Schedule for 2024 MLB Umpire Camps Across the Country Announced
MLB Umpire Camps Serve as the Main Pathway to Pursue Professional Umpiring Careers
Feb. 16, 2024 -- Major League Baseball announced the 2024 slate of free, one-day MLB Umpire Camps that will be held across the country this season. The MLB Umpire Camps serve as the main pathway for candidates to pursue professional umpiring careers. Select camp invitees will attend MLB’s Umpire Prospect Development Camp, a four-week experience in January that serves as a gateway into umpiring careers through Minor League Baseball and into Major League Baseball.
The 2024 dates and locations are:
- April 20th – Jackie Robinson Training Complex, Vero Beach, Florida
- May 18th – Las Vegas Ballpark, home of the Las Vegas Aviators
- June 29th – Kansas City Urban Youth Academy, Kansas City, Missouri
- July 27th – Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves
- August 24th – CHS Field, St. Paul, Minnesota, home of the St. Paul Saints
These camps represent a main component of the new umpire development model instituted by Major League Baseball in 2023. It has transformed the training of potential umpires by providing quality and consistent training at no cost to participants, with the long-term goals of expanding and diversifying the pool of interested candidates. The system expedites the road to the Major Leagues for the most outstanding performers and is aimed at making umpiring a more feasible career option.
MLB Umpire Camps date back to 2006, when they began at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California. Current Major League Umpires Adam Beck, Nestor Ceja, Ramon De Jesus, Malachi Moore, Edwin Moscoso and Carlos Torres all attended MLB Umpire Camps prior to reaching the Major Leagues. To learn more or to register for a camp, please visit MLBUC.com.
The Umpire Development Process
How do I become a professional umpire?
The job of a professional baseball umpire requires quick thinking, common sense, and confidence. When the ball is in play, the umpire sees the action, assesses the situation, and makes the call -- all in a matter of seconds. The successful umpire has a thorough knowledge of the rulebook, is even-tempered, and is mentally strong enough to handle situations under stressful conditions. A professional umpire is expected to hustle, be alert, be in excellent physical condition, and have a neat appearance.
Umpires seeking a job in professional baseball must meet some basic requirements. Each applicant must have:
- High School diploma or G.E.D.
- Reasonable body weight
- 20/20 vision (with or without glasses or contact lenses)
- Good communication skills
- Quick reflexes and good coordination
- Some athletic ability
- Required preliminary training for the job (i.e., MLB Umpire Camp Invitee)
The first step to pursuing a career as a professional umpire is to attend an MLB Umpire Camp, where you will be observed and taught by Major League Baseball’s Umpire Supervisory Staff. The MLB Umpire Camps are nationwide at no cost for anyone to attend. At the conclusion of all one-day MLB Umpire Camps nationwide, finalists will continue to undergo a vetting process and, if successful, will be invited to the MLB Umpire Prospect Development Camp at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida. This invite-only, all expenses paid, 4-week course convenes in January.
During the MLB Umpire Prospect Development Camp, each umpire's performance and abilities are evaluated by the Major League Baseball Umpire Development staff. At the conclusion of the course, positions are offered into Minor League Baseball, where an umpire begins their professional career.
There are five levels of Minor League Baseball. In a new and improved Umpire Development Process, umpires are afforded the opportunity to skip levels based on performance and potential, which aligns more with the player development process.
A professional umpire’s season typically runs from Spring Training in March through the end of the regular season which is mid-September for Minor League Umpires, and October for Major League Umpires.