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Northwest (NW) Association of Umpires has prided itself on providing the game of baseball with the high level of quality officiating that it deserves. We are the premier umpire association in the Northern Midwest, based in Minnesota's Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. We umpire collegiate, high school, men's amateur, and American Legion baseball throughout the state of Minnesota.

Applications are now being accepted for the Assignment Secretary position, which will be responsible for game-assigning activities for its 120+ umpires, for about 3,000 games per year, across the multiple leagues, teams, communities, and organizations which NW Umpires serves.  This is an independent contractor position and will receive direction from the NW Board of Directors.

Application materials should be sent directly to NW Umpires via email. A hiring committee made up of NW Umpires Board of Directors and umpire staff will interview qualified candidates and select the new Assignor.

To apply for the position, submit (email only) a customized cover letter (indicating why you are interested and qualified for this position), resume, and three references in PDF format to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Post Position: August 3, 2020
Application Deadline: preferred by August 14, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled

Assignment Secretary Position Description

Dear CBUA Umpire:

The first in-season training video is now ready and available for you.

We are excited to be working with Dave Yeast, coordinator of baseball umpires for the Pac-12, Big West and WAC.  Dave will be graciously sharing his training videos with the CBUA this season, and the first Yeast video is now ready for you.

Here is the link to the video, also posted under the VIDEO tab at the CBUA Central Hub on Arbiter:  http://cbua.arbitersports.com/front/103681/Video/player/34886/38221

Next week, you will have access to the first CBUA-produced training video of the season.  Our goal, at least early in the season, is to share at least one video per week with CBUA members from the CBUA and/or Dave Yeast.

For those opening the season this weekend, best of luck!


Mark Uyl

I attended a baseball coordinators meeting yesterday at the MSHSL office and received information that conflicted with something I said at the all hands meeting on Saturday.
This is regarding the requirement to have baseballs that are stamped with both the NOCSAE and NFHS markings.  I said that if the school doesn’t have approved baseballs you don’t play the game.  This is incorrect.  The expense of paying umpires, bus drivers, etc., warrants that the game be played.  The procedure to play the game would involve the umpires writing an incident report after the game.  Playing without an approved baseball also opens all kinds of liability issues should someone be injured.  Associate Director Bob Madison doesn’t want it advertised that the game can be played. 

This baseball requirement was passed three years ago and was to have taken effect last season.  It was delayed a year so that schools could exhaust their supply of the old balls.  All baseballs that were sold in Minnesota last year have both markings.  Therefore if a school presents you baseballs without both markings, you can be assured that these balls are at least two years old.  Press them hard to get approved baseballs before you relent, subject yourself to writing the incident report and possible liability issues!

Ken Sargent, NW Umpires High School Coordinator

NW Umpires College Updates 12-24-2018

The NW College Committee and the Board of Directors wish you a safe and happy holiday season.  Included below are a few updates.  As always, please contact me if you have any questions.

·       I have included the most recent update from the CBUA.  A few of our members did not receive the update last time.  If you are not receiving updates from the CBUA please be sure to contact them ASAP to work through the issue.

o   Regarding hats, please wear your black NW hat for all games assigned through NW Umpires.  There are NSIC hats floating around that can be worn, if all in the crew, have them and you are working D2.  For games that are assigned through the CBUA please make sure you adhere to the standard described in the update.

·       The national meeting that our group will be attending is in Chicago (Sat Jan 19th).  If you plan on attending and have not registered yet, please do soon.  If you already know your travel plans (air, car, train, etc.), please shoot me a quick note and let me know when you plan on arriving.  We’ll probably grab pizza on Friday night – all are welcomed.

·       No Bank Ball (aka Dome Ball) this year due to NCAA basketball in US Bank stadium, so we’ll be at the mercy of our unpredictable spring weather.  If you are interested in preparing for the season in warm weather, Tucson, please contact Adam Berg.  The first games will be on March 1st and the final games on March 26th.

·       I will be attending the MIAC coaches meeting on Jan 17th.  I will have MIAC specific updates after that meeting.

·       NW Meetings – I expect all from this group to attend.  If you are unable to attend, please let me know via email.

    • General Membership Meeting - Save time around Sunday Feb 10th to attend.  More details to follow as we get closer to the date.
    • College Clinic will be held on Sat Feb 16th .  We will be back at Augsburg, like several prior years.   More details to follow as we get closer to the date.
  • Finally, over the weekend, the Oakes family house burned down.  This family has deep roots in the MN baseball community and especially at the college level.  Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.  A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to assist the family: https://www.gofundme.com/oakes-family-fire-fund

News Flash

*NW General Membership Meeting - TBD 2020

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