The Rochester District Umpires' Association (RDUA) provides umpire services to baseball and softball programs in the Rochester, NY area. Our primary purpose is to service boys high school baseball. We also realize the importance of serving developmental leagues and programs that allow players to continue enjoying the game when their school playing days are over. The RDUA offers members the opportunity to receive NFHS Certification through a clinic program that is provided at no additional costs. Please use our contact info page if you are interested in becoming an RDUA umpire.

NYSBUA New Rules Interpretation Clinic: On February 2nd at The Five Star Bank at 395 Westfall Road. Rochester, NY 14620.  (Located on the southeast corner of the City Gate/Costco complex)  Ron Gabriel and Andy Draper will present the new rules and points on emphasis from 9:00 am to 11:00 am  Doors will open at 8:30 am, coffee and doughnuts will be served at no charge.

The remaining clinic schedule will be posted when it becomes available: 

All Varsity members must attend 4 classroom sessions, plus 1 on field session to qualify for high school baseball.  All Non-Varsity officials should attend classroom sessions plus one (1) on field session.

Is the RDUA looking for new members?

The Rochester District Umpires' Association is always looking for a few good men/women to join our ranks and officiate the many programs we service.

When does training begin?

The organization begins it's training sessions traditionally on the last Sunday in January with the visit of our NYSBUA State President to present the NFHS New Rules and Points of Emphasis for High School Baseball. Our regular clinics begin the following week and run through March, culminating with on field sessions both indoors and outdoors. Clinics for working summer softball are also offered.

Where are the training sessions held?

Check the Calendar for locations, but most clinics are hosted at Rush Henrietta Transportation & Operations Center (1133 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta, NY 14467).

The TOC is just east of the 390 expressway. There is plenty of parking. Use main entrance in front of building, signs will be posted for direction to meeting room. Clinics will start promptly at 6:00 PM. View the Calendar to view scheduled dates.

How many clinics must I attend?

A minimum of 5 clinic sessions plus taking and passing the NFHS Part II test are required to officiate.

I heard you need to be fingerprinted?

That is correct. All sports officials working high school and youth sports are now required to be fingerprinted. Contact Blackhawk Training Academy to start the fingerprinting process.

What are the costs to join?

Yearly membership dues are around $100 each year.  This includes membership in RDUA, NYSBUA, and NFHS.

What equipment will I need?

Equipment requirements include a NYSBUA improved uniform which includes a required hat, shirt, pants, t-shirt, belt,shoes and socks. In addition a NYSBUA jacket is desirable consider area weather conditions. Protective equipment for plate work includes mask, shin guards, chest protector, and protective cup.  Equipment Packages are available through a local vendor, Lester's Upstate New York Sports.

There is used equipment as well available from members.


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