Instruction Updates

Posted: May 16, 2018

Please contact Brad Hungerford if interested, his contact information is listed below.
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Hello all,

Best of luck in the playoffs! Congrats to those who will be representing us. I have had a lot of interest and need to finalize my umpires for next weekend Memorial day tournament. Please respond if you are interested. The dates will be Saturday May 26th, Sunday May 27th, and Monday May 28th. I need to know if you have a partner or not. I can give you 2-4 games per day on Saturday and Sunday, and 2 on Monday. It is wood bat, 7 inning games, 2 hour time limit, and pay is $55 per game.

Thank you in advance.

Bradley L. Hungerford

California Baseball Umpires Association 

Executive Instructional Chairman
cbuaic@gmail.com
(760) 272-0671

Posted: May 15, 2018

Congratulations to those who received a 2018 CIF playoff assignment!

If you have time to go out and support your fellow members, all assignments can be found in the master calendar on Arbiter. This week games with be played today through Friday. Wild card games will be played May 15thand 16th. First round games will be played May 17thand 18th.

We will have a couple post-game meeting locations listed below for Friday, May 18th. Since the majority of the games will be played at 3:15 p.m., you can expect crews to arrive around 6:00 p.m.

 

Buffalo Wild Wings

23600 Rockfield Blvd

Lake Forest, Ca 92630

 

17thStreet Grill

17320 17thStreet

Tustin, Ca 92780

 

Longboard Restaurant & Pub

14892 Springdale St

Huntington Beach, Ca 92647

Posted: May 11, 2018

Some important playoff information:

ASSIGNMENTS:Playoff crew assignments will be published on Monday, May 14th. Once the assignments are published, please accept immediately.

CREW CHIEFS:We will have a conference call on Monday, May 14that 6:30 p.m. This call should last around 20 minutes. After the assignments are published, I will email each of crew chiefs with instructions for the conference call. A topic of discussion will be pitch count protocols for playoff games as it was a CIF/CBUA topic the other night. It is very important you make time for the conference call.

BASEBALLS:During the 2018 CIF Southern Section Baseball Playoffs, the Rawlings CIF-SS baseball with NFHS marking will be the baseball used for ALL Playoff games. However, if the schools DO NOT have the Rawlings CIF-SS baseballs, proceed with the game as long as schools have baseballs have the NFHS marking. The Southern Section office will furnish these baseballs for the Championship Finals and Division 1 Semifinals.

PROTESTS:Leave a rule book in your car or in the locker room. 2 of the 3 Umpires are to get together and consult the Rule Book to arrive at a decision.

EJECTIONS:For the playoffs, if you have an ejection you MUST call Chris Torres immediately after the game. The ejection report MUST be done by 8:00pm on the OCBOA website, same day of the game. The ejection report should be written up as a crew. Make sure someone proofreads the report, make it sound as professional as possible. Proper grammar, spelling, etc.

UNIFORMS:Same policy we have been using all season. A quick note, no numbers or flag patches on the shirts per CIF.

BATTING PRACTICE:If this is brought to your attention, note the protest if the school chooses to do so, proceed with the game, and let Chris Torres know immediately after the game.

PLATE MEETING:Plate Umpire is the only one who should be talking. When going over your pregame, bring up anything you think should be mentioned by the PU. If the Crew Chief is not the plate umpire, the PU should point out to the coaches who is the Crew Chief.

MECHANICS:Attached is the updated version of the CIF-SS 3-man and 4-man mechanics key concepts. Evaluators from CIF will be looking for officials to use these APPROVED mechanics. Do not deviate from these mechanics.

Lastly, I have updated the OCBOA 3-man overview document as well. Please use the CIF key concepts and OCBOA 3-man overview to prepare for potential assignments. It would be HIGHLY recommended to have these documents with you to review with your crew during your pre-game.

Posted: May 8, 2018

Qualifications grids have been updated as of April 30th. It is your responsibility to confirm that your attendance grid is accurate. If there is anything missing, please let me know.

As we enter the final week of the regular season, let’s bear down and finish the season strong! Some league races are coming down to the wire. Tension and stress levels will be at an all-time high but as arbiters of the game, we need to keep our emotions in check. We should be aware of any situations arising between the competing schools. Please contact Jeff Staudinger, Javier Navarro, Gary Gilman, or me if you feel there is anything that might carry over to the next game. Most schools will play each other twice this week, or in some cases three times. We should be a good member and help out our fellow umpires by giving the next crew a heads-up on any potential issues.

We had a couple of games involving players leaving their dugout or position. This is where knowing the rules and having experience are critical.

Rule 3-3-ART. 1-p, “leave their positions or bench are during a fight or physical confrontation”. If this happens in your game, start writing the uniform numbers of players you observe in violation of this rule. Penalty: The umpire shall eject the offender(s) from the game. A coach who attempts to prevent a fight or restore order is not in violation of this rule.

If a situation arises where players are leaving the dugout or position for a fight or physical confrontation, by RULE each player shall be immediately ejected per Rule 3-3-ART. 1-p.

I understand that it might be tough to eject multiple players who violate this rule. However, we have the rule to protect us. As I have said throughout the year, “Do what is right, and do what is defendable”.

Thank you to everyone for ALL your hard work throughout the season. Have a fun and successful week!

Posted: April 29, 2018

For those attending the playoff meeting tomorrow here are some reminders:

Playoff meeting will be held at Foothill H.S. on Monday, April 30thand we will be starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the PE classroom located above the Event Center. The entire meeting will be in the PE classroom. Please do not arrive late, treat this as you would any OCBOA assignment.

As you may recall at our last instructional meeting on April 16th, Guy Lemmon from the Ryan Lemmon Foundation mentioned that the foundation wanted to film a video showcasing OCBOA. We have just gotten word that tomorrow, a film production group will start filming at our playoff meeting. We are asking each of you to dress in business casual attire as you would for a playoff assignment as you might be on camera. Business casual attire is a collared shirt, button-down shirt, OCBOA polo with slacks, khaki pants, or dark blue jeans.

Thank you in advance.

Posted: April 23, 2018

The playoff event invite has been sent via Arbiter. Please check your arbiter and accept the invite if you are attending. As a reminder, attending the playoff meeting DOES NOT guarantee playoff assignments.

It is your responsibility to verify that your qualification grid is correct. If something is missing, please let me know right away. Here is the direct link to the qualifications grids: http://ocboa.com/qualification-grids/

Playoff meeting will be held at Foothill H.S. on Monday, April 30thand we will be starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the PE classroom located above the Event Center. The entire meeting will be in the PE classroom. Please do not arrive late, treat this as you would any OCBOA assignment.

Please come prepared for the playoff meeting. The OCBOA 3-man mechanics overview and CBUA 3-man and 4-man key concepts can be found our OCBOA website. Please review and print these documents prior to the playoff meeting. Here is the direct link to each of these documents: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1TJk14vJSjcuuOIHvJcx4URr9p9IlDSVP

After the playoff meeting, we will start putting together a list of those who are eligible for potential playoff assignments. As previously mentioned, playoff assignments will depend on if a member has attended the required number of meetings, worked at least 9 varsity baseball games, had passing grades on Study guide and Classification Exam, attendance of playoff meeting, availability, and probably just as important the number of games that OCBOA is assigned.

Also, make sure your availability is up to date for May 15th, May 16th, May 17th, and May 18th. These are the dates of the wild card and first round games. Please double-check your date AND time blocks to make sure you are open during game times. Game times are usually 3:15pm.

As we go into the playoff season and weekend before our playoff meeting, listed below are some opportunities to watch high school 3-man mechanics involving our OCBOA members.

Tuesday, 6pm Mater Dei

Robert Glamuzina, Steven Wanamaker, Jerry Nearhoof

Tuesday, 7pm Hart Park

Tony Padilla, Sean Miltimore, John Visciglia

Wednesday, 3:15pm Santa Margarita

Calvin Bergdahl, Art Agustin, Sean Miltimore

Wednesday, 6:00 pm JSerra

Kevin Dykstra, Jeff Maass, Javier Navarro

Wednesday, 7:00pm Hart Park

Jose Martin, Bill Mazurek, Chris Torres

Friday, 3:15pm Servite

Tim Weil, Derek Clair, Dale Ducheny

Saturday, 6:00pm Mater Dei

Marc Harrison, Jose Martin, Tony Padilla

Posted: April 23, 2018

I wanted to reach out to you all to remind you on our training, as it is the last few weeks of the season. Playoff races are heating up everywhere, head coaches and their staff are working hard with their schools to finish out the year on a good note and/or a Playoff spot.

We work with some of the best head coaches in California, they work tirelessly at their jobs, that’s right I said jobs. We work hard at being our best but the difference is we don’t get fired. We may get a full eval on how to improve but we still don’t get fired.

We have to clear our minds on game days, be approachable, know the rules and give our very best at every pitch, play and rotation. We have a responsibility to the game, that we should not take lightly. Use your partner(s) appropriately for getting the play right, check swings, balks, FPSR and everything else we can that has a mechanic/rule support.

Training, let’s go back to the basics:

  • Plate work head height
  • Slot
  • Tracking
  • Timing
  • Count
  • Base work
  • Know the status of the ball
  • Observe status between the schools (Bench jockeying)
  • Don’t be too close to the play
  • Watching the full play with good timing
  • Watch for voluntary release
  • Don’t have your eyes stay on a base too long, follow the ball

Game Day

  • Get to your assignment on time
  • Clear your mind an hour before start time
  • Pre-game (don’t just go through the motions)
  • Communicate on the field either verbally or with signals
  • When you’re tired in the 5th inning push yourself to finish strong
  • Use your training to positively impact your performance
  • BE APPROACHABLE
  • Don’t hold prior game situation as a factor on play outcomes
  • Don’t bad mouth staff, players and fans

Do the best job you can to be invisible in your game, smile and say thank you at every opportunity. Do what is right and always remember you are OCBOA, for you Walking Dead Head Fans the term “I am Negan” should come to mind.

I am OCBOA!

We all are ONE!

Javier Navarro

OCBOA Lead Clinician

 

Posted: April 19, 2018

Please read the following information regarding the upcoming playoff meeting:

Playoff meeting will be held at Foothill H.S. on Monday, April 30thand we will be starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the PE classroom located above the Event Center.The entire meeting will be in the PE classroom. Please do not arrive late, treat this as you would any OCBOA assignment. It would be highly advisable to come with your 3-man mechanics print outs. There is mechanics manual, OCBOA 3-man mechanics overview, and CBUA 3-man key concepts that you should bring with you.

Attending the playoff meeting DOES NOT guarantee that you will receive a playoff assignment. Playoff assignments will depend on if a member has attended the required number of meetings, worked at least 9 varsity baseball games, had passing grades on Study guide and Classification Exam, attendance of playoff meeting, availability, and probably just as important the number of games that OCBOA is assigned.

Gary will be sending out the meeting invite later this week, if you are attending please accept the invite in Arbiter.

Due to the limited amount of seats available in the PE classroom, we are not able to make the playoff meeting open to everyone this year. However, if you are in classrooms 1-4 and you are interested in attending, please send me an email. If we have any available seats, I will notify you that you can attend the meeting.

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

Thank you for all your hard work! Only three weeks left of the season!

Posted: April 18, 2018

Qualifications grids have been updated as of April 16th. It is your responsibility to confirm that your attendance grid is accurate. If there is anything missing, please let me know.

As a reminder, I am utilizing SurveyMonkey to administer the survey online. Please click on the link, according to your classroom assignment for the 2018 season. These surveys are completely anonymous.

The surveys will close on Monday, April 23rdat 12:00 a.m.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey. Links and classroom assignments are listed below:

Classroom #1/Harrison: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z3Y2M7R

Classroom #2/Navarro:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z3Y2M7R

Classroom #3/Mazurek:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T96GJ7R

Classroom #4/Padilla:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T96GJ7R

Classroom #5/Viscglia:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3RN3DRY

Classroom #6/Hatosy:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3RN3DRY

Classroom #7/Hughes:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3RN3DRY

Posted: April 13, 2018

The end of the season is right around the corner as we have four weeks remaining! Our last instructional meeting is Monday, April 16that 6:30pm. In the past, at our final meeting I would pass around a survey regarding the instructional program. These surveys assist the instructional staff to determine what we did well, and how we can improve the instructional program.

For this season, I will be utilizing SurveyMonkey to administer the survey online. Please click on the link, according to your classroom assignment for the 2018 season. These surveys are completely anonymous.

The surveys will close on Monday, April 23rdat 12:00 a.m.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey. Links and classroom assignments are listed below:

Classroom #1/Harrison: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z3Y2M7R

Classroom #2/Navarro: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z3Y2M7R

Classroom #3/Mazurek: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T96GJ7R

Classroom #4/Padilla: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T96GJ7R

Classroom #5/Viscglia: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3RN3DRY

Classroom #6/Hatosy: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3RN3DRY

Classroom #7/Hughes: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3RN3DRY

 

 

Posted: April 11, 2018

Hey everyone,

This Friday, we have 77 games across the County, so we are going to have four areas that umpires will be meeting up after their games:

North: Oggi’s – 2595 E Chapman Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831

South: Buffalo Wild Wings – 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy #303, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

West: Wingnuts – 3030 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Central: Tustin Brewing Co. – 13011 Newport Ave #100, Tustin, CA 92780

I would like to thank Evan Hughes and Marc Harrison for helping out at their respective places last Friday. If you are planning on coming out to one of these locations this week, send an email to Sean Miltimore or myself. For all umpires working Freshman and JV games, this will be a great time to get your name out to the rest of the organization and have any questions you have, answered by our veteran members.

See you Friday,

Jeff Osborne and Sean Miltimore

Posted: April 9, 2018

Here is our next installment of updates:

Being engaged:A couple of our themes for the year were to generate more membership involvement and staying engaged. In week #4 of “You Make the Call”, we had only 16% of our membership participate. We make note of those who have participated in each of the videos. We have approximately 120 officials that could be playoff eligible if they meet playoff qualifications. Last year for playoffs, we had 22 wild card/first round assignments. That means we had slots for only 66 officials to work playoffs that were eligible. The playoff committee will have to make some tough decisions on who has the honor of receiving a playoff assignment. For those eligible for playoff assignments we will take into consideration who attended clinics, study guide scores, exam scores, and who participated fully in the instructional program (this includes “YMTC” videos, classroom participation, etc).

Dugout Control Part 1:Coaches and players are not to be in live ball area while the ball is LIVE for an unauthorized purpose. This is something you can mention at the plate meeting, “By rule, please keep your players and coaches in the dugout during live ball situations”. If you see coaches and/or players outside the dugout for an unauthorized purpose, address it, “(Head coach name), I need you to get the players and/or coaches back inside the dugout”. If it continues to be an issue, and after reminding the personnel to be in the dugout, you could give a verbal warning.

Here is an example of what should be said to the head coach: “(Head coach name), I asked you a couple times to keep the players and/or coaches in the dugout, if they continue to come out, you will leave me no choice but to issue a verbal warning”.

That should take care of it. DO NOTallow this to distract you from missing what is important. Last thing we want to do is miss a pitch or quite worse miss a play on the bases because we were caught staring into the dugouts. We should not go looking for it but should address the situation if we see coaches or players outside of the dugout.

Dugout Control Part 2:Continue to remind schools to cheer for their own team and not any bench jockeying. Get it EARLY in the game as it could lead to issues later in the game. A head coach might not like it but we are there to make sure the teams play within the rules. Some things you might hear are: tongue rolling, comments when a player on the opposing team strikes out, “throw him a chair”, etc. Also, do not allow players to do any orchestrated activity such as leaning over railings waving their hats, doing “deuces”, or any activity that might be perceived as a distraction or unsportsmanlike to the opposing team. Try to get it the first time, if you do not, the players will continue to do it.

Here are examples of what should be said to the head coach: “(Head coach name), we need to have your players cheering or talking to their own teammates, nothing directed at the other team, thank you”. If it continues you can issue a verbal warning to the team: “(Head coach name), I asked you earlier to handle this matter, this is your verbal warning regarding unsportsmanlike conduct, if it continues I will have no choice but to issue a written warning and restrict you to the dugout”.

This should take care of it. Make sure time is out, step to the side, pull out your lineup, and note the verbal warning on one of your line-up cards. Just remember: what you permit, you promote. 

Be a good partner: When working with a partner(s), let’s remember to work as a team. When we step on the field, there are three teams participating, the two schools and the umpire crew. Our job as a good partner begins a few days prior to the scheduled game. It starts with contacting your partner(s), I usually email or text my partner(s) at least 72 hours prior to our game. The home plate umpire should communicate with the home school at least 48 hours in advance to confirm game time, site, best place to park, and if there is a locker room available. Once this is done, the home plate umpire should relay this information to their partner(s).

I recommend arriving to the game site at least an hour prior to start time. This will allow you time to find parking, and if you’re the first one on site, save a parking spot for your partner(s), to go check in with the head coach, and have a proper pre-game.

We walk on the field as a team and leave the field as team. When you are on the field, be sure to work as a unit. Make sure to give your partner(s) pre-pitch signals and reciprocate the signals to acknowledge your partner(s). This is a good way to confirm that your partner(s) are on the same page depending on the situation. If you give a coach or school any warning, make sure your partner(s) are aware you have done so. Communication is the key component to our success on the field.

Observations: Only fill out a partner evaluation on Arbiter if you are on the ratings committee or an APPROVED observer by me. The instructional team may ask some to fill out a peer evaluation as needed. If you are not on the ratings committee, an approved observer, or asked to complete evaluation, then please DO NOTfill out the evaluation form on Arbiter. I hope this clears up any confusion on this matter and I thank you all in advance.

One-Man Game Reminders:

Priority list on plays:

Fair/foul, catch/no-catch, out/safe.

Head on a swivel.

Know status of the ball and runners at all times.

Utilizing Mentors/Classroom Instructors:Keep doing a good job of reaching out to your mentors and/or classroom instructors. Continue to reach out if you have any questions or situations arise. We are all here to help everyone improve and develop their game.

Building a camaraderie: Sean Miltimore and Jeff Osborne will continue to send out weekly emails with meeting locations for crews to meet up after games on Fridays.

We appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication. If you have any questions or suggestions you might feel that will be helpful to the other members, please feel free to contact any of us.

Posted: April 4, 2018

I hope everyone’s season is going well and you have enjoyed our previous instructional videos.

This week’s video is regarding “Batters Interference”.

Here is the link to this week’s video: https://youtu.be/HiTZTUcgh4k

These instructional videos are sent via YouTube links. You will only be able to view the videos if you have the YouTube link that I will provide to you.

As a reminder our next instructional meeting is April 16th.

Thank you all for your hard work and hope you enjoy this week’s video.

Posted: April 2, 2018

Here is our next installment of updates:

Ejections: We’ve had about six ejections due to players drawing lines in the dirt indicating where they think the location of the pitch. Now, I am in no way making excuses for the players, but it got me thinking: Are we missing pitches? Are our strike zones a little too wide? We want you to call the full zone. However, the pitches do need to be competitive and the strike zone not favor the pitcher more than the batter and vice versa. Below are a few reminders when working the plate:

Am I in the slot?

Am I heel-toe, heel-toe?

How is my head height? Too high? Too low?

Am I tracking pitches all the way into the catcher’s glove?

How is my timing?

If we go through our basic natural progression we should see that we are more consistent with our strike zone. If at any time you might feel off with your strike zone, go back to the basics. BASICS, BASICS, BASICS!!!!

Ejection Reports: Remember when writing an ejection report, give it some thought and write in basic terms. These are sometimes read by non-baseball people such as athletic directors, principals, and CIF officials. They are not always familiar with terms we use: F8, R1, BR, INT etc. Write your ejection report as if someone who doesn’t know a lot about baseball is reading.

Example: #13 Jeff Staudinger from OCBOA HS was ejected in the bottom of the 3rd inning for malicious contact. #13 Staudinger was attempting to score from 3rd base on a ground ball hit to the shortstop. The shortstop fielded the ground ball and threw the ball to the catcher. The catcher caught the ball and moved into the running lane near home plate to attempt a tag to put out #13 Staudinger. #13 Staudinger lowered his right shoulder in a non-defensive manner and collided with the catcher. In my judgement, he had time to slide, give himself up, or avoid the collision with the catcher. Therefore, I determined this was malicious contact by Jeff Staudinger. I called time and ejected #13 Jeff Staudinger from OCBOA HS from the game.

Proper Pitching Positions: As we have said, this issue is not going away. We should make sure the pitchers are in one of the two proper pitching positions: the wind-up or set position.

Observe the pitcher while he is throwing his warm-up pitches to see if his feet are in a proper pitching position for either the wind-up or set positions. If the pitcher is not in one of the two proper pitching positions, we should bring it to the attention to the head coach to correct the issue. By rule we would not be able to put the ball in “play” until the pitcher is in a legal pitching position.

RULE 5-1-4: After dead ball, the ball becomes live when it is held by the pitcher in a legal pitching position, provided the pitcher has engaged the pitcher’s plate, the batter, and the catcher are in their respective boxes, and the umpire calls “play” and gives the appropriate signal. (I would like to thank Steve Wanamaker for the rule reference)

For clarification, RULE 5-1-4 ONLY applies to a dead ball situation.

 Here is an example of what should be said to the head coach: “(Head Coach Name), by rule we need your pitcher to be in a legal pitching position prior to me putting the ball back into play. Thank you”

One-Man Game: We use this philosophy when working baseball games solo: we may get the call wrong but the play right. What we mean by that statement, is let’s say the ball beats the runner, especially on a steal play, tag is down, we would call the runner out in that situation. Pick-offs: typically the runner needs to be obviously out, meaning there needs to be no doubt in your mind that the runner is out. Fly balls: make sure to watch the entire play to see voluntary release or secure possession. We may miss touches of bases by the runners but do the best you can to have your head on a swivel. However, remember our priority is the BALL. If a head coach comes out to discuss that a runner(s) missed a base and you were concentrating on the catch/no-catch, your response should sound something like this: “(Head coach name), I do not have the runner missing the base”. Keep the conversation short and to the point.

Priority list on plays:

Fair/foul, catch/no-catch, out/safe.

Head on a swivel.

Know status of the ball and runners at all times.

Utilizing Mentors/Classroom Instructors: Keep doing a good job of reaching out to your mentors and/or classroom instructors. Continue to reach out if you have any questions or situations arise. We are all here to help everyone improve and develop their game.

Building a camaraderie: Sean Miltimore and Jeff Osborne will continue to send out weekly emails with meeting locations for crews to meet up after games on Fridays.

We appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication. If you have any questions or suggestions you might feel that will be helpful to the other members, please feel free to contact any of us.

As always, WORK HARD & HAVE FUN!

Posted: March 26, 2018

As we move forward, the instructional team will be sending out weekly emails to review the previous week. We’ll discuss what we did right, what we did wrong, and how we can improve as a whole. Our goal is to have games being officiated on a consistent basis, game-to-game at all levels.

Good job on informing Gary or me of issues that have come up in games. We have received reports of fields not being properly lined, pitch count violations, and schools not having baseballs with the NFHS marking.

Ejections: This past week there were TEN ejections. Most of these were players that in a sense, ejected themselves from the games. Remember to get those warning(s) in when possible, especially with the coaching staff. Nothing looks better on an ejection report than to see that the officials had issued a warning prior to the ejection.

If a player or coach is not directing comments such “that’s not a strike” directly at you or is walking away, DO NOT escalate the situation by asking the player or coach “who are you talking to?” This looks like we are baiting or looking for an ejection. If the actions by a coach or player are a major offense, there is no need to ask that question. If the actions are not a major offense, let’s utilize a verbal or written warning. Once again, nothing looks better on an ejection report than to see that the officials had issued a warning prior to the ejection.

Proper protocol for getting together with partner(s) to discuss a call: If you have made a call and the head coach comes out to discuss the call with you, and you feel you are NOT 100% confident of your initial call, you can get the crew together if you feel you might have missed an element of the play. Remember to inform the head coach that he needs to return to his position (either the coaches box or dugout) prior to you getting together. If the call stands, warn the head coach that he is not permitted to come back out to discuss the call, or he will be ejected from the game. On the other hand, if you are 100% sure of your call, you are NOT obligated to go for help just to placate the coach.

Here is an example of what should be said to the head coach: “(Head Coach Name), I will get together with my partner(s) but I need you to return to your position (coach’s box or dugout). If the call stands, you are not to come back out to discuss this call, or you will be ejected from the game. This is your warning on the matter, is that understood?”

Postgame: Once the game is over, leave the game baseballs by the host school dugout, and walk off the field together if working with a partner(s). We should not be saying anything to the players and/or coaches as we are walking off the field besides “good game or thank you”. This includes fans and/or coaches in the parking lot. Keep any conversation short and positive. We have said it many times, “Silence can’t be misquoted.”

Utilizing Mentors/Classroom Instructors: I’ve gotten reports of members doing a good job of reaching out their mentors and/or classroom instructors. Continue to reach out if you have any questions or situations arise. We are all here to help everyone improve and develop their game.

Building a camaraderie: Sean Miltimore and Jeff Osborne will continue to send out weekly emails with meeting locations for crews to meet up after games on Fridays.

We appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication. If you have any questions or suggestions you might feel that will be helpful to the other members, please feel free to contact any of us.

As always, WORK HARD & HAVE FUN!

Chris Torres- Instructional Chairman

Jeff Staudinger- Assistant IC

Javier Navarro-Lead Clinician

Gary Gilman-Coordinator of Officials

Posted: March 22, 2018

Hello OCBOA Staff,

This Friday after your game is over and you need a place to wind down and have a good postgame discussion, we have just the place or places for you to go.

We have two confirmed places where varsity level officials where be hanging out after their games to decompress and enjoy the company of fellow umpires. Please stop on by after your game and join in on the discussions.

These two places have been confirmed where varsity officials will be there after their games.

1)     West Varsity Crews meet at High Park Tap House (23641 Via Linda Mission   Viejo, CA 92691)

2)     South Crews meet at Wingnuts (3030 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

These three locations, we have not received confirmation of varsity level officials being there but feel free to step up and let us know.

1)      Central Varsity Crews meet at Buffalo Wild Wings (3811 S Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92704) – if this would have been your choice take the extra 10 minutes and come down to Wingnuts.

2)      North Crews Meet at Tilted Kilt (1625 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867)

3)      East Crews Meet at Rock and Brews (7777 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620)

Looking forward to having some great post game discussions on Friday.

Thank you for your time and commitment,

Jeff Osborne and Sean Miltimore

Posted: March 21, 2018

Qualifications grids have been updated as of March 19th. It is your responsibility to confirm that your attendance grid is accurate. If there is anything missing, please let me know.

As I mentioned on Monday night, if you have any questions or any situations arise in your games, utilize your mentors or classroom instructors. As always, they are a great resource.

Classification Make-Up Exam Reminder Closing Date: The Exam is available online for you to submit your answers on our OCBOA website. The Exam will close Thursday, March 22nd at 11:59 p.m. The Exam is located on the INSTRUCTION tab as 2018 CBUA Exam-A. You will have two attempts to attain a passing score of 80% or higher.

Link to the Exam: http://ocboa.com/2018-cbua-exam-a/

Also, the master schedule is posted for everyone to view. Take a look at it and get out there to watch higher-rated officials work. There is always an open invite to any games that I work. I know our higher rated officials feel the same.

Lastly, rain is in the forecast for tomorrow. Make sure to contact the home school to verify the status of your game and check Arbiter a couple times a day for any updates.

Stay dry and have fun!

Posted: March 15, 2018

Members of the California Baseball Umpires Association,

I have received many phone calls of concern regarding members either not taking or failing the certification exam. The main goal of the CBUA is to make sure that every member has the opportunity to take and pass the certification exam to maintain certification.

After much discussion with the CBUA executive board the following decision has been made:

  • The Certification exam will be reopened to any member that has not taken, or not successfully passed the exam during the initial period. The exam will open Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM PDT and will close on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 11:59.59 PM PDT. This will allow all members an extra week to take care of this exam.
  • Any umpire that did not initially take or pass the Certification exam must be placed at the bottom of their respective unit’s playoff list and used in a last case scenario.
  • Any umpire that did not initially take or pass the Certification exam will not be eligible for any post season assignments beyond the second round of the playoff’s deeming them ineligible for quarter final games and beyond.
  • Any future violation(s) of the certification process will deem an official ineligible for any round of the playoffs for that calendar season.
  • If the local association wishes to impose any further action they may do so but must abide by these policies established by the CBUA.

The goal of this is not to punish those who did not meet the required standards but more to reward those who did.  The goal of the CBUA is to put the best officials on the field at all times. Those who demonstrate good field mechanics and knowledge as well as those who take care of off field obligations and requirements as well. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. I wish you all the best of success during the 2018 season.

Bradley L. Hungerford

California Baseball Umpires Association
Executive Instructional Chairman

Posted: March 15, 2018

As we continue to battle rainouts and reschedules, I thought it might be helpful to review some rainy day procedures for starting and stopping a game, as a reminder:

There is no “halted game” provision written in the CIF blue book nor NFHS rules.

Per rule 4-3 in the NFHS rule book: 

If a game is called before completion of the number of innings and conditions as specified in rule 4-2-3, the umpire shall declare the contest “no game”.

In order to be a considered a regulation game, the game must go at least 5 innings or if the home team is winning after 4 1/2 innings.

If a game is stopped due to weather prior to the minimum innings to be considered a regulation game, it would be considered a NO CONTEST.

Suspension of Play

Rule 5-2-1-b: The umpire considers the weather or ground conditions unfit to play;

  1. After 30 minutes, the umpire may declare the game ended.

It is always best to error on the side of caution. Use your best judgment if you feel you need to stop the game if it is unsafe for the student-athletes and yourself included. If the rain stops, make sure the grounds crew is able to make the field safe before restarting the game. Some items to look for when judging if a field is safe or not are: paying attention to the mound and batters box and players’ footing. SAFETY is the biggest concern!

Also, make sure to call the school before you leave, confirm they have your cell phone number, and have your partner(s) cell phone number just in case.

If you have any questions, contact your mentor, classroom instructors, or send me an email.

Stay dry.

Posted: March 13, 2018

Qualifications grids have been updated as of March 12th. It is your responsibility to confirm that your attendance grid is accurate. If there is anything missing, please let me know.

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

Meeting topics for March 19th: Appeals; Ball going into dead ball territory; Timing plays; Play’s at home plate; Mechanics; Observation glossaries

Classroom Assignments March 19th

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

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

Instructional Video:

I hope you all enjoyed the video from last week regarding “hit by pitch”.

This week’s video is regarding “Force Play Slide Rule”.

Here is the link to this week’s video: https://youtu.be/1pXEL0pSi0I

These instructional videos are sent via YouTube links. You will only be able to view the videos if you have the YouTube link that I will provide to you.

Hope to see everyone next Monday!

Posted: March 10, 2018

Classification Exam Reminder Closing Date: The Exam is available online for you to submit your answers on our OCBOA website. The Exam will close TONIGHT, March 10th at 11:59 p.m. The Exam is located on the INSTRUCTION tab as 2018 CBUA Exam-A. You will have two attempts to attain a passing score of 80% or higher.

Link to the Exam: http://ocboa.com/2018-cbua-exam-a/

You will need to enter your first and last name, as well as your email address, and select OCBOA 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. ALL of the questions come directly from the study guide.

Thank you for your time in handling this important matter.

Posted: March 8, 2018

Classification Exam Online: The Exam is available online for you to submit your answers on our OCBOA website. The Exam will be closing this weekend on March 10th at 11:59 p.m. The Exam is located on the INSTRUCTION tab as 2018 CBUA Exam-A. You will have two attempts to attain a passing score of 80% or higher.

Link to the Exam: http://ocboa.com/2018-cbua-exam-a/

You will need to enter your first and last name, as well as your email address, and select OCBOA 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. ALL of the questions come directly from the study guide.

Instructional Videos: As mentioned at our last instructional meeting, we will be releasing some instructional videos to keep the instructional program ongoing throughout the season. The first couple of videos are from last season regarding hit by pitch rule and force play slide rule. These instructional videos will be sent via YouTube links. You will only be able to view the videos if you have the YouTube link that I will provide to you.

This week’s video is regarding the “Hit by Pitch rule”, Rule 7-3-ART. 4

Here is the link to this week’s video: https://youtu.be/V_n7_kx-giU

I hope you enjoy these videos, and appreciate our efforts as we continue to provide both classroom and video/visual instruction with the instructional program.

Lastly, please take time to review the information listed below regarding time limits:

Per CIF Blue Book 1515. Game Time Limit/ Night Game Time Limit:

In all non-varsity contest, NO NEW INNING WILL START AFTER TWO AND ONE-HALF HOURS HAVE ELAPSED FROM THE START OF A REGULATION GAME (Five innings or four and one-half innings with the host team ahead in the score).

There is NO drop-dead rule in High School baseball. If you start an inning, it must be finished unless the HOME team is winning.

Some varsity and non-varsity tournaments might have a time limit, unless you are told otherwise there is no time limit in varsity games. In non-varsity games, you are to follow the time limit guideline set by CIF.

Posted: March 7, 2018

Here are the instructions for those of you attending the make-up meeting on Monday, March 12th at Foothill HS. We will be starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. We will not be starting in the cafeteria report directly to the classrooms.

If you are in the 1st or 2nd year classrooms, you will report to your normal classroom assignments. This meeting is mandatory if you are a 1st or 2nd year member.

If you are attending this meeting as a make-up, report to the following classrooms:

Classrooms 5, and 6 (last name A-L) report to Classroom 123

Classroom 6 (last name M-Z), and 7 report to Classroom 301

Classrooms 3 or 4 report to Classroom 120

I will have a sign-in sheet for each of the classrooms.

Please do not arrive late, and you must attend the entire class to get credit.

Posted: March 2, 2018

Assistant IC Jeff Staudinger will be out of town until March 11th. If you have an ejection, please call or text OCBOA IC Chris Torres when you get back to your vehicle while Jeff is out of town. When you get home, please fill out the ejection report immediately on the OCBOA website.

REMINDERS:

Classification Exam Online: The Exam is now available online for you to submit your answers on our OCBOA website. The Exam will be closing on March 10th at 11:59 p.m. The Exam will be located on the INSTRUCTION tab as 2018 CBUA Exam-A. You will have two attempts to attain a passing score of 80% or higher.

Link to the Exam: http://ocboa.com/2018-cbua-exam-a/

You will need to enter your first and last name, as well as your email address, and select OCBOA 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. ALL of the questions come directly from the study guide.

Posted: March 1, 2018

Classification Exam Online: The Exam is now available online for you to submit your answers on our OCBOA website. The Exam will be closing on March 10th at 11:59 p.m. The Exam will be located on the INSTRUCTION tab as 2018 CBUA Exam-A. You will have two attempts to attain a passing score of 80% or higher.

You will need to enter your first and last name, as well as your email address, and select OCBOA 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. ALL of the questions come directly from the study guide.

If you have an ejection, please call Assistant IC Jeff Staudinger when you get back to your vehicle. You will need to complete the ejection report on OCBOA.com or use the mobile app. Please, be sure if possible to get your warning(s) in prior to the ejection (unless the coach commits a major offense, i.e. physical contact or profanity directed at an official). Nothing looks better on an ejection report than the official gave the coach the opportunity to keep himself in the game. Let’s make sure we handle our business in a professional manner and remain approachable.

If you have any questions or situations arise, contact your mentor or classroom instructors. They are excellent resources for you to utilize. We are all here to help everyone improve and develop their game. I appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication. Have some fun out there!

Lastly, below is the link to view the OCBOA clinic days video.

Link: https://youtu.be/2e_8w1XZrqo

Posted: February 28, 2018

Tonight, Javier Navarro will be working the plate for the Huntington Beach vs. Orange Lutheran game at Hart park in Orange. Game time is 7:00 p.m. The 3-man crew will be using 3-man High School mechanics that we have previously outlined.

They are extending an invite to anyone who wishes to attend their pre-game and post-game discussions. They will be in the parking area behind the baseball field and plan on beginning their pre-game at 6:00 p.m.

Posted: February 22, 2018

Qualifications grids have been updated as of February 22nd. It is your responsibility to confirm that your attendance grid is accurate. If there is anything missing, please let me know.

A reminder in regard to the NFHS Authenticating Marking on the baseball:

There are different versions of the NFHS marking that can be on the baseballs. Just to clarify as long as the baseball has an NFHS Authenticating Marking, it can be used during the game

Once again, you are not to play the game if there are no baseballs with the NFHS Authenticating Marking. CIF is very specific about it, there are NO EXCEPTIONS. If there are no approved baseballs, we are to give the home school a reasonable amount of time to find baseballs with the NFHS marking. A minimum amount of time shall be at least 30 minutes but remember we are there to get the game in and NOT rush to forfeit.

As a reminder, listed below are the topics that will be covered at our next instructional meeting and classroom location. 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 26th: Hit by pitch rule; Game management; ejection report writing

PLEASE print out the sample ejection form that is attached. We will be discussing it in the classrooms on Monday.

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

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.

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

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 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 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: 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 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 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?