Baseball Umpire Association

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COBUA Mission Statement

The purposes for which COBUA is organized include, but are not limited to:

  •  furthering the interests of amateur umpires;
  •  maintaining the highest standards of baseball umpiring;
  • promoting the welfare of amateur baseball; its players, administrators, fans, and umpires;
  • encouraging fair play and sportsmanship;
  • working with organizations connected with baseball to further amateur baseball;
  •  providing programs to advance the skills of amateur umpires;
  • working with baseball administrators to assign qualified umpires;
  • ensuring that OHSAA registered umpires comply with all OHSAA rules and regulations.
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Become an OHSAA Baseball Umpire

Register to use the online system at officials.myohsaa.org

Take OHSAA Officiating Class – Once registered, complete/edit any profile and contact information and click Choose Sports to indicate which sports you are interested in. Click on the Official profile and Select a Course to review the information and register for a class.

Take Officiating Exam – The class concludes with the officiating exam. Applicants must receive a passing score of 75% on the mechanics and rules exams and pass the proficiency portion in order to be a licensed OHSAA official. Successful students may begin officiating interscholastic contests immediately. 

Complete Concussion Training – Applicants must complete a course on concussion training, prior to officiating.

Receive Officiating Permit – Applicants with a passing score will receive their officiating permit in the mail within three weeks from their test date. If you do not receive your permit within this time frame, contact the OHSAA officiating department at 614-267-2502, ext. 110 or officiating@ohsaa.org

Note: Applicants receiving a grade of 65% to 74% on the mechanics or rules exam may request a retest. Applicants who do not pass the subsequent officiating exam must wait one year to re-enroll in the officiating class and start the application process over.

Contact your local officiating association – We encourage all officials to join a local officials association. You can reach out to local associations in your area by searching for their Local Secretary information in the Officiating Directory from your myOHSAA profile.

Annual Renewal of Permit – Renew your officiating permit annually in June. 

Note: During the school year in which the official successfully completes the adult education class, all meeting requirements are waived.