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2021 NBUA Election Results

Fellow Members of NBUA,

We’ve had some days full of events and results. We had our annual golf tournament, the 2021 banquet announcing promotions and awards, the completion of the 2021 election and the appointment of committee chairmen and board positions.

Please welcome new board members Corky Trewin and Terry Granillo. Dale Wilson and Brian Rooney were, by our votes, returned to the board. Our thanks to all those that ran for office and did not get elected. Your offer of service is very much appreciated and, more than anything, demonstrates your commitment to our organization.

Our new board members round out the board with great experience and a diverse set of backgrounds.

Our 2021-2022 NBUA Board members and Committee Chairmen are:

Hank Margeson        President

Brian Rooney            Vice President and Recruiting & Retention Chairman

Dale Wilson              Secretary

Terry Granillo           Treasurer

Greg Olmstead          Umpire Evaluations

Henry VonJouanne  Training

Earl Smith                  Policies and Procedures

Corky Trewin            Recruiting and Retention Vice-Chairman

Peyton Coffin            Member Services and Communication (& Technology sub-committee)

We voted in Reams Goodloe to continue in the important position of Member Liaison. Reams is your go-to guy if you have an issue or suggestion and would rather seek his counsel and advice instead of contacting a board member directly. He has been invaluable in the past and will be so in the future. Thank you, Reams.

That said, every board member is always available to all members, even if the issue or suggestion might be in the remit of another.

We are all members of the NBUA and we are all partners on and off the field.

For your Board of Directors,

Peyton Coffin

206 280 8633

Member Services and Communication

2021 NBUA Promotions

The 2021 NBUA promotions were announced at the Annual Banquet on Saturday night. Congratulations to those that got promoted and please acknowledge your fellow umpires that moved up.

Apprentice to C-Tier

Bloom, Casey

Cannon, Jeffrey

Caro, Peter

Castro, Christopher

Duke, Martin

Garcia, Cesar

Lee, Dominic

Leitner, Mike

McCoy, Mitchell

O’Rourke, Patrick

Owsiak, Michael

Peckham, Thomas

Ryan, Loren

C-Tier to B-Tier

Berg, Jeff

Green, Ryan

Kaye, Marc

Loland, Lane

Mueller, Steven

Reynolds, Paul

B-Tier to A-Tier

Keepers, John

Richardson, Dave

Trewin, Corky

A-Tier to Tournament

Olmsted, Greg

Rooney, Brian

Sweet, Brian

Wilson, Dale

2021 Candidate Questionnaire

NBUA 2021 Elections
Following are the questions asked by NBUA members and the answers submitted by the candidates.

Question 1: As we move into new training procedures, taking into account last year’s remote-mostly format, what percentage of training could be virtual?  Which aspects must be in person?

Mr. Granillo:
There are aspects of training that virtual meetings can actually enhance. Participation, play and positioning analysis, drilling down on rules to name a few. Future training might continue to employ some limited use of virtual modes even after we’re past pandemic protocols. Of course we’ll always need to get on the field and drill the fundamentals of the two-umpire system. For a full training regimen for new umpires, I’d estimate 15 hours field time, 15 hours rule study and classroom training, most if not all of which could be virtual.
Mr. Venters:
I do not have an exact percentage, however I feel about 50% of the meetings could be conducted online.  Much of the training can be conducted virtually; and these trainings should be repeated at least once with replays available via YouTube. Apprentice training may be an exception. The first meeting and WOA meeting should be in person.  The field training must be in person.  An in-person and virtual option can be available for most meetings. With some structure virtual training can have accountability for attendance and participation. I believe with what is already available online, we need to expand virtual training with a series of emailed plays to invoke thought and discussion.  We can look at what other associations have posted online to improve our training.
Mr. Wilson:
My recommendation to the training director for the 2022 training format would be to take the learning we had in 2021 and use this to layout the training format with a mix of Live and Virtual. We could also do a better job of training the trainers.
My suggestion would be that the Apprentice level would have a large % of in person meeting with the C and upper tiers apportionately less virtual for the classroom training. The virtual training worked out to be effective and saves time for all when it comes to travel, but part of getting together with our friends/umpires at training is important to fellowship.
Mr. Owsiak:
The format of the training should be driven by the desired outcomes and the effectiveness of the delivery format in achieving those outcomes. That said, virtual training during the week enables us to reach more members out of convenience. The online format is effective for learning concepts. Field training would continue to be in person as it is necessary to learn and practice the mechanics on a field. I am in favor of using more scrimmages to train umpires early in the season.

Question 2: What aspects of training should be emphasized more?
What will you do as a member of the board to enhance NBUA’s umpire training?

Mr. Granillo:
It really varies by level of official. Although I’d immediately qualify that if we continue to struggle with numbers and by necessity have to assign newer umpires to upper level games they might not normally work. Consistency of mechanics, communication, pregame are all essential foundational components of training we have to drill into all officials on day one, and then re-emphasize as they grow as officials. NBUA is a leader in the officiating community because of the consistent quality of officials we put on the field year-to-year. It’s not a given that we maintain that level of consistent quality, and we have to continue to refocus our training to do so. If we continue to face a reality of limited numbers, then it becomes more important to give our newer umpires more training, both in controlled training scenarios and live-game situations, on how to manage a game, players, team personnel, and situational awareness. You learn that best by doing it, but trial-by-fire can be pretty awful. To best serve our membership and our customers NBUA will need to adapt to low numbers through more and more carefully progressive assignments with top-tier umpires when higher level assignments come up. Leslie and Mark have long done a great job of this, but where in the past it’s been less frequent, it may unfortunately become more of a norm. I have long been committed to the training program at NBUA, participating every year as an on-field
training instructor. I consider my work with newer officials critical as well, as that immediate post-(or in-) game feedback is some of the most effective at teaching developing umpires.
Mr. Venters:
I believe we need to adjust part of our focus to spend more time on unique plays and case plays with visual aids.  These are the situations that get us in trouble.  We need to spend time on league rules and the NBUA philosophy for certain situations so we can present a unified approach to all games. We need to spend time on how to communicate with coaches. Every year everyone needs to spend time on fundamentals like partner communication, strike zone, and ball tracking.  TT, A, and B umpires need to be trained how to provide feedback and what NBUA wants emphasized. As a board member, I would try to form a new group under the education unit to find existing online resources to use.  I would work to have the leadership establish NBUA’s opinion instead of individual opinions.
Mr. Wilson:
High School areas of emphasis and how to enforce and discipline for violations. Best example would be the jewelry issues we ran into in the 2021 High school season.
For Summer Ball I would have the training team work on helping with game management when it comes to Coaches, Players, and fan conduct. I believe that if we are well prepared and trained for incidents we can handle them better and have fewer problems for our umpires.
Mr Owsiak:
Field training specific to your tier should be emphasized more. For example, C-tier umpires should have the option to attend Apprentice field training; however, I would use feedback from evaluations and members to offer targeted training to C-tier members to address areas of interest. In addition, I would look to standardize our training handouts and further define the NBUA to address any conflicting feedback that has been brought up in training or in evaluations.

Question 3: With cost of living, gas prices, etc, increasing, not to mention the deduction of “travel fee” from the 2nd game of a HS DH, how tough should NBUA get with game fee negotiation? Do you think we are fairly compensated?

Mr. Granillo:
If I’m 100% honest, I do. I think youth sport officiating is an avocation best pursued for the intrinsic rewards. I understand many officials rely more on the compensation. NBUA operates in partnership with our customers to ensure as many young people can participate in this sport as possible, with quality officials present to adjudicate. We should be honest and transparent about our costs and our challenges in attracting and retaining officials, and work together with our customers to arrive at our rates.
Mr. Venters:
All contract negotiations can be a delicate balancing act. In regards to the 2 nd game fee travel deduction, I would push the board to research the current contract to confirm who the agreement is with and the details of that contract to confirm it is being interpreted correctly.   I believe we have the power to negotiate this now. This is the first place I have been where a travel fee has been part of regular season.  Perhaps we can negotiate future contracts with verbiage of just a “game fee”. Like everyone, I want more money.  I came from San Jose with the highest cost of living in the country and similar game fees.  I also spent time in less expensive markets with higher game fees.  We are dealing with businesses which have their own expenses, I believe we have the power to negotiate appropriate increases over a period of time.
Mr. Wilson:
The larger opportunity for pay structure in my opinion is around High School Pay. I would be looking at removing the Travel Fee and getting into the game fee, this would eliminate the Double Header same field deduction issue as well as increasing total game fee to better align with the other High School sports.
Mr. Owsiak:
NBUA is a mission-driven organization. As such, we are called to promote the sport in our community. I prefer to think of compensation as a means to make certain our members can obtain the correct equipment, uniforms, and cover necessary costs to officiate. That said, NBUA’s ability to negotiate and request game fees is influenced by the officiating experience provided by its members. Our focus should continue to be on providing best-in-class officiating services, so our customers see the value in maintaining and increasing the game fees.

Question 4: How would you, as a board member, suggest handling fan and coach “over-competitiveness” and on-field criticisms of umpires during games? This borders on abuse at several schools and some leagues. It is a culture passed down by the coaches and even some AD’s and is inciteful for the players. What would you suggest to alleviate this?

Mr. Granillo:
Strong training. As I mentioned in Question 2, we’ve got more inexperienced officials in general on higher level games than we have had in recent memory. Often times the approach an official takes as situations are budding can change an ejection into a nothing. Umpire abuse is part of the culture of baseball. It’s changing; they’re working hard on it in High School and College ball every year. We alleviate it be consistently enforcing the progressive discipline protocols. We do that by training them into our umpires effectively. We support our umpires when they have to eject. We coach our umpires when an ejection might’ve been avoided.
Mr. Venters:
I believe the board needs to form guidance within the rules for misconduct and provide better training for umpire communications with coaches.  We need to educate some conflict resolution. NBUA also needs to work with the leagues to set expectations for coach, player, and fan conduct.  Unfortunately, we cannot mandate their policies or rules.  We need to provide better training and work with umpires who are in these situations.  Let’s be honest, if someone is acting completely out of control, maybe the umpire did something to light that fire or add fuel to the flame. This is not allows the case, but it usually a factor whether truthful or perceived. We need to work with these umpires to improve their umpire skills and communication skills.
Mr. Wilson:
There are a few areas that can help with this issue. The first would be to include into our training program more role-play to help members be better prepared. I believe if we are prepared, we can handle situations better. The second would be scheduling, if we insured that Apprentice and C tier are working more games with upper tiers, we would have the opportunity to mentor and potentially defuse issues before they become a larger situation and at the same tome show management examples.
In addition, if we have consistent problems with one school, team or league, our board can step in and, if necessary, levy sanctions.
Mr. Owsiak:
The rules and our procedures are very clear on addressing certain behaviors during the game. NBUA should continue to train members on the rules, use of preventative umpiring to keep coaches and players in the games, and, if necessary, ejections. For our non-school ball leagues, NBUA should continue to have a dialogue regarding the types of behaviors seen on the field; however, this discussion needs to be fact-based and in the context of promoting the sport.

Question 5: In what areas do you feel the Board can effect improvements? What should the board do in the near future to improve NBUA? What (specifically) is your plan to make those improvements?

Mr. Granillo:
I have no specific plan to improve NBUA.
Mr. Venters:
I think the board needs to do a better job of making sure member questions are resolved with simple answers, negotiating higher increases in fees, and improving training.  I will work to make sure all of the communication from NBUA is clear and to the point with direct links were appropriate. Improving training can immediately be addressed.   I do appreciate the work our volunteers put in. My plan is to review of how we train and as stated above, initiate new methods including video clips and field training exercises. Perhaps we need to spend some money on training aids, training our
trainers or paying our trainers. I think part of the field training needs to be with real players or teams and immediate feedback from trainers.  We can script scenarios into these trainings.  If an contracts are immediately up for renewal, I will work for higher fees.
Mr. Wilson:
The areas that I would be looking to improve is continuing to gather feedback from the members to make training the best possible. We should continue to add technology to the organization to better train, communicate, share information and recruit.
Mr. Owsiak:
Training and evaluations are two areas I would enact improvements. For training, I would consider targeted training sessions to address specific areas of interest from our members, both in theory and in practice. In doing so, I would look to give members a chance to work on their evaluation feedback. This may include mid-season training opportunities. For evaluations, I would clarify the rating system and reviewing guidelines as my experience is the understanding of the system and directions varies by the individual. I would look to more clearly define the desired competencies at each level (e.g., what is a 3 for an A-tier vs. C-tier). Lastly, I would clarify the use of the rating information to address any member frustration.

Question 6: What skills/knowledge/life experiences do you possess and could bring to the Board to make the Association function more smoothly and effectively?

Mr. Granillo:
I’ve been a CPA in corporate finance, accounting and auditing for thirty years. I’ve served as an instructor for NBUA for over ten years, and as Evaluations Chair for three years.
Mr. Venters:
I have worked with coaches and administrators all my professional life at the college and professional levels. Some who make millions of dollars a year with huge egos and some who think they do.  I have learned from many experiences how to interact with them and how to communicate during difficult interactions.  I have also learned how to train and communicate with inexperienced and new staff members.  I believe I can help the board rationalize decisions and communicate effectively.  I have an education degree and always worked in educational environments.  I know how to teach with common language and focus on the major items without getting lost in the details.
Mr. Wilson:
I am levelheaded and always look at all sides before sharing my thoughts and opinions.
I always look forward and not back with the goal to get better.
Mr. Owsiak:
The majority of my professional career has been working with leaders of large corporations to define their vision and a strategy to achieve that vision. From this, I have learned that the path forward is a combination of the culture that makes the organization great and a continuous improvement mindset I bring collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, and most of all, the ability to own and drive outcomes.

2021 Combined Candidate Statements

Corky Trewin

I became a member of the NBUA in 2013.

It is my pleasure to offer my candidacy to the NBUA membership for consideration to be elected to the NBUA Board of Directors for the 2021 election.

I started my umpiring journey in 1967 as a 13-year-old Redmond Babe Ruth baseball player. The year before as a Redmond Little League player for the Tigers I was primarily a catcher. It was there I developed a personal relationship with my plate umpires and especially Virgil Magruder. Magruder went on to be part of the first class of NBUA umpires when the association was formed by George Eshelman in 1969.

The Redmond Little League umpires were all volunteers and all integral parts of the community with less than 6,000 residents that year. I enjoyed and looked forward to meeting the men on the field – Dr. Fisher, Dr. Way, Mr. Lawson, Chief of Police Sollito, Mayor Bud Young and Magruder. My fondness for Magruder grew that season into a wonderful friendship. He challenged me to be the best catcher I could be, especially blocking the ball as umpires rarely wore shin guards. In between innings and pitches, He had a wonderful baseball story telling style and would ask me how I liked any of his new umpire “moves.” I loved it.

Towards the end of the season, Magruder announced to me “Trewin, I’m going to make you an umpire” and he did. He tutored me for the following five years as I rose through the Redmond Baseball community umpire ranks. It was a piece of baseball heaven and again I loved it.

It is that love for the game, the love for the umpiring aspect of the game, the personal relationship part of the game that Magruder and his Redmond Little League umpires gave me that is my motivation to be considered by you for election to the NBUA Board of Directors.

NBUA is wonderful and I would like to be a member of the NBUA Board of Directors to assist the membership to become even better.

Micheal Owsiak

As an Elite sports officiating organization, the NBUA and its members are recognized by peers and customers for providing best-in-class umpiring services to the community. It is imperative that we acknowledge and maintain the core values, processes, and culture that has gotten it here. Yet, at the same time, we must be persistent in our pursuit of excellence in service to our community.

My focus would be on collecting member feedback and incorporating it into our training, evaluation, and customer relationship activities. I would prioritize connecting evaluation feedback into targeted training designed to help members learn and grow at their desired pace. To our customers, I’d like to strengthen our relationships so that we can work on the issues that frustrate our members while officiating and collectively build a more positive game-time experience for all.

David Richardson

Fellow umpires

Umpiring has been my passion for 25+ years with various organizations. I joined the NBUA in 2017. Every year I’ve worked to improve my skills. The training never stops.

I retired from my dental practice, last August and always strived at making it successful for 38 years. I know what it takes to succeed and I will bring this effort to the NBUA board. I also have lots of time. Gotta love retirement…..

Randy Venters

I have been a part of many associations amongst the sports I officiate and the locations I have worked. I come from an education and sports background and have spent time in sales training systems. I am the ideal candidate to help lead the NBUA into the future.

I believe now is the time for the NBUA to adapt and move forward. With COVID we changed our training and meeting structure and many younger umpires received their chance to officiate games they may normally not have been assigned. I believe we need to continue to look at changes that can advance the NBUA as a whole.

The virtual training was great and I think we need to expand on the platform by offering the same meeting/topic a couple of times. There are many great resources online that already exist and we need the education committee to find and utilize these clips or find members willing to help. I believe the best way for individuals to grow is to see and experience new situations. I would like to see a regular(weekly maybe) email training series with video clips and rewards for participation.

Our field clinics are good, but they can be better. We need to get clinics with real players and real situations. There are many training tools and methods that we do not use. Let’s look at what other associations in different areas of the country are doing. We also need to have drills for reacting to players and coaches.

Partner feedback is great, but often the messages can be contradictory to what another official has said and often higher tier umpires focus on very specific details. We need to train all umpires on how to provide feedback and make sure all of the evaluators have the same standards and messaging. I also believe we work better when we have some familiarity with our partners. We should develop pods of officials and when possible assign pod members to work together. This would give umpires a truer sense where others are and give more knowledgeable feedback to help each other improve. Mentors need to work with their mentees and we need to develop more mentors.

This last season has definitely taught us we need to improve our recruiting and listen to our current members. Often voices feel like they are not heard or given enough support. We need to change this.

I thank you for your time and consideration.

Thank you

Terry Granillo

Fellow umpires,

Thank you for the work you do on the field, for the teams we serve, and for the sport we serve. It’s been a unique couple of years and as we move into the 2022 season and beyond, the stewardship, support, and leadership of your board of directors will be critical to the NBUA continuing to thrive and lead amongst umpire associations nationwide.

I would be honored to serve on your board of directors. I have been with the NBUA since 2007, and it’s the absolute truth that I’ve learned all I know about umpiring from the men and women in this association over that time. The greatest service we can give is to help others improve and grow as officials. I have served in that capacity as Evaluations Chair and on the Training Committee in the past. I am a CPA and have worked as a CFO for the past twenty years, and I bring those skills into board service as well.

This association, again, is a national leader; in training, in performance on the field, in umpire development, in customer service, and in consistency of service. As we return to a more normal way of doing business we’ll need strength, experience, and wisdom on the tiller. I don’t know what role the board will need me for over the next two years, but I am happy to serve where our association’s needs are greatest. Thank you for your consideration.


Dale Wilson

I am Dale Wilson and I started with NBUA in 2016. In 2020 I was elected to the NBUA board. My two years on the board has been very rewarding and exciting at the same time with COVID, no games in 2020, and adjusting to the new world of officiating in 2021.

As a member of the NBUA board I have been the Chair of Member Services & Communication in 2020 and then was voted to be on the Executive Committee as the Secretary. I am currently part of the Member Services & Communication and Evaluations Committee.

My goal when I started on the board was to focus on looking forward and how we can get better as a board and an organization. I believe that I have helped make steps in that direction with better communication to our members as the Member Service Chair. I will continue to bring new ideas and being the voice of our members to the board and executive committee.

If reelected, I will continue to work on what members share as potential issues, help to build the member base and to have the NBUA members best interest with changes that affects officials on and off the field.

Thank you to all the NBUA members for building a best in class umpiring organization. The desire for each of you to get better every game is what makes this a great organization.

Thank You

Brian Rooney

Brian Rooney

It has been an honor to have been on the NBUA board for the past four years. During that time, I have actively contributed my time and energy as the Chair of the Recruiting and Retention committee. In addition, I have also been a member of the Evaluation and Training staffs.

As the R&R Chair, we have streamlined our efforts and are actively pursuing leads that come our way. I have either emailed or spoken with everyone that has come to the recruiting committee’s attention and stayed in touch with them throughout the process. These future members of the NBUA are coming through a variety of sources whether it is Facebook, LinkedIn, WIAA, or our own website. However, the biggest recruiting tool we have is you, our members. I have greatly enjoyed being the conduit for those that you introduce to the NBUA.

It is an honor to wear the NBUA hat and represent the best Umpire’s Association in the state. Our principles of customer service, teamwork and excellence guide me as a member of the Board and an umpire on the field. I ask for your support and vote for the NBUA Board of Directors.

Member Liaison

Reams Goodloe

Reams Goodloe

I have provided services to members of NBUA as the Member Liaison since the position was created. I have assisted members in protecting their interests before the Board of Directors. I would welcome the opportunity to continue such service.

As Member Liaison, I have been able to bring many items to the attention of appropriate Board Members or to the Assignor, to express the members’ view of difficult situations or seemingly unfair positions, or to give voice to the frustration that various members have experienced with certain events, action, or disciplinary procedures. And, where asked by an affected member, such issues have been effectively raised on an anonymous basis.

As a member since 2004, I can bring the experience of working my way up through the association to understand situations that members encounter, and thus effectively advocate with Board Members, or before the Board as a whole, for explanation, adjustments, and changes as members believe appropriate given their situation.

Now that this position is a member elected position – a change which I supported before the Board – I am seeing members open up with more difficult issues. Hopefully, the Member Liaison role will enable me to enhance the visibility of problems and lead to increased scrutiny of issues which need the attention of the Board of Directors. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve all members of NBUA in the Member Liaison role.

Mark Clough – Stepping Down

Lane Loland -Stepping Down

3-Man Mechanics Made Easy

On the evening of April 20th, our own Bill Fitzgerald and others put on a video class on 3-man mechanics. If you find yourself assigned to a 3-man game this will be a useful review. You can find the link to the video here. You can follow along with your own copy of the power point presentation by downloading it here.

All of our 2021 training videos are available on our Training page under the Members section.

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.

How do I setup Arbiter Pay?

NBUA Members
Attached is a link to assist those who have yet to go into Arbiter & set up their ArbiterPay account.  This needs to be done in order to receive payment for all School earnings.  This shoulld get you there.  Many of you have already completed this.  Should take 5-10 minutes.

Many of you prefer to connect their ArbiterPay account directly to their ADP Wisely account.  I  recommend this.  Below are the steps needed to get this done:

1. Open up your Wisely Account App

2. Click on the three pancakes in the upper left corner.

3. Account Settings

4. Direct Deposit

5. You’ll need the Bank Name, Routing Number & Account Number in order to attach your Wisely account to your ArbiterPay account.


How Do I Register For An ArbiterPay Account (

Mark Richard Clough

M 206.265.1896

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