Roy Hobbs Umpire Association

About RHUA

   The primary focus of the Roy Hobbs Umpires Association is the annual Roy Hobbs World Series, held each fall in Fort Myers, Florida. Last year there were 230 men's amateur age group teams playing almost 800 games over 4 weeks.

   Roy Hobbs contracted for the services of 88 umpires last fall, and approximately 85% of Hobbs' umpires return on an annual basis for at least one week. First-year Hobbs umpires are offered one week, with the possibility of more work in future years. Returning umpires can work as many as 4 weeks, but the minimum game guarantee is 30 games over that time. Multiple week contracts are at the discretion of the Roy Hobbs Umpires Association leadership.

   Umpires interested in working the Roy Hobbs World Series must be in good standing in their local association, have some experience working adult men's baseball (which has game management issues unto itself), and be certified for high school varsity baseball. Roy Hobbs does do a background check on new umpires and checks references.

   If you are interested in becoming a member of the Roy Hobbs Umpires Association and applying to work the World Series or other Hobbs events under a contract-labor agreement, please click the link below to request an application.

   RHUA is committed to first-class officiating and outstanding customer service on the field. Umpires must be approachable on the field and have a focus on 1) getting the call right and b) applying the game rules, including the Roy Hobbs addendums, correctly. We also hope that umpires are open to learning on the field and dedicated to personal on-field improvement.

   Additionally, RHUA would like to remind all of its members that off-the-field behavior reflects on-the-field judgment. Umpires at multiple-day Roy Hobbs events are expected to dress appropriately when in public, behave in a way that reflects a positive light on your peers, your avocation, your passion for the game and on the event itself.

   Play Ball!

2018 Events

Sunshine Classic

Ft. Myers, Florida / February 4 - 26, 2018

  • Vintage 65+ Division: Feb 4 - 8
  • Veterans 35+ Division: Feb 8 - 11
  • Family Ties Division: Feb 8 - 11
  • Classics 60+ Division: Feb 12 - 15
  • Legends 50+ Division: Feb 16 - 19
  • Masters 45+ Division: Feb 22 - 25
  • Veterans 35+ Division: Feb 22 - 25

  • Gateway City Baseball Bash

    St. Louis, MO/IL - May 26 - 28, 2018

    Divisions: 45+ & 60+

    Information coming soon

    Beach Battle Classic

    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - May 26 - 28, 2018

    Divisions: 35+, 45+(A), 45+(B), & 53+

    Get more information here

    Register your team

    Sea Otter Baseball Festival

    Monterey - Seaside - Carmel, California / June 30 - July 2, 2018

    Divisions: 45+, 53+, & 60+

    Roy Hobbs World Series 30

    Fort Myers, FL / October 20 - November 17, 2018.

    All divisions begin play on Sunday

  • Veterans (35+) Division: October 20 - October 27
  • Masters (45+) Division: October 27 - November 3
  • Legends (53+) Division: November 3 - November 10
  • Classics (60+) Division: November 10 - November 17
  • Vintage (65+) Division: November 3 - November 10
  • Timeless (70+) Division: November 10 - November 17
  • Forever Young (75+) Division: November 3 - November 10
  • Registration coming soon.

    If you wish to work any of the events listed, contact Tom Giffen


    Request an Application Form

    RHUA Dress Code

    You Make the Call...

    The following paragraph is additional material for Rule 6.02(b) Comment, for National Association play (in lieu of the additional two paragraphs, above, that apply to Major League play):

    If after the pitcher starts his windup or comes to a “set position” with a runner on, he does not go through with his pitch because the batter has stepped out of the box, the umpire shall not call a balk. The umpire shall call an automatic strike if Rule 6.02(d)(1) calls for such sanction.