Blue Crew Training

Our Umpire Leadership Team (ULT) is composed of many decades of volunteerism and dedication to the League, even many many years after our kids have left the League. We take great pride in training our volunteer umpires to do their best for the kids as the Umpire Crew for the League. To that end, we put a ton of effort and expect a certain minimum level of effort in return from our parents. We do recognize everyone is busy and do our best to make the training clinics efficient and worth the time.

Never umpired before? Don't fret - we have created a comprehensive training program for umpires of all levels. We make sure that every umpire is putting their best foot forward when stepping onto the field  - no different than every player and coach.

Ultimately, our goal is to develop a confident, skilled umpire officiating crew for our kids. Even though we’re an all-volunteer league, we have high standards for our Crew and our offseason activities help keep us sharp year round.

Training Requirements

New Umpires to PHBA

  • Brand new umpires with little or no experience
  • Includes umpires from other leagues / associations
  • Base Umpire Training
    • Classroom Clinic
    • Field Day Training Level 1 / 2
  • Plate Training
    • Classroom Clinic
    • New umpires must work at least 4 games as Base Umpire
    • All potential plate umpires will be evaluated by ULT

Returning PHBA Umpires

  • Umpire Field Day Training based on assigned Level from the previous year
  • Never hurts to attend a Classroom Clinic to refresh your memory and skills.

New Umpires to PHBA from other leagues / associations

  • We recognize that we get umpires from other leagues with varying levels of experience. With that in mind, we still require that all new umpires attend the Classroom Clinic in order to obtain a better grasp on how we run the Blue Crew at PHBA.
  • Let us know right away that you do have experience. We’ll put “extra eyes on you” during Field Day training and fastrack you to the appropriate level once evaluated by the ULT.

The Curriculum

Advanced Mechanics

Clinics & Events

Blue Crew Classroom Clinic1 (06FEB23 19-2100)

January 6, 2023

When: Monday, 06FEB23 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.…

Train the Trainers Pre-Field Day Meeting (09FEB23 1830-2000)

January 6, 2023

When: Thursday, 09FEB23 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…

Blue Crew Field Day Training1 (11FEB23 0730-1600)

January 6, 2023

When: Saturday, 11FEB 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. Segment 1 – LEVEL 1 – Base…

Blue Crew Classroom Clinic2 (16FEB 19-2100)

January 6, 2023

When: Thursday, 16FEB 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…

Blue Crew Field Day Training2 (18FEB 0730-1600)

January 6, 2023

When: Saturday, 18FEB 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. Segment 1 – LEVEL 1 – Base…

Blue Crew Classroom Clinic3 (23FEB 1900-2100)

January 6, 2023

When: Thursday, 23FEB 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…

Blue Crew Field Day Training3 (26FEB 0730-1600)

January 6, 2023

When: Sunday, 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. Segment 1 – LEVEL 1 – Base…

Blue Crew Scheduling Night (27FEB23 18-2000)

January 6, 2023

When: Monday, 27FEB23 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 scheduling…

Blue Crew Pre-Opening Day Get-Together (03MAR23 1730-2000)

January 6, 2023

When: Friday, 03MAR Time: 1730-2000 (530-8PM) Where: PHBA Snack Shack Conference Room 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, and…

Clinic & Event Descriptions

Scrimmages