West Michigan
Umpires Association

The WMUA is based in the Grand Rapids, Mich., area and has over 150 members, making it one of the largest umpires associations in the state of Michigan. Many of the umpires in the association work baseball and softball, as well as other sports, such as football, volleyball and basketball.


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We hope that you will find our website to be a leading source for the most effective and useful information as a member of the WMUA, or interested person wishing to learn more of our organization or its purpose.

The WMUA is an organization designed to help its members (registered with the MHSAA) for training to best serve the MHSAA member schools, student athletes, coaches and fans.  The WMUA takes pride in being recognized as one of the leading officials' associations by the MHSAA and member schools.

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The WMUA (West Michigan Umpires Association) clinics have been confirmed for Feb 11th (Softball) and Feb 25th (Baseball)

As a non member of the WMUA we would like to invite you to our clinics. For a small fee of $25 you will become a new member with all privileges of a full member which include access to the clinics along with the WMUA website, training meetings, training nights and the possibility of assignment of games from our assignors for the 2023 season.

They will take place again at the Elite Training Facility in Grand Rapids, MI. Registration is now open with the links below. More information is given when you click the links below. Come prepared and also equipped as if you were going to a game.

You may have 20-30 years under you, but I guarantee you that there are things that you can pick up and use for the season. Please do not have the ego and mindset that you know everything. The day we stop learning is the day we should hang it up. Come with an open mind, questions and attitude of having some fun! 

Two members of the WMUA were selected to umpire the 2022 MHSAA Championships. Kirk VanderLaan (Baseball) and Marci Tawney (Softball). Congratulations to both and all the members that were picked to work Post Season this year!

Kirk VanderLaan (Baseball)

Marci Tawney (Softball)

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We are proud to announce that one of our own WMUA umpires ( Matt Watkoski ) has been selected to work in Minor League Baseball. Congratulations Matt on your hard work and continued success.

WMUA Makes gift to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital foundation

In 2022, Curt Johnson (Treasurer) of the WMUA made a visit to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital to make its annual visit and donation to the HDCH Foundation as part of the Officials for Kids program.   This past year in 2022, the members collectively donated over $1,215.00 to be used as the institution sees needs.   Foundation representative, Devin Pierson offers this message to all donors...Kids are unique and special. At Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, we know children are not small adults. They have different physical, developmental and emotional needs requiring the care of specialist trained in pediatrics. Your support helps fund kid’s care, provide kids and families with supportive programs and enables research and innovation for kids.  Thank you so much for your continued partnership!

Let's all do our best to continue supporting the Officials for Kids charity and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation.  Consider a game check this season or make any on-line donation at your convenience by clicking on the DONATE button above.  Let's do it for the kids in 2023!


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