Live Game Observations

As part of the HBUA’s commitment to its members and umpire development, the Executive approved a live-game observation process a few years ago. The process, as outlined in the HBUA Policy and Procedure manual, consists of an in-person live game observation by a dedicated observer followed by a post-game discussion and concluded with a brief written summation. The goal of these observations is to raise the overall standard of officiating within the HBUA, not to be critical of umpires or for observers to flaunt their experience and credentials.

As we transition into the fall, following the conclusion of the Eastern League playoffs, Chris Marco will be observing games in an effort to ensure as many members as possible receive at least one observation prior to the conclusion of the season. With only a few weeks left, we cannot guarantee all members will be seen. Any members highly interested in an observation should contact Chris ( directly so that it may be prioritized.

Correcting Incorrect Rule Applications


Games are to be officiated by a crew of umpires, not individuals. Umpires should officiate and communicate as a team and should assist and support one another on the field at all times. This includes rule interpretations.

This memo is a reminder to inform all of you it is the CREW’s responsibility to ensure are rules are properly enforced. In the event a rule is misapplied, it is viewed as a failure by the entire crew, not just one particular umpire.

In the event that one member of the crew misapplies a rule, it is our expectation that the other umpire(s) on the field attempt to initiate a crew consultation to discuss the ruling to ensure the correct decision is made, regardless of whether or not the calling umpire is questioned by either team.

If there is uncertainty regarding a rule application, we strongly encourage one of the umpires on the field to leave the field and check the Official Rules and / or Umpire Manual. The Official Rules can be accessed and downloaded in PDF form under “Quick Links” on the side menu. The Minor League Baseball Umpire Manual can be purchased here.

From the HBUA Policy and Procedure Manual:

In the event of a game that must be replayed due to an overturned protest, the Assigner shall schedule the original umpire crew for the game. If the protest was overturned due to an incorrect rule application, the umpires shall not be paid for the replayed game. In the event the original crew is unavailable, the original umpire(s) shall forfeit the game fee to the replacement umpire(s)

Remember good umpiring means having a complete knowledge of, and proficiency in, all Official Baseball Rules, interpretations, policies and regulations. Please take the time to read some portion of the rule book each day.

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.