1. Those interested in being considered for candidacy must express interest by contacting
    Mike Schiro    E:  mschiro22@comcast.net
                            C:   201-207-4916 or
    Mike Covello  E:  mc3380532@aol.com
                            C:  973-222-5297 no  later than June 15, 2020

  2. An initial evaluation of the readiness of each candidate to move to active candidate status will be made by either Mike Covello or Mike Schiro by direct observation of both plate and base work no later than June 30, 2020.  Only active candidates will be considered beyond this point.

  3. Active candidates will be instructed to submit formal applications (see #2 below)

  4. Active candidates will be assigned to work with one or more of the trainers on the ECSU training staff.  Active candidates will work with trainers for on-field work during various dates during the June 15 – October 15 time frame.  Dates/games will be coordinated by trainers and candidates.

  5. A minimum of four observations (two plates and two base assignments)  for each candidate is required during the time frame listed above.  Written reports of each observation shall be submitted to Mike Schiro and Mike Covello (and the candidate) no later than one week after each assessment of plate and base work.

  6. When the trainer feels the candidate is ready for evaluation, he/she shall contact Mike Schiro or Mike Covello to arrange a time and place for the candidate to be evaluated. 

  7. NCAA Rules/mechanics examination will take place in the  late summer or early Fall  2020

  8. Decisions made in  October or early November 2020

  9. Successful candidates serve the first year as probationary umpires for the  2021 season and  return for re-evaluation  the following fall

Application Procedure

  1. Go to the ECSU, https://www.ecsumpires.com/umpire-information . Complete the form online and click submit.  Your application must be completed no later than July 15, 2020

  2. Send a $100 application fee (check payable to ECSU) to Mike Schiro, 63 Monroe Place, Bloomfield, NJ. 07003.

  3. For successful candidates, this fee will cover ECSU dues for 2021.  Payment should be made no later than 2 weeks after your application is submitted.   Unsuccessful candidates will have $50 returned to them.


  1. Current member of an organized umpire group (e.g., ASA/USA, Federation (high school), USSSA, Pony)

  2. Minimum of 5 years experience working games sponsored by one or more of the above      

  3. At least 21 years of age

NCAA on-field and classroom training

  1.  All contact with candidates during the training period will be made by the trainer assigned 

  2. All candidates must arrange times and dates for training with their assigned trainer.

  3. Trainers shall submit progress reports to Mike Covello and Mike Schiro no later than 48 hours after each session with the active candidate assigned to them.

  4. NCAA rules and mechanics

    1. Classes held weekly during late summer or early fall. An assessment of  NCAA rules and mechanics follows the last class. A score of 80% or higher is required for a candidate to be considered further.    Dates and location to be announced.


  1. Evaluation of active candidates by Mike Schiro and Mike Covello will take place in early Fall 2020.  A positive evaluation is required for candidates to be appointed to the ECSU staff of NCAA qualified umpires for the 2021 season.

  2. Location:   To be announced.

New Umpire Staff

  1. Umpires added to the ESCU staff for the 2021 season will serve that season as
    probationary umpires.  Game partners will assist with mentoring of probationary umpires for the 2021 season.  Probationary umpires are required to present themselves for re-evaluation during the 2021 fall season.