Updated Lightning Rule

The HBUA has recently decided to update its lightning rule to align with the rule set out by Baseball Ontario. As such, we have removed the term “lightning safe park” from our website and our venues. The following should be followed in all games in which we umpire;

When thunder roars, go indoors! At the first sound of thunder, the game must be stopped and shelter must be obtained. This would include allowing players and coaches to retreat to their vehicles while we wait 30 minutes from each sound of thunder or sight of lightning.

Please ensure that we are following this change, to spite opinions on the rule. This is a big change in the City of Hamilton as we are no longer calling the game at the first sight of lightning or sound of thunder as we are now stopping the game and waiting it out in all cases.

Any clarification can be sought out from your executive team.

Thanks everyone

HBUA Spring Meeting

Hello Everyone,

The HBUA will be holding its annual Spring Membership Meeting on Sunday April 15, 2018 at 3pm at Sherwood Lanes on Upper Ottawa and Fennel.

This meeting we will vote on our new contract, and go over our new Policy and Procedure Manuel. We will also update everyone for the plans for the upcoming season.

At the conclusion of the meeting for the Level 3’s we will go over the exam which is now posted.

It is important that everyone that plans on umpiring for the HBUA attend this meeting, as many items this year will effect each and everyone of you!

A full agenda, including a number of attachments will be sent out the week before our meeting.

See you there!

Umps Care Charity Bowling Tournament

Everyone,

I’m playing in the Umps Care charity bowling tournament during spring training on March 17 in Florida. Umps Care is the official non-profit charity of professional baseball umpires, providing emotional and financial assistance to youth and families in need across the markets of MLB’s teams. The tournament is a fundraiser to help provide the following programs in 2018:

• Major league baseball experiences for 600 at-risk youth at each ballpark across the big leagues
• Build-a-Bear workshop experiences for 1300 children at 13 different children’s hospitals, and
• College scholarships for deserving young adults who were adopted later in life

Obviously, MLB is dominated by American-based teams, but Umps Care is active in Toronto on a consistent basis. Check out this piece Sportsnet ran during a broadcast in 2014 (https://www.facebook.com/UmpsCare/videos/10154232102255007/). Umps Care also returned to Toronto in 2016 and 2017.

My spring crew and I are bowling in support of this great cause and I personally hope to raise more than $120 for our crew. Please visit our crew page and consider making a donation if you are in a position to support.

Our crew page: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/1315553 Continue reading