Get your teams ready by scheduling a friendly scrimmage with bonafide umpires. Remember, scrimmages are now allowed within the state guidelines. It’s a great way to get the kids ready for the season by doing away with the 1st game jitters before Opening Day. The umpires need to dust off the armor and brush out…

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The Overthrow Rules 4.11 for both Pioneer divisions have been rescinded and revamped to encourage the kids (and especially the coaches) to make a play on the runners instead of simply getting the ball back to the pitcher to “kill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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UPDATE: This Coach Pitch rule only applies to Baseball Pioneer. 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…

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When: Saturday, 26FEB 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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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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When: Sunday, 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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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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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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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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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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When: Saturday, 22JAN Time: 1000-1230 (10-1230PM) Where: PHBA Sports Complex (Snack Shack & PO1) 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…

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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 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 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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