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Key Dates

March 2: Opening Day!

March 22: Poker Tournament

April 1-5: Spring Break

April 13: Photo Day

April 28: Little League Day with the Giants!

May 11: Parent's Banquet

June 1: Championship Saturday

June 8: All-Star Game Day

Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 – Blue Crew Pre-Opening Day Get-Together

Dec 18, 2023

When:  Thursday, February 29 Time:  1730-2000 (530-8PM) Where:  Back 40 BBQ, PH, CA An ALL HANDS gathering of the Blue Crew on the eve of Opening Day.  This is an excellent opportunity for our new umpires to the meet our returning umpires, enjoy free food and beverage, talk shop, talk training, talk about Opening Day,…

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Monday, Feb. 26, 2024 – Blue Crew Scheduling Night

Dec 17, 2023

When:  Monday, February 26 Time:  18-2000 (6-8PM) Where:  PHBA Snack Shack Conference Room Scheduling Night is for two groups of Blue Crew members.  Group One are Rookie umpires having difficulty setting up their personal account in our Blue Crew Scheduler (BCS) app.  Group 2 are those veteran umpires who are technologically challenged and have difficulty…

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Final Coach Registration Walk-Thru – Wednesday, January 17

Jan 9, 2024

We will have one final coaching registration walkthrough for those who were not able to attend the previous three walkthroughs. Please drop by between 6pm – 7pm at Back Forty BBQ (100 Coggins Dr, Pleasant Hill) on Wednesday, January 17, to complete your coaching registration. Please see phba.org/coaches for additional requirements and information.

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Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 – Pre-Game Field Prep Clinic

Dec 8, 2023

When:  Saturday, February 24 Time:  09-1100 (9-11AM) Where:  PHBA ‘Sports Complex’ PO1 This clinic is for the team parent who volunteered to prepare their team’s baseball/softball field prior to their child’s game.  The volunteer will learn how lay out bases, foul lines, batters boxes, coaches boxes, and batting circles and to do so correctly using…

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When Does 3=1? [Coach-Pitch]

Jan 30, 2022

The rule for the number of coach pitches allowed was changed in 2020. So how many pitches does a coach really get to throw during coach pitch? This one seems simple enough, and yet the math never seems to add up for most coaches and umpires. This has been the rule for softball for years,…

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2023 Season Rules!

Mar 8, 2022

The PHBA Baseball and Softball rules for the 2022 season have been updated and posted on the Rules page. Key changes to this season’s rules include but are not limited to: Softball American 2023 The Dropped Third Strike is no longer in effect for Softball American. Baseball Pioneer 2022 Removal of overthrow pitch rule –…

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The OVERTHROW Rule is Dead!

Jan 31, 2022

The Overthrow Rules 4.11 for both Pioneer divisions have been rescinded and revamped to encourage the kids (and especially the coaches) to make a play on the runners instead of simply getting the ball back to the pitcher to “kill the play.” In previous years, attempting plays and missing promoted the kids simply running the…

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Coach Pitch Interference

Feb 20, 2021

The rule for coach pitch interference was changed for baseball in 2020 and is now consistent with softball rules. The coach should make every effort (think Neo in the Matrix) to avoid contact with a hit or thrown ball. However, if the coach is hit by the ball, the ball is LIVE and play will…

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How does the Blue Crew stay sharp in the offseason?

Dec 18, 2022

The Umpire Leadership Team (ULT) continues to meet twice a month during the offseason in preparation for the upcoming season. The ULT examines existing PHBA rules along with changes to Major League Baseball and USA Softball rules which may impact PHBA. The team encourages Blue Crew discussion about the rules, reviewing current tough plays and…

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The “Foul Tip”

Jan 12, 2021

The foul tip is one those baseball rules that confuses the casual enjoyer of America’s pastime and infuriates baseball purists.  This article is designed to help you understand this simple yet often misunderstood rule. According to MLB.com,  “A foul tip is a batted ball that goes sharply and directly to the catcher’s hand or glove and…

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