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  • 1/8/2020

    Division I Officials:

    Please note that the deadline to complete requirements for the 2020 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship umpire selection consideration has been extended to January 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.  These requirements include completing and passing the 2020 NCAA Baseball Preseason Test, viewing the 2019-20 NCAA Baseball Online Umpire Clinic, and consenting to the 2019-20 Background Check.

    Please click the links below if you are a Division II or Division III official:

    Division II Officials

    Division III Officials

  • 1/8/2020

    The NCAA has engaged The PICTOR Group to lead a comprehensive review of the state of collegiate officiating for 15 NCAA sports across all three divisions. A national review is underway and involves significant data collection, with commissioners representing Divisions I, II, and III comprising an Officiating Review Steering Committee. The final report will be submitted to the NCAA in August 2020. 

    Please click the following link for an overview of the NCAA Officiating Review Project.

  • 12/27/2019

    There are several additions to the document (highlighted in red) including guidelines for ruling on tag plays and hit by pitch situations.  Otherwise, the rules for the 2020 season remain the same as the previous year.

    The use of Video Review was expanded during the 2019 season and its use had a significant impact on college baseball at several levels.  The impact will continue in 2020 as more institutions, conferences, and tournaments make use of Video Review.

    A special “thank you” to Paul Guillie for his suggestions on the updates contained in this document.

    Randy Bruns
    NCAA Baseball Secretary-Rules Editor


  • 12/19/2019

    The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee and Baseball Umpire Program (BUP) are committed to improving umpiring during the regular season, as well as during the NCAA baseball championship.  The continued growth of college baseball makes it imperative that we strive to assign well-trained and qualified umpires to every game throughout the season.  To read 2020 NCAA Baseball Umpire Policies, click here.

  • 12/18/2019

    2020:  Leadership is not about production, it's about reproduction…

    This past summer, I mentioned to the NCAA Division I Conference Baseball Administrators, Conference Baseball Coordinators, the  Division I Baseball Committee and the Baseball Rules Committee -  that I was extremely proud of how the umpiring community addressed  the rules changes and game-changing challenges presented this past season; and that this vigilant and passionate effort was required in one of the most-impactful seasons, in recent history of NCAA Baseball. 

    The 20-second action pitch clock, whether visible or not - will have  dramatic pace-of-play momentum in 2020 - this momentum doesn't require something monumental : approach pace-of play's changes with passion and we will be fine.

    2020:  You don't have to be ridiculously gifted. You just have to be ridiculously committed

    -Study the rule book every day.

    -Study the mechanics manual every day.

    -Review, study the posted Videos regularly.

    -Watch for new items on Home Plate.

    -Give careful attention to any information you receive from your Conference Baseball Coordinator.

    There is much work to do in 2020 -  but I will tell all of you, this:  I am extremely grateful for everyone who participates in our NCAA Baseball Umpire Program -  for their selfless passion to service; in addition, much appreciation as well to the Conference Baseball Coordinators for their dedication with collaborative efforts, including but not limited to: branding/marketing of officiating, clinics and educational efforts, evaluation processes, assignment recommendations for NCAA Championships, communication with committees/coaches, dealing with situations during the regular season; NCAA Championships, and recruiting new officials.

    2020: The most important facet of mentoring is connection, not correction…

    I want to wish all of you and your families a wonderful and blessed Christmas,

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of  Umpires

  • 12/9/2019

    The 2019-20 NCAA Baseball Online Umpire Clinic (Eligibility Requirement) is a requirement for all divisions.  To view the required clinic, click the ELIGIBILITY Tab.  After reading all information, click Go to Eligibility Center at the bottom of the page.

    The deadline to view the clinic is January 20, 2020 at 5pm Eastern Time.

  • 12/2/2019

    I hope you had a fantastic summer and fall. It is that time of year when we all increase our preparation for the upcoming season.

    Please visit the Home Plate Central Hub frequently to stay current on the latest Baseball  officiating news and information.  On the central hub, you’ll be able to read the latest rules interpretations from the Secretary-Rules Editor and bulletins from the National Coordinator, complete your requirements to be considered for a postseason assignment, and review videos of recurring plays and how they are to be officiated.

    To register, click the REGISTRATION Tab at the top of the page.

    The 2020 NCAA Men’s Baseball Officiating Exam will be available on the TESTING Tab, January 3, 2020.  When available, the 2020 NCAA  Baseball Rules & Officiating Video can be accessed on the VIDEO Tab.  Searchable rules and case books are available by clicking on the RULES BOOKS Tab.  A digital version of the2020 CCA Baseball Umpires Manual will be available by clicking the CCA APP Tab.  To download the free ArbiterMobile app, click here.

    This year’s Welcome Packet includes the 2019-20 NCAA Baseball Rules Book  and 2020 Men’s CCA Baseball Umpires Manual.  Welcome Packets will begin shipping mid-December, with officials who registered first receiving their packets first.  Any questions about welcome packets can be submitted here.

    The 2020 NCAA Online Umpire Clinic will open December 9, 2019 and close January 20, 2020.

    I am very pleased  you have chosen to register with the NCAA.  Thank you for being a critical part of the NCAA Baseball Umpire Program.  If you have ideas or suggestions for improvement, please email me at

    Best wishes for a great season!

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Umpires

  • 10/31/2019

    Click the link below to be directed to this year’s sports wagering educational video for officials.  The video is approximately 20 minutes in length and includes sports wagering information with which you should be familiar. 

    2019 NCAA Integrity Education Video


    Best regards,

    Dan Calandro
    NCAA, Director of Championships and Alliances


  • 10/3/2019


    NCAA Officials: 

    This document was developed as part of the NCAA’s continued review of its risk management program.  Please note that this document summarizes information that may render an official ineligible to officiate any rounds of any of the NCAA championships.    

    Also, please note that one or more of the components of the “Notifications and Determinations” section may not be in place until the 2020-21 academic year. 

    Best regards,

    Dan Calandro
    NCAA, Director of Championships and Alliances

  • 9/30/2019

    Please click here to read 20-Second Action Rule Limits, which is a summary of the guidelines from Randy Bruns, NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor -  that will be used to administer the recently updated 20-second activity rule.

  • 9/17/2019

    The National College Baseball Hall of Fame has announced its eight inductees for the 2019 class, headlined by former Florida State coach Mike Martin and and Cal State Fullerton’s Mark Kotsay. Also being inducted as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions celebration will be Dennis Poppe, Dave Chalk, Andre Dawson, Wally Hood, Lloyd Simmons and Billy Wagner.  Click here to read the full article.

  • 8/21/2019

    One door closes, another door opens…

    Recently, I mentioned to the NCAA Division I Conference Baseball Administrators, Coordinators and the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee -  that I was extremely proud of how the umpiring community addressed  the rules changes and game-changing challenges presented this past season; and that under the direction of Scott Taylor, Don Umland;  as well as  the Division I, II, III Baseball Coordinators - the fellowship of umpires, truly, were leaders in one of the most  most-impactful seasons, in recent history of NCAA Baseball.  Click here to view the National Coordinator End of Season Recap from Omaha.

    Rule interpretations (charged conferences, hit by pitch [HBP], between innings timing protocols, expanded video review, pitching position, runners lane interference [POE] and the suspension penalties) will continue to be issued by Randy Bruns, NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor as needed -  to clarify and educate all to the provisions. 2020 rule changes include: required bat barrel compression testing, bat color requirements; a 20-second action rule be enforced before all pitches.

    For the first time, Centralized Video Review was implemented within the 2019 NCAA Regional Tournament. Centralized Video Review Officials (Pittsburgh-based DVSport Command Center, TD Ameritrade Stadium, Omaha) had 187 reviews in the 138 games played during the Regional, Super Regional and College World Series. 2019 NCAA Championship: games with at least 1 review: 101, no reviews: 37, average reviews/game: 1.5; average length of review: 1:15. In addition to Centralized Video Review being exceptionally-seamless throughout the Championship, the NCAA’s partnership with DVSport, Inc. has brought much added value- to the umpire development vision and plan of the NCAA Baseball Umpire Program. Finally, respective Baseball Committees indicated that the umpiring crews performed their duties with a high degree of professionalism and excellence throughout the 2019 Division I, Division II and Division III Championships…very well done, here, everyone…

    2019 was a very successful  and productive campaign; and as Development opportunities continue - I  commend and admire the entrepreneurs and the teachers - for their selfless passion to give back; to invest themselves in servant leadership.

    My humble privilege to be of service to you,

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Umpires

  • 8/15/2019

    The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a 20-second action rule in baseball that will be enforced before all pitches in the 2019-20 academic year. A base umpire will keep the clock on the field if no visible clocks are available.  Click here to read the article on

  • 7/23/2019
    The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee set the protocols for in-season bat testing that will take place in Division I during the 2020 season.  Please click here to view the video and read the article.
  • 5/9/2019

    …NCAA Baseball is in a great spot: the game’s popularity, exposure and market share is at an all-time high – Divisions II and III are increasing, substantially – the umpires required for their 2019 Championship and beyond: truly, a wonderful time to be an NCAA umpire.

    Speaking of Divisions II and III – congratulations to those umpires who have the coveted opportunity to officiate in the NCAA Baseball Championship: 1. Savor the assignment. 2. Understand the gift of mentoring – which accompanies this honor. 3. Thank your Conference Coordinator – as they have worked diligently on your behalf.

    As we, and no one is excluded, no one -  grind through the month of May’s ever-tightening grip, the importance of umpire data collection, with its myriad of applications – is at an never-before witnessed level.

    A continued well done to all the umpires who have a conference tournament assignment, and as NCAA postseason assignment time looms:  just stay the course with our get better agenda, remain diligent and do what is right and what is defendable…

    I am extremely proud of how the umpiring industry took on the rules changes and game-changing challenges presented this season. Truly, you were leaders in a most impactful season of NCAA Baseball.

    Finally, aligning with our affirmation to data, please take the time to read Jeff Head’s engaging Video Review: A win – win for Umpires & College Baseball.

    Please have a blessed and reflective Mother’s Day.

    My humble privilege to be of service to you.

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Umpires 

  • 5/3/2019

    Please click the link to view 2019 Video Bulletin #8.

  • 4/19/2019

    Please click the link to view 2019 Video Bulletin #7.

  • 4/11/2019

    Umpire Competition is at an All-Time High…

    Postseason discussion began during our April 3 NCAA Baseball Officiating Conference Call.

    Please take the time to review the Championship Assignment Procedures found on pages 10-13 in the 2019 NCAA Division I Game Officials Manual.

    I strongly encourage all of you to review the NCAA Regional Baseball Advisors’ Observations and self-assess your body of officiating work thus far.

    As I mentioned in Dallas, Phoenix, Orlando, Chicago, Pittsburgh: the challenges ahead in 2019 are game -changing, representative to all involved- as the year-ahead of us is one of the most impactful years in recent college baseball history, and:

    • Leadership is not about production it’s about reproduction.
    • Be a contributor, not a distraction.
    • You don’t have to be ridiculously gifted. You just have to be ridiculously committed.

    NEW for 2019: Smitty Officials Apparel will supply uniforms for all NCAA Baseball Championship Umpires, and only Smitty Officials Apparel will be worn by umpires in the 2019 NCAA Tournament; any  previously-issued Honig's apparel will no longer be allowed. The website is  The site is live and you may review the products that are available. Follow the prompts: create an account with email address and password for access. All of the items available for the Tournament will be available for purchase. Please note that once umpire selections are announced, this will be a protected site for only those Division I, II, III umpires selected to their respective NCAA Regional and Super Regional Tournaments.

    Our recent NCAA Video Bulletin and Regional Baseball Advisor observations made comment cautioning that calling pitches too far off the outside corner as strikes is becoming an all-too-frequent complaint from coaches – please take the time, now,  to read Morris Hodge’s timely read, Enhancing your Game.  

    Just remember that preparation, focus and concentration are important keys to excellent officiating…view every game as an opportunity to excel.

    My humble privilege to be of service to you.

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Umpires 

  • 4/11/2019

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2019 Video Bulletin #6.

  • 4/1/2019

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2019 Video Bulletin #5.

  • 3/22/2019

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2019 Video Bulletin #4.

  • 3/13/2019

    Athleticism. Judgment. Comportment… 

    On behalf of the NCAA Baseball Umpire Program, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your solid work and commitment in servicing our great game of college baseball day-after-day, night-after-night…with class, professionalism and integrity. As we enter Conference competition, the intensity will, indeed, ramp-up. I ask that you embrace this intensity and continue to listen, respect and, simply, enforce the rules as written-stay the course-as your leadership has already paid dividends in this, anticipated, impactful season.

    The NCAA Baseball Preseason Test was taken by 2,439 Umpires, with a passing rate of 95.8%. I encourage all of you, to not only spend time on the test review, but with all that our Home Plate has to offer. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the NCAA Regional Umpire Clinic Survey - your feedback indicated a very positive experience, with 90% of the overall responses indicating Excellent, Good or Above Average.  Regarding your responses, I, for one, am very appreciative of your candor.

    NEW for 2019: The NCAA Regional Baseball Advisors will submit a  2019 NCAA Baseball Umpire Game Evaluation to the appropriate Division I Conference Baseball Coordinator. The Form is found within the Forms tab of  Home Plate.

    -View every game…as an opportunity to excel.

    -Please  take the time to review this not-so-often Play - how would you manage this?  

    -Remember the privilege of and your Coordinators' expectations as conference play rolls-in.

    We know the challenge that you face game-in; game-out to create a safe playing environment for all student-athletes and your work to consistently enforce the rules so that both teams have an equal opportunity to win - has, in my humble opinion, been impressive to date.

    My humble privilege to be of service to you.

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Umpires 

  • 3/8/2019

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2019 Video Bulletin #3.

  • 2/28/2019

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2019 Video Bulletin #2.

  • 2/21/2019

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2019 Video Bulletin #1.

  • 1/23/2019

    Please click the link to view CLAW your way to becoming the Complete Umpire, by Bill McCallum, Jr., NCAA Regional Baseball Advisor.

  • 1/16/2019

    Please click here to view Observations, by Mark Ditsworth, NCAA Regional Baseball Advisor.

  • 1/9/2019

    Please click here to view Being a Good Mentor, by Jim Jackson, NCAA Regional Baseball Advisor.

  • 1/2/2019

    Please click here to view Technology in Baseball, by Bob LaBelle, NCAA Regional Baseball Advisor.

  • 1/2/2018

    Please click here to read The Importance of Passion by Mark Ditsworth, NCAA Central Regional Advisor.

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