This coming season the OBA has mandated that all umpires within our province now have to complete a vulnerable sector check in order to officiate games this coming season.
The OBA is continuing to update their website in regards to resources pertaining to these checks. In order to view the FAQ section to find out more on the VSC process, please click here
For the 2021 Season, Baseball Ontario will not be conducting any in person umpire clinics such as past years. For this year all clinics, including the Level 3, 4 and 5 programs have moved to online clinics.
For Level 3 and above, the OBA has joined with Baseball BC in order to provide Super Clinics with umpires across the nation. In addition to this, they have been able to provide guest instruction from several members of Major League Baseball. If you have yet to attend one of these Super Clinics, you are urged to do so in order to maintain your certification for the coming season.
For the Level 1 and 2 umpires, your clinics this year will be held in an online capacity as well. Thus far, Hamilton is scheduled to host one of the virtual clinics which will be held at 9am on May 31st, 2021. Please either register on the Umpires section of the Baseball Ontario website, or else login to register for this clinic.
For the 2021 Season the Ontario Baseball Association has made changes to its Return to Spot protocol.
For a summary of the changes, please click here
Chris Marco is playing in the Umps Care charity bowling tournament during spring training on March 21 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/MiLB’s teams. The tournament is a fundraiser to help provide the following programs in 2020:
- 1500 Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences to critically ill patients in children’s hospitals across the US and Canada
- VIP baseball experiences for at-risk youth, children battling major illness and military families, (including visits in ALL 30 Triple-A Markets this year, a direct result of our fundraising efforts in 2019)
- College scholarships for deserving young adults who were adopted later in life
- Funding for short term assistance to umpires and their families in times of need
Obviously, MLB/MiLB is dominated by American-based teams, but Umps Care is active at Sick Kids 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 has been to Toronto every year since.
His spring crew are bowling in support of this great cause and he personally hopes to raise more than $120 for the crew. Please visit the crew page and consider making a donation if you are in a position to support.
Their crew page: https://give.umpscare.com/fundraiser/2691217
Thanks for considering this.