Instruction Updates

Posted: February 17, 2018

Just a couple of reminders.

Study Guide Online: The study guide is available online for you to submit your answers on our OCBOA website. The Study Guide is located on the INSTRUCTION tab as 2018 Study Guide.

You will need to enter your first and last name, as well as your email address, select your classroom assignment from the drop down menu, and select the “yes” box to verify you are an OCBOA member. Once you submit your answers, you will know if you passed/failed and number of questions you got correct. Once you start entering your answers, you will NOT be able to save your work and finish at a later time. It will need to be completed all at once.

Link to Study Guide PDF to print: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/0B5hgCUVCqCMqTlRnamN6c0V5T0E

I am aware that some have come across a Google security verification while inputting their answers using our OCBOA website. This is a security function for site to protect from any potential viruses or threats. It takes maybe a few seconds to verify that you are in fact a human using the website and not spam or a bot. Thank you for your understanding.

For classroom assignment, please refer to the link below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Eu19K5PHguhlWZ0BlcPwhcuu3oBMO13lR1AeaGfzyLE/edit#gid=973776947

You have until February 23th 11:59 p.m. to complete the study guide online. NO EXCEPTIONS. I will have the study guide answers posted on February 24th. The classification exam will be on February 26th.

Also, there is one edit to a question on the study guide. The edit is noted in BOLD.

2. The catcher’s chest protector shall meet the NOCSAE standard effective the 2019 season.

Posted: February 16, 2018

Here is the video play for week #3. Please click on the link or copy & paste in your browser to view the video. After reviewing the video, respond to Jeff Staudinger with your answer selection. As a reminder, you are to apply high school rules to each of the videos that are sent.

In a separate email, submit your answer to OCBOA Assistant IC Jeff Staudinger (user106001@aol.com) by Wednesday, February 21st. Answer will be provided the following week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2epAyRrdU8

A. After the defense appeals, R1 should be ruled safe going back into 1st base, since in your judgement he did not make an attempt to go to 3rd base

B. R1 should be ruled out for not tagging up properly at 1st base.

C. After the defense appeals, R1 should be ruled out for not re-touching 2nd base in his attempt to return to 1st base.

D. R1 should be ruled safe going back into 1st base due to the “quality of throw”, as F8, in his attempt to retire R1, overthrew 1st base.

Posted: February 12, 2018

Study Guide Online: The study guide is available online for you to submit your answers on our OCBOA website. The Study Guide is located on the INSTRUCTION tab as 2018 Study Guide-OCBOA.

You will need to enter your first and last name, as well as your email address, select your classroom assignment from the drop down menu, and select the “yes” box to verify you are an OCBOA member. Once you submit your answers, you will know if you passed/failed and number of questions you got correct. Once you start entering your answers, you will NOT be able to save your work and finish at a later time. It will need to be completed all at once.

You have until February 23th 11:59 p.m. to complete the study guide online. NO EXCEPTIONS. I will have the study guide answers posted on the OCBOA website on February 24th. The classification exam will be on February 26th in class.

For classroom assignment, please refer to the link below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Eu19K5PHguhlWZ0BlcPwhcuu3oBMO13lR1AeaGfzyLE/edit#gid=973776947

Lastly, listed below are the topics that will be covered at our next two instructional meetings and classroom locations. For our remaining meetings we will be starting off in the Cafeteria at Foothill HS promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Meeting topics for Feb 21st: Interference (ALL types) & Obstruction; Points of Emphasis 2017 & 2018; Batting out of order; Post game discussions

Classroom Assignments Feb 21st
Classroom #1/Harrison: Room 122
Classroom #2/Navarro: Room 121
Classroom #3/Mazurek: Room 120
Classroom #4/Padilla: Room 103
Classroom #5/Viscglia: Room 104
Classroom #6/Hatosy: Room 105
Classroom #7/Hughes: Room 106

Meeting topics for Feb 26th: Classification exam; Hit by pitch rule; Game management; ejection report writing

Classroom Assignments Feb 26th
Classroom #1/Harrison: Room 122
Classroom #2/Navarro: Room 121
Classroom #3/Mazurek: Room 120
Classroom #4/Padilla: Room 103
Classroom #5/Viscglia: Room 102
Classroom #6/Hatosy: Room 101
Classroom #7/Hughes: Room 123

As a reminder, beginning with the 2018 season ALL CBUA member groups will be changing the default shirt to be worn during all CIF baseball games, including regular season and playoffs. Information can be found on our website, and here is the direct link to the information: http://ocboa.com/uniform-policy/

Posted: February 6, 2018

Study Guide Online: The study guide is available online for you to submit your answers on our OCBOA website. I would like to thank our Tech Officer, Steven Wilson for his assistance. The Study Guide is located on the INSTRUCTION tab as 2018 Study Guide.

You will need to enter your first and last name, as well as your email address, and select your classroom assignment from the drop down menu. Once you submit your answers, you will know if you passed/failed and number of questions you got correct. Once you start entering your answers, you will NOT be able to save your work and finish at a later time. It will need to be completed all at once.

For classroom assignment, please refer to the link below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Eu19K5PHguhlWZ0BlcPwhcuu3oBMO13lR1AeaGfzyLE/edit#gid=973776947

Study Guide Sessions: I’ll forward study guide session dates/locations as I receive them and post the information on the OCBOA calendar. As a reminder, make-up meeting credit will NOT be given, but it is a great opportunity to dive into the rulebook with your fellow umpire. Please contact the host of the study guide session prior to attending.

You have until February 23th 11:59 p.m. to complete the study guide online. NO EXCEPTIONS. I will have the study guide answers posted on February 24th. The classification exam will be on February 26th.

Also, there is one edit to a question on the study guide. The edit is noted in BOLD.

Question #2. The catcher’s chest protector shall meet the NOCSAE standard effective the 2019 season.

Posted: February 2, 2018

Thanks to the 76 members who responded to the latest “You Make the Call” video.

Here are the results:

A. No-Catch 68 votes
B. Catch         8 votes

It is the opinion of the OCBOA Instructional Staff, this would be ruled a No-Catch.

From the Rule Book 2-9-1: A catch is the act of a fielder in getting secure possession in his hand or glove of a live ball in flight and firmly holding it, provided he does not use his cap, protector, mask, pocket or other part of his uniform to trap the ball. The catch of a fly ball by a fielder is not completed until the continuing action of the catch is completed. A fielder who catches a ball and then runs into a wall or another player and drops the ball has not made a catch. A fielder, at full speed, who catches a ball and whose initial momentum carries him several more yards after which the ball drops from his glove has not made a catch. When the fielder, by his action of stopping, removing the ball from his glove, etc., signifies the initial action is completed and then drops the ball, will be judged to have made the catch.

Also, see Casebook 2.9.1 C: B1 hits a fly ball to F8. F8 gets the ball in his hands but it is dropped (a) when he falls to the ground and rolls over. RULING: In (a), not a catch.

Posted: January 30, 2018

Qualifications grids have been updated as of January 29th. It is your responsibility to confirm that your attendance grid is accurate. If there is anything missing, please let me know.

As promised listed below is the link to the 2018 NFHS Preseason Guide. Please review this prior to our next instructional meeting. We will be covering the points of emphasis for 2018 and 2017 at our next meeting. This document is located in the curriculum folder in the library on OCBOA.com website. Go to www.OCBOA.com, click on library tab on the top of the screen, click on curriculum folder, and click on classroom 2018 folder.

Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1TJk14vJSjcuuOIHvJcx4URr9p9IlDSVP

The 2018 Study Guide is now available online for all to print. Link is provided below. This document is located in the curriculum folder in the library on OCBOA.com website. Go to www.OCBOA.com, click on library tab on the top of the screen, click on curriculum folder, and click on study guide folder.

Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/0B5hgCUVCqCMqTlRnamN6c0V5T0E

Lastly, the Study Guide will be available for you to input your answers via www.OCBOA.com from February 6th to February 23rd, 11:59 p.m. I will send a follow up email to notify all when the Study Guide is ready to take online.

Posted: January 26, 2018

As a reminder for our upcoming meeting we will be starting off in the Gym/Events Center at Foothill HS promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The facility request with Foothill HS has us scheduled with different classroom numbers for each of the meetings. I will do my best to keep it as consistent as possible. Below are the classrooms we’ll be using for Jan 29th.

Classroom #1/Harrison: Room 122

Classroom #2/Navarro: Room 121

Classroom #3/Mazurek: Room 120

Classroom #4/Padilla: Room 103

Classroom #5/Visciglia: Room 104

Classroom #6/Hatosy: Room 105

Classroom #7/Hughes: Room 123

 

Posted: January 24, 2018

Here is the video play for week #2. Please click on the link or copy & paste in your browser to view the video. After reviewing the video, respond to Jeff Staudinger with your answer selection. As a reminder, you are to apply high school rules to each of the videos that are sent.

In a separate email, submit your answer to OCBOA Assistant IC Jeff Staudinger (user106001@aol.com) by Wednesday, January 31st. Answer will be provided the following week.

https://youtu.be/LcUS06h9wlk

  1. No-catch. Ball pops out and falls to ground before the fielder shows secure possession of the baseball.
  2. Catch. Fielder is bringing the ball up to show he made the catch, then the ball pops out.

Posted: January 22, 2018

Qualifications grids have been updated as of January 17th. It is your responsibility to assure that your attendance grid is accurate. If there is anything missing, please let me know.

I will not have the study guide until the CBUA meeting on January 28th. Once I have the study guide, I will make it available on OCBOA.com for all to print out. When the study guide is available online to submit your answers, you have until February 23rd, 11:59 p.m. to complete the study guide online on OCBOA.com. NO EXCEPTIONS. I will have the study guide answers posted on February 24th. The classification exam will be on February 26th in your classrooms.

Please make arrangements with Jeff Maass to pick up your books if you were not at the General Meeting.

Lastly, listed below are the topics that will be covered at our January 29th instructional meeting.

Meeting topics: Introductions; pre-game; plate meeting; line-up cards; pitching rules; strike zone.

Posted: January 12, 2018

Our general meeting is January 17th at Foothill HS in the Event Center/Gym.

Meeting will start promptly at 6:30 PM. You will need to sign in and receive your instructional materials prior to the start of the meeting. Sign in will open at 6:00 PM.

We will need at least six volunteers to help with the check-in process. Please email Jeff Maass (jeff@jeffmaass.com) if you are interested in assisting.

Gerry Davis Sports representatives will be on site prior to the meeting for those wishing to purchase, or just check out new equipment and clothing.

We are looking for someone to be in charge of collecting used equipment that can be distributed to our newer members or those in need. Please email me if interested.

Patches-Patches are required to be worn on your outer garment, whether it be a shirt or a jacket. We will be giving all members one patch for the 2018 season. Additional patches (and American Flags (not required)), will be available for purchase. $2 per patch, or 3 for $5.

As a reminder, beginning with the 2018 season ALL CBUA member groups will be changing the default shirt to be worn during all CIF baseball games, including regular season and playoffs. Information can be found on our website, and here is the direct link to the information: http://ocboa.com/uniform-policy/

Lastly, we will have a raffle at the general meeting of various items ranging from autographed baseballs from Gerry Davis to apparel from our new squad locker online store. I will need a few volunteers to help sell tickets during the meeting. Tickets will be sold at $1 each, 10 tickets for $5, 25 tickets for $10, or 50 tickets for $20. ALL proceeds will go towards our year end pizza party. Please email me if interested in volunteering.

I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, and to a great 2018 season!

Posted: December 29, 2017

The event invite has been sent through Arbiter, please be sure to click on EVENT (highlighted in blue) for details. Accept ONLY if you plan on attending. If you have previously accepted the invite and you’re not attending, please UN-ACCEPT the invite. This will help the instructional staff in the preparation process.

What to expect at the upcoming clinic on January 6th at Foothill HS.

Show up as you would for a game assignment. Please do not arrive late; we will be starting promptly at 8:45 a.m. Check in table will be located near the Varsity field.

8:00-8:45 am (Check in) Table will be located near Varsity field.
8:45-9:00 am (Introductions & expectations)
9:00-12:00 (Morning session ONLY)

Also, Javier Navarro, I, and a few of the instructors will be staying for an additional hour after the completion of the clinic for any of the campers who wish to get in more cage work.

Please come dressed in your base uniform, bring your mask, plate gear, and bring a glove if you have one. We will have a cage station set up for this clinic.

OCBOA Assignor Gary Gilman, Ratings Chair Stu Rains, and some members of the ratings committee will be in attendance as well. For our newer members, this is a perfect opportunity to meet, be seen, and get to know your instructional team and assignor.

As a reminder, beginning with the 2018 season ALL CBUA member groups will be changing the default shirt to be worn during all CIF baseball games, including regular season and playoffs. Information can be found on our website, and here is the direct link to the information: http://ocboa.com/uniform-policy/

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and safe New Year.

Posted: December 28, 2017

Members

Back for its 2nd season is “You Make the Call”.

Here is the video play for week #1. Please click on the link below or copy & paste in your browser to view the video. After reviewing the video, respond to Jeff Staudinger with your answer selection. As a reminder, you are to apply high school rules to each of the videos that are sent.

In a separate email, submit your answer to OCBOA Assistant IC Jeff Staudinger (user106001@aol.com) by Wednesday, January 3rd with rule reference. Answer will be provided the following week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEUUQW3f7z4

A. Batter is out on the tag by F1
B. Batter is not out on the tag by F1 but is out due to his interfering (Interference) with F1
C. Batter is not out but awarded first base on obstruction by F3.
D. Batter is out for running out of the baseline on his attempt to reach first base (before the tag by F1)
E. Hope this doesn’t happen in one of my games.

Posted: December 18, 2017

I have posted the 2018 classroom assignments with instructors in the Library on the OCBOA website. A map of Foothill HS can be found by clicking on the Library tab. The qualifications grids can be found by clicking on the Qualification tab or by clicking on the Library tab and opening up the Attendance folder.

The season is just around the corner with the general meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 17th. About a week prior to each instructional meeting, I will post and send out an email with the topics that will be discussed at the upcoming instructional meeting. This should give everyone time to prepare and come ready to learn and participate.

Most email communications sent by me can be found on the OCBOA website. In my signature in every email is a link to instruction updates that are sent out to the membership. Please check this weekly to ensure you do not miss any important information. Here is the link http://ocboa.com/instruction-updates/ it might be a good idea to save it on your browser. In addition, please be sure to check out our Facebook page as well for updates at https://www.facebook.com/OCBOA/

Also, as a reminder, the OCBOA one-man clinic is scheduled for January 6th at Foothill HS.

For those who attended one of the non-OCBOA approved clinics, please send me an email with proof of your attendance. My email address is christorres0612@gmail.com

If you do not see your name assigned to a classroom, please send me an email.

As a reminder, beginning with the 2018 season ALL CBUA member groups will be changing the default shirt to be worn during all CIF baseball games, including regular season and playoffs. Information can be found on our website, and here is the direct link to the information: http://ocboa.com/uniform-policy/

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!

 

Posted: December 6, 2017

Thank you to all those who have attended our two field clinics. I hope everyone has enjoyed and learned at least one thing to add to your umpiring skills. I would like to once again thank our field instructors and special guest instructors for their hard work and willingness to help out your fellow umpire.

Our last field clinic is the 1-man clinic on January 6, 2018 at Foothill H.S. It is very important to accept the invite ONLY if you plan on attending. If you do not plan on attending and have accepted the invite, please “unaccept” the invite so the instructional team can plan accordingly.

For those who have attended one of the approved clinics in lieu of attending an OCBOA field clinic, I will need you to email me your proof of attendance or certificate.

As I mentioned at the 2-man clinic this past weekend, I will have classroom assignments posted on the OCBOA website prior to Christmas. More information to follow.

As a reminder, please check the OCBOA website and Facebook page periodically for updates.

Posted: November 30, 2017

What to expect at the 2-man clinic on December 2nd at Foothill HS.

Show up as you would for a game assignment. Please do not arrive late, we will be starting promptly at 8:45 am.

Please come dressed in your base uniform. You will need your mask for the morning and afternoon sessions. Also, you will need to bring your plate gear (if you have it) for cage work in the morning. If you have a baseball glove, please bring it for the morning session.

8:00-8:45 am (Check in) Table will be located near Varsity field.

8:45-9:00 am (Introductions & expectations)

9:00-12:15 (Morning session)

12:15-12:45 pm (Lunch on your own)

1:00-4:00 pm (Optional afternoon session)

The lunch break will be from 12:15-12:45pm, though no lunch will be provided. So you’re encouraged to bring your own lunch during the limited break.

For those who are staying for the afternoon, we will be running live demos on the Varsity field with players from Foothill HS. The live demos will include situations with and without runners on base.

As a reminder: IF you attend an OCBOA clinic, and stay for the optional afternoon session you will earn a meeting credit as well. (Maximum of one meeting credit can be earned for attending OCBOA clinics)

We will be teaching NFHS 2-man mechanics with approved enhancements from CBUA IC Brad Hungerford. I have attached the document to this email. Also, I have updated the OCBOA observation glossaries for the 2018 season. The glossaries can be found on our OCBOA website in the library section.

Posted: November 22, 2017

Here is some information regarding the upcoming 2-man clinic on December 2nd at Foothill HS. Please read the entire email.

The event invites have been sent through Arbiter, please be sure to click on EVENT (highlighted in blue) for details. Accept ONLY if you plan on attending.

Please come dressed in your base uniform (base pants, black shirt, base shoes). Also, you will need to bring your plate gear (if you have it) for the cage work station.

The afternoon session is OPTIONAL. However, if you stay for both sessions you will fulfill your clinic requirement as well as earn one make-up meeting credit. In order to participate in the afternoon session, you MUST attend the morning session. NO EXCEPTIONS.

For those who stay for the afternoon, we will be running live demos with players from Foothill HS on the varsity field.

OCBOA Assignor Gary Gilman, Ratings Chair Stu Rains, and some members of the ratings committee will be in attendance as well. We’ll also have special guest instructors.

Posted: November 20, 2017

With close to 300 formal & informal on-field observations completed from in-season games along with Summer & Fall ball games, the OCBOA Board of Directors met two weeks ago in order to ratify the great work done by the Ratings Committee. There were minimal changes to the ratings committee recommendations, as the B.O.D. recognized the enormous time and professional effort involved in the formulating of the committee’s conclusions.

With that said, any member has the right to appeal their individual rating to the Board of Directors at their December meeting. If you wish to do so, contact Secretary/Treasurer to be placed on the Agenda. The assignor has been tasked by the B.O.D. to assign your game schedule based on where you fall in the ratings formula. There may be times based on availability though, that the assignor may need to have you work outside your individual rating (up or down) in order to cover our member school’s needs. As a reminder, there are 7 ratings categories (as follows with abbreviations in Arbiter):

1) VarCC: Varsity Crew Chief

2) VarAdv: Varsity Advanced

3) VAR: Varsity

4) JV-Var: JV & Varsity

5) JV

6) JV-FR: JV & Freshman (2nd Year)

7) FR-JV: Freshman & JV (1st Year)

A description of each rating can be found on the OCBOA website. Here is the link: http://ocboa.com/ratings-memo-2017/

To find your 2018 rating, sign into Arbiter and from the main page click the PROFILE banner on the upper right.  From there and on the left, click “Custom Fields” under Account. You should now see one of the 7 above categories.  If not, email me so we can get this fixed. Our goal, with as much certainty as possible, is to correctly rank each member according to their skill level. In previous years, there have been changes made prior to the start as well as during the season to an individual’s rating. Our overall objective is to do our best to place you in High School baseball assignments where you can ultimately be successful.

If you have not registered, you will not see your rating. Once you register for the 2018 season, we will input your rating in Arbiter.

Posted: November 13, 2017

Members

What to expect at the 3-man clinic on November 18th at JSerra HS.

Show up as you would for a game assignment. Please do not arrive late, we will be starting promptly at 8:45 am on the Varsity field.

Please come dressed in your base uniform.

8:00-8:45 am (Check in) Table will be located near Varsity field

8:45-9:00 am (Introductions & expectations)

9:00-12:00 (Morning session)

12:00-12:45 pm (Lunch on your own)

1:00-4:00 pm (Optional afternoon session)

For those who are staying for the afternoon, as a reminder there will be a game at 1pm (JV field) and live demos (Varsity field). The live demos will include situations with and without runners on base. If you wish to work during the game on the JV field, please inform the instructors at the check-in table. You will need to bring all your gear (plate and base) as you may work behind home plate during the afternoon session game.

The lunch break will be from noon-12:45pm, though no lunch will be provided. So you’re encouraged to bring your own lunch during the limited break.

Posted: November 7, 2017

Here is some information regarding the upcoming 3-man clinic on November 18th at JSerra HS. Please read the entire email.

The event invites have been sent through Arbiter, please be sure to click on EVENT (highlighted in blue) for details. Accept ONLY if you plan on attending.

Please come dressed in your base uniform (base pants, black shirt, base shoes). If you plan on staying for the afternoon, you will need your plate gear and uniform.

The afternoon session is OPTIONAL. However, if you stay for both sessions you will fulfill your clinic requirement as well as earn one make-up meeting credit. In order to participate in the afternoon session, you MUST attend the morning session. NO EXCEPTIONS.

For those who wish to stay for the afternoon, we will be running live demos with players from JSerra HS on the varsity field. In addition, you will have an opportunity to work on the JV field during a live game. I would like to thank Bill Mazurek for arranging the game.

The plan is to have umpires rotate between the varsity and JV fields in the afternoon.

The game will most likely be 7 innings, which means there will be limited positions for members to work on the field. For those interested, I will try to get everyone on the field for at least one-half inning for live in-game action.

Next week, after the agenda is finalized, I will send out an email with details of what to expect. I will include which scenarios we will be running on the varsity field in the afternoon so that each of you have time to prepare.

Assignor Gary Gilman, Ratings Chair Stu Rains, and some members of the ratings committee will be in attendance as well. We’ll also have special guest instructors. Collectively, you’ll be given a great opportunity to learn from some great umpires. I hope you’re able to take advantage of it!

Posted: November 3, 2017

A few updates regarding our upcoming clinics:

I am very proud to announce that we have named Javier Navarro as our Lead Clinician. He brings a wealth of knowledge of how to run effective clinics, as he has administered many clinics/camps over the years.

When Gary sends out the clinic invites, please accept ONLY if you plan on attending. For the 3-man and 2-man clinics there will be separate invites sent for the morning and afternoon sessions. ONLY accept if you are going attend. This will help the instructional staff in the preparation process.

As we approach the clinic dates, I will be sending out information via email and posting information on the instructional updates tab on the OCBOA website.

The clinic dates and locations are as follows:

3-man clinic-November 18, 2017 at JSerra HS in San Juan Capristrano.

Morning session 9am-12pm, lunch 12pm-12:45pm, afternoon session 1pm-4pm

2-man clinic-December 2, 2017 at Foothill HS in Santa Ana.

Morning session 9am-12pm, lunch 12pm-12:45pm, afternoon session 1pm-4pm

1-man clinic- January 6, 2018 at Foothill HS in Santa Ana.

Morning session ONLY: 9am-12pm

Posted: October 25, 2017

As many of you know, last season we re-introduced a mentor program to OCBOA. We are excited to bring it back for a 2nd season with Sean Miltimore and Jeff Osborne to lead the way. Sean and Jeff have some great ideas to improve on what we started last season. As Instructional Chairman, I will still be overseeing the program.

If you are a 1st or 2nd year member you will be assigned to a mentor. For the rest of the membership the program is optional but highly recommended for those who are still early in their OCBOA careers.

To better help Sean and Jeff pair you up with a mentor for the 2018 baseball seasons, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Start a new email addressed to seanmiltimore@socal.rr.com, jeffreyp.osborne@gmail.com, and CC christorres0612@gmail.com
  2. In the subject bar, write “Would like to be assigned to a Crew for the 2018 baseball season”
  3. Answer these questions below, using the copy and paste functions on your computer.
    1. How many years have you been in OCBOA?
    2. What levels of baseball have you worked?
    3. Your knowledge of two-man mechanics? (0-10)
    4. How can OCBOA help you to improve?
    5. What is your ultimate goal in officiating baseball?
    6. What is your goal for the 2018 baseball season?

We will be accepting requests to be assigned to a crew until our General Meeting on January 17, 2018. However, the earlier you respond, the sooner we can assign you to a mentor with potential opportunities to work games with, and/or be seen by your mentor. The fall season for the Ryan Lemmon league will be ending in mid-November, and the winter season will begin in January. These are perfect opportunities to work games with your mentor, so please do not hesitate to express your interest in the mentor program!

 

Posted: October 18, 2017

As we move closer to the beginning of the season there will be important information sent via Arbiter email by Gary Gilman (assignor), Jeff Maass (Secretary/Treasurer), and me. I would highly recommend checking www.ocboa.com two or three times a week for recent posts and instructional updates.

We have announced the dates of our three field clinics. The clinic dates and locations are as follows:

3-man clinic-November 18, 2017 at JSerra HS in San Juan Capristrano.

2-man clinic-December 2, 2017 at Foothill HS in Santa Ana.

1-man clinic- January 6, 2018 at Foothill HS in Santa Ana.

When we get closer to each of these dates, an event invite via Arbiter email will be sent by Mr. Gilman for your acceptance.

As a reminder, beginning with the 2018 season ALL CBUA member groups will be changing the default shirt to be worn during all CIF baseball games, including regular season and playoffs. Information can be found on our website, and here is the direct link to the information: http://ocboa.com/uniform-policy/

Lastly, take a look at the most recent edition of Referee magazine (courtesy of our NASO insurance) to find some important and useful information. Pages 60-64 have rule changes and Points of Emphasis by NFHS for the 2018 season. These will be discussed at our clinics and instructional meetings.

Only 129 days until opening day…

Posted: October 13, 2017

Our 3rd field clinic for the 2018 season will held on January 6, 2018 at Foothill HS in Santa Ana, Ca. At this clinic we will be covering NFHS One-man mechanics with approved CBUA enhancements. Below is the schedule for the day:

Morning session: 9am-12pm

The One-man clinic is for our 1st and 2nd members for clinic credit.

1st and 2nd year members: Required that you attend an OCBOA 2-man clinic or One-man clinic. Preferably, it would be wise to attend the One-man clinic. You may attend one of the approved clinics for credit.

Posted: October 12, 2017

Our 2nd field clinic for the 2018 season will held on December 2, 2017 at Foothill HS in Santa Ana, Ca. At this clinic we will be covering NFHS 2-man mechanics with approved CBUA enhancements. Below is the schedule for the day:

Morning session: 9am-12pm

Lunch (on your own): 12pm-12:45pm

Afternoon session (optional): 1pm-4pm

The 2-man clinic is open for ALL members for clinic credit. Listed below is a reminder of clinic requirements.

Ratings: 100-150: Clinic attendance will be optional BUT highly recommended.

Ratings: 200-350: Required that you attend an OCBOA clinic or one of the approved clinics.

1st and 2nd year members: Required that you attend an OCBOA 2-man clinic or One-man clinic. Preferably, it would be wise to attend the One-man clinic. You may attend one of the approved clinics listed below for credit.

As a reminder, If you attend an OCBOA clinic, and stay for the optional afternoon session you will earn a meeting credit as well (Maximum of one meeting credit can be earned for attending OCBOA clinics).

Approved Clinics for Credit:

Ron Ridd Memorial Camp

Jan 31st –Feb 4th 2018

Palm Springs, Ca

BBUC 2-man Clinic

Sept 28th-Oct 1st

Sacramento, Ca

BBUC 3-man Clinic

Oct 18th-22nd

Riverside, Ca

California Classic

Oct 9th-Oct 15th

San Diego, Ca

Desert Classic

Oct 23rd-Oct 29

Tuscon, Az

Posted: September 28, 2017

Members

A few updates as the 2018 season rapidly approaches:

A large group met this week to discuss the mentor and observation programs for the new season.  Sean Miltimore and Jeff Osborne will run the mentor program, with the goal of making our huge 200+ membership more personal, and to provide individual attention whenever possible.  Mazurek, Staudinger, Gilman and Rains attended to discuss and promote more involvement among the membership, and the training of new potential observers.  We are pleased with the number of members who’ve expressed interest in either becoming a mentor or observer – thanks for stepping up to volunteer!  More details will follow about these great programs.

Our 1st field clinic for the 2018 season will held on November 18, 2017 at JSerra HS in San Juan Capistrano. At this clinic we will be covering NFHS 3-man mechanics with approved CBUA enhancements. Below is the schedule for the day:

Morning session: 9am-12pm

Lunch (on your own): 12pm-12:45pm

Afternoon session (optional): 1pm-4pm

The 3-man clinic is optional for ALL members. However, please attend for 3-man game assignment consideration, (i.e. Trinity League, Ryan Lemmon and other tournaments, playoffs, etc).

As a reminder, If you attend an OCBOA clinic, and stay for the optional afternoon session you will earn a meeting credit as well (Maximum of one meeting credit can be earned for attending OCBOA clinics).

Also, the one-man and two-man glossaries have been updated for the 2018 season, including approved mechanics enhancements from CBUA IC Brad Hungerford. The glossaries can be found on the OCBOA website.  Your observers will refer to the glossaries as they watch you work, so be sure to review them before the season to make sure you’re doing the things the observers will be looking for.

Go to www.ocboa.com > Library > Observation Glossaries

Or click on the following link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5hgCUVCqCMqVUZJTU5Vdy15RUU

Looking forward to a great season!

Posted: September 15, 2017

Members

Since registration officially opened yesterday, I have listed the clinic requirements for the 2018 baseball season.

Clinic requirements must be met by start of season.

We will be having a 3-man clinic that is optional for ALL members. However, please attend for 3-man game assignment consideration, (i.e. Trinity League, Ryan Lemmon Tournament, Playoffs, etc).

Ratings: 100-150: Clinic attendance will be optional BUT highly recommended.

Ratings: 200-350: Required that you attend an OCBOA clinic or one of the approved clinics.

1st and 2nd year members: Required that you attend an OCBOA 2-man clinic or One-man clinic. Preferably, it would be wise to attend the One-man clinic. You may attend one of the approved clinics listed below for credit.

OCBOA clinics will stay consistent with last season. There will be a morning and optional afternoon session with lunch on your own. IF you attend an OCBOA clinic, and stay for the optional afternoon session you will earn a meeting credit as well. (Maximum of one meeting credit can be earned for attending OCBOA clinics)

A quick side note, study guide sessions this season will NOT count as make-up meeting credit.

You may attend one of the approved clinics listed below to meet your clinic requirement BUT you will NOT receive meeting credit.

Clinic sites and dates are being finalized.

Possible clinic dates: Nov 18th, Dec 2nd, Jan 6th, Jan 20th, Jan 27th

3-Man Clinic

9am-12pm; 12pm-12:45pm (Lunch); 1pm-4pm

2-man Clinic

9am-12pm; 12pm-12:45pm (Lunch); 1pm-4pm

One-man Clinic          

9am-1pm

Approved Clinics for Credit:

Ron Ridd Memorial Camp

Jan 31st –Feb 4th 2018

Palm Springs, Ca

BBUC 2-man Clinic

Sept 28th-Oct 1st

Sacramento, Ca

BBUC 3-man Clinic

Oct 18th-22nd

Riverside, Ca

California Classic

Oct 9th-Oct 15th

San Diego, Ca

Desert Classic

Oct 23rd-Oct 29

Tuscon, Az

Posted: August 25, 2017

Gentlemen

I’m getting started on the instruction program for the 2018 baseball season. Some of you have expressed interest in being part of the instructional team. I am assembling our staff for classroom/field instructors, mentors, and observers.

For instructors, I will have two lists this upcoming season: There will be a list for classroom and field instructors. If selected, some of you will be on one or both list.

In an effort to increase membership involvement, I am looking to build and improve the mentor/crew chief program that was re-implemented last season. This is open to all members, including members rated 250-300, who will help mentor our newer members.

My goal for the 2018 season is to continue where we left off with the 2017 season. I would like to see members continue striving to improve their umpire abilities and generate more membership involvement.

Please be aware of the time commitments of these positions as you considering applying. Everyone understands that each of us has family, work, and other commitments outside of baseball. However, the membership expects those who are in these positions to be available and fulfill their duties of the position. I understand completely about trying to manage time and other commitments. Please consider whether you’re able to commit to fulfilling the tasks of these positions, some of which require more commitment than others.

The purpose of this email is to gauge your interest and see who is the best fit for the instructional staff for the 2018 season. I would like your response by Friday, September 15th. Please respond in RED writing to each of the following questions. Thank you for your time and interest.

Christopher Torres

OCBOA Instructional Chairman

christorres0612@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/OCBOA/

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Do you want to be a classroom or field instructor, mentor, or observer? If so, why? (If interested in more than one, please rank list of preference 1-4)

The use of video for the instructional program is a key element, would you be able to connect a computer in the classroom to show videos?

If asked to be a classroom instructor, would you have any issues instructing one of the upper level classrooms?

If asked to be a classroom instructor, would you be able to observe at least one of your students during the season?

Would you be available to attend a meeting prior to the season?

Which classroom do you feel best matches your teaching skills? (i.e. 1st year class, 2nd/3rd year class, JV/Varsity, Varsity class)

If selected as a field instructor, on a scale of 1-10, what is your knowledge of one-man mechanics? Two-man? Three-man?

Your thoughts on doing peer evaluations?

As an observer, would you be available to observe officials from other classrooms that need/want an evaluation?

What levels of baseball have you officiated?

How long have you been a member of OCBOA?

Anything you would like to add?