Umpire Field Day Training 3 (26FEB 0730-1600)

When: Saturday, 20FEB Time: 0730-1600 (730-4PM) Where: PHBA ‘Sports Complex’ aka Snack Shack & PO Fields Field Day training is mandatory for all PHBA umpires.  The Field Day is broken out into 3 segments designed specifically for the proficiency LEVEL assigned each umpire prior to the Field Day.  The first segment, LEVEL 1 – Base…

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Umpire Classroom Clinic 3 (24FEB 1900-2100)

When: Thursday, 24FEB Time: 19-2100 (7 to 9PM) Where: PHBA ‘Sports Complex’ aka Snack Shack The LEVEL 1 classroom clinic is mandatory for any volunteer umpire NEW to PHBA.  Step 1 of 2-step process to qualify as a PHBA umpire.  Provides the basics for being an entry level Base Umpire prior to the mandatory Field…

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Umpire Field Day Training 2 (20FEB 0730-1600)

When: Saturday, 20FEB Time: 0730-1600 (730-4PM) Where: PHBA ‘Sports Complex’ aka Snack Shack & PO Fields Field Day training is mandatory for all PHBA umpires.  The Field Day is broken out into 3 segments designed specifically for the proficiency LEVEL assigned each umpire prior to the Field Day.  The first segment, LEVEL 1 – Base…

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Umpire Classroom Clinic 2 (17FEB 19-2100)

When: Thursday, 17FEB Time: 19-2100 (7 to 9PM) Where: PHBA ‘Sports Complex’ aka Snack Shack The LEVEL 1 classroom clinic is mandatory for any volunteer umpire NEW to PHBA.  Step 1 of 2-step process to qualify as a PHBA umpire.  Provides the basics for being an entry level Base Umpire prior to the mandatory Field…

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Umpire Field Day Training 1 (12FEB 0730-1600)

When: Saturday, 12FEB Time: 0730-1600 (730-4PM) Where: PHBA ‘Sports Complex’ aka Snack Shack & PO Fields Field Day training is mandatory for all PHBA umpires.  The Field Day is broken out into 3 segments designed specifically for the proficiency LEVEL assigned each umpire prior to the Field Day.  The first segment, LEVEL 1 – Base…

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Train the Trainers for Field Day (10FEB 1830-2000)

When: Thursday, 10FEB Time: 1830-2000 (630-8PM) Where: PHBA ‘Sports Complex’ aka Snack Shack This is a meeting of senior level Blue Crew members selected by the ULT to assist in training both returning veteran umpires and umpires new to PHBA. The purpose of this meeting will be to familiarize these trainers on the Field Day…

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Umpire Classroom Clinic 1 (07FEB 19-2100)

When: Monday, 07FEB Time: 19-2100 (7PM-9PM) Where: PHBA ‘Sports Complex’ aka Snack Shack The LEVEL 1 classroom clinic is mandatory for any volunteer umpire NEW to PHBA.  Step 1 of 2-step process to qualify as a PHBA umpire.  Provides the basics for being an entry level Base Umpire prior to the mandatory Field Day training.…

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Umpire Clinic for Managers / Coaches (27JAN 1830-2100)

When: Thursday, January 27 Time: 1830-2100 (630-9PM) Where: PHMS Multi-Purpose Room This clinic is designed to give managers and coaches a better understanding of what it takes to train parent volunteers to be a PHBA umpire, the Umpire Leadership Team’s expectations of the parent volunteer as an umpire, and how umpires perform their job. A…

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Umpire Clinic for Managers / Coaches (22JAN 10-1230)

When: Saturday, January 22 Time: 1000-1230 (10-1230PM) Where: PHMS Multi-Purpose Room This clinic is designed to give managers and coaches a better understanding of what it takes to train parent volunteers to be a PHBA umpire, the Umpire Leadership Team’s expectations of the parent volunteer as an umpire, and how umpires perform their job. A…

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When Does 3=1? [Coach-Pitch]

The rule for the number of coach pitches allowed was changed for baseball in 2020 and is now consistent with softball rules. 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.…

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Coach Pitch Interference

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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The “Look Back” Rule

The Look Back rule is specific to softball.  The rule, in the words of USA Softball (teamusa.org), “was supposed to stop players from dancing around between bases while the ball was in the Pitcher’s possession and control in the Pitcher’s Circle.”  The short, paraphrased version of this rule is this:  When the Pitcher A) Has…

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The “Foul Tip”

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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