NLBA Umpires Needed

UpdatedSaturday February 8, 2020 byNLBA.

The NLBA is in need of umpires at all levels.   Detail listed below, please contact Michael Lahr with any questions or concerns.


  1. Send your name, complete address, email address & cell phone number to:
  1. Indicate your level of experience: rookie, 1 year experience, 2 years experience etc...
  1. Go to our website & start watching the instructional videos - the Forms section - here you will find in-house & travel rules, the pay scale as well as close to 30 instructional videos for you to watch & learn.
  1. Start studying the videos on the website.
  2. Get your equipment - Sports Huddle in Lockport offers 15% off if you mention to Mike the owner that you work for me. Otherwise go online or to Play It Again Sports to find what you need.
  1. There will be plenty of games available for each umpire to officiate. The NLBA has in-house leagues from Pinto (7 - 8 year olds) all the way up to Collegiate (19 - 24 years olds) as well as full & part time travel teams from 7u through 14u. The in-house season also includes a full round of playoffs & all star games. 
  1. We also have the Celtics organization, a couple of organizations in Joliet, one in Manhattan & one in Orland Hills as well as several individual teams. The Celtics have full-time travel teams from 9u through 14u. The Celtics also host some full-time travel tournaments – throughout the year
  1. Finally after a short summer break running from early August to Labor Day there will be a fall ball season consisting of in-house teams from Pinto through Palomino (17 - 18 year olds). This season usually lasts 7 weeks from Labor Day through mid to late October.
  1. There will be plenty of options for each of you to umpire as many or as few games as you desire. I don't personally take any games unless absolutely necessary. This organization is run for the youth of the Lincoln-Way area as a means to make some spending money officiating the great game of baseball (& softball) that we all love.

Thank you & welcome aboard


The umpire clinic this year will be held at Anna MacDonald School in Manhattan on Saturday February 29th @ 10am. There will be an instruction portion and also a brief classroom portion to show everyone how to use the website. Please let Michael Lahr know if you plan on attending the clinic.
Note: The clinic will be held inside in the gymnasium. Michael's car (Red Chevy Cruze) will be parked near the entrance.