Letter from Wes Behrend

Hello all!

                Its Wes, I wanted to check in with NBUA after my first couple of weeks since I have been on the road traveling doing ball. It has first off been a blast and a great experience so far! I have three days left here in California after today and then I will be off to Arizona next then to New Mexico. It has been a fantastic experience so far traveling and umpiring Pro level Baseball! I also wanted to reach out and let everyone I can know that a few of the games in my season will be live streamed free! for anyone to watch! My fist live game will be this upcoming Saturday, June 2, 2018. I will give details on how to view the game at the end of this email! I also still want to thank everyone that has helped/inspired and pushed me to pursue my dream! It has been a blast so far. I thank all of you! If anyone needs any help or has trouble with finding where the live stream is please contact me back I will try my best to respond before the game, again the game is This Saturday, June 2,2018 @ 7:45pm. Thanks again everyone talk to you all very soon and I will continue to post more pictures on FB and Instagram if you are following me! Hope you can catch my game! 



How to view the live streamed games on video:

  1. Visit the league Website. www.pecosleague.com/
  2. There are drop down menu’s select the schedule Tab, and it will drop down!
  3. Select of course 2018 season schedule
  4. It will then bring you slowly to the schedule calendar where all games are listed that are being played each day with the umpire crews last names listed for each game. (Behrend/Bush) is my crew.
    1. If you want to view information about the game select the date of the game and it will bring you to game day information 
  5. The game with the small camera icons on them are the live games. Select/ click on that small icon it will bring you to another site which will pull up the game streamed live!

Contact me if you have any questions or need any help!



Thank you,
Wesley Behrend

Professional Umpire of Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs

NBUA Professional Umpire 

Members working college post season

Congratulations to the following NBUA members who also work college baseball games (for other umpire association(s)) and were/are assigned to post season series.  This is an impressive group of very experienced umpires who have taken their skill levels to a very high level.  Good luck and have fun.

North West Conference (NCAA D-III) Championship Series
Steve Hilgendorf
Chris Claflin

Great NW Athletic Conference (NCAA D-II) Championship Series
Mike Goebel
Gary Coy

NCAA D-II Regional
Mike Goebel

North West Athletic Conference (NWAC)  North Super Regional
Gary Coy
Erik Nilson
Scott Johnson

North West Athletic Conference (NWAC) West Super Regional
Chris Claflin
Jon Campbell

North West Athletic Conference (NWAC)  Championship Series
Chris Claflin
Jon Campbell

2018 Baseball Regional Assignments

Congratulations to all the umpires that have been assigned to Regional games.

4A – Everett Memorial Stadium
Jeff Sadorus, Snohomish County
Les Martin, Whatcom County
Bill Coyne, Northwest

4A – Heidelberg Sports Complex, Tacoma
Phil Bogardus, Northwest
Kris Carlstedt, Northwest
Joseph Vanairsdale, South Sound

4A – Heritage Field, Puyallup
Brian Strege, Peninsula
Mark Clough, Northwest
Scott Buck, South Sound

4A – University High School, Spokane
Shane Kelley, KPR
Jeff Golding, Inland Empire
Carl Ramsey, Yakima Valley

3A – Sherman Anderson Field, Mt Vernon
Rich LeMieux, Snohomish County
Rich Johnson, Northwest
John Cornell, Skagit Valley

3A – Bannerwood Park, Bellevue
John Hayden, Western Peninsula
Bill Fitzgerald, Northwest
Dean Strong, Snohomish County

3A – Foss High School, Tacoma
Steve Welborn, Evergreen
Greg Olmstead, Northwest
Thomas Martinko, Evergreen

3A – Pasco High School
Kevin Wellington, Inland Empire
Lorin Kelly, KPR
Brady Lamb, Yakima Valley

2A – Joe Martin Stadium, Bellingham
Jon Brown, Snohomish County
Dane Johnson, Whatcom County
Tim Stever, Northwest

2A – Auburn High School
Regina Boyd, Snohomish County
Artis McGath, Peninsula
Josh Lobeck, Northwest

2A – Wheeler Field, Centralia
Curtus Metzger, Lower Columbia
Ron Beal, Northwest
Carlos Butler, Evergreen

2A – Gonzaga Prep, Spokane
Ben Wilson, Columbia Basin
Jeremy Burkhardt, Inland Empire
Paul Weddle, Chelan County

1A – Franklin Pierce, Tacoma
Jeremy Matthew, Peninsula
Nick Pilutik, Northwest
Bill Kosmas, Skagit Valley

1A – Castle Rock High School
Bill Reynolds, Twin City
Jim Harrigill, Northwest
David Valli, Evergreen

1A – Larson Playfield, Moses Lake
Ric Garces, Central Columbia Basin
Jeff Tower, Inland Empire
Kevin Wolfe, Colville Valley

1A – Ferris High School, Spokane
Ryan Olson, Inland Empire
Zach Browne, KPRBA
Steve Pietroburgo, Colville Valley

2B – W.F. West High School, Chehalis
Rainer Summers, Twin City
Chris Corbray, Northwest
Dan Garvey, Evergreen

2B – Adna High School
Bill Marin, Twin City
Trevon Vanairsdale, South Sound
Gary Loucks, Evergreen

2B – Wenatchee High School
Cody Preugschat, Chelan County
Keith Kladnik, Okanogan County
Steven Elder, Central Columbia Basin

2B – A.C. Davis High School, Yakima
Benjamin Dwyer, Yakima Valley
Tom Byers, Blue Mountain
Dave Johnson, Northwest

1B – Winlock High School
Bruno Jurewicz, Northwest
Ross Working, Twin City
Richard Handley, Lower Columbia

1B – Borleske Stadium, Walla Walla
Paul Sorenson, Inland Empire
Kellen Martin, Palouse
Max Melvin, KPRBA

New Peer Evaluations

NBUA Umpires…

To assist everyone in doing their Peer Evaluations, Mark Snyder & I are sending out the following information & reminders:

  • NBUA is now using a 1-5 scale for Peer Evaluations.  The 1-10 format is gone.
  • All umpires Peer Evaluate down.  ie: B Tier umpires evaluate B, C & Apprentice tier only. A Tier is an exception, they evaluate everybody.
  • Apprentices do not give Peer Evaluations.
  • We ask that all Peer Evaluations are entered into Arbiter within 24 hours.
  • Sign, date, level & site each Peer Evaluation.
  • Unsigned Peer Evaluations will not count.  Sign them please!
  • The 1-5 Scoring Criteria has been modified this season:

(5) Performs above NBUA Standards per tier consistently
(4) Performs above NBUA Standards per tier occasionally
(3) Performs at NBUA Standards per tier consistently
(2) Occasionally achieves NBUA Standards per tier
(1) Infrequently achieves NBUA Standards per tier

  • If your partner officiated his game at his Tier Expectations, give him a 3.
  • Attached are the updated 2018 Tier Expectations.
  • Apprentices should aspire as 1st year umpires, to achieve the C Tier Expectations.
  • We recommend having these Tier Expectations in your car or phone to reference when “checking the boxes” as you give your Peer Evaluation.

Side note:
The Partner Evaluation App is still in Beta Test mode.  More to follow soon.
Mark Clough

A-Tier Expectations
B-Tier Expectations
C-Tier Expectations

Special Elite League Rules

The Seattle Elite League handbooks for the 11-12 year old division are posted in Arbiter under LIST/FORMS (2018 Seattle Elite 11-12 yo rules) for your edification.  If you want to print out the relevant parts of handbook (i.e., the rules), here they are:

Game Rules (Regular Season & Post-Season)
• League games are 6 innings in length.
• The rules for the 11U & 12U divisions will follow NFHS rules, except when called out below
• Mound/base length will be 50’ / 70’ with leadoff/steal allowed
• Time limits are solely based on field requirements. If there is a need to have a time limit on a game (lights go out at a certain time, another game following), the home team should discuss this at the pre-game plate meeting.
• The home team is responsible to provide Baden baseballs for each league contest (exception is the playoffs, when the league will supply the balls).
• Mercy Rule – There will be a 10-run mercy rule after 4 innings (3 ½ if the home team is ahead).
• Lineup/Playing Time Rules
o The batting lineup may consist of 9 players, 10 players with an extra hitter (EH – see below) or a continuous lineup with free defensive substitutions.
o For teams choosing to bat 9 or 10 players, High School rules will be in effect for substitutions – starters are eligible to re-enter the game in their original spot in the lineup. Substitutes are NOT eligible to re-enter once removed.
o Extra Hitter (EH)
▪ The EH is an additional player in the batting order that can move into and out of the field on defense
freely. Consider the EH the 10th defensive position.
▪ Use of the EH is optional and must be declared on the official lineup card submitted to the umpires
prior to the game.
▪ If a team starts the game with an EH (10 players in the lineup), it must finish the game with an EH. If
for some reason (injury, etc) a team that starts with 10 players is left with only 9 eligible players, the
spot of the player removed from the lineup will result in an automatic out.
o There are no minimum requirements for defensive outs.
o Designated Hitter (DH) –We will be using the high school designated hitter rule – you are eligible to DH for anyone in the lineup. If you choose to enter your designated hitter into the field, the player he was hitting for must be removed from the lineup.
• High school rules will be in effect for the following situations:
o Substitution (re-entry) – covered above
o Intentional walks – teams simply need to request to the umpire to issue an intentional walk
o Sliding – players must go straight into the bag on slides; no malicious contact
o Possession – players must have possession of the ball to block a base/plate
• Courtesy runners – allowed WITH 2 OUTS for the pitcher and/or catcher. The courtesy runner must be a player not currently in the game OR the last out (if the team is using a continuous batting order). The same player cannot courtesy run for the pitcher and catcher in the same inning.
• Pitching Rules
o There are no pitch count limitations or days rest requirements in the Seattle Elite Baseball League. Coaches are highly encouraged to use their best judgment and always consider the health of the players (as well as other pitching schedules of the players) when making pitching decisions.
o Pitchers will have a 6 inning maximum per day limit in both regular season and postseason play
o Once a pitcher is removed from the mound, they are ineligible to return to that game as a pitcher, even if they remained in the game at another defensive position.
o Mound visits –1 visit per inning, 2nd visit in an inning must result in a change. No limit per game.
o Balks – big book; balks are live balls until the conclusion of the pitch/play.
o Third to First move –The third to first move is NOT legal in Elite League play.
• Bat Rules – Seattle Elite Baseball will follow the new USABat standard for the 11U & 12U leagues
o Bats must have the USABat certification mark to be used in Seattle Elite 11U & 12U play
o Exceptions:
▪ BBCOR stamped bats are eligible for use
▪ Solid one-piece wood bats are approved for use under USABat standards with our without the USA
Baseball certification mark.
▪ Multi-piece and composite wood bats must feature the USA Baseball certification mark
o Each team is responsible for making sure their team bats are legal – this is NOT the umpire’s responsibility. In the case where an illegal bat is used, the batter will be declared out and all base runners returned to their original bases at the start of the at-bat. Subsequent use of an illegal bat will result in the same penalty, along with a coach ejection.
• On deck batters are allowed
• Coaches are allowed to warm up pitchers prior to and during the game
• Coaches are allowed to be in full uniform and/or baseball attire. Full uniform is NOT REQUIRED for the 11U & 12U divisions
Suspended Games
• If rain/darkness forces the stoppage of a game, the following rules should be followed:
o If the game is suspended prior to the completion of the first inning, the game will be replayed in its entirety
o If the game is suspended following the first inning, the game will be resumed where it left off
o If the game is called after 4 innings (3 1/2 if the home team is leading), the game will be considered official
Conflict Resolution
• As with any competitive situation, conflicts are sure to arise over the course of the season. The Seattle Elite Baseball
League is committed to ruling on all conflicts in a way that (1) is fair to the teams involved and (2) good for the league as a whole. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions/concerns/issues you have regarding Seattle Elite Baseball.

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!

Mark Snyder, Mark Clough
Evaluations Co-Chairs