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SOMBA Umpires

South Okanagan Minor Baseball's officiating is overseen by our Umpire in Chief, Mr. Lorne Raymond.

We use only BC Baseball Umpires Association (BCBUA) members for our officiating. Membership in their association provides ongoing training, insurance, mentorship and many more benefits.

We play by the rules set out by BC Minor Baseball. A copy of the rules can be found on their website.

SOMBA is pleased to participate in the British Columbia Baseball Umpires’ Association (BCBUA) mentorship program. The program is designed “to build and develop competency in our umpires, by providing credible and consistent feedback that supports BCBUA/Baseball BC rules, mechanics and philosophies.” The goal is to provide a practical mechanism for supporting young umpires in their development beyond what they learned at the annual clinic.

In practice, more experienced umpires will be paired with younger, developing umpires at an appropriate level of play and will provide on-field guidance during the games as well as subsequent verbal and written feedback. The focus is to be on positive and practical direction, comments and support that will promote the ongoing development of our young officials. While the pool of senior umpires is limited, it is hoped that every young umpire will be given the opportunity to work with a mentor on at least a couple of occasions during the spring season.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Lorne Raymond at or 250-488-5125.

2023 Clinic Information

For 2023 there will be two types of Clinics similar to 2022.  On-Line Clinics will be registered for through the BCBUA Website.  They have not set dates yet but they are expected soon.  In the meantime please go to the BC Baseball Umpires Association at  and become a member of BCBUA. There is a fee for membership which covers the cost of clinics. SOMBA will reimbursed your membership fee after you umpire 5 games per season. BCBUA typically has the on-line clinics options on both evenings and weekend.  Please watch this page and the BCBUA page for upcoming dates. 


SOMBA will host its on-field clinic in early April, date to be determined. Registration for this clinic is also covered by the annual BCBUA membership. 


Umpire in Chief, Lorne Raymond

South Okanagan Minor Baseball

Mailing Address:
#113-437 Martin St., #259
Penticton, BC V2A 5L1