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NBUA media tour

Our very own Ted Buehner organized the day (1/22/20) with the goal to get the word out to the greater Seattle community that there is a strong need for sports officials in the area. In addition to Ted and NBUA Recruiting and Retention Committee Chair, Brian Rooney, the WOA Executive Director, Todd Stordahl and WOA President, Dean Corcoran were present. 

The first stop was the radio studio of KIRO-FM/710 ESPN. The group met with Chris Sullivan who interviewed them for approximately 30 minutes for a segment that will air in the near future. Then, they headed to KIRO-TV where Dean and Brian were interviewed separately but will be part of a joint news story that could air as early as tonight. Then they headed to KOMO Radio for a joint interview with all participating. Finally, after lunch, they made our way to KING 5, where again Dean and Brian were interviewed but this time together. That will likely air before the end of the week.

Great job on going above and beyond the usual efforts to recruit and getting the message out to a large audience.

Be on the lookout for the airing of these segments on the TV or radio and take a look at the KIRO news feed ( https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/youth-sports-struggling-with-shortage-officials/HZKP4X6RF5D3JK6QNP5UFOCLO4/ ) and the KING 5 TV segment ( https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/dramatic-decline-in-referees-prompts-statewide-call-to-action/ar-BBZBZbz?ocid=hplocalnews ).

2018 Elections results

The polls closed at 6pm on Monday night and the election results are as follows:

89 of 149 eligible members voted (60%) which is up 2% from last year
Allen Christie 84 votes (94%)
Henry VonJouanne 82 votes (92%)
Hank Margeson 81 votes (91%)
Ron Beal 78 votes (88%)
Earl Smith 78 votes (88%)
Gary Coy 35 votes (39%)

The 2018-19 Executive Committee is:
Hank Margeson – President
Mark Snyder – Vice President
Allen Christie – Secretary
Mark Clough – Treasurer

Committee Chairs are:
Finance – Mark Clough
Bylaws/Policies and Procedures – Mark Snyder
Member Services and Communications – Allen Christie
Recruiting and Retention – Brian Rooney
Training – Henry VonJouanne
Evaluations – Mark Clough

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.

2018 REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS (May 19)
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

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

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