The Governing Body of High School Sports in Massachusetts.
Paul "Lefty" Duval (1930-2009) Founding Member, Past President and Commissioner
The Classes for the SMBUA 2018 Season are complete.
Please return later in the summer for information on becoming an umpire for the 2019Season.
This is the official procedure for a no pitch intentional walk as provided by the State Interpreter Tom Clews.
The umpire must wait until the batter has assumed his position in the batter's box before "acknowledging" the manager's request to Intentionally Walk him (by simply awarding him first base, "Time" is granted the moment the umpire "acknowledges" the manager's request). If the manager is premature in his request, the umpire should politely ask him to wait until the above criteria have been met before indicating and/or informing the umpire of his final intentions(as it is for his benefit that he waits until the proper time).
This protocol will insure (1) that the batter he intended to walk is, in fact, the actual batter and has not been replaced by a pinch hitter or a player reentering the game (2) that he has adequate time to consider his options, such as a visit to the mound and/or changing pitchers and (3) in the event the immediate preceding play may involve some type of appeal, he still has time to make the appeal before choosing to walk the batter (as once the decision to walk the batter has been "acknowledged" by the umpire, the team loses its right to appeal (the walking of the batter is considered a play).
It would be of great benefit to everyone and a service to our coaches if this protocol was discussed during the ground rules, especially the first couple of weeks of the season. I wish you all a great Spring and Summer season and look forward to seeing you soon.
MBUA State Interpreter
Welcome to the 2018 for the Southeastern Massachusetts Baseball Umpires Association.
We are looking forward to a great year of High School Baseball.
The Meeting Dates are set and are listed below.
Opening night - February 27, 2018, arrive at 630 to turn in Concussion Certificate's and Proof of Insurance. 7:15 PM Start.
March 6, 2018 - New Bedford Vocational High - Mechanics Meeting
March 20 2017 - Regular Meeting, VFW Dartmouth. 7:15 PM start, arrive by 7PM.
March 27 2017 - Rules interpretation Meeting, Bristol Community College, Fall River, Room L101
April 17 2018 - Regular Meeting, VFW Dartmouth Pizza and Nominations
May 1, 2018 - Regular Meeting, VFW Dartmouth ( Business and Voting )
May 29 2018 - End of year Clam Boil, TBD , Dave Audet will be coordinating.
** The clam boil is not a regular meeting and will not satisfy meeting requirements.
**** Unless other wise noted, all meetings will be held at the VFW in Dartmouth MA 144 Cross Road, Dartmouth MA 02747
The Southeastern Massachusetts Baseball Umpires Association purpose is to:
Further the interests of amateur baseball umpires.
Maintain the highest standard of umpiring.
Promote the welfare of amateur sports, its players, administrators, fans, the press and baseball umpires.
Encourage the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship;
Work with organizations and associations connected with sports to further amateur sports and all persons involved in amateur sports;
Provide educational programs to advance the skills of amateur baseball umpires.
Work with sports administrators to provide qualified umpires to officiate amateur baseball.
Conduct programs to encourage public appreciation for the skill and professional competence of amateur baseball umpires.
The Officers of the SMBUA with year they became members
President - Derek Mello - (2008)
Vice President - Dave Rose - ( 1972 ) **
Secretary / Asst Treasurer - Alvin Niles (2008)
Treasurer - Jeffery Silvia - (1983) **
Interpreter - Steven Vieira (1989) **
Commissioner - Bryan Andrade (1985) **
** Indicates Past President of the SMBUA
Board of Directors for 2018
Chairman - Jim Vieira
Bryan Fleet- ( Filling Dave Rose spot as he became VP )
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