Advice: COVID Protocols and Assignment of Games

2021 NBUA COVID Protocols:

  • Members shall sign the Member Services Agreement before engaging in umpiring.
  • Umpires will not come to games if sick, sneezing, coughing, or running a temperature.  Umpires will not come to a game if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Adults 65 years and older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are strongly encouraged to avoid large groups.
  • Umpires are required to always wear facial masks according to state and local guidelines.  
  • Umpires are not to handle baseballs.
  • Umpires are encouraged to ask for the middle copy of team lineup cards to reduce exposure.
  • Umpires are encouraged to bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer with them onto the field in case of accidental exposure.
  • Umpires shall maintain a 6-foot distance from their partners and coaches in the parking lot, at the plate meeting, during and after the contest.
  • If an umpire tests positive for COVID during the season, they MUST immediately report this to the Assignor.  Proper privacy regulations will be enforced.  That individual would need to quarantine according to local guidelines and would be ineligible to participate until cleared.
  • Upon learning of an umpire being exposed or testing positive of COVID-19, the NBUA will notify any partner they worked with as well as the teams participating in the games they worked. The NBUA will not release the name of the individual to anyone to ensure privacy.