Last Updated: September 29, 2016
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The following are the Varsity partners for the 2016 season.
Conforti, A/Conforti, D
The season is here!!!
The games begin!! Go out there and work hard, look sharp, and have fun!!!
Refer to the site periodically for information, and tips. Check out the training page, as new videos are posted, all to help us get our game to the next level, or simply to remind ourselves of what we should be doing.
Umpires! Unfortunately we have had some ejections already this year, so let's get the procedure correct right now.
When you have an ejection, you are REQUIRED to submit an ejection report within 24 hours!
We have an ejection report right on the website, on the right hand side. This report is sent to Section XI, with a copy to the ESBUA Board. If you wish to email President Caldiero also, that is fine. But you MUST fill out the ejection report. The best time to do it is as soon as you get home. Get the details at the field (if possible). Failure to do so makes you and the organization look bad, as well as putting the Board in a poor position to back you up.
If you are not sure what information you need, or how to write it, look at the report or email one of the Board members. Remember, this is YOUR job.
The Varsity season is winding down. Hopefully everyone has worked hard, gotten their games in, and is preparing for the playoffs.
For the varsity officials, hopefully you have submitted your playoff availability. In addition to your availability, remember that this coming Monday, May 9th, is our playoff meeting. You must attend this meeting to work a playoff game,
For those members who are not varsity umpires, this meeting counts toward the meeting requirements, and it is recommended that you all attend. This meeting will center on three man mechanics, and is helpful not just for three man, but provides some insight on how two man mechanics knowledge is necessary to move up to three man.
In addition, the floor will be open to questions from the members, as well as updates about our association.
Please try to attend.
Something to think about, Let's get ready.
Think Ahead- Umpires must know their responsibilities and priorities before every pitch. This can be a rather daunting task when you consider there are hundreds of things that can happen on every pitch and the average person can only focus on a few things at a time. Therefore to help even the odds, umpires just like players must be aware of the game situation and know what the likely plays are before they happen. Being surprised is the worst thing that can happen to an umpire.
Pause, Read and React- When a fly ball is hit the base umpire must determine whether or not he should go out on the ball. In order to make this decision the base umpire uses a procedure called “pause, read and react.” The base umpire will hesitate while taking his eye off the ball (pause) and focus his attention on the reactions of outfielders (read). The outfielders reactions will then tell the base umpire whether he should go out on the ball (react).
Angle vs. Distance- Every time an umpire makes a call he is at a certain angle and distance from the play. For instance plays at first base- The base umpire should be 10-15 feet away from first base and at a 90° angle from the throw. Whenever possible angle and distance should be maintained. However when it is not possible angle is more important than distance.
Hustle don’t Hurry- As an umpire hustling to get into position to make a call is a must. However, hustling to the point of hurrying is disastrous. You must allow yourself time to read the play before you react even if that means giving up distance. It only takes a few steps to gain an angle on the play so don’t be in a hurry to go somewhere until you know where to go.
Practice, practice, practice- You don’t need a field to practice your trade. Plate mechanics and timing, safe and out calls can be practiced in front of a mirror. Practice 3-5 minutes a day for a month before the season (more if it’s your first time or if you are changing a mechanic).
This is just a reminder that many of Federation rules are safety oriented, and should be enforced to minimize liability. We must enforce these rules even if doing so may upset a coach, since they rate us and sometimes it seems better to not ruffle feathers. If everyone enforces the rules consistently, then that should not be a problem.
In a game at Rocky Point, a batter carelessly threw his bat and hit the catcher. After a team warning, when the batter again threw his bat and hit the catcher, the player was ejected. The Rocky Point coach claimed that he did not understand, because it hasn't been an issue all year. Now, we all know coaches will say the darndest things, but consistency is key. It doesn't appear that this player simply did this in this game, so let's be aware of everything that happens on the field.
The rule cite for carelessly thrown bats is rule 3.3.1c- a team warning to the coach, and any subsequent violator is ejected.
Just a quick reminder about ejections. If you have an ejection, you must notify both Section and ESBUA (Mike Caldiero will get the report). The report must have certain information, otherwise it is essentially useless, and makes the person filing the report look bad, and hurts credibility.
Essentially, the report needs to have the date of contest, name of schools, name of person ejected, and what happened. What happened should be a short narrative, consisting of facts, actions of participant and umpire. Was a warning given (if warranted), reaction (absent opinion), and subsequent action.
You do not have to be a good writer, but communicate well.
President's 2016 Opening Letter
As the holidays approach, the new year is just around the corner. With the new year comes the anticipation of baseball. President Caldiero has important information for you, as well as some news. To read his letter, click here.
ESBUA now has a Fan Shop apparel store
Check the link at the bottom of the page for the ESBUA apparel you can buy through our store. ESBUA gets a percentage of all proceeds. Support your organization and look great throughout the year!!!
New Section XI availability system
Section XI has implemented a new availability system, which will be discussed at the general membership meeting. Following is a quick overview from the Section website:
AVAILABILTIES - PLEASE READ:
3. PRINT OUT a copy of these instructions so that you can refer to them while you are completing your availability on-line.
4. Even if you have previously submitted your paper "Fall Availability Form", you must now complete and submit your availability electronically in order to be assigned this fall.
5. If you officiate more than one sport during the season, be aware that you will need to complete Steps 3 and 5 (as outlined in the Instructions) for EACH SPORT.
Weekend Procedures Update
Go to the weekend emergency procedures in the menu section.