The Inter-Athletic Council of Officials (IACO), Metro-Chicago is again hosting Beginning Umpire Clinics, which are designed for new Umpires with little or no experience. Umpires who have not attended an IHSA clinic or who have never umpired a high school game will find this clinic helpful. Our goal is to help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to improve your skills as an umpire. We encourage experienced officials from other sports who are just starting as a softball or baseball umpire to join us. We will also assist in registering new umpires. Umpires from youth and park district leagues are welcome to attend. Again this year we have 6 clinic sites to make it more convenient for you to attend. The clinics will be in Northfield, Chicago Heights, Kishwaukee College, Bolingbrook, Rockford and Libertyville, with instruction directed by Illinois High School Association Certified Clinicians.The IHSA registered official who attends at least 3 of the 4 sessions will get IHSA Level 1 Baseball or Softball Clinic Credit.


  • Train new officials to become competent High School Level Baseball/Softball umpires
  • Learn basic rules
  • Learn basic mechanics
  • Connect with a local officials association for assignments, advanced training and mentoring

The entire clinic cost is $25 for IHSA officials, payable in advance or at the door. Students, high school or college, will be admitted free with a student ID card.

Class Materials:
Phase1 Umpire Document
Baseball Class Pitching
Softball Pitching Rule
Getting to the First Pitch