Dear Fellow Umpires,


The Eastern Suffolk Baseball Umpires Association Executive Board wishes you and your family a safe and healthy New Year. Yes it's getting to be that time of year strikes and outs is upon us. The year 2020 is a new decade and our season is about to get started.


This letter will provide you with much needed information for the start of the 2020 season. The Board is trying to cut down on some of the meetings, to try to make it a little easier for you to make your required amount of meetings. Just remember, this requirement is set by New York State, as part of your NYS certification. For instance, on Tuesday February 11, 2020, our interpretation meeting will actually be two meetings, the interpretation and junior high rules. As long as you attend both you will get credit for two meetings in the same night. This is what we are doing to make it easier for you to make your required meetings. So please, after reading this letter you will have the dates for all of our meetings. Mark the dates off on your calendar. The Board is trying very hard to make it easier for you to meet your obligations, however, be very clear, your obligation is to make your five meetings, and three of them are MANDATORY. We are aware that everyone is busy, but this is your responsibility.


Mike Puterio is in charge of the website. The web site is used for communication, cancellations, date changes and general information etc., so log on to

Our website also has ESBUA apparel you might be interested in.


Below are the 2020 scheduled meeting dates:

(Meetings in bold are mandatory)

All meetings will be held at the Polish Hall in Riverhead. The start time is 7:30pm for all meetings, except for the Election meeting that will begin at 7pm (Pizza Night); also the Dinner is considered a meeting.

Al Conforti, Ret. Joe DePalo

John Guida, Ret William Maggi, Ret. Jim McNiven, Ret. Charles Norden Patrick Ottati, Ret. Sal Passamano

Andy Rudison, Ret.

Monday - January 27, 2020

Tuesday - February 11, 2020

Wednesday- March 11, 2020

Monday - April 6, 2020

Monday - May 4 2020

Tuesday - May 26, 2020

Monday - June 15, 2020


Interpretation, JH Rules (2 meetings)

Test Review (Proposed amendments submitted) (Clinic Meeting)

Playoff (Mandatory for all Varsity umpires) Elections (Proposed amendments voted on) Dinner 6:30pm to 10:30pm Bellport CC

Your availability for the 2020 season is due NOW, please submit ASAP. You must go to Section XI website ( log on and complete all the information that is required.


Pete Biscardi with Billy Ambrosini have set up our rookie umpire classes. The location is Riverhead Polish Hall in the Boardroom. The dates are: Feb.IO, 12,17,19,24 and 26 at 7pm.


I would like to say we are actively recruiting and  I sent out our information  to an Association  called  Battlefields to Ball fields that will recruit our most treasured American Veterans to become umpires. Also I would like all members to put themselves out and do more games at all levels.




Fellow umpires this time of year I start thinking about baseball and umpiring. It's also time to start thinking about your health. Try to get some walking in before the season starts. Remember we wear a lot of equipment, and to just start running around a baseball field puts a strain on your body. Check your uniforms, make sure they are in good shape. You only get one time to make a first impression.


I hope everyone has a great season and a lot of fun.