dues – so, if you already have
NASO insurance through any other youth sports officiating, this $89 will be refunded to you)
Is there any financial assistance program for dues?
First Year (Rookie Members)-The Battlefields to Ballfields Foundation will provide scholarships
to qualified veterans who return from defending our country with an opportunity to get
integrated back into their community through officiating. Active duty or retired military may
have their dues and NASO insurance covered by the Foundation. Complete a short application
by going to https://www.battlefields2ballfields.org/.
OCBOA has also established, through our partnership with the Ryan Lemmon Foundation, a
Scholarship Committee to review applications and approve scholarship funding to those who
are qualified and in need of financial assistance for dues and/or equipment (equipment is for
first year members only). To be considered for scholarship funding, please complete the
Scholarship Application that can be found at the OCBOA.com site (Library-Other-Scholarship
What experience is needed to umpire High School baseball for OCBOA?
No umpiring or baseball experience is necessary. OCBOA will provide access to multiple onfield
and classroom training opportunities to help you prepare for the season. New umpires
are assigned mentors to help ensure they are well-trained and have a positive experience.
When is the High School baseball season?
The High School Baseball games typically start at the beginning of February and run through
the middle of May. Training to prepare officials for the season starts in December and
What training and testing does OCBOA offer?
OCBOA has classroom, virtual, and on-field training to cover rules, mechanics, and game
All association members are required to attend instructional meetings. There is one general
meeting and six classroom meetings (dates are posted on the OCBOA website). There is an
Annual Classification test but first and second-year officials are exempt from this testing
requirement. There is an open-book study guide test that all members must take and score at
All first-year umpires must attend a field clinic. This can be a clinic run by OCBOA (these are
posted on the OCBOA calendar as soon as the schedule is determined) or an alternate clinic
that is approved by the Instructional Chair.
What level of High School baseball games will I be assigned?
New OCBOA officials are assigned freshman and frosh/soph baseball games. How quickly
officials advance to officiate varsity baseball depends on their experience and acumen, but it
usually takes 3 or 4 years of HS umpiring experience before being assigned varsity games.
How are High School baseball games assigned?
Games are assigned using the Arbiter platform, by the OCBOA assignor. The cost of the
Arbiter account is included in your OCBOA registration fees.
When are high school baseball games played?
Games are played during the week (except Monday) and on Saturdays. Most weekday games
start between 3:00pm & 3:30pm. There are some night games during the week. On
Saturdays, games start mid-morning to early afternoon.
How many umpires are assigned to each game?
Lower-level games (Freshman, Freshman/Sophomore and JV) are one umpire games, except
for Trinity League JV games which use two umpires. Varsity level games use two- or threeumpire
How much will I be paid?
High School baseball pays $82 per freshman game ($86 less a $4 assigning fee per game). The
more available you are to umpire, the more money you will make. Umpires can earn
additional money umpiring other codes of baseball (e.g., Pony & travel baseball).
What are the uniform requirements?
Uniform requirements are listed in the library on the OCBOA website.
How much does it cost for umpire equipment?
Umpire equipment can be expensive. There are numerous online vendors of umpire
equipment, such as Honig’s, Smitteez, Gerry Davis Sports, Amazon, Ump-Attire, & others.
Ump-Attire has an umpire starter set (Mask, chest protector, shin-guards, ball bag, indicator,
and plate brush) for $219.99. In addition, you will need to get plate shoes. OCBOA has a
limited quantity of gently used equipment and uniforms free of charge for new officials, which
can help defray equipment costs.
Are OCBOA umpires’ employees of OCBOA?
No. OCBOA umpires are independent contractors and shall comply with California State
guidelines for independent contractors. OCBOA members are solely responsible for their tax
reporting, general liability, and medical insurance.