We are currently accepting applications for our 2021 EBUA Rookie Umpire Class
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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.
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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.
Assigners need to maintain a professional approach when it comes to assigning games. Perception can be reality for some members. Longtime assigners will obviously develop friendships with officials, but it is of vital importance to make sure assignments are made through a transparent system, so members don’t suggest the “good old boys” approach is in place.
A professional approach between board members and members of the association is absolutely necessary. No board position is potentially more volatile than that of assigner. If you can’t maintain an honest approach with a highlight on your integrity, you won’t be able to do your best work, and you might not be in that position for very long.
The position of assigner in any officiating association has the spotlight on it at all times, so don’t do anything that you’re not going to want to see again in the light of day. Mistakes have a life all their own, and you’re going to make them. The focus should be to minimize the damage of a mistake and don’t do it again. It’s a topic I’m very passionate about, as I’m in the eighth year as assigner of our association. I’ve served as member at large, rules interpreter and vice president. No other position has the ongoing headaches that come with the assigner position. Let’s outline some things to work on, and some things to avoid.
To do a stellar job as an assigner, everyone in your association has to feel that he or she is being treated fairly and consistently. When you are questioned by members as to why their schedule isn’t what they think it should be, sometimes tact and diplomacy work. Sometimes brutal honesty works better, as long as you remember to deal in facts, not opinions. Don’t let a personality clash turn into an all-out war. Let them know where they stand, and what they need to improve on to get higher level games.
They will happen and more often than you care for. Be understanding, especially if it’s an official that is usually dependable. If you’re patient when they make a mistake, hopefully they’ll be patient when you make a mistake, because those will happen too. If you have an official who has a bad habit of being late or not showing up, give them a week or two to think about it with no assignments, and see if they get the point.
If you think that contradicts point 1, it doesn’t. Again, you have to be honest and transparent with those that haven’t achieved that level yet. I don’t mind pointing out to officials that availability and dependability go hand in hand when it comes to getting games. Those officials that are willing to fill in on a last-minute basis because someone else bailed on you deserve to be rewarded. If I have a veteran varsity official who fills in for me on a C or JV game during a hectic week of changes, I make sure I keep track and get them on a good varsity assignment.
Get out and view your officials working. Give them positive feedback on what you’d like to see them improve, and also include what you think they’re doing well. If it’s a newer official, give them small bites. If it’s a veteran, give them “polish” points to make their game sharper and improve perception of them as an official.
Allow members to apologize, and reward them if they are honestly trying to improve your perception of them. Everyone makes mistakes. If the member sees the error of his or her way, allow the member some leeway to make it right.
Sometimes in board meetings, assessments and observations about officials come up. Leave those discussions in the board meeting. This is one of those landmines that you want to avoid. Be professional. Be very careful when you’re out in public. You never know who might be watching. People in your town know who you are, so they’ll want to ask questions about what this official said or did and what do you think about it. If it’s an official request from a league administrator, activities principal or a coach, ask for specifics about any rules that they perceived were incorrect, and for game film if it’s available. Don’t get into a discussion about judgment calls. That’s a “no win” situation. Talk to the official about the issue and get their side of the story.
Our assigning system allows for postgame reports. We require those in any odd rules situation, and also if a coach or player receives a technical foul or is ejected. Those reports go to our president, vice-president and assigner. Officials should give administrators a little “heads-up” hopefully before the phone calls start.
Assigning is much like raising kids. Many days it’s a lot of work with little reward. On other days, it’s very rewarding. You have to take the bad with the good, and work hard to “raise your children” so they are doing their best work for your association and for themselves. Again, as with raising your kids, a lot of patience is required to get them from the “baby” stage, through “adolescence” and hopefully to the “mature adult” stage. Most assigners are getting paid to do the job, but if it’s not a labor of love also, you’ll give up before you see positive results. You’ll definitely have a “parent’s pride” when they succeed, and receive higher level recognition.
Be honest and transparent, and be patient and passionate about your officials and the sports you assign. Finally, work hard. As with many good things, if it was easy, anyone could do it.
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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