NORTH YORK UMPIRES

NYBA supports a robust rep/select and house league umpire program. The umpire is a critical part of baseball.

"The best thing about umpiring is seeing the best in baseball every day. The cardinal rule of umpiring is to follow the ball wherever it goes. Well, if you watch the ball, you can't help seeing somebody make a great catch... That's what makes umpiring so much fun." - National League Umpire Shag Crawford

HOUSE LEAGUE VS REP/SELECT UMPIRES:

House League games are held Monday-Wednesday evenings at Bond Park. Umpires must be TWO years older than the division they are umping. Games are scheduled by the series convenor under the guidance of the Umpire-In-Chief. Anyone interested in umpiring house league can reach out directly to Tracey Lawson.

Rep & Select umpires must be at least 12 years old and are required to complete a training clinic with NYBA under the umbrella of the Ontario Baseball Association.

Players begin with a level 1.0 rating allowing them to umpire the younger series and eventually elevate to a 3.0 rating, which qualifies them to umpire all series including Elite.

Rep & Select games are held weekday evenings, starting at 6PM and weekends 9AM to 7PM at Bond Park. Games can last about 2 hours, except for the Bantam level (14+) which are 2.5 hours.

UMPIRE CLINIC:

All NYBA umpires currently in our roster, will be notified in the spring of 2022 when the OBA has set the protocols for umpire certification. It will also be posted on the website, including instructions on how to register.

Once an umpire has completed all requirements for certification, their profile will be activated. Note: All umpires turning 18 in 2022 (YOB: 2004) will also need to complete a VSC (Vulnerable Sector Check) through the OBA before their profile can be activated.

NYBA is happy to work with umpires outside of North York. Please reach out to Heather nybaumpires@gmail.com with their name; birthdate; OBA #; experience and availability. Please note that when it comes to assigning games, priority is given to NYBA umpires.

EQUIPMENT:

Umpires are expected to have proper attire for each game: a navy shirt, grey slacks, black or dark shoes & socks, navy or black umpire hat (with no logos) and a belt. Black jerseys have also become standard, so it might be wise to have 2 jerseys, navy and black.

Umpires also require a brush to sweep the base and an indicator to keep score. A face mask is important if there is a need to discuss a call with a coach.

If you have your own equipment (chest protector, catcher’s face masks and shin guards) please bring it to every game, with the plan to be behind the plate. NYBA has some umpire equipment it can loan for a game or the season. Please check with Tracey.

NYBA supplier of choice is Eagle Beaver Sports. Make sure you tell them you are with the North York Baseball Association.

SCHEDULING:

Umpires are asked for their availability two to three weeks in advance using a Google Form. Once umpires are assigned to a game, a confirmation email is sent.

There are times, when a game is scheduled within the same week. The umpire scheduler will reach out via email/text, and will generally allow 24 hours for a response before reaching out to other umpires.

It is the umpire’s responsibility to mark down the game dates. While coaches are asked to call/text or email in advance as a reminder, umpires can’t depend on it.

A complete schedule of games; umpires and coaching information is recorded in a Google Worksheet and accessible from the umpire’s page.

ASSIGNING OF GAMES:

Every effort is made to ensure a fair distribution of games. Professional attitude both on and off the diamond along with skill is factored into game assignment.

When assigning umpires to games, NYBA has the following policy:

Umpires must be 2 years older than the series they are umping, and qualify for the series according to their OBA level – see below for details.

  • 1.0 8U AA/AA | 9UAA
  • 1.1 (All 1.0 series) PLUS 9UAAA, 10UAA, 11U Select
  • 1.2 (All 1.1 series) PLUS 10UAAA, 13U Select
  • 2.0 (All 1.2 series) PLUS 11UAAA, 13UA&AA
  • 2.1 All levels up to 14U Select
  • 2.2 -3.0 All divisions including Bantam Elite

First year umpires (1.1 & 1.2) are paired with a more experienced umpire for their first few games.

The NYBA Umpire-in-Chief has the final say on which umpires are booked for games and the umpire pairings.

GAME DAY:

The NYBA Umpire Google Sheet identifies umpire partners for each game. Partners should touch base prior to the game to co-ordinate shirt colours and arrange plate/base positioning.

Umpires are expected to arrive to the park 30 minutes before each game and on the field for the plate meeting 5 minutes before the game is scheduled to start.

RATE OF PAY:

NYBA umpire fees are based on the age group, not the level. All games within the same age group, whether A, AA, or AAA are paid the same rate. Coaches may pay either by e-transfer or in a sealed envelope before or after the game.

These are the rates for 2021 and are subject to change.

  • Rookie (8&9) – $35
  • Mosquito (10&11) – $40
  • Peewee (12&13)- $50
  • Bantam (14&15) – $70 | 9 innings - $90

CANCELLATIONS:

Plans change, a coach books a last-minute game or practice, we understand. We require as much notice as you can give us, whether by email, text or personal phone call, so that a replacement can be found.

Every effort is made to find an alternate game as quickly as possible and ensure that the umpire doesn’t lose their rotation spot.

WEATHER:

In the event of bad weather and the cancellation of a game, the coach will contact the umpires at least 1 hour prior to start time to advise you whether the game is cancelled. Any umpire not given sufficient notice will be paid in full for the game.

If conditions at Bond warrant closing the park or a diamond, it will be announced @NYBAFields. 

FINALLY:

Due to the nature of the position, you are bound to get into altercations during games. Always remain calm, civil and approachable. Coaches have been notified that inappropriate behaviour [personal comments, profanity or inappropriate behaviour] towards umpires is not tolerated and could be grounds for ejection from the game.

The same holds true for umpires. You are being held to a strict, professional code, and we expect you to act accordingly at all times.

Any incident should be reported directly to Tracey Lawson.

We look forward to working with you in 2022!

Tracey Lawson
VP House League – Umpire-in-Chief
traceylawson28@hotmail.com

For Scheduling Issues contact:
Heather Robertson
Umpire Co-ordinator
nybaumpires@gmail.com


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