It’s a great honour to be part of the Umpiring team of the Baseball Federation of Kenya. BFK has done provided opportunities to equip the umpiring department although a lot more needs to be done. In the last three years BFK has organised two umpiring trainings, one facilitated by the Baseball 4 Africa, and another one organised by the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC).
Currently we have over 10 trained umpires in Kenya who can referee matches professionally. They include Umpires Patrick Ndunda, Morris Thuku, George Kinuthia, Naomi Muratha, John Mbugua and Caleb Malel. During the 2019 Baseball Olympic pre- qualifiers held at Lenana School all these received immense training under the instruction of Paul Bokern of WBSC umpiring commission.
We currently experience challenges especially on Umpiring uniforms and protection gear. We look forward to higher level accredited training that follows a ranking criteria so as to position ourselves better in the region. We hope to develop a training programme to reach all the counties. We hope to get more exposure to the level of umpiring that happens in big competitions like MLB. We are in the process of establishing a committee for umpires in East Africa to help equip more umpires in readiness to officiating of regional games.