BLUE CREW RECOGNITION
Because the BLUE CREW are all-volunteer, the Umpire Leadership Team (ULT) understands the importance of recognizing the efforts of those individuals who go the extra mile for the kids by being an umpire. Towards this end, the ULT uses a number of means for recognizing the importance and significance of the work our BLUE CREW members perform for the kids.
> Umpire Service Pin
> Crew Chiefs’ Choice Awards
> Iron Ump and Rookie Umpire of the Year Awards
> Umpire Elite Merit Pins
> The Wheel
> LEVEL 4 Banner Sleeve Patch
1. Umpire Service Pin
This award recognizes those umpires who have been an active member of the BLUE CREW every year since joining PHBA. This pin is given to ALL umpires who return to the BLUE CREW fold every year to step onto the field of play in support of the kids. It represents the level of commitment (in years) that umpire has given to PHBA. Whatever game count they achieve for the season, their willingness to return each year to volunteer their time as an umpire is truly appreciated.
2-4 Years 5-9 Years 10-14 Years 15-19 Years
This pin is awarded at the start of each new season at the BLUE CREW’s pre-Opening Day get-together. This pin can be worn on your umpire hat or shirt when working a game or at any other time that member of the BLUE CREW is at the park
2. Crew Chiefs' Choice Awards
Crew Chiefs’ Choice awards are given to four umpires identified by the Division Crew Chiefs and vetted by the Umpire Leadership Team who best exemplify the values we prize in the BLUE CREW and at PHBA. The awards are presented at the end of the season at the Managers/Umpires Picnic. Those values are:
> Sportsmanship – PHBA thrives on cooperation, friendship, and being proper role models to the children which is the
reason why we volunteer for the toughest position on the field
> Dedication – A hallmark of an effective volunteer umpire is commitment to the schedule and assignments,
punctuality, and a willingness to learn and improve
> Teamwork – PHBA, as an all-volunteer league, depends on folks to “step up to the plate.” Throughout the season, all
our umpires will receive frequent requests about available umpire assignments. Those who answer the call, and help
us maintain 100% game coverage, are very much appreciated.
3. Iron Ump and Rookie Umpire of the Year Awards
These two awards recognize those umpires that go truly above and beyond all other umpires in the BLUE CREW. The umpires receiving this recognition have covered the highest number of games during the course of the PBHA season, playoffs, and tournaments.
The Iron Ump trophy, consisting of a black lunchbox complete with a hearty HAM SANDWICH, is presented to the PHBA volunteer umpire who covers the most game assignments through the regular season, playoffs and PHBA tournaments.
The Rookie Umpire of the Year award is given to the first year umpire who completes the most game assignments through regular season, playoffs and PHBA tournaments.
Both awards are presented to the worthy recipients at the following season’s pre-Opening Day get-together.
4. Umpire Elite Merit Pins
Umpires covering more than 16 games in a season (may include playoffs and/or tournaments) achieve what is called Elite status within the BLUE CREW. These umpires go above and beyond the minimal game count commitment and are recognized for that achievement. Umpires who achieve Elite status can fall into 1 of the 3 Elite levels of game coverage achievement:
PHBA Bronze Elite – 16 to 23 games
PHBA Silver Elite – 24 to 31 games
PHBA Gold Elite – 32 games and above
Umpires attaining any of these levels will receive a custom pin which indicates the year and level of the award. This award is handed out at the start of each new season. The pin may be proudly displayed on the umpire’s hat or clothing when officiating games.
5. The Wheel
This patch is recognition for the LEVEL 4 umpire in our BLUE CREW who works at least one game in each of the Boys and Girls divisions during the course of regular season play plus successfully completes the certification exam displaying their knowledge of the rules in those divisions. Wearing of the patch on the right shoulder displays to all the umpire’s qualifications to work ALL age groups and divisions in baseball and softball plus recognizes their knowledge of the rules in those divisions.
Retaining authorization to wear the patch is dependent on the wearer completing two requirements. One, successfully work at least one game In each of the Boys and Girls divisions during regular season play over two seasons. Two, successful completion of the certification exam at the end of the second season.
6. LEVEL 4 Banner Sleeve Patch
This banner sleeve patch is given to a select group of LEVEL 4 umpires in the BLUE CREW who have achieved Elite status, certified to wear “The Wheel”, AND have been vetted by the ULT as being qualified to work ALL levels of baseball and softball, playoff, and tournament games.
This patch can be awarded at any time during the season when a LEVEL 4 umpire achieves Elite status (16 or more games), has been certified to wear ‘The Wheel’, and been validated by the ULT as qualified for playoff and tournament play. This patch is worn on the right sleeve of the LEVEL 4 umpire’s shirt just above “The Wheel”.
Retention of this sleeve patch is contingent upon the wearer maintaining Elite and ‘The Wheel’ status each season.
Looking forward to recognizing the achievements of every member of our PHBA BLUE CREW!
PHBA Chief Umpire