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The Elite Baseball Umpires Association was formed to provide youth baseball with quality Umpires. Our Umpires are dedicated to supporting the integrity of the game and promoting sportsmanship amongst the Players, Coaches, Parents and Officials.
The EBUA trains its Umpires not only in the proper fundamentals and techniques of officiating baseball; but to also know, understand and articulate the difference in rules amongst the many governing bodies of youth baseball, such as Little League, Cal Ripken and Federation.
Providing fair and balanced adjudicating of the games within a partnership with the Coaches is paramount for the EBUA. It is our intent to demonstrate that Coaches and Officials can and should work together to make playing baseball fun for the participants. EBUA understands the great responsibility that our Umpires have in being role models not just for the players, but to other constituents that help make baseball the greatest game ever invented.
EBUA provides Umpires throughout Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Dutchess Counties, The Bronx, Manhattan, Western Connecticut and Fairfield County. This past 2019 Season - Spring, Summer and Fall combined - we provided Umpires for over 1,200 teams and assigned over 10,000 games!!! As we continue to grow leaps and bounds, we'd like to thank all of our Staff and Umpires for their continued support and tremendous effort in making EBUA one of the strongest, most talented, professional and respected Umpire Associations in the country.
At a referee development camp that I attended last summer, the camp director began with a single question: “Who is your agent?”
After a period of silence that seemed to last forever, he answered his own question with one word: “You.”
As odd as it may seem, you are your own agent. You are not like a professional basketball player whose agent makes or negotiates many of his decisions for him. It is your responsibility to create your own schedule, be in demand and prove that you can do the job. You are responsible for the number and level of games you work. In fact, if you want to become successful as an official, it is crucial to understand that you are responsible for almost everything that happens to you.
However, as the late philosopher Jim Rohn once said, “When you’re playing the game, it’s hard to think of everything.” You need some help. Maybe you need a mentor, or maybe you just need someone in your corner to get your foot in the door. That is where the assigner comes into play.
One of the interesting things about sports officials is that we have the dual role of athlete and agent. On one hand, we are responsible for performing at our very best each and every game we work. On the other hand, we must also make sure that we have games to work in the first place. Having a solid relationship with your assigner is perhaps one of the best things you can do to advance your officiating career. It can ensure that you are always in demand.
The main reason for having a great official-assigner relationship is simple and obvious: You want to work bigger, better games — and more of them. It won’t happen overnight. But with diligence, patience and hard work, you can get there.
Officials are considered to be “free agents.” You can only eat what you kill. In the entrepreneurial world, we say that increasing your rewards — in the case of officiating, that is your game count — starts with increasing your value. The more valuable you become as an official, the more games you work, the better games you work and the more satisfied you will be knowing that you are very good at what you do.
So what are some ways you can make yourself more valuable to your assigner?
I know it’s cliché, but it’s true. Hard work will get you noticed not only by assigners, but by coaches and other officials. You make yourself desirable as someone other officials want to work with and that assigners want to hire. Simply put, if you are not seen as a hard worker, it will be harder for you to convince your assigner that you are willing to work bigger and better games.
Assigners are not in the business of gambling. Their jobs depend on the quality of officials they send to games. They want to know that the crew they put out on the court or field will get the job done.
Coaches do take notice of hard-working officials, and they may actually tell assigners what a good job you did. That will definitely separate you from the officials who get little to no positive feedback at all.
Assigners are always looking for more experienced officials to work with new officials. You can make your assigner’s job so much easier — and enhance your schedule — by offering to work games with a rookie or a less experienced official. Veteran officials are accustomed to working with other veterans. We all like working with people we already know. But if you work with someone new to you, you may find you’ve found another official you trust and with whom you feel comfortable working.
That might mean doing the Sunday morning game, the game on what was supposed to be on your night off, or the one between cellar-dwellers that won’t show up on the 10 o’clock news.
Our local association has the “Fireman Award” for the official who accepts the most last-minute game turnbacks. Making your assigner’s job easier will increase your value as an official tremendously.
Keep your schedule up to date on a regular basis. Turn in all your paperwork on time. When you accept a game, keep it. One of the easiest ways to annoy your assigner is to constantly decline games they offer you because you fail to block your schedule. If you are constantly wondering why you aren’t getting games, that may be the reason why.
One of the logistics coordinators for our development program loves to use the term “low maintenance.” That means keeping things simple: Review your schedule regularly, accept games that are offered and move on. Be low maintenance, and the rest will seem to take care of itself.
Introduce yourself to the assigners. Talk to the officials who work at the level you want to work. Demonstrate to them that you are willing to work hard and are open to learning from each game you officiate. Don’t be pushy with them, but show them you are ambitious and ready for whatever game you accept.
And finally, remember that the bridge between you and your games is your assigner. Treat him or her with the same courtesy you would treat your family members. According to Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People, 85 percent of success or failure in any field comes from communication and dealing with other people.
Understanding that one principle will propel you forward more than you can imagine, no matter what you do in life — because you are your own agent in officiating and in life.
Michael Menard lives in Hamburg, N.Y. He is a veteran ice hockey official at the youth, high school, adult, college club, junior and collegiate levels.
Here at EBUA, we strongly believe in investing in yourself and your craft. We want to be the vessel in helping you improve at whatever level you want to work. Whether you want to be the best Little League Umpire, High School Umpire or are considering becoming a College Official, we want to assist you in bettering your skill set. These are some of the schools, clinics and camps that we recommend you consider.
EBUA proudly supports the heroic Men and Women who serve and have served our country proudly while risking their lives to defend our freedoms and way of life. We are very thankful and appreciate them for their bravery, courage and dedication to making and keeping America the greatest country in the world. God bless the USA and may God bless our Military Men and Women.
Bravery is doing something without the presence of fear......Courage is doing something despite the fear.
Jason served in the United States Navy from May of 1996 to April 2000. He attended boot camp and “A” school in Great Lakes, Illinois and was selected for honor duty onboard The USS Constitution “Old Ironsides” which is the oldest commissioned war ship in the world and is most famous for it's role in the War of 1812. He was also part of the crew that sailed the ship under its own power with only wind and sails for the first time since 1881 on July 21, 1997.
Josh joined the military while he was in high school on March 29th 2011. He joined the Military as a 35G (Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst). After graduating, he left for BT on July 18th that summer. He has learned a ton of life lessons that have made him the man that he is today. Josh is currently transitioning into civilian life as an officer with the CCPD.
Earl did his basic training in Fort Jackson, SC and then was stationed in Panama from 1986-1988. He was there during the conflict with Manuel Noriega and was in the 1st of the 508th Airborne Infantry. He left the Military in 1989 as a PFC and joined EBUA in 2018. He also works as an Umpire for the New York State Baseball Umpires Association as a member of the WCBUA for BOCES.
Emilio served in the US Air Force from 2004 - 2014. He entered as a Military Police Officer and was deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, Camp Fallujah, Camp Victory, FOB Grizzly and Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He was a member of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was also tasked with completing combat related missions in accordance to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Afterwards, he became a Sergeant and was stationed at the Incirlik AB in Turkey. He was initially a Quick Reaction Force Member and worked his way up to become a Protection Level-1 CCTV Monitor.
Mike Pereira, NFL and NCAA football rules analyst with Fox Sports, has been selected by NASO as the recipient of the 2019 NASO Mel Narol Medallion. Pereira will be honored with the Medallion at the Celebrate Officiating Gala on July 30 at the NASO Sports Officiating Summit in Spokane, Wash.
The Medallion recognizes an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the betterment of NASO. These activities include organizational leadership, education, training, promotion of officiating and other events. The award is named for Narol, a longtime legal columnist and consultant to NASO, who died in 2002. Narol received the award posthumously in 2003, when the Medallion was named in his honor.
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