The NBUA Election is set. This year, we have 8 Candidates who have offered to step up & serve our great organization. They are competing for 5 open positions on the Board of Directors. Their Candidate Statements are contained in the previous post. We are soliciting questions for the candidates and ask that you send them to the election committee.
The election committee is composed of Vernon Dahl, Don Warfield, Mark Snyder, and Mark Clough. You should have received an e-mail concerning this topic and to submit your questions properly and anonymously, you should use that e-mail and Reply to All. If you have not received an e-mail, then please contact any one of the committee members.
I am an NBUA
rookie and based upon the number of games I have worked this year, I expect to
be a rookie next year as well. I recognize that a great number of members are
employed and do not have a large amount of free time to dedicate to the NBUA
Board. However, as a retiree, I have an abundance of personal free time to
offer in service to our association. I do not have any specific job
aspirations; I will simply be of service where needed. My background is diverse
enough that I can adapt to any role.
Aviator, F/A-18 Pilot, TOPGUN Graduate, Commander / O-5, 22 years of service in
the U.S. Navy’s Enlisted and Officer ranks. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Proven
strategist, leader, and manager shaped through a large variety of job
assignments and the intense pressure of three combat deployments to Iraq and
Administration and Leadership (Sport focused MBA), B.S. Aviation Management.
FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)/Instrument Instructor (CFII)/Ground
School Instructor (IGI). 11 years of training officer/instructor experience, 8
years leading Operations, 6 years managing 350 + personnel, $20M budget
execution experience, Certificate in Acquisition, and 3 years’ experience in
African multi-national partnering, planning, negotiation, and training.
League Veteran: League President (twice) Lemoore, California and Naples, Italy.
Manager, Umpire, District Umpire-in-Chief, and Mentor.
three divisions (L.L./Jr./Sr.) at the Little League Europe, Middle East, and
Africa (EMEA) Regional Championships in Kutno, Poland and Novara, Italy.
Umpired the American High Schools in Europe Championships at Ramstein, Germany.
to attend the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy in Jan. 2021.
forward to getting to know more of our membership and being of service to you.
After 16 years, I’ve decided to ask
you to elect me to serve you as a member of your Board of Directors. I have
been a member of five officiating associations and that, coupled with my
business experience, qualifies me to be one of your representatives. Some of my
business experience: Owned/operated restaurants; Owned an advertising/public
relations business; Account Director for an international public relations
firm; Assistant Director of the Singapore National Parks Board; Project
Director for the electrical subcontractor that installed systems in the
Seahawks Exhibition Center; Built houses in Seattle, and; Umpire and Referee in
Many of you know me as the guy who
likes to be light-hearted at the cars but knows and knows how to apply the
rules on the field, or as the behind-the-scenes guy who listens to your
concerns/complaints and brings them up to the appropriate board member and who
calls you before our elections and encourages you to vote for others. I’m
finally asking you to vote for me.
I’m the guy who printed and paid for
that batch of recruitment cards. You know me as one of your trainers in the
classroom, on the field and in the cages and as the guy who makes sure all new
umpires have an indicator to be familiar with. You also know me as … the Pizza
The point is, whether you know me from
many years past or more recent years, you know my record: I’ve volunteered in
many ways to serve you and will continue to support my partners and our
We face a challenging time. No newly
generated 2020 income and a purposeful administration and management of
COVID-protocol games will demand action. Association-wide protocols will have
to be implemented safely, authoritatively, yet respectfully. Assessment and
evaluation procedures should be examined for their appropriateness considering
the circumstances, especially as they affect newer umpires.
Newer umpires deserve special
consideration because they’ve lost a year of experience to apply their
training. Our newer umpires, especially, should vote their support for me as
someone who has and will listen to their concerns. You know me — and you are
Recruitment: Last year, I attended, at
my expense, the NASO Summit/Spokane. I buttonholed the Managing Editor/Director
Referee/NASO and proposed writing a recruiting/informational article in the
largest US circulation magazine: AARP. Full support from NASO/Referee but it
bogged down in AARP’s machinery. With national focus, I’m going behind the
scenes again and putting him, the Executive Director, NFHS, the CEO, AARP, etc.
all together via letters and contacts so they can get their butts in gear and
encourage AARP’s members to stay healthy and active. Most 50+ year-olds played
sports in school/coached/umpired their Little League kids. Now those kids are
out of the house. Mom and dad should continue their involvement in sports. I
know it’ll work!
These ideas and actions will not
Vote for me to serve you on your Board
… and I’ll deliver more than pizza!
Greetings to all NBUA members, and I
would like to thank you for considering me for a Board of Directors position.
Before anything else, I would like to acknowledge the presumptuous nature of my
candidacy. I am fully aware that I have not “earned” any position of
responsibility with my mere 100+ games of work as an umpire. Nonetheless, I
would love the opportunity to increase my involvement with the NBUA and to help
promote the interests of our organization.
I came to umpiring after retiring
from other endeavors. Retirement has given me time for greater involvement, and
my work history (a short jaunt as a lawyer followed by a 32-year high school
teaching career) helped me to develop and refine a few attributes that I feel
will help me to be successful in our efforts to augment the strength of the
NBUA. First, I believe I am very good in working with people. I listen well and
my interactions are very non-judgmental. Further, my stoic nature allows me to
deal with situations with an unemotional detachment. I have no ax to grind and
no agenda to pursue. In addition, I show some proficiency at creative problem
solving and I willingly take on difficult issues to find outcomes that are best
for all involved. I look forward to using my skills and temperament as we
figure out how to move forward in donning our black hats in a Covid world.
When we do return to work, service
is the entire focus of a position on the Board of Directors. I will continually
advocate for increased game pay (and potentially ancillary compensation) for
our hard-working members. I would also like for our organization to seek out
enhanced recognition for our efforts as we strive to polish the image of umpires
within baseball, and in the larger community. I smile whenever I see pictures
of NBUA umpires in Referee magazine, and I would support an effort to promote
our work with local print and electronic media. Finally, I would advocate for
more frequent, informal evaluations for our C-Tier and Apprentice umpires. My
proposal would be for voluntary observations and feedback by experienced
members who might receive game credit (akin to a game worked) for watching and
giving feedback to our newer members.
The absence of a 2020 season has
been horrendous for all of us in the middle of a nightmarish national trauma.
As a possible silver-lining, however, I truly hope that this is an instance of
“absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Ideally, the time to reflect has left
all of us with a renewed appreciation of how much we enjoy being on the field
and part of the game. I love umpiring and I take great pride in being member of
the NBUA. While I am anxious to continue to work and grow as an umpire,
simultaneously I would appreciate the opportunity to expand my role with the
NBUA through a seat on the Board of Directors.
continually honored to serve this fine association as a member of the Board of
Directors, and it is in service of the association that I seek to be honored
with an additional 2-year term. While
the past couple of years were a roller coaster ride for some, not getting to
umpire (so far) this year has proven that in times of crisis, leadership is
paramount. No one expected that we’d be
completely shut out of High School and summer ball games when the year
commenced. And we were so ready to
launch our new payment program, ensuring you’re compensated in a timelier
manner than ever in the history of the NBUA.
But a virus delayed our plans.
The good news is we will not be deterred and provided we are once again
able to safely step onto a baseball field in 2021, this change will be fully
pandemic has strained the resources of the association, but not to the point of
breaking. We took significant action to
reduce our expenditures when it became clear there would be no revenue from the
schools. We also worked closely with our
summer customers so that if they were given the green light to launch their
seasons there was agreement on finances.
Fortunately, the agreements we made prevented us from having to refund
unearned revenues. Approaching the
situation with a clear head and having contingencies was crucial to preventing
the association from falling into financial peril. And most importantly, we can weather the
storm and resume normal activities in 2021.
ago I stated the my goals were to professionalize this association at all
levels, creatively recruit and train outstanding new umpires, foster a sense of
camaraderie to increase our membership, make it easier for members to access
their increased earnings, identify and challenge the next generation of NBUA
leadership, and elevate the stature of the NBUA in District 2 as well as within
the WOA. As I write this, I believe
we’ve made significant progress in each of the areas, notwithstanding our
aborted 2020 season.
my pitch for the next couple years. I
will continue to focus on moving the association toward a more professional
approach to recruiting, training, financing and evaluating. The goal is to ensure the NBUA is held out as
a model officials association within the state and region. I will continue to urge members to get
involved in the operation of the association with the goal of developing the
next generation of Directors. Finally, I
pledge to make sound fiscal decisions with the goal of ensuring each member is
fairly remunerated for the professional effort they display on (and off) the
field. I will accomplish this during
conversations with our summer ball leagues/teams as well as continuing my
outspoken advocacy for all officials within the WOA.
finish as I started, it is an honor to serve a fine group of umpires. I would be honored to continue to represent
you as a member of the NBUA Board in 2021-2022.
I’m John Moore, and after 12 years with NBUA, I’m still waiting
to meet some of you for the first time and looking forward to it. The previous
eight years of LL umpiring helped get me started, and even though I’ve
completed my first two years as an “A” tier, I continue to soak up
more information and experience from the game, and all of you as well.
If you know me, then you’ll recall I’m a talker–let me use my
voice to convey your words, ideas, and complaints (if any ^_^) to the attention
of the board. I cannot remember the ideas and possible changes I
have grown as a (data) analyst at my current job for the past 17 years where I
have created many types of reports involving health insurance. While
umpiring LL, I served as the UIC and President for two years, and was involved
with the creation of North Lake LL. We had to write Williamsport for
permission to retire our two (declining) smaller leagues into one, and it took
a team of us to make it happen.
My wife and our son have supported me since I umpired my first
game back in 1997, when I also coached the “Velociraptors” (we just
loved that name–the players came up with it). My son played ball through
LL and it was quite the ordeal when I had to punch him out on a called third
strike for “our” first plate appearance. We joined a Bothell
PONY team when he reached Junior High, however, due to a back injury he was
unable to play. I had already agreed to coach the team, and even though
he sat out the majority of the season, I still coached the team that
season. The parents and players all appreciated my dedication to stay on,
even though my son would not be playing. As with those players, I enjoy
my involvement for the players and the enjoyment of baseball. My wife still
comes out to watch me umpire after these dozen years, and says she will
continue to come out. I think they (and my other family members) enjoy
the game a little more since I started umpiring. It lifts me up.
If you elect me, I’ll do all I can to help the board and our
association to maintain our level of quality umpiring and the respect of our
customers and baseball in our region.
I have decided to run for the NBUA board in order to give back
to the organization. I’ve been a member over 10 years working over 100
games/ year and serving as a mentor every season. I played at a fairly
high level growing up and continued until age 38, then moving over to coaching
both baseball and football. After my son graduated HS, I saw the need for
officials and in 2010 became both a baseball and football official and have
worked state playoff games in both sports. I’ve seen our sport from the
perspective of a player, coach, parent, fan and official.
I recently served on the board of directors for the football
associate, PNFOA. Besides taking on the most time-consuming tasks I also
brought many ideas to the board for ways to improve the membership. I
decided not to run for re-election last year, in order to give back to the NBUA
I am an electrical engineer remaining technical throughout my
career. I am the main inventor listed on 3 US patents. I consider
myself an idea person bringing logical, well considered ideas to problems that
can sometimes bring out passionate emotions responses in others. I feel I
can bring energy to a discussion and not take it personally if my ideas are not
There are many tasks a board has to perform – my overriding
drive is to retain officials that we have invested our training in. I
will always work to eliminate the frustrations we see at every level of the
game and keep positive experiences throughout the season.
Well, let me say that this has been the easiest
year on the board out of the two I have served! But in all seriousness, I hope
this finds you and your families healthy. I would like to continue with my
involvement with our board for a variety of reasons. I do not think that a
board member in their freshman term can be as effective as a tenured member.
Trying to involve myself and not make monumental mistakes sums up the first two
years. It is obvious now more than ever that we lost a season that would have
resulted in too many clients and far too few umpires. As a member of the
evaluation staff, I think it is critical to impart evaluation feedback in a
manner that helps our membership mature without alienating them in the process.
I am maturing as an umpire every year, and hopefully as an evaluations staff
member as well. I feel like my strongest contributions to the membership were
in the contract and negotiation arenas, and my weakest were in the election
process last year. As I stated, I am still maturing, but not afraid to take
that step forward when I think I can bring value to a board committee. I have a
broader understanding of the Board as a whole, and I have to say a deeper
appreciation for this group. They gain clients, schedule and keep us organized,
they foster checks and balances, show fiduciary responsibility for and with the
association’s money, they recruit and retain umpires, and they keep us in the
21st century from payment methods to member feedback tools. I had
such a small understanding of what went on behind the scenes to keep our
association the best in the Northwest. The volunteers on this board work hard
to make that happen. I hope to serve another two years with the association as
a board member and I think I can still bring a value-added attitude to the
Thank you for your consideration.
am honored to be considered again for an NBUA Board of Director position.
I have completed one term – two years – as a board member and I am eager to
continue serving for another term. I can genuinely argue that I feel like
I want to “finish the job”. I served as the Training director the past
two years; both years, our training programs were profoundly impacted by unforeseen
events. In 2019, the heavy snow forced cancellation of several training
events, and of course the COVID19 pandemic abruptly halted our training this
year. Looking forward, if selected to continue as the Training director,
I am eager to plan and execute high-quality training programs to completion.
goal as a Board Member is simple: to fully and enthusiastically support
the NBUA mission. That is, “We deliver the highest quality
service to our customers by umpiring all games to the best of our ability and
with fairness to all participants via state of the art training and evaluation
and demonstrated examples of inclusion.” The NBUA has – in my
opinion – always separated itself with a strong training program – so I believe
our excellence and “highest quality” starts with training. And I
believe the training starts with emphasis on the basics: superior rules
knowledge and superior mechanics knowledge. Of course, this begins with
the formal pre-season classroom, field training, and cage training. The
training extends to the mentorship program and the important and valuable
pre-game and post-game discussions. A strong and comprehensive training
emphasis should convince every member that the NBUA strives to support their
improvement as an umpire – and their eventual promotion as a result.
qualifies me to be a Board Member? First off, I believe the NBUA is an
exceptional organization and I am committed to be a strong advocate for our
organization. I maintain my collection of experiences and skills
serve me well as a Board member and NBUA advocate. As a helicopter
Instructor Pilot in the U.S. Air Force, I was responsible for developing and
teaching the ground-school and flight curriculum. I learned the age-old
truth that instructing is the best way to learn. As an aerospace engineer,
I was expected to develop systems in a systematic manner – driven by facts and
data – while also leading with energy and passion. As a manager, I have
penned seven good rules to follow: 1) it is impossible to
over-communicate, 2) in all ways, be completely honest and overt in your
actions – no agendas, 3) from this day forward, always do the right thing, 4)
make mistakes, 5) learn from your mistakes, 6) the most important job you’ll
ever have is the job you have now, and 7) sweat the details – really understand
the facts – before making a decision. These rules are not rocket-science
– but they have served me very well and I intend to hold myself to these rules
if elected to the NBUA Board of Directors.
believe the NBUA is a great organization – filled with great people. I am
proud of our members and the quality of the product we place on the
field. As an NBUA official, I am proud to know that I walk onto the field
with a partner who loves the game, loves to officiate, wants to be there, and
wants to improve.
elected again to the Board of Directors, I pledge to continue as a strong
advocate for the NBUA.
Our very own Ted Buehner organized the day (1/22/20) with the goal to get the word out to the greater Seattle community that there is a strong need for sports officials in the area. In addition to Ted and NBUA Recruiting and Retention Committee Chair, Brian Rooney, the WOA Executive Director, Todd Stordahl and WOA President, Dean Corcoran were present.
The first stop was the radio studio of KIRO-FM/710 ESPN. The group met with Chris Sullivan who interviewed them for approximately 30 minutes for a segment that will air in the near future. Then, they headed to KIRO-TV where Dean and Brian were interviewed separately but will be part of a joint news story that could air as early as tonight. Then they headed to KOMO Radio for a joint interview with all participating. Finally, after lunch, they made our way to KING 5, where again Dean and Brian were interviewed but this time together. That will likely air before the end of the week.
Great job on going above and beyond the usual efforts to recruit and getting the message out to a large audience.
NBUA will be conducting an umpire training camp on February 8th from 8Am to 4PM at Everett Memorial Field. This will be a one day event meant for umpires with all levels of experience to learn from current Major League Baseball umpires Mike Muchlinski and Tripp Gibson, current Minor League Baseball umpire Jacob Metz, former Minor League Baseball umpire Brian Hertzog and current college level umpires. The training will include indoor instruction, cage training, and field training tailored to your level of experience. Participants will be divided into three groups (beginner, intermediate, expert) in order to provide tailored instruction and to allow everyone to get as many repetitions as possible. This camp will provide training credit for local area associations (NBUA, SCUBA). The cost will be $15 per person, lunch will be provided and attendance will be limited to 120 participants. NBUA Umpires should contact Henry VonJouanne if they plan to attend. email@example.com
The 2020 NBUA General Meeting will be held January 27th at 7PM at Bellevue Christian High School (1601 98th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98004). Your Board of Directors will discuss what they’ve been up to since the end of the season and what is planned for the new year. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions.
The weather was fantastic, the people were great, and the banquet concluded with a warm and familiar toast from emcee Jay Neff. About 100 members and guests attended the banquet on Saturday evening and were treated to the announcements of promotions and award winners and a rousing tribute to Chuck McQuery.
After 31 years with NBUA, working more than 32,000 innings, seeing more than 1.2 million pitches, officiating with more than 500 different partners, and driving more than 65,000 miles in the Puget Sound area, Chuck has decided to move, full time, to Arizona. A man of great moral character who was there for the right reasons is one way a fellow umpire described him. Chuck, you’ll be greatly missed and NBUA wishes you the best. Come back and work a few games when it is too hot in AZ!
Award winners included Allen Christie (George Eschelman Umpire of the Year), Dave Johnson (Unsung Hero), Lakeside Industries (Jack Miller Customer of the Year), Dale Dolesji from Kennedy Catholic High School (High School Varsity Coach of the Year), Lane Loland (Rookie of the Year), Steve Mueller, Dale Wilson and Tim Stever (C, B, and A Tier Assignor Awards), and Hank Margeson (Brian Gooch Distinguish Service).
The promotions were many and well deserved. To see the list of promotions see the following post. Congratulations to all of the umpires that got promoted and thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving your skills and knowledge of the game.
A special thank you goes out to everyone that helped in making this a memorable and successful evening. Tim Stever for his audio and DJ skills, Jody Clough for the table centerpieces, Jay Neff for his excellent emcee duties, Mark Clough for a lot of things but most importantly putting the evening’s presentation together, Sondra Stever for helping set up and clean up the room, Leslie Fitzpatrick for organizing the golf tournament and taking care of the raffle prizes. And lastly, thank you to all who showed up and celebrated another successful season of umpiring.
Until next year, have a safe and happy off-season.
Chair, Member Services and Communications Committee
Congratulations to Coach Dale Dolejsi from Kennedy Catholic High School for being selected as the NBUA 2019 High School Varsity Coach of the Year award recipient. There were seven worthy candidates for the award this year and Coach Dale came out on top by a few votes. A plaque and an invitation to join us at the annual banquet on September 21st at Maplewood Golf Course were given to Dale at the Kennedy Catholic Spring sports banquet on Tuesday May 28th by Allen Christie. It was a little different from other presentations because it was done in front of the entire Spring sports athletes and parents (about 300 people). Dale is a beloved art teacher at Kennedy and has been the head coach for baseball for six years. He was genuinely humbled by the award and had very respectful things to say to the student athletes and parents about sports officials. He said he will definitely be joining us at the banquet and will be playing golf. After all, he used to work at Maplewood Golf Course.
Thank you to all of you who participated in this nomination and voting process. Your selection of an award winner means a lot to the coach and the school and generates a lot of good will between NBUA and our customers
Congratulations to all the umpires assigned Regional and State assignments.
2019 REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS (May 18)
4A – Everett Memorial Stadium
Sam Minton, Snohomish County
Jeff Leavitt, Chelan County
Henry VonJouanne, Northwest
4A – Propstra Stadium, Vancouver
Jeff Evenson, Northwest
Steve Fox, Pierce County
Joel Thompson, South Sound
4A – Heritage Field, Puyallup
Chuck Freeze, Peninsula
Brian Sweet, Northwest
Dan Graves, Pierce County
4A – Richland High School
Jim Klos, KPR
Jeff Golding, Inland Empire
Jordan Bishop, Yakima Valley
3A – Sherman Anderson Field, Mt Vernon
Jeff Sadorus, Snohomish County
Chris Hinton, Northwest
Kevin Rose, Skagit Valley
3A – Bannerwood Park, Bellevue
John Hayden, Western Peninsula
Barry Kinzer, Northwest
Mark Day, Yakima Valley
3A – Heidelberg Sports Complex, Tacoma
Nick Pilutik, Pierce County
Eric Wiley, South Sound
Thomas Martinko, Evergreen
3A – County Stadium, Yakima
Ryan Olson, Inland Empire
Max Melvin, KPR
Jeremy Cranston, Columbia Basin
2A – Daniels Field, Anacortes
Jeremy Binz, Snohomish County
Ted Ramsey, Whatcom County
John Leeper, Northwest
2A – Auburn High School
Arlis McGrath, Peninsula
Cody Curnutt, Northwest
Eli Feagaimaalii, Pierce County
2A – Wheeler Field, Centralia
Rainer Summers, Twin City
Gunnar Guttormsen, Lower Columbia
Carlos Butler, Evergreen
2A – Ephrata High School
Bruce Shields, Central Columbia Basin
Jeremy Burkhardt, Inland Empire
Tim Neasham, KPR
1A – Volunteer Field, Anacortes
Harold Oosterhof, Skagit Valley
Regina Boyd, Snohomish County
Thom Denholm, Northwest
1A – Franklin Pierce, Tacoma
Brandon Harwell, Pierce County
Brian Rooney, Northwest
Phil Lepper, Western Peninsula
1A – Castle Rock High School
David Crayne, Lower Columbia
Don Warfield, Northwest
Brian Strege, Peninsula
1A – Larson Playfield, Moses Lake
Lolo Garza, Columbia Basin
Clark Cosby, Inland Empire
Rod Shumate, Blue Mountain
2B – Yelm High School
Rick Reyes, Pierce County
Vern Dahl, Northwest
Brian Hutson, South Sound
2B – Adna High School
Bill Marin, Twin City
Mike MacKinnon, Northwest
Sekou Forrester, Pierce County
2B – Ferris High School, Spokane
Bruce Richartz, Colville Valley
Tim Lewis, Palouse
Paul Sorensen, Inland Empire
2B – Davis High School, Yakima
Keith Kladnik, Okanogan County
Scott St Mary, Yakima Valley
Jim McCoy, Inland Empire
1B – W.F. West High School, Chehalis
Rick Park, Northwest
Anthony Stapleton, Pierce County
Steve Welborn, Evergreen
1B –Walla Walla High School
Daniel Adams, Inland Empire
Anthony Mangini, Palouse
Tom Byers, Blue Mountain
2019 STATE FINALS (May 24-25)
4A, 3A – GESA Stadium, Pasco
Dave Ratliff, Evergreen
Lorin Kelly, KPR
Jay Neff, Northwest
Ross Working, Twin City
Dan Williamson, Whatcom County
Ken Weyrick, Yakima Valley
2A, 1A – County Stadium, Yakima
Clyde Hearne, Central Columbia Basin
Kevin Wellington, Inland Empire
Curtus Metzger, Lower Columbia
Nick Pilutik, Pierce County
Glenn Davis, South Sound
Bill Kosmas, Skagit Valley
2B, 1B – Wheeler Field, Centralia
Paul Weddle, Chelan County
Steve Pietroburgo, Colville Valley
Kim Stover, Northwest
Jon Brown, Snohomish County