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.

Blackborow Hired by MiLB Umpire Development

We want to extend a very sincere congratulations to our own Matt Blackborow, who earlier this year attended the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy. He competed with 103 other students and was invited to the Umpire Development Evaluation Course, after which he was offered a job as a Minor League Baseball umpire.

Blackborow has since returned home and will await news of his first assignment. Most likely, Matt’s season will either begin in early-April with a trip to Extended Spring Training in Florida, or mid-June, in Florida’s Gulf Coast League.

Matt joins fellow HBUA alumni Chris Marco (AA Eastern League) and Steven Jaschinski (High-A Carolina League) as former HBUA umpires currently working in professional baseball.

On behalf of the entire HBUA, congratulations Matt!


Matt Blackborow (L) with MLB umpire Dan Iassogna at the MiLB Umpire Training Academy Graduation Banquet


Blackborow, Ostrosser win HBUA Junior / Senior Umpire of the Year; McRae Enshrined on HBUA Wall of Fame

At the recent HBUA Annual General Meeting, Matt Blackborow and Glenn Ostrosser were honoured as the recipient of the HBUA’s Dennis Aldridge Junior and Senior Umpire of the Year awards. Additionally, longtime HBUA umpire and former executive member Dave McRae was selected as the 10th inductee onto the HBUA’s Wall of Fame.


HBUA President Bill Tunney with Dennis Aldridge Junior Umpire of the Year Matt Blackborow


HBUA President Bill Tunney with Dennis Aldridge Senior Umpire of the Year Glenn Ostrosser

About the Dennis Aldridge Umpire of the Year awards: The Dennis Aldridge Umpire of the Year Award is presented to one junior and one senior umpire who go above and beyond the call of duty on the diamond, as well as working behind the scenes and promoting the values and beliefs of the HBUA. The award is named in honour of one of our brother umpires who passed away in 2006, Dennis Aldridge. Initially a separate award from the Umpire of the Year awards, the decision was made to merge the awards after its last individual award in 2009 because year after year, Dennis exemplified the true spirit of the HBUA. Each season, the HBUA will select one eligible junior and one senior umpire of the year based on accomplishments and ability demonstrated throughout the season. These umpires are carefully chosen and presented with their award at the Annual General Meeting at each year’s completion.

To see a the members of the HBUA Wall of Fame, please click here.

Congratulations Glenn!

Hello everyone,

We wish to extend our most sincere congratulations to Glenn Ostrosser who recently received the City of Hamilton Sport Volunteer of the Year Award.

Congratulations Glenn on this outstanding achievement!

Glenn and Sami Jo