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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

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

NW College updates 1-22-2019:

There are several important updates included within this message.  Please take a few minutes to read through and reach out with any questions.

·       Thanks to the 25+ NW umpires who attended the Chicago clinic this past weekend.  It was the largest group of NW umpires ever.  Great to see you all and it appears that everyone made it home safely.

·       Clinic: The NW College Clinic will take place on Sat Feb 16th from 9a-Noon.  Please arrive at the Kennedy Center (next to their dome) and prepared to start sharply at 9a.  We will try to be completed around Noon.  Due to the amount of rule changes and the Augsburg practice times being very early in the AM; we’ll only in the classroom this year.

·       Cage Dates: There are 244 slots for cage work before we throw a first pitch, outside in a real game, in the State of Minnesota.  Please start now in your preparation for the season and take advantage of these opportunities for betterment.  This is a requirement to be part of this group.

o   We have a number of pre-season cage dates that have no officials signed up for them.  Most immediate being 1/24 at the U of M and 1/25 at Concordia St. Paul.  These opportunities to improve and get in shape for the college season are open to all college umpires.  If NW Umpires is unable to fil the slots, the U of M, has informed us that they will go outside of our group to bring other umpires in.  Let’s prevent this from occurring.

·       There was another email sent out through Arbiter today by Adam Berg – Thanks.  Unfortunately, not everyone is receiving information sent through Arbiter (including myself).  I have pasted the information below…….

o   Training Session - Th 01/24 (HS & College Umpires) – note:  this is during the U of M cage date
- Topic: 2019 Rules Changes. We will cover both Rules Books.
- Location: Apple Valley Legion
- Time: 6pm
- Remote Option: We will have a remote option...please see the invite at the bottom of this email.

Test Review - Th 02/07 (College Umpires)
- Topic: Review the 2019 NCAA Rules Test
- Location: Apple Valley Legion
- Time: 6pm
- Remote Option: We will have a remote option...invite will be sent out the week of 02/04.
- HS Umpires are welcome to this session, however, it would only be for education...we will not spend time with the NFHS rule book.

Upcoming Dates
Th 01/24 - 6pm: Training Session (Everyone)
Th 02/07: Training Session (College)
Sun 02/10 - 1pm: NW General Meeting (Everyone)
Sat 02/16 – 9am: Augsburg Clinic (College) – additional information above
Sat 02/23 - 9am: Training Session (Everyone)
Mon 03/25 - 6pm: Training Session (Everyone)

Good time of year to check gear and replace anything that is necessary.  Please refer to the CBUA information sent out last month in this regard.  If you have additional uniform questions please let me know.

Zoom Invite for Th 01/24
Adam Berg is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NW Umpires - NCAA/NFHS 2019 Rules Changes
Time: Jan 24, 2019 5:50 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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