BASUThe British Association of Softball Umpires (BASU)

Becoming an Umpire

Umpires are essential to softball. What is softball when there is no umpire? Well, it’s called practice.

The game is the time when all actions on the diamond, along with any scores, records or accomplishments, are official. They are official because they are played in competition using the universally accepted and uniformly applied rules of softball and are witnessed and validated by a representative of softball: the umpire.

How to become a BASU umpire?

You can become a certified BASU official by attending a two-day qualification course led by one of our Trainers.

Full membership is obtained by completion of an assessment game(s) monitored by one of these Trainers, or by the Senior Umpire at a BASU-sanctioned event.

Membership benefits

The BASU membership fee (£30 in total) may be paid in full to the BASU Treasurer, Steve Getraer, or will be collected by a deduction from each game umpired during your first tournament of the season.

Full membership is available ONLY to persons who have passed a BASU qualification course, and membership is subject to assessment results.

The benefits of membership include:

  • Priority with umpiring opportunities, and thus the ability to earn money whilst representing BASU (securing premium rates of pay).
  • Third-party civil liability insurance whilst umpiring games.
  • The entitlement to wear the BASU uniform, which is subsidised by BASU.
  • Ongoing training and support in order that you can reach your full potential in umpiring, with the possibility of attaining national and international qualifications and representing us abroad.
  • Email communication regarding BASU events, AGMs etc. and the right to vote at the BASU AGM.

Only BASU Full Members may purchase merchandise such as official BASU umpiring uniforms.