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.


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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.




As presented at the Interpretation meeting, below is the new P/DH rule. Remember, this new rule only affects the starting pitcher, if so designated. Otherwise, the DH rule has not changed.

The designated hitter and the pitcher may be the same person. If the pitcher opts to bat for himself, he is treated as two separate positions- a pitcher and a designated hitter (abbreviated P/DH on the lineup card)- and may be substituted for as such (ie if a player who starts the game as the P/DH is relieved as the starting pitcher, he may not return to the mound even if he remains in the game as the DH, and he may not play any other position after being relieved as the pitcher. This rule will be provided as another option for coaches to utilize.


1. The starting pitcher is listed as the P/DH on the lineup card. His team gets a 12 run lead after one inning. Can the coach replace the pitcher and put him in left field?

Answer: No, the P/DH rule prohibits the starting pitcher from playing any other position in the field once he is removed from pitching.

2. A coach must list the starting pitcher as the P/DH?

Answer: No, it's the coaches' option to list the starting pitcher as the P/DH.

3. The starting pitcher is listed on the lineup card as P (or 1). Can the coach replace him as pitcher ad have him play second base?

Answer: Yes, because the pitcher was not listed as the P/DH on the lineup card.

4. The coach neglects to list the starting pitcher as the P/DH when the lineup cards are turned into the umpire in chief. Can he make a correction after the first inning?

Answer: No, all lineups are final after they are turned into the the umpire in chief.

5. A coach can still have a designated hitter (another player) for the starting pitcher?

Answer: Yes, the P/DH rule does not change this option.

MODIFIED BASEBALL: National Federation rules


Game Conditions□□

3.   Doubleheaders: The following restrictions apply to the use of doubleheaders:□□

a.    The maximum number of doubleheaders allowed is two.DD

b.    A team may not play three games in two consecutive days. No more than three games a week may be played D

c.    Pitching limitations remain the same D

d.    Each game of the doubleheader is to be six innings. No team may play more than fourteen innings in one day. This allows a maximum total of two extra innings in the event of tie games. D D

4.   Equipment:□□

a.    Catchers shall wear the full protective equipment of helmet, mask with throat protector, chest protector, shin guards, arid cup.DD

b.    Batters and base runners shall wear protective headgear. DD

c. Any player warming up a pitcher, on or off the diamond, shall wear a mask. □□

d.    Only sneakers or shoes with molded soles and molded cleats are permitted in the modified program. Shoes with metal posts or spikes are not permitted in any modified sport. □□

e.    bats must have a 2-5/8" bat barrel diameter  and a  minus  three differential   between  the length and weight of the bat. (BBCOR)    


5.  Adult coaches must wear a hard-shell protective cap.


Game Rules□□ 

1.   Regulation game shall be seven innings. DD 

2.  A pitcher may pitch no more than 12 full innings in any one calendar week and no more than seven innings in any one game. After pitching four or more full innings in any one game, there must be at least two nights rest before pitching again. When re moved , he may play any other position. DD 

3.   Designated hitters will not be allowed D 

4.   An extra player, referred to as an EP, is m and at ed and mus t be listed on the scoring sheet in the regular batting order. The EP must be used for the entire game. Failure to complete the game with the EP results in the forfeiture of the game (except in case of injury or ejection from game with no eligible players left to enter, the rules permit play with eight players). All 10 players bat, but only nine can play defense each inning. The person designated as the EP (not a defensive player at the start of the game) may at a later time play a defensive position the defensive player is now only a batter for that inning and not a fielder. There will always be one player in the lineup not on the field defensively. The EP may be substituted for at any time, either by a pinch-runner or pinch - hitter who then becomes the EP. The

substitute must be a player who has not yet been in the game. A starter may re-enter the game into his same batting order position.


Section XI Rules 

1.   No new inning may begin beyond two hours from the actuai starting time of the contest.


a.    Game started at 4:10 PM, fifth inning ends at 6: 15 PM. There will not be a sixth inning D 

b.    Game started at 4: 10 PM, fifth inning ends at 6:05 PM. There will be a sixth inning. 2. All coaches

shall be required to wear protective helmets while standing along the 1st and 3rd base lines during games.



A contest will end after a team at the short end of the 15-run rule has completed their fifth at bat

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