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  • 4/16/2019

    As we get closer to the month of May, I start getting a lot of questions about postseason assignments.  Lots of information is gathered and I get cauliflower ear with all the time the phone is attached to my ear talking with stakeholders about guys that are on the postseason radar.

    With the addition of super regional rounds I can tell all of you that DIII National Coordinator Don Umland and myself have been working diligently to get the nominations by your coordinators turned into assignments from us.

    It is a great time to be a NCAA umpire with all of the new postseason slots that opened up this year.  I want to congratulate all of you for your hard work this season as you have made the selection process a very difficult one.  That is a great problem to have because that means that the pool of qualified umpires is getting larger due to the fact that many of you continue to work at your craft to get better.  On behalf of all of us at the NCAA Umpire Program, I want to thank you for committing to the process of continued improvement.

    Don and I are now putting the finishing touches on the 2019 DII and DIII postseason selections, and will be releasing the lists here on Arbiter Sports tomorrow afternoon, April 17th at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT.

    Again, a big thank you to all of you for your hard work and for what you do for the game of college baseball.

    Finish strong as we wind down the 2019 season.

    Scott Taylor
    DII National Umpire Coordinator

  • 3/27/2019

    Happy Spring!!! (For some of you.)  For the rest of you that haven’t seen any warm weather as of yet, don’t worry it is on its way.  Let’s just hope it happens before June. 

    Just an update for everyone as we head into April.

    I am really seeing a great job by most of you of being aware of the 8 hour timelines that need to be met on filing ejection/suspension reports.  Thank you for stepping up and handling your business off the field as well as on.

    Still watching a lot of you that are under consideration for postseason.  I have been watching a lot of games on the internet broadcasts this season (isn’t technology GREAT?). Continue working hard as we begin to narrow down the list.  Remember, you never know who is watching so work every game like someone is there to see you.

    The plan is still to post the postseason list on April 16th.  So it is coming down to crunch time.  Expanding the umpire pool from 56 to 80 for this postseason has been tough with so many of you having great years!  That is a good problem to have.  Keep on making my job tough.  The competition keeps you on your toes!!

    Lastly, through yesterday we are at 121 ejections in DII for the year.  The tough part of the season as we move closer to the playoffs is now upon us.  Over half of the ejections this season have been over balls and strikes. 

    Our trouble spots on the baseball field tend to mirror the same problems we have in society...LACK OF RESPECT.  It is sad that it continues to happen and even more sad that it continues to worsen every year.

    Stay above the fray!  Be the example on the baseball field.  People will take their cues from us.  If we respect everyone on the baseball field, then the rest seems to fall into place out there.   But if you are an umpire that has a hard time earning respect instead of demanding respect, then you become part of the problem.  We have to become part of the solution.  Stay true to yourself and to the game we serve.

    Thanks for all your hard work!  Just know that the Umpire Development Program appreciates everything you do for college baseball. 

    Finish strong.  Hope to see you on a field in May somewhere around the country!

    Scott

 
 
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