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  • 2/16/2017

    Time to Shine

    The four  NCAA Regional Umpire Clinics have come and gone; the testing period has concluded--a new rules year, protocol and phraseology-will now move quickly from theory-to-practice.

    …a formal thank you to the Stakeholders:  umpires, coaches, coordinators, administrators, Baseball Umpire Program personnel, NCAA Committees and  staff --for the passion-- for the tireless hours of preparation, and  for the behind-the-scenes grind in making these four weekends developmentally-charged , yet, seamless in their design.

    -Thank you everyone for a great 2016
    -Work to make 2017 a better year yet-self evaluate and focus on a couple new initiatives
    -Official warning verbiage; prolonged arguing definition
    -Follow the National Program: our job is to select the best 96 not the 96 best
    -Always do what is right and what is defendable

    Embrace the Stakeholder opportunities which lie ahead…

    My humble privilege to be of service to you.

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

  • 1/25/2017

    Please click here to read Plan for Success Behind the Plate by Bill McCallum, Jr., Northeast Regional Advisor.
  • 1/18/2017

    Please click here to read Digital Transformation in Sports Officiating – Current and Future State by Scott Erby – Southeast Regional Advisor.

  • 1/11/2017

    Please click here to read Foul Ground Umpiring: Are You Ready to Shine by Grady Smith.

    If you have difficulty accessing the video plays in the PDF, please click here to view them.

  • 1/3/2017

    Please click here to read The Law of Perception by Adam Dowdy.

  • 12/20/2016

    Please click here to read Using Self-Assessment to Improve Your Performance by Mark Ditsworth – Central Regional Advisor.

  • 12/15/2016

    Please click here to view 2017 Training Video:  Runner's Lane Interference, which is posted under the VIDEOS Tab.

  • 12/12/2016

    Thank you.

    As we begin the 2017 Baseball Season, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you and offer encouragement for the new season. College Baseball has never been more exciting, and I know you are eager to get after it…

    2016 was a success; college baseball umpiring is in very good shape--all due to the diligent hard work of all the Coordinators, Officials, Regional Advisors and Conference Commissioners. On behalf of the Baseball Umpire Program: Thank you.

    Thank you for your registration via the Baseball Website. When you receive your Welcome Packet, stay the course with your get better agenda--absorbing all that the Central Hub has to offer.

    Regarding 2017: I challenge you to approach every game as another opportunity to excel at your craft; I encourage your efforts with focused nutrition and consistent conditioning; remember, much can be accomplished when personal goals are set in these health and wellness related components.

    The time-away sacrifices are many in this business, but the reward is impressive-having the opportunity to experience the popularity of college baseball.

    A special thank you to Ron Sebastian for his selfless devotion to the Baseball Umpire Program these past 10 years( thank you, Ron). In addition, I would like to welcome Mr. Scott Taylor, Division II National Coordinator and Mr. Scott Erby, Southeast Regional Advisor.

    I want to wish all of you and your families a wonderful Christmas--see you in Anaheim or Chicago or Atlanta or Baltimore.

    My humble privilege to be of service to you.

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

  • 12/8/2016

    Please click here to view 2017 Training Video:  High Leg Kick Going Into Stretch, which is posted under the VIDEOS Tab.

  • 11/30/2016

    We are excited about the new season -- please visit the Home Plate Hub frequently to stay current on the latest Baseball Umpiring news and information.

    Via the Home Plate page, you will be able to read the latest rules interpretations from the Secretary-Rules Editor, bulletins from the National Coordinator; review development -focused articles from conference coordinators, regional advisors and umpires; complete your requirements for postseason consideration, and review videos of recurring plays and how they are to be officiated.

    Registration for the 2017 season is now available. To register, click the Registration Tab at the top of the page.  Please note there is an increase in this year's officials' registration fees, which are $140 for Division I and $120 for Divisions II and III.

    New this year, the NCAA is initiating a basic level background check on all officials registered in the following NCAA sports:  Baseball, Softball, Water Polo, Wresting, and Ice Hockey.  Officials will authorize a background check as part of this year’s officials’ registration process.  The background check process that has been in place in previous seasons for championship level officials will continue.  Basic level background checks for the remaining NCAA sports will begin in the 2017-18 season. 

    This year's Welcome Packet includes the 2017 CCA Baseball Umpires Manual; 2017 & 2018 NCAA Baseball Rule Book. 

    The NCAA Preseason Rules test will be open on the Testing Tab, January 30, 2017 and remain open until February 14, 2017. The online rules video will be available on the Video Tab after the conclusion of the 2017 NCAA Regional Umpire Clinics. Searchable Rules are available by clicking on the Rules Book Tab.

    Thank you for choosing to register with the NCAA; if you have any ideas or suggestions for improvement, please email me at

    Have a fabulous season!

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

  • 11/17/2016
    The NCAA Baseball Umpire Program is pleased to inform you that an individual has recently been selected to join Mark Ditsworth, Jim Jackson, Bob LaBelle, and Bill McCallum, Jr. as a NCAA Division I Baseball Regional Umpire Advisor for the 2017 baseball season.  The following is the newest member of the NCAA Baseball Umpire Program staff:
    Scott Erby of Franklin, Tennessee
    Mr. Erby will replace Ron Sebastian, who recently retired from this role after many years of service to the NCAA Baseball Umpire Program.  We would like to thank Ron for his service, and also welcome Scott into the program!
  • 11/17/2016

    Please click here to read Are you ready? by Jim Jackson, Southeast and Northeast (secondary) Regional Advisor.

  • 11/16/2016

    The NCAA Division II Baseball committee has announced the hiring of a new Umpire Coordinator.
    The new NCAA Division II Coordinator of Umpires will be Scott Taylor, of Indianapolis, Indiana.
    Mr. Taylor comes to this position with prior experience, as the supervisor of umpires for the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) since 2014, as well as umpiring at the Division I and Division II levels since 1987. 
    Scott is excited to begin his duties, which begin immediately, and looking forward to working with George Drouches and Don Umland to continue to improve NCAA umpires.
  • 11/10/2016

    Please click here to view 2017 Training Video: Force Play Slide Violation, which is posted under the VIDEOS Tab.

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