There are two ways to become an S.M.U.A. umpire.
The first way is to take the S.M.U.A. training classes, and pass the M.B.U.A. state exam, and field clinic. The S.M.U.A. holds their training classes usually starting in mid January. The classes run for 8 to 10 nights, ending with a written exam in mid February, with a field mechanics clinic to be held sometime at the end of March.
If you achieve a grade of 80% or above, & attend the field mechanics clinic you will qualify for one of 2 levels of membership to the S.M.U.A., adult active & junior memberships.
Adult Active is any candidate that has passed both the written exam, & attended the field mechanics clinic & has attained the age of 18 years by the first day of April of their candidate year. Adult members can umpire any level of baseball up through varsity high school, as either a Base or plate umpire. All adult candidates are placed on two years of probation. While on probation all new adult members shall umpire a minimum of ten (10) games each year, assigned by the S.M.U.A. Assignor. Failure to finish your probation shall terminate your membership without appeal.
Junior Active is any candidate that has passed both the written exam, & attended the field mechanics clinic & has attained the age of 15 years by the first day of May of their candidate year. Junior members can umpire any level of youth baseball. First year Junior umpires under the age of 17 years are restricted to umpiring on the bases & shall never be umpiring a game as a solo umpire. Junior umpires probation shall not commence until said umpire reaches their 18th birthday. Once they reach that date they become and Adult member & are required to perform their mandatory probation, even if they have umpired S.M.U.A. assigned games as a junior member.
Transfer Membership If you already belong to 1 of the 15 M.B.U.A. associations & are in good standing with that association, you may apply for transfer to the S.M.U.A. All the S.M.U.A. requires is a letter of recommendation from your sending association, pay your annual dues and attend the S.M.U.A. meetings.
If you are transferring from a non M.B.U.A. association or an out of state association you will be required to take the M.B.U.A. written exam. And follow all the other requirements state above.