The league was established in 1958 as an organization formed to provide a program for the youth of the Pleasant Hill area in cooperation with the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and Diablo Valley College.


WELCOME to the Exciting World
of the volunteer PHBA Umpire!

On behalf of PHBA, the Umpire Leadership Team (ULT), and all members of the Blue Crew, I want to welcome you and your children to a new season of PHBA baseball and softball!  If you’re reading this page, it means you’ve considered, been asked to consider, or forced to consider the exciting world of being a volunteer umpire at PHBA. ;o)  Thank you for your consideration to enter this time-honored profession in baseball and softball.

The single mission of the PHBA Blue Crew, the Umpire Leadership Team, and I is to put the best possible umpire product on the field for the kids, regardless of age group.  Whether you umpire 4 games or 40, we will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable on the field and prepared to give your best game to the kids.  It is the least we can do as volunteers.

As a member of our illustrious Blue Crew, you will be part of a group of men and women that, over the 15 years of my association with PHBA, have developed a level of professionalism and enthusiasm about the game of baseball and softball that is the envy of other youth programs in the Bay area and rivals some of the better paid-umpire associations.  I have a core group of volunteer umpires who take great pride in the product we put on the field and are willing to put that pride on display consistently for other members of the Blue Crew to emulate.

From the members of the ULT, with over 65 years umpiring experience, to our training team and mentors, our focus will be on making you comfortable and confident to give your best on the field.  Once trained, your umpiring schedule will be yours to set based on the schedules of your child and you.  From all this, we hope you will not limit yourself to the 4-game minimum but look at taking on other games when you see how much fun we have on the field.

I know umpiring may seem intimidating, but PHBA adheres to the principals and philosophies of Positive Coaching.  This does much to dampen overzealousness on the part of coaches, players, and fans in the stands.  Additionally, you will have the full support of the ULT leadership as you conduct the business of umpiring.  You have our assurance we will give you the tools to put your best product on the field for the kids plus have fun doing it.  Everything we do, we do for the kids.

Please, come join us in the PHBA Blue Crew.  We are proud of who we are as PHBA umpires and hope you will be equally as proud to be a PHBA umpire.  It is THE volunteer opportunity for being outside in the sun and blue sky experiencing the game of baseball and softball from the best seat in the house.  If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at:

I am always available to talk umpiring and baseball/softball.  I look forward to seeing you all on the ball fields.

Ray A. Wrice
Chief Umpire