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.
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 $100 for the 2016 season. 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.