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  • 4/20/2018

    The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee is now accepting your rules change proposals to be considered and discussed at its annual meeting in July. The committee is interested in your ideas and concerns relative to playing rules you think need to be changed. Rules changes will be voted on in July 2018.

    Please use this link to record your proposal and rationale.  This form must be fully completed in order for the proposal to be accepted.  All proposals must be received by May 17, 2018.

    If you have any questions about the rule change process, please contact Ben Brownlee at bbrownlee@ncaa.org or 317-917-6944.

    Jim Carone
    Chair, NCAA Baseball Rules Committee

    Randy Bruns
    Secretary-Rules Editor, NCAA Baseball Rules Committee

  • 4/18/2018

    This runner did not make an obvious attempt to avoid contact therefore he should be called out. The umpire crew should use their best judgment on whether or not they feel it is flagrant contact.

  • 4/12/2018

    As we move through the regular season...

    ...there is plenty of baseball left to play, so, let me ask, as I do at this juncture:

    How has your body of work been so far in the areas of Athleticism, Judgment and Comportment?

    I'll ask a second question, now, are you focusing your efforts to improve your work in the areas the NCAA Regional Baseball Advisors made reference to in last month's National Coordinator notes?

    Post-season discussion began during our April 4th NCAA Baseball Umpire Program Coordinator and Conference Administrator Teleconference.

    What We Look For:

    -Character & Professionalism
    -Schedule Worked
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    Leadership Qualities
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    Excellent Judgment
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    Positive Appearance/mobility & agility
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    Previous Postseason Evaluations
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    Professional Experience

    In February, I asked you to work very hard to bring the optics of Sportsmanship and Behavior back into balance. As a collaborative leadership group with college baseball - stay diligent to the opportunity to impact changes to the culture of baseball. Please take the time to peruse this engaging read by Mike Morris, I hope you find this helpful. 

    Finally, preparation, focus and concentration are the keys to excellent officiating in the postseason just as in the regular season. View every game as an another opportunity to excel.

    My humble privilege to be of service to you.

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Umpires

  • 4/10/2018

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2018 Training Video #11: Backswing Interference.

  • 4/9/2018

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2018 Training Video #10: Dropped Third Strike Mechanic.

  • 4/3/2018

    Please click the link to view Sunscreen: Striking Out Skin Cancer, by Douglas J. Ramos, M.D., NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.

  • 4/2/2018

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2018 Training Video #9.

  • 3/27/2018

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2018 Training Video #7: Umpiring 101 Positioning and 2018 Training Video #8: Altering the Play.

  • 3/22/2018

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view Training Video #6: Controlling the Umpire Environment.

  • 3/20/2018

    Please click here to read Honest Accountability, by Perry Costello.

  • 3/16/2018

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2018 Training Video #5: Walk Away.

  • 3/14/2018

    The juices are flowing...

    As we move through the early part of the campaign - let me thank everyone- the officiating has been very good thus far.

    Some pretty good college baseball exposure already: whether Conference Challenges or Major League Baseball venues or hotly-contested  neutral site matchups - all, all really have challenged our preparation, focus and concentration.

    View every game as an opportunity to excel - there is always room for improvement, of course, and indeed an underlying philosophy of the NCAA Baseball Umpire Program is continued quality improvement. You are doing great work as an important part of a great game; the challenge is to continue to improve.

    Self evaluate these Regional Baseball Advisors' Observations:

    • Keep utilizing the 20 second mechanic and the 90 second mechanic.
    • Fraternize with the coaches at a necessary minimum.
    • Too much walking can indicate a  lack of energy.
    • Not keeping hitters in the box.
    • Too many on deck hitters in the safety "V"
    • Not keeping base coaches in the coaches box.
    • Better reads on fly balls are needed and will be helped by pre pitch awareness of outfield positioning.
    • When going out on trouble balls, not enough stopping for the catch- gain an angle but then allow time to be completely stopped!  (“In the process of stopping” is not STOPPED!)
    • Timing is too fast- Plate umpires must hold their position longer while processing their ball/ strike decision.  Coming up from the stance too quickly cuts down processing time.
    • Plate umpires must be aware of their head position!  You must be able to see the pitch hit the catcher’s mitt!
    • Working to get the best position from B or C on double play balls. Not just staying in one place.
    • Pre pitch alignment in C with possible steal of 3B. Most guys are too deep and not able to get a good angle. (3 man)
    • Pause, Read, React (3 man)
    • Knowing when to rotate and when not to- guys either not complete a rotation and others who run to home plate before the runner commits to 3B.

    Athleticism. Judgment. Comportment. Target and plan your improvement process in these three separating areas; and, please take the time to peruse this engaging read by Doug Williams.

    By the numbers: the recent first-ever NCAA online Clinic had 2431 completed views; the NCAA Baseball Preseason test was taken by 2321 Umpires, with a passing rate of 93.9%. I encourage all of you, to not only spend time on the test review, but with all that our Home Plate has to offer.

    Finally, thank you to the 650 umpires who took the time to complete the NCAA online Clinic survey - your feedback is most helpful and appreciated.

    My humble privilege to be of service to you,

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Umpires

  • 3/9/2018
     
    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2018 Training Video #3: Illegal Pitching Position and 2018 Training Video #4: Force Play Slide Rule.
  • 3/8/2018

    Please click here to read Plan Your Path for Success, by Bill McCallum, NCAA Baseball Regional Advisor. 

  • 3/2/2018

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2018 In-Season Training: Hit By Pitch.

  • 3/1/2018

    Please click the link to view The Importance of Good Mechanics, by Troy Fullwood, Coordinator of Umpires.

  • 3/1/2018

    Rule 7-11-f states “A batter is out when the batter intentionally or unintentionally interferes with the catcher’s fielding or throwing by stepping out of the batter’s box or making any other movement that hinders a defensive player’s action at home plate.” 

    Even though the interference was unintentional, the batter is out for interfering with the catcher’s fielding or throwing.  There is no exception listed for trying to avoid a pitch and it was not the catcher’s fault that the batter chose to jump forward and step out of the batter’s box to try to avoid being hit.  Unfortunate and unintentional, but the batter is out unless the runner is retired.

  • 2/22/2018

    Please click the link to read Being an Umpire...Being a Leader, by Rich Fetchiet, Coordinator of  Umpires.

  • 2/20/2018

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2018 Training Video #2: Hit By Pitch - Prolonged Arguing.

  • 2/19/2018

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2018 Training Video #1: Illegal Pitching Position.  

  • 2/16/2018

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2018 Video Bulletin 1 - Game Administration (Revised Version).  

    The video had inadvertently stated that it is a violation for pitchers to take more than 20 seconds between hitters “with runners on base” and should have said “with no runners on base."

  • 2/13/2018

    The season is finally upon us!

    Be passionate, be excited- make it your business this season to challenge yourself more-than-ever to be the very best you can be:  game-in; game-out.

    A special thank you to Bobbi Edmunds @ ArbiterSports for her superb work with our first-ever NCAA online Regional Umpire Clinic, and to Jay Fitzwater @ the NCAA Studios for his production expertise with the 2018 NCAA Rules and Officiating Video.

    I have asked the Division I Conference Coordinators and NCAA Regional Baseball Advisors to hold conference calls in March, April and May- as part of our enhanced communication program.

    In addition, I have asked the NCAA Regional Baseball Advisors to send comments (via email) from their observation(s) to the Conference Coordinators on a weekly basis.

    We have continued our efforts to educate and inform the Coaches and Media regarding the NCAA rule interpretations and points of emphasis for 2018.

    I have placed a Head Coach Incident/Ejection/Suspension Form on Home Plate: Head Coaches for many years have complained about no due process and getting their side of the story. This form would not replace the Incident/Ejection/Suspension Form that umpires complete nor would it change any of the penalties -  but might be used by conference or national coordinators as additional information. If the form is completed by the Head Coach -  at least he has had his say in the matter. If not, he has no complaints coming.

    Work hard at being approachable and do your part to bring the optics of sportsmanship and behavior back into balance. Enforce the rules as written - you have the support of the National Coordinator, your Coordinator of Officials and all the Stakeholders of the game.

    My humble privilege to be of service to you.

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of Umpires

  • 2/8/2018

    The 2018 NCAA Baseball Preseason Test will close on February 12, 2018 at 5pm Eastern Time.  Click the TESTING Tab to take the test.  The Passing grade is 85% (43 correct answers).  You will be able to review your test beginning 5:01 PM Eastern February 12, 2018 by returning to the TESTING Tab and selecting Review Your Test.

  • 1/29/2018

    The 2018 NCAA Baseball Preseason Test is now available by clicking on the TESTING Tab.  The test will close on February 12, 2018 at 5pm Eastern Time.  The Passing grade is 85% (43 correct answers).  You will be able to review your test beginning 5:01 PM Eastern February 12, 2018 by returning to the TESTING Tab and selecting Review Your Test.

  • 1/29/2018

    The non-eligibility version of the 2018 Online NCAA Umpire Clinic is now available by clicking here.  This version allows you to click back and forth between slides as many times as you’d like to review the material.  You will not receive a certificate of completion.

  • 1/29/2018

    The 2018 NCAA Baseball Rules and Officiating Video is now available by clicking the VIDEOS Tab.  

  • 1/2/2018

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

  • 12/14/2017

    The  discipline of consistent attention to our craft pays dividends…

    It is very clear to me that due to the disciplined attributes of all the conference coordinators and officials, plus enthusiastic support from Committees and Administrators - that college baseball umpiring has a firm foundation.

    I know that all of you officials, Regional Advisors, Coordinators, Committee members are as excited as the teams and fans are to get 2018 NCAA Baseball underway.

    Everyone  involved in officiating continues to be deeply-engaged in understanding the mechanics, rules, points of emphasis and a myriad of the little things you must master to be successful.

    I appreciate your investment to get better via the Baseball Website. When you receive your Welcome Packet, I challenge you to be habitual and disciplined-absorbing  all that the Central Hub has to offer.

    Seek to find Balance, prepare & discipline yourself with the time-away challenges and the sacrifices which lie ahead:

    A formal NCAA welcome to Troy Fullwood, Chris Marshall and Rob Healey in their new Coordinator roles and kudos to Scott Taylor and Don Umland for their disciplined leadership regarding postseason processes; thus, culminating in an outstanding Division II & III Championship.

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

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of  Umpires

  • 12/1/2017

    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 is now available, and officials who register will receive a Welcome Packet that includes a 2018 CCA Baseball Umpires Manual; 2017 & 2018 NCAA Baseball Rule Book. In addition, ArbiterSports and Referee Enterprises will again provide a digital CCA Manual app for all registered baseball umpires. Registered Umpires will receive an email from Tracking Updates @fedex.com informing them of the ship date of their Welcome Packet.

    To register: click on the REGISTRATION Tab at the top of the page.

    Via the VIDEOS Tab, the 2018 NCAA ONLINE Regional Umpire Clinic may be accessed; the Clinic will open Monday, January 8, 2018 and close Sunday, January 28, 2018. The NCAA Preseason Rules test will be open on the TESTING Tab, January 29, 2018 and remain open until February 12, 2018.  

    The Searchable NCAA Baseball Rules Book can be found by clicking on the RULES BOOK Tab. The database allows for quick and easy reference between rules which is a great feature. I encourage you to make extensive use of this asset.

    The ArbiterMobile app is now available at no cost to NCAA registered officials. To download the app, please complete this season's officials' registration and then click here to read ArbiterMobile FAQs.

    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

  • 11/22/2017

  • 9/5/2017

    Since the end of June, I have had the privilege to attend clinics, meetings, media sessions and other events-- which really indicate college baseball, 2018 . What is clear to me from these experiences is that college baseball is in very good shape…

    Wherever the development opportunity is presenting  itself, 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.

    2018 is a non-rules change year. The 2017 Secretary-Rules Editor’s interpretations will continue to receive attention:  hit by pitch (HBP), pitching position, plays at the plate.coach-umpire interaction: how to handle it the correct way.

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    As we prepare for fall camps and the 2018 baseball season, I would ask that you offer & reinforce the following teaching points from the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee & NCAA Baseball Umpire Program:

    • The pitching position rule: Specific Guidelines and instructions for umpires were established, as well as video bulletins addressing the primary directive of the new rule- that the pitcher must clearly declare what pitching position he is in-when he is taking his sign.
    • Video Bulletins early and throughout the year focusing on the intentional component of  hit-by-pitch (HBP) in addition -  simplified language was installed, 'Coach, I am bringing your batter back to bat because in my judgment your batter intentionally tried to get hit by that pitch.'
    • Dramatic reductions in violent collisions at Home Plate:  due in part to better instruction,  as well as establishing plays at the plate protocol: dirt circle,  catcher not in the baseline, act of fielding, obvious attempt to avoid a collision.
    • The NCAA Rules Committee discussed the need to continue to emphasize student-athlete and coach misconduct issues as serious offenses and will not be tolerated in collegiate baseball: instruct umpires to issue an official warning to attempt to defuse an escalating situation.

    We are all  getting after it--keep working hard--there is a challenging avocation ahead in 2018--I challenge you to see this as another opportunity to simply, excel.

    In baseball,

    George M. Drouches
    NCAA National Coordinator of  Umpires

  • 5/20/2017

    Please click here to view My Love for the Umpires, by Andy Solomon, NCAA Site Representative and Development Officer at The Citadel.

  • 5/10/2017

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view 2017 Training Video: Comments from the National Coordinator.

  • 4/20/2017

    Please click the VIDEOS Tab to view two new training videos, 2017 Training Video - Stealing 2nd and Walking to 1st and 2017 Training Video - Definition of a Tag.

  • 4/11/2017
     
    Please click the links below to access PDFs of the answers to each Mechanics quiz:
     
     
  • 4/6/2017

    Please click here to read Conference Coordinator - The Man in the Middle, by Rich Fetchiet, Coordinator of Umpires.

  • 3/30/2017

    Please click here to read Umpire Health Volume #1 - Heat and the Umpire, by Douglas J. Ramos, M.D., College World Series, Tournament Physician.

  • 3/23/2017

    Please click here to read So, You Want to Advance, by Jim Paronto.

  • 3/21/2017

    Please click here to view 2017 Training Video: Heated and Non-Routine Situations, which is posted under the VIDEOS Tab.

  • 3/10/2017

    Please click the links below to access PDFs of the answers to each Mechanics quiz:
     
     
     
  • 3/9/2017

    Please click here to view The High Strike, by Chris Coskey, which is posted under the VIDEOS Tab.

  • 3/3/2017

    Please click here to view 2017 Training Video: Plays at the Plate, which is posted under the VIDEOS Tab.

  • 2/24/2017

    Please click here to view 2017 Training Video: Pitching Position, which is posted under the VIDEOS Tab.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 12/8/2016

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

  • 11/17/2016

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

  • 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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