The long road trips and intense schedule in the Northwoods League doesn’t just drain the players as the umpires have an intense schedule. This season the league has allowed 16 up and coming umpires to work their slate of games. It is a long road as the umpires have a tough schedule of 76 games in 81 days, including the playoffs. The umpires get $3,750 for the year which comes out to $43.94 per game which is actually below the rate that high school umpires receive. The idea is that these umpires will use the experience umpiring in one of the top summer leagues in the country to eventually be asked to join the minor leagues the next season as a member of an umpire crew.
You can check out a very interesting article about two of the umpires in the Northwoods League by clicking here.