Category Archives: All Tiers

2024 Training has Started

The training for the 2024 season has already started. Our new apprentice class has already had their first two sessions but there is still time to get in on the action if you fill out our application ASAP.

For our returning umpires, the training schedule can be found under the Members/Training menu item or by using the website Calendar. A little known trick when using the Calendar is you can use the search function to create a tier specific schedule for yourself. Just open the Calendar and type in your tier into the search box at the top. The magic words are Apprentice, C-Tier, B-Tier, A-Tier and T-Tier.

NBUA 2023 Awards and Promotions Banquet

Your fellow umpires and their guests enjoyed an evening at the Maplewood
Country Club on Saturday, September 16th . The staff and chefs at Maplewood did a
great job and the evening progressed smoothly.

The evening began with host Peyton Coffin, Member Services Chairman, welcoming our members, their guests, and the guests of NBUA.
Peyton introduced and thanked Chris VonJouanne — and his orchestra — for his talents and a whole lotta time in producing the audio/video presentation for an evening filled with well-chosen tunes.

He thanked Mark and Jody Clough, who tirelessly produced the program and provided the beautiful floral centerpieces and raffle gifts. Without their expertise, I’d be up here ‘way too long.

The evening’s keynote speaker, Tim Stevens, long-time NBUA member, Washington State NFHS rules interpreter and inductee in the WOA Hall of Fame was introduced.

We then welcomed NBUA president Hank Margeson, who officially and warmly welcomed all and introduced the NBUA Board members. He then turned the program over to the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Mark Clough.

Mark welcomed Tim Stevens, Tom Krause, President of PSSBL and Joe Townsend of PSSBL. Bookie Gates, founder of Baseball Beyond Borders was with us, as were Derek Bingham and Wil Snyder (and daughter Harper) of Seattle Elite Baseball. Mark also introduced Terry Howard, Commissioner of the Pacific International League.

Also with us, in honor of recently passed member Pete Perry, were Pete’s sister, Judy, and daughters Allison, with husband Adam, and Meaghan, with husband Matt.

Peyton stepped in to shepherd those assembled toward the buffet dinner while telling a true story about why it is not a good idea, when you are the visiting team and only one run up, in the bottom of the 9th , 2 outs, R2 & R3, to intentionally walk a batter to load the bases when the on-deck batter is Joe Townsend.

Dinner was served! Raffles of gifts for our guests were held throughout the evening.

Mentor/Mentee coordinator and co-chair of recruiting Corky Trewin gave a presentation of the 6-umpire officiating crew he organized for the championship game of the Commissioner’s Cup at Husky Stadium. He showed some great pictures! The Commissioner’s Cup was sponsored by MLB in conjunction with the All-Star game and featured young players from across the country who participated in Bookie Gates’ Baseball Beyond Borders.

Mark led us through a tribute to Pete Perry, with many pictures of Pete, and again thanked his family for joining us.

Peyton announced the High School Varsity Coach of the Year, as voted by our members: Ray Atkinson of Lincoln High School. Unfortunately, Ray was in Idaho helping family and could not attend. The award will be presented at a school assembly.

Tom Krause, PSSBL President, introduced the prestigious Pete Perry PSSBL Umpire of the Year Award, named after Pete Perry in recognition of his service to Little League, the Snohomish umpire association and to NBUA. Tom presented the award to Fritz Timm.

Brian Sweet, Director of Training, presented WOA Meritorious Service pins to those umpires who were present. Not present and want your pin? Email: and we’ll get it to you at our general meeting in January.
5 Year Pins: Kerry Clark, Jeff Evenson, Steve Mueller, Dave Richardson, and JC Cowan
10 Year Pins: Jeff Borgida, Rick Park, Corky Trewin
15 Year Pins: Son Jim and father Dick Harrigill
20 Year Pin: Tony Gonzalez

Many of our umpires worked Washington State Regional and Championship games. Hank and Greg Olmstead then presented State Playoff pins to those present, and the State Championship pins to Dale Wilson (1B, 2B) and Bill Fitzgerald (3A, 4A)

Henry VonJouanne stepped up to present the George Eshleman Umpire of the Year Award for Service, Integrity and being a Valued Partner on the Field. Goerge Eshleman had a lengthy career with NBUA, serving in every position on the board and guiding NBUA to the highest-standard and most-respected umpire association. This award was rightfully earned by long-serving NBUA President Hank Margeson for his outstanding leadership over many, many years.

The NBUA Golf Tournament trophies were presented with the winning 4-some again featuring the Borgida son-and-father team of Jeff and Dan, along with brother Jason and friend Keaton Cox. Dan Obrien was closest to the pin on hole #6 and Jason Borgida had a 3” leave on #14. Longest drives: Hole #7 was Jeff B. with JR Calderwood taking the honors on hole #15.

It was now time to present the 2023 Assignor Awards, presented by our NBUA assignor, Mark Clough. These are awarded to umpires who are “any game, anywhere” and have minimal turnbacks. They are hallmarks of dedication to our craft and our association.
C Tier: Mario Padilla
B Tier: Loren Ryan
A Tier: Corky Trewin
T Tier: Tim Stevens

Brian Rooney stepped up to acknowledge an umpire who emotes energy and friendliness and seems to be everywhere with great ideas and thorough follow through. The 2023 Unsung Hero Award was presented to Corky Trewin.

Hank again took the stage to acknowledge the 2023 Jack Miller NBUA Customer of the Year. Jack Miller was NBUA’s assignor for many years and fostered our rapport with so many of our long-time customers. He was the consummate go-between for customers and umpires. For tirelessly creating, managing, and supporting Everett Merchants Baseball over some 4 decades and positively influencing countless young men, Harold Pyatte was so honored. The award was accepted by Terry Howard, Commissioner, PIL.

The Leslie Fitzpatrick Rookie of the Year Award is very prestigious. Named after our long-time, beloved assignor, it recognizes an “Outstanding Umpire of the Present and the Future.” Brian Rooney, Recruiting and Retention Chairman, stepped up and awarded it to: Steve Lampkin. Steve set an example as a first-year umpire striving to improve in every game and always supporting his partners. Thank you, Steve!

Mark introduced Tim Stevens and invited him to give our keynote address. Tim discussed why we do what we do and what motivates us. One of the main reasons is due to the partners we work with. That obligation somehow becomes almost familial, and these relationships are self- supporting and trustful. Tim received a warm thank you for his thoughts.

One of the highlights of our banquet is the announcing of promotions and at this point, Greg Olmstead, Evaluations Director, stepped up and did so.

Promoted to C Tier: Jay Clark, Jeff Wilson, Matt Baskett, Max Gross, Darren Smith, Greg
Rivera, Steve Kehrli, Paul Long, John Fitzgerald, Steve Lampkin, Tim Janeke, Jim Newstrom and Dan O’Brien
Promoted to B Tier: Bryan McNair, Mario Padilla, Patrick O’Rourke, John Fahey, Cameron Ballarino, Brandon Pye, Greg Morrison and Nick Gallagher who worked 165 games!
Promoted to A Tier: Dave Jaffe, Mike Leitner and Greg Morrison, who worked 133 Games!
Promoted to Tournament Tier: Chris Castro, Mike Opprecht and Fritz Timm, the 1st NBUA 200-game umpire (in 2009)

The Brian Gooch Distinguished Service Award is named for Brian Gooch, who served in all board positions for many years and was known for his attention to and support of every umpire. Brian retired in 2012 and this award was named after him “For outstanding service to one’s fellow umpires and our association”. Terry Granillo introduced the award and presented it to an umpire who has supported all of us over the years and worked more games than any other since 2005: Peyton Coffin.

Mark meandered in with gracious closing remarks and introduced Hank to make the closing toast.

President, Hank, thanked our guests and significant others that support us. They deserve our utmost thanks. Hank toasted the past season and said we were all looking forward to a great 2024 season! He wished us good luck and success.

2023 NBUA Schedule


Late April               High School District Playoffs Begin
May 7                     Opening Day 15u-16u
May 11-14             Seattle Elite Wood Bat Invitational
May 20                    High School Regional Playoffs begin
May 21                   Opening Day 18u
May 25-29             Art Wright Memorial Day Tournament
May 27                    High School Playoff Finals
June 1- July 31      PIL League 
June 7                    Seattle Premier Invitational Tournament
June 21-26            Josh Dickerson Memorial Tournament
June 29-July 3      Lee Johnson Firecracker Tournament
July 5-17                Brandy Pugh
May-Oct                PSSBL
July 5-12               14u 14u Elite League Playoffs
July 12-16             Baden NW Club Championships
July 18-25             15u Elite League Playoffs
July 19-26             16u Elite League Playoffs
July 26-31             18u Elite League Playoffs
Sept 15- Oct 31  Seattle Elite Fall Ball

Yes, we are going to try to cover all of this with NBUA umpires. The tournament weekends will be particularly challenging so plan your vacations accordingly.

RTO returns


Every year about this time, I am directed by your Board of Directors, to reintroduce the RTO Program driven by the Washington Officials Association (WOA). I’m asking the following of every NBUA member, regardless of tier. All tiers are asked to participate in RTO.

The RTO Program

The RTO Program is a collaborative effort of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association and the Washington Officials Association to improve the level of officiating for WIAA contests. RTO stands for Retention, Training and Observation. There is one other component of this program not listed in the RTO acronym. That component is standards. Before you can hold someone accountable you must clearly state what they are being held accountable for. To that end, the WOA is developing standards of conduct and performance for our members in each sport covered by the WOA. These standards are the yardstick by which every official will be measured.

  • Go into the Central Hub (again)
  • Click on the Eligibility Center
  • Click on RTO 2023
  • Complete the 2 clinics listed
  • I did this. It took about 7 minutes.
  • Pretty simple…
  • Every tier is asked to get this done by your BOD
  • B, A and TT umpires are required by the WOA to become RTO’d, in order to become eligible to assigned:
    • Post Season District contests
    • Regionals
    • State Finals
    • District contests begin in early May
  • Rookie & Transfer Members, please contact your Mentors for additional assistance. Your Mentors have all done this before.
  • Please have your RTO requirements completed by May 1.
  • As your Assignor, I can track this ongoing.


Mark Clough

NBUA Assignor

2023 Training Videos Available

All of our classroom sessions are being recorded these days and the videos are all available on the Training Schedule page accessed via the Members/Training menu. The members password is required to access this page.

In the table that lists the training events, the column on the right hand side labeled “Links” will be populated with the video link as the sessions are held. At this time, no training credit is given for viewing these classes after the fact, but they can be used to catch-up or review.

Apprentice and C-Tier umpires are welcomed to watch classes held for the higher tiers just to inform themselves of the subjects being discussed. Upper tier umpires might be interested to view classes for the lower tiers to answer the question, “what the heck are they teaching these guys?”

Your Humble Webmaster

2023 Training Schedule

The 2023 training schedule has been posted (or, at least, part of it has). The training schedule is a work in progress and we have published as much as we know at this point. To keep up to date, visit this site often.

The schedule is published in two formats. The first is found in the Members section under Training and it requires the viewer to enter the members password to view. As the sessions are often on-line these days, we record the sessions and post the links on this page so that anyone interested, can catch up. These links are for informational purposes only and no credit will be given for watching these sessions after the fact.

The second format is via the NBUA Calendar found under the Information menu. The next five elements of the calendar will also appear on the sidebar of each page of the website. When opening the calendar, it will display as a simple list. If you like a more calendar-like display, simply select the “Month” icon on the page. You can use the search function on the page to select events of interest. You could display only training events by searching for the word “Training”. You could display only the training schedule for the C-Tier by typing “C-Tier” into the calendar search box.

If you select individual events on the calendar, more information will be displayed about that particular session including maps and attachments (if any).

And let the season begin!

2022 Promotions and Awards

2022 NBUA Promotions and Awards were announced at the annual banquet,
Maplewood Country Club, Renton, on September 17th , 2022.

The banquet was MC’d by Mark Clough and produced by Mark and Chris
VonJouanne, hosted by Peyton Coffin.

The promotions, announced by Greg Olmstead, Evaluations Chairman:
Promoted from Apprentice to C Tier:
Adam Carlson, Craig Tashiro, Dan Eck, Richard Hepler, Andrew Alsdorf, Bryan
McNair, Tedd Dideriksen, Mario Padilla, Michael Skarin and…

… one other C Tier promotion: The recipient of the Leslie Fitzpatrick Rookie of the Year Award, named after our long-time, beloved assignor, for an “Outstanding Umpire
of the Present and the Future.” Brian Rooney, Recruiting and Retention Chairman,
awarded it to: Nick Gallagher! Nick crossed 153 games off his bucket list in his
first year as an umpire!

We had a special promotion awarded to a 2nd year umpire with NBUA (but very
experienced elsewhere, including Europe), who attended professional umpire
school and was accepted into the college umpire ranks. Promoted from C to A tier:
Chris Castro.

Promoted to B Tier:
Casey Bloom, Thomas Peckham, Jeff Cannon, Tom Niccoli, Dan Borgida, Carl-
Michael Aoanan, Michael Owsiak, Mike Spear, Mike Leitner, Peter Caro, and
Loren Ryan with 129 games!

Promoted to A Tier:
Ryan McNeil, Steve Mueller, and (all working over 100 games), Jim Melrose,
Randy Venters, Ron Klamert, Lane Loland (122) and Paul Reynolds – 143 games!

Promoted to Tournament Tier:
Dennis Williams, Brian Tschumper, Hank Margeson, Greg Clarkson

We have several transfer umpires and they have been confirmed as: Gerritt Nelson
to B Tier, Kerry Clark to A Tier and Regina Boyd to A Tier.

Henry VonJouanne and Corky Trewin asked us to join in their salute to two of our
honored umpires:
Tim Stevens was inducted into the WAO Hall of Fame.
Bob Matekel was selected as the WOA Baseball Official of the Year.

Tom Krause, President of PSSBL, presented the first-ever PSSBL Umpire of the
award to Pete Perry.

The George Eshleman Award for Service, Integrity and being a Valued Partner on
the Field was awarded to Terry Granillo.

Peyton presented the NBUA Coach of the Year to Chris Moedritzer, head baseball
coach of Garfield High School. He runs a respectful and talented program
throughout Garfield baseball.

Mark Clough, our valued assignor, named the 2022 Assignor Awards. These are
awarded to umpires who are “any game, anywhere”, and have minimal turn-backs.
They are hallmarks of dedication to our craft.
C Tier: Mike Leitner
B Tier: Paul Reynolds
A Tier: Paul Williams
T Tier: Mike McQuery

Corky acknowledged an umpire who emotes energy and friendliness and is our
best recruiter. Rick Park earned the 2022 Unsung Hero Award!

Dale Wilson asked Dean Corcoran, president of Washington Officials Association,
to receive the 2022 NBUA Customer of the Year Award for Unwavering Support
of Washington State’s Sports Officials.

The Brian Gooch Award is awarded for outstanding service to one’s fellow
umpires. Receiving the award was our long-time Director of Training: Henry

To all awardees: Congratulations and well deserved!

For your Board of Directors,
Member Services

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