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  • 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 29, 2017 and remain open until February 13, 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 georged@autoporter.com.

    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 2016 Training Video: Force Play Slide Violation, which is posted under the VIDEOS Tab.

  • 9/19/2016

    Since the end of June, I have had the privilege to attend clinics, meetings, media sessions and other events--which really indicate college baseball, 2017. What is clear to me from these experiences is that college baseball is in very good shape…

    Wherever the development opportunity is presenting  itself: Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana,  Louisiana, California, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia-just to name a few states … Let me take this opportunity to say thank you and offer encouragement to your commitment to making yourself a better official.

    I truly commend all involved in what is truly a labor of love-spending much time, passion  and effort to craft a get better agenda:  clinicians, instructors and attendees, alike.

    Much is underway  for college baseball,  2017:  Clinics, Camps, Rule Books, Preseason Guides, CCA Manuals, Videos, Umpire Clinics, NCAA Registration and more…

    We'll all  getting after it--keep working hard--there is a challenging avocation ahead in 2017--I challenge you to see this as another opportunity to simply, excel.

    In baseball,

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Umpires

 
 
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