Certification and Training for Umpires

To be appointed a US Sailing National Umpire, a candidate shall:

  1. be a member in good standing of US Sailing.
  2. have attended a current US Sailing or World Sailing Judges seminar and passed the written examination within the last four years. This requirement is waived for people who are currently certified as a US Sailing or World Sailing Judge. Attendance at a Club Judge Seminar and passing the Club Judge test within the last four years satisfies this requirement.
  3. have attended a US Sailing or World Sailing Umpire Seminar within the last four years. This requirement is waived for people who are currently certified as an International Umpire.
  4. have passed a current US Sailing or World Sailing Umpire examination within the last four years.
  5. work a minimum of eight (8) events on the water umpiring match or team races with US Sailing Umpires and/or World Sailing International Umpires within the last four years. A minimum of one day must be spent in both a team race and a match race. Two events must be principal events, or World Sailing Grade 3 or above.
  6. be recommended by at least three different US Sailing assessors. Assessments must be from at least three different events. Copies of assessments must be sent electronically with the application.
  7. own and maintain the current version of the RRS, World Sailing Match Race and World Sailing Team Race Call Books, the World Sailing Umpire Manual (Match Race or Team Race), the US Sailing Appeals Book and the World Sailing Case Book. Most of this information may be downloaded from the internet.
  8. be willing to serve actively at US events for a four-year term.
  9. possess “judicial temperament,” have a reputation for mature judgment and have an outstanding reputation for integrity.
  10. be above reproach before, during and after an event: mature and temperate, moderate in the use of alcohol, especially careful of medications and in full control of their faculties.
  11. have served as a race official in another capacity.
  12. be an active sailor who has had racing experience.
  13. be endorsed by a yacht club or local sailing organization.
  14. be a minimum of 18 years old.
  15. be willing to and capable of submitting reports via email.

To be reappointed as a US Sailing National Umpire, a candidate shall:

A. satisfy the requirements above for initial appointment except 5, 6 and 13. An Advanced Umpire Seminar will meet the requirements only for recertification.
B. work a minimum of eight (8) events on the water umpiring match or team races with US Sailing or World Sailing International Umpires within the last four years. Two events must be principal events, or World Sailing Grade 3 or higher.
C. maintain a current, up-to-date SOARS log of his/her umpiring activity.

To be appointed a US Sailing Regional Umpire, a candidate shall:

Satisfy 1, 4, have umpiring experience, 6 (except that two assessments can be from the same event and at least one of the three assessments must be from a national umpire assessor), 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 15.

To be re-appointed as a US Sailing Regional Umpire, a candidate shall:

A. satisfy the requirements for initial appointment except 6.
B. maintain a current, up-to-date SOARS log of his/her activity.
C. have a current assessment from one US Sailing assessor.

Umpire certification is valid for four years.



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