The USPA Umpire Program is responsible for the ways and means of achieving umpiring excellence in the United States. The USPA Umpires, LLC oversees the Umpire Program and interacts with the USPA Board of Governors.
The USPA sets the standards in terms of excellence beginning with its Umpire Training and Certification Program and USPA approved umpire seminars and clinics, along with the Professional Umpire Program.
USPA PROFESSIONAL UMPIRE PROGRAM
The USPA Umpires, LLC, manages the USPA Professional Umpire Program and is responsible for:
For information concerning any aspect of the USPA Umpire Program, please contact: Executive Director of USPA Umpires LLC, Fergus Gould at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are four steps to becoming a USPA Certified Umpire:
Pay the current year USPA Individual Member fee.
Individuals seeking Umpire Certification are responsible for completing Items 1, 2 and 3 above.
Rules tests can be obtained at www.uspolo.org and completed on-line. A list of Umpire Certifiers can be found at www.uspolo.org and individuals requesting Umpire Certification ratings must insure that Umpire Certification recommendations are submitted to the USPA office at: 9011 Lake Worth Rd. - Lake Worth, FL 33467.
After items 1-3 above are completed by the individual requesting Umpire Certification, all Umpire Certifications will be approved by the USPA. A list of approved Umpire Certifications will be posted on the USPA website at www.uspolo.org and updated periodically.
Umpire training and certification is available to all USPA members with an emphasis on growing the number of certified umpires to be available to member clubs for all club and USPA events.
The USPA Umpires, LLC creates a career path for professional umpires, which includes a national roving umpire who umpires member club events, conducts clinics, provides feedback for certifications, and identifies new umpire talent.
For more information about Umpire Certification and Training, contact Fergus Gould at email@example.com.
The Mission Statement of the USPA Umpires, LLC is to advise the USPA Chairman and Board of Governors about all aspects of umpire training, education and certification including: advisement pertaining to consistent umpire rules and interpretation enforcement; updates to the USPA Umpire Guide.
The LLC also oversees the administration process for umpire certifications including the USPA Professional Umpires. The Head Umpire Instructor manages the USPA Umpire Training and Certification Program for the USPA Umpires, LLC.
For USPA trained and certified umpires, adherence to high standards and professionalism earns respect from players and clubs as well as results in pride within the ranks of certified umpires. For players and clubs, umpiring excellence will be witnessed on the polo field and taught in USPA approved umpire clinics and seminars. Umpiring excellence makes the sport safer, more competitive and more fun to play and watch.
Umpire enforcement of the USPA Rules and Rules Interpretations is one of the highest priorities for all certified umpires. USPA members must feel confident that the certification rating reflects the highest level of training and observation for that umpire rating. High-quality umpires are high-value assets and should be considered a top priority when hosting USPA events creating a viable polo club culture.
For clinic dates and availability, please contact Bradley Biddle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (240) 731-2248.
Effective Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
The suspension of USPA Tournaments and Events will be lifted for USPA Member Clubs in locales where hosting polo matches and tournaments is permitted under applicable state and local laws, executive orders and similar decrees. The USPA Member Clubs in these locales are encouraged to follow all such requirements of their state and local authorities with respect to polo operations. In addition, we also encourage all USPA Member Clubs to take the precautions recommended by the CDC. We are preparing a detailed list of best practices for USPA Member Clubs as they return to hosting USPA Tournaments and Events and plan to circulate these guidelines within the next week. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will notify you if we determine a different course of action is necessary.Read More