This page will provide you with the information you will need to umpire High School Baseball in the State of Florida. The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) oversees all high school athletics. The local associations (ours is the South Gulf Umpires Association) oversee the baseball umpires in local districts.
In order to umpire a High School Sport, you must register on-line with the FHSAA, ($48 for one sport and $27 for each subsequent sport), submit a completed New Members Form to the SGUA Secretary/Treasurer ($50 annual dues), pass a level 2 background screening to obtain an ID badge (Jessica Lunsford Act) and pass an on-line rules test in baseball. All pertinent information can be found on the FHSAA website www.fhsaa.org. Click on “For Contest Officials”, pull cursor down and click “Become an Official” and press the “click here” box for full information.
The Jessica Lunsford Act was passed by the Florida legislature that requires anyone with access to children (i.e. Public Schools) to be electronically fingerprinted, pass a level 2 background screening, and have an ID badge to officiate at the high school level. Compliance is mandatory to receive game assignments. (For up to date information on this, call or e-mail Barbara (239-337-8331, Barbarawm@leeschools.net,) at the Lee County School Board, and mention that you are with the South Gulf Umpires Association.)
Games are assigned by the SGUA Assigning Officer and managed using an on-line service named ArbiterSports. Payment for games umpired is through ArbiterPay. Arbiter gives officials up-to-the-minute information on their assigned games, location, fees, mileage, and partner(s). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
As a new member, it is important to stay in touch with the evaluators and trainers, which are the Vice Presidents of Baseball. We are proud of our association, which has some of the best High School baseball officials. They are unselfish and willing to help new members along. Important aspects of officiating are sharing knowledge and having continual training available with periodic evaluations. It is what makes our association strong.