HBUA / HDBA Announce 2019 Level 1, Level 2 Clinic Dates

In association with Baseball Ontario, the Hamilton Baseball Umpires’ Association, along with the Hamilton District Baseball Association, are pleased to announce the date and location for the Hamilton Level 1 and Level 2 umpire certification courses.

This program will be held Saturday April 13 at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School. The courses will run concurrently, from 9am until 4pm. Registration will begin at 8:30am.

As a reminder, students must register in advance through their Baseball Ontario umpire profile. Please note that unfortunately, walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Space is limited, so be sure to sign-up today.

Furthermore, to any Hamilton umpire who completed the Canadian Baseball Umpire Camps (CBUC) course earlier this month in Oakville – you are NOT required to attend this clinic.

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