Umpire Equipment and Uniform

CMBA understands that it is a bit of an investment to new Umpires to acquire all the equipment when starting up, which is a challenge out of the gate for most. CMBA recognizes this and is willing to offer the following incentives for our new umpires.

CMBA is prepared to reimburse new Umpires who will be umping for us for the following items: 

  • Hat
  • Shirt
  • Umpire Kit (Counter, brush, ball holder)

While the CMBA does have some equipment to loan out if needed, the expectation is that each Umpire will acquire their own. In the mean time CMBA is able to give access to equipment that a new Umpire might not have:

  • Mask
  • Chest Protector
  • Shin Pads

What the new Umpire will need to provide themselves right away:

  • Pants (black or grey track pants, black preferred)


Returning Umpires:

None of the above should come as a surprise and hopefully you have all of your required equipment as the CMBA will not be providing the hat, shirt or Ump Kit.  You are required to supply your own equipment.  If needed, there may be some loaner equipment available to fill a short term gap.  We request that you use this as a last resort.

For additional information about umpiring please contact CMBA Umpire Director Clint Mitchell - 780-781-5272 by call, text or email 


Required Equipment for Base/Field Umpires:

Indicator: Base Umpires require either a 3-way or 4-way indicator with them at all times

Black Running shoe: Any type of black or dark running or cross-training shoe

Plate Umpires Equipment:

Indicator: Base Umpires require either a 3-way or 4-way indicator with them at all times Steel

Plated shoe: Any type of black shoe with a steel toe and top foot protection

Athletic Supporter: A must for when the Umpire is working the plate

Chest Protector: A firm, well fitted chest protector must be worn underneath the jersey at all times

Leg Guards: Leg guards should cover your knee to your ankle and have an extra protective piece to further cover the top of your top of your foot. These should always be worn underneath your pants.

Mask: The mask must be single or double bar with an extra throat extension for better protection


Umpire Uniforms:

In umpiring, your appearance is the first thing that players, coaches and fans see. It is imperative to always "look the part". Please see diagram for examples of the proper uniform for the umpire.


******Note: For local umpires, numbers on the sleeves are NOT necessary or even recommended. Black jerseys with white trim are now the official colors for Baseball Alberta umpires, though navy jerseys are still acceptable. You may see more experienced umpires wearing other colors such as cream and powder-blue jerseys. These jerseys also are worn by Level 4 and Level 5 accredited National umpires.

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