The 2018 MSA is Ready to Sign

The 2018 version of the Member Services Agreement is ready to be signed.  The MSA is the legal agreement between the NBUA and its members and it must be signed each year by each member before the NBUA can assign games to that individual.

You can find the MSA under the Members/MSA menu drop down or by following this link

Click here for the 2018 MSA.

Reminder: Save 2017 game schedule

Hello NBUA Members!

If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking about getting started with your Christmas shopping and not thinking about Baseball, Taxes, or Sunscreen for that matter.  However, we all face that yearly chore of downloading our game schedule before the games get purged by Leslie to start the new season with a clean slate.

Here are some brief instructions for those of you that haven’t done it before:

  • Login to ArbiterSports.com like normal
  • Click Schedule
  • Make sure the “List View” radio button is selected
  • Select “Show All” in the Date drop down list, and click “Apply” (you should now see all of your games for 2017 – if you don’t see them, it means you waited too long and they are gone)
  • Use your browser’s print feature to print the whole list
  • Alternatively, you can do like I do and select the table contents with your mouse and copy/paste it to Excel and post-process it to your heart’s content

Good luck, take care & enjoy your time off the field.  See you out there again soon enough!

Thanks,
Mark Snyder, Mark Clough
Evaluations Co-Chairs

2017 Awards and Promotions

Thank you to all the members and guests that braved the chilly annual NBUA Banquet on Saturday October 14th. It was a great night to celebrate the season and give recognition to the outstanding achievements by our membership. Thanks to the emcee skills of Jay Neff, the musical talents of Tim Stever, the organizational and operational effort by Mark Clough, greeting skills of Mark and Sandi Snyder, decorating skills of Jodi Clough and Leslie Fitzpatrick, and a moving speech by our High School Coach of the Year Mike Brundage we concluded the challenging season with a bang.
Below is a recap of the award recipients and members who were promoted.

Congratulations to all who received an award or were promoted!

Assignor Tier Awards
C Tier – Dale Wilson
B Tier – Wes Behrend
A Tier – Bill Coyne

Jack Miller Customer of the Year Award
Martin Lawrence GM of Northwest Honkers

High School Varsity Coach of the Year Award
Mike Brundage, Hazen High School

Rookie of the Year Award
Spencer Kim

Brian Gooch Distinguished Service Award
Vern Dahl

George Eschelman Umpire of the Year Award
Glenn Campbell

Promotions

Apprentice to C Tier
Gabe Brookshier
Chris Burris
Carl Done
Pete Perry
Connor Reid
Kyle Sickles
Craig Sweet

Apprentice to B Tier
Aaron Bussiere
Spencer Kim

C Tier to B Tier
Kevin Corbett
Theodore Corpuz
Paul Glahn
Dwayne Helgeson
Ted Jones
Chet Morgan
Mark Snyder
Lance Wallace
Dale Wilson

B Tier to A Tier
Cody Curnutt
Chris Deluze
Jeff Jacobson
Paul Kahle
Mike MacKinnon
John Moore
Don Warfield

A Tier to Tournament Tier
Ben Bayer
Allen Christie
Jeff Evenson
Dan Graves
Josh Lobeck
Kirk Struble

Election Results 2017

The 2017 election results are in and the new Board of Directors joining Allen Christie, Bill Coyne, Jay Neff, Hank Margeson, and Mickey Whitaker are:
Mark Clough
Rick Park
Brian Rooney
Mark Snyder
In addition, Reams Goodloe was elected as your Member Liaison.

All new elected officials start immediately in their two year term representing you and NBUA. 
Congratulations to all.

Your 2017 NBUA Election Committee
Allen Christie
Jay Neff
Vern Dahl

Fall Ball Rules

Hey guys, for those of you working Elite Fall Ball, below are league rules.  Thanks!!
 

Seattle Elite – Fall Ball Rules
For the fall, the rules will be fairly relaxed. The goal of the fall is for individual player development; each team/program may have a different idea on how they want to develop their players. The guidelines to follow are listed below:
 
 – Teams are required to provide their own game balls
 – Games will be played with a 2 hour time limit (12U games – 1 hour, 45 minutes). For doubleheaders with the same teams playing each other back-to-back games, you basically have a 4 hour slot for the two games
 – Games are scheduled to be 7 innings in length (12U – 6 innings). Feel free to play extra innings if time allows. Ten run mercy rule is in effect after 4 innings (3 1/2 if the home team is ahead)
 – NO metal cleats for the 12U division
 – Teams can choose to swing wood or metal – BBCOR for the HS divisions; BPF 1.15 or USABat standards for the 13U & 12U divisions
 – Teams can choose to bat 9, 10 (w/EH) or the entire roster. 100% open substitution (both offense & defense)
 – Slide rules will follow the high school rule – players must go straight into the base, no malicious contact
 – Courtesy runners are optional for both the pitcher and catcher WITH 2 OUTS
 – No pitch count or innings limitation. With the fall ball being developmental, each team is encouraged to keep the players’ best interests in mind when making pitching decisions
 – All rules not covered above will follow the NFHS high school rules

Derek Bingham

2017 BOD Candidates

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATES

Gary Coy                        

Most of you know me so there’s no need to list my resume of qualifications to serve on the Board of Directors having previously served and my success as an umpire on the field speaks for itself.  I don’t covet an officer position (pres., vp, sec. treas). I won’t seek a committee chairmanship but will serve on any committee. I pledge to serve one term and one term only. As I approach the end of my useful umpiring career, I want to ensure that, moving forward, the NBUA is steered in the right direction for the future both for the benefit of our members and the customers we service.

My focus if elected:

  • If you think it’s a good business practice to have umpires working 3, 4, and on several instances 5 games in one day, because we’ve taken on more clients than we have umpires available for, don’t vote for me.

But If you believe we can and must do a better job of balancing the number of clients to our umpire base, I’m your candidate.

  • If you believe you are adequately paid for your knowledge and expertise on the field, don’t vote for me.

On the other hand, if you feel that through your hard work and dedication, knowledge and expertise you deserve more dollars per game, them I’m the candidate for you.

  • If you believe that when the unfortunate situation occurs of a member being accused of misconduct, the Board of Directors doesn’t have the discretion to not follow the NBUA bylaws, policies and procedures AND if the misconduct involves a WIAA sanctioned school game or if any penalty imposed by the Board involves any restriction of school assignments, then the Board must also follow the WOA disciplinary process including any appeal(s) by the member. The Board is required by Washington State law to follow our bylaws and policies and procedures. If you believe the Board must adhere to all

provisions of our bylaws and policies, I’m your candidate.

FYI, This past season, a member was sanctioned for misconduct and not only did the the Board fail in their handling of the situation but also failed to adhere to their own sanctions imposed on the member. If it happened to one member, it could happen to you. This is unacceptable.

  • I completely understand that probably most members simply want to be assigned games and get paid in a timely manner. Most don’t care about the interworkings of how that gets accomplished. Here’s why you should care. as a Washington State registered, member driven, non-profit organization, our bylaws

and policies are legally binding controlling rules that outline how the board will operate. Non compliance puts the Association at unnecessary risk.

During my previous tenure on the Board, I always advocated for what I believed was in the bestinterest of the membership. If elected, I will continue to do that.

Please call or Email me with any questions/concerns you may have.

 

Rick Park                     Rick Park                

Dear Umpire Brother

This letter is to respectfully ask you for your vote for the 2018 NBUA board.

I offer a lengthy experience in baseball management from a player, manager, PSSBL board member, MSBL Hall of Famer and umpire for 6 years with the NBUA. I’ve seen baseball from all sides as well as my experience in the Food Business as a Regional Manager for Tyson Foods.

The NBUA is arguably the best Umpire Association in the nation. YOU make it the incredible organization that it is.  From High School games to Select games to PSSBL to College games, You make it happen professionally for all levels.

One area I have heard from you my partners, is that our system of peer evaluations needs to be changed. I agree, and I will work to change our system. We want a system that is largely based on encouragement and motivation. Any suggestions for improvement should be based on a solution and not be punitive in nature. That is why I want to eliminate the grade number for peer evaluations.

I want to be your liaison to your board of directors. I will encourage your thoughts and ideas for how we can serve you in a better way.  I have worked with most of you and there is incredible talent in our membership that can help us recruit future umpires which is the lifeblood of any organization

Thank you for all the support I’ve already received. Please let me know of areas you would like me to work on to make our association even better.  We are the organization we are because you are so dedicated to being the best umpire you can be.  I am so proud to be one of you and I only wish I would’ve started 10 years earlier!!

 

Mark Clough                             Mark Clough

It has been a pleasure to serve on the NBUA Board of Directors since 2010.  I’ve served in many positions during my tenure.  From Treasurer/4 yrs, Evaluation Director/2 yrs, Apprentice/C Tier Training Coordinator/3 yrs, Evaluation Committee/8 yrs, Mentorship Coordinator/8 yrs & the Recruiting & Retention Committee/7 yrs. My desire is to continue to serve in these positions (if elected).

  • As Treasurer, I believe we as an organization need to take a hard look at our Annual Assessment Process. With our Membership numbers dropping due to attrition, the uptick in the economy & other variables; as your current Treasurer, I believe we need to ensure that the NBUA remains solvent moving forward.  Our financial situation is good.  To remain sustainable as an organization, I as Treasurer am prepared to bring recommendations to both the Finance Committee & the NBUA Board of Directors to ensure this great organization remains sustainable in the coming years.
  • As a Member of the Evaluation Committee, I would like to seek alternative methods of delivering a sound Peer Evaluation Guideline. I am prepared to bring recommendations to the 2017/2018 Evaluation Director.
  • As a Member of the Recruiting & Retention Committee, I believe we really need to rethink how we are recruiting potential new members. Time to really think outside the box.  Taking advantage of Social Media is one key to bringing more & more new Members.
  • As a Member of the Training Committee, the Black & Blue Training Regime used this past Winter, was one of the best trainings offered by any NBUA Training Committee. Well done.  I would like to look in to using the B&B Training Template with the lower tiers as well. 

Not a day goes by that I’m not thinking of ways to improve this organization.  I’m very proud of who we are both as an organization & as an advocate of Customer Service Excellence.  I ask for your vote & trust to continue to serve this Membership as a Member of the Northwest Baseball Umpires Association/Board of Directors.

 

Brian Rooney           Brian Rooney

Like many of you, I came to NBUA through my part time hobby of being a Little League umpire. When I joined in 2011, I warned my wife that this was more than just a short ten game season. However she saw the passion that I had for calling balls and strikes and encouraged me to move forward. (In hindsight, she probably just wanted me out of the house). I am very fortunate that she did. NBUA has given me the opportunity to develop my skills as an umpire and meet some great people along the way. In fact, each time that I go out on the field, I find myself learning from one of our members. Whether that person is a grizzled veteran, or an apprentice getting his feet wet, I walk away from the field having learned something about the game, working in a partnership, and about myself.

I am running for the NBUA board for this reason. It’s time for me to give back to the Association that has given me so much. We, in NBUA, have a unique group and I would like to do my part to see our Association continue to strengthen its’ presence in the area. As a professional recruiter for the past 24 years, I know how important it is for a group to grow and evolve.  While I read the same data points that you all do about the numbers being down for officials across the country, the eternal optimist in me believes that we can overcome those if we are committed to turning the tide.

Why am I running for the board now and not sooner? Well, for ten years, I was on the Sammamish Little League board and the last two as the President. In addition, I was a member of the Rotary Club of Issaquah for fifteen years and the club’s President and Sgt at Arms. Also, I was the co-chair of the club’s annual 5K run during the Salmon Days weekend for eight years. In addition to my extracurricular activities, my wife, Lenore, and I are raising two wonderful young men. Connor is a senior at O’Dea this year and Max is entering the 8th grade and will be playing 14U in the Spring. 

I have a solid track record of working on boards with a variety of personalities. I enjoy solving problems and I absolutely thrive on verbal abuse from coaches and fans. Okay, maybe not, but I love the game of baseball and respect its history. I love that NBUA has given me an opportunity to make my own small mark on the game. And I respect each of our members who puts himself on the line to represent this great game. Please allow me the honor of being your advocate on our board. Thank you.

 

Mark Snyder                 Mark Snyder           

I’m still relatively new to NBUA, and there are probably many of you that I still haven’t met or worked games with, but I don’t consider that a disadvantage. While I was a bit late to start umpiring, I have been around baseball for a long time. I played organized ball into college, ending with Central Missouri State. As an adult, I have played ball in the Redmond League and PSSBL, in Dallas for the DABA and NTABA, served as VP of a Missouri MSBL chapter and managed a team, and managed a little league team. I’m also proud to say I have never been ejected for disagreeing with an umpire! Last year I volunteered time for the member services committee to help with the website and would like to continue making that more useful for members.

As I have learned the ropes from and alongside many of you, I have met a lot of hard-working, dedicated individuals, and have benefited from the organization you have produced. I have also listened to many partners explain the way things work and their concerns about the tier system, the way peer reviews are conducted, compensation, training, communication, etc. The experience here reminds me of my time in the volunteer fire department, where a lot of great people spent countless hours and at the end of the day didn’t want awards or riches, just to know that those representing them had their back and were working to enable them to be (or become) the best they could be doing something they love. That’s why I’m here and I know many of you feel the same way.

My motivation for running for the board is not to push an agenda, but to give back. When I joined Microsoft, an exec ordered the newbies to speak up about what we thought was broken, because in a short amount of time we would lose that perspective and become part of the establishment, accepting entrenched, outdated ideas as just standard operating procedure. I believe that, and am very analytical, so you’ll see me want to understand why we are doing things a certain way. But I also respect the effort and thought behind how we got to where we are and am very careful not to push change for the sake of change, or to force a cure that is worse than the disease. While I still remember what it is like for new recruits and before I settle in and accept the status quo, I feel I have something I can offer the organization and the energy to help get things done. I would love the chance to represent you, hold the line where we are strong, and be a voice for change where it is needed.

 

MEMBER LIAISON CANDIDATE

Reams Goodloe                     Reams Goodloe

 

I have had the privilege of serving as Member Liaison since the position was created.   Progress has been made in serving members and protecting the interests of the association’s members before the Board of Directors, but key efforts of this past year remain unfinished.  Specifically, efforts to complete revisions to and improvements in the member grievance and discipline procedures – as expressed in the Bylaws of the Association – have been developed and brought to the Board, but issues raised by the board in response to such proposals have not yet been completely resolved and adopted, nor have they received the recommendation of the Board for a vote of approval by the membership, where necessary.  I would like the opportunity to push that effort through to completion with your new Board of Directors.

As Member Liaison, I have been able to bring many items to the attention of appropriate Board Members or to the Assignor, to express the members’ view of difficult situations or seemingly unfair positions, or to give voice to the frustration that various members have experienced with certain events, action, or disciplinary procedures.  And, where asked by an affected member, such issues have been effectively raised on an anonymous basis. 

As a member since 2004, I can bring the experience of working my way up through the association to understand situations that members encounter, and thus effectively advocate with Board Members, or before the Board as a whole, for explanation, adjustments, and changes as members believe appropriate given their situation.

Likely, the change of this position to a member elected position – a change which I supported before the Board – will enhance visibility of the role and lead to increased scrutiny of issues which may require the attention of the Board of Directors.  I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve all members of the NBUA in the Member Liaison role.

New Field Location Page

A newly revised Field Location Page has been published on this site and it can be found here or by searching on the Menu under Members.  This page links in a number of image files that contain parking directions for those fields where finding private parking for pre and post game meet ups can be tricky.  The links to addresses will lead you to Google maps.  When using a smart phone, these links should be able to lead you directly to your driving instructions on Google Maps.

Happy Driving!

NBUA Web savant – Paul Kahle

WOA Shirts Required for Varsity

As mentioned at the General Meeting on January 30th, the WOA sublimated shirt will be required for Varsity high school games this year.  There are two options for purchasing these shirts and neither option will be on site at our Vendor Day meeting.  

The local option is via Sound Athletic Supply in Auburn/Federal Way.  Call them at (253) 839-8045 to place an order and arrange a delivery/pick up option.  This is a family run business and you might have to show up at the house to pick up your shirt.  Prices for S-XL are $41.95 and go up $2 per shirt per size.

The second option is via Gerry Davis.  Call-in or online ordering is available and their price is $49.90 per shirt plus shipping.  There is a 7.5% discount available via our WOA affiliation but you have to tell the salesperson or order it on-line via their “Shop by Association” menu.

Failure to wear these shirts during Varsity games will be counted against the offending umpiring organization’s ability to send umpires into the post-season.

Allen Christie
Secretary
Director, Member Services and Communications
Northwest Baseball Umpires Association