Umpires

Representatives

Mike Hubbard, ESA Board member  - Umpire Training Coordinator
Mike has been umpiring for around 30 years, mostly around the St. Louis area.  He is a member of the Greater St. Louis Association of Umpires where he umpired high school and collegiate baseball and softball, serving schools all around the St. Louis area.  As a member of the GSLAU he received their highest award, the Ray Perez Award for Umpiring Excellence in 1999.  Mike has worked countless district championship, sectionals, and state quarterfinals in both baseball and softball, and he umpired the 2008 MSHSAA state baseball final four in 2008.  At the college level, he has worked for several small colleges and the junior colleges in the area, and was honored to work the NJCAA Super Regional championship baseball game in 2012 at Jefferson College.  Mike lives in Eureka with his family and is the Teaching Pastor at Genesis Church here in town.
 
Chief Umpire (UIC) - Mike Lampe
Mike is a resident of Eureka and a lifelong baseball enthusiast. Beginning in 1974 he has umpired all levels of baseball and softball in Ellisville, Ballwin, Fulton, Kansas City, St. Joseph, and St. Charles. In Kansas City he was one of a select few asked to do men’s overhand softball which included several former major league players. Mike is the STEM and technology coordinator at Cardinal Ritter College Prep and has been a history teacher since 1989. St. Louis University, UMSL and SEMO have used him for the final student teaching certification requirement. He has been honored by the Missouri Scholar’s Academy and is a 5 time Who’s Who of American Educators nominee. Besides teaching, Mike coached cross country, taking teams to the state finals 6 times including a championship for which the NFHS named him Missouri’s coach of the year.

Program Overview

Requirements
All umpires, regardless of experience, will be required to attend training and pass a final examination. Years of experience will determine the number of training sessions required. Umpires must reapply on a yearly basis and be 13 years of age by the opening day of each season. Games assigned and pay are based on years of experience. 
 
Pay
Umpire in Training Level 1, (First Year), $17
Umpire in Training Level 2, (min. 1 year of experience), $22
Umpire level 1 (min. 2 years experience), $30
Umpire level 2 (min 3 years experience), $35
Senior Umpire (min 4 years Experience, <18 years of age), $40
Senior Umpire (min 4 years Experience, >=18 years of age, or 3 years Experience and Over 21), $45
 
Scheduling
All games (Baseball, Softball) are scheduled via an online scheduling system.  ESA umpires will be given access after completion of Training.  All umpires and Referees must have an email address and access to the internet.

Training

Important Dates
TBD  -  Pre Season Tournament - cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19
July 1, 2020 (tentative, pending County approval)  -  St. Louis West Athletic Association Opening Day
 
Classroom and Field Training
Session 1 - February 25, 2020, 7:00PM - 8:30PM, The Timbers of Eureka, Party Room, First Year Umpires to ESA
Session 2 - March 3, 2020, 7:00PM - 8:30PM, The Timbers of Eureka, Party Room, All Umpires
Session 3 - March 10, 2020, 7:00PM - 8:30PM, The Timbers of Eureka, Party Room, All Umpires
Session 4 - June 20, 10:00AM - 1:00PM, Lions Park, Field 2  All Umpires
 
Returning College Students - We understand that you can not attend training; however you will be required to pass the Umpire exam prior to being assigned games.