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FCCABU Rookie Umpire School (RUS)

Thanks for your interest in becoming an umpire and joining our board. Below is some information that may answer any questions that you have about our organization. If you would like any more info, please e-mail

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New applicants must consent to and pass a background check.

  • FCCABU provides umpires for towns in Fairfield County (Click the link below to see the towns). We service high school, youth and adult baseball leagues.
  • The FCCABU Rookie Umpire School cover rules, mechanics, regulations, and interpretations for high school baseball using the NFHS rules and case books. We also cover the mechanics of the two-umpire system using the CCA manual, the philosophy, mental approach, and attitude toward high school baseball as well as the handling of situations and control of the game.
  • The expectation is that new applicants will attend all training sessions including the open book test.  Applicants need to a achieve a minimum score of 80 to pass the exam. (Some dates may be subject to change based on field availability)
  • If interested in working scholastic baseball, new members can expect to work sub-varsity high school games for a number of seasons before having the opportunity to advance to the varsity level. Advancement to the varsity level is something that is earned by your performance and is not guaranteed.
  • Opportunities to umpire other levels such as Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion and different travel leagues are also available during and after the high school season. There may also be some Fall baseball games available through various assignors.
  • The 2024 scholastic sub-varsity game fee will be $70.81. There is a 6% assessment fee for each game worked that is payable to FCCABU in June along with your membership dues. Game fees are paid directly to you by the school. Most schools use Arbiter Pay which you will need an account for.
  • Non-scholastic game fees range between $50.00 - $80.00 depending on the level worked. Your assignor will inform you of the game fee. Each non-scholastic assignor may have different uniform requirements from scholastic games.
  • New members will need to purchase uniforms and equipment and can expect an initial investment of between $250.00 - $500.00 depending on what you purchase and where you buy it from. Our uniform and equipment requirements can be found in the link below along with some suggested websites to purchase them from. There will be opportunities for new members to purchase gently used apparel and equipment from our current members. Each year, there are also items donated that will be free of charge for those interested.