Category Archives: Training

All umpires Training Camp

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.

Special Elite League Rules

The Seattle Elite League handbooks for the 11-12 year old division are posted in Arbiter under LIST/FORMS (2018 Seattle Elite 11-12 yo rules) for your edification.  If you want to print out the relevant parts of handbook (i.e., the rules), here they are:

Game Rules (Regular Season & Post-Season)
• League games are 6 innings in length.
• The rules for the 11U & 12U divisions will follow NFHS rules, except when called out below
• Mound/base length will be 50’ / 70’ with leadoff/steal allowed
• Time limits are solely based on field requirements. If there is a need to have a time limit on a game (lights go out at a certain time, another game following), the home team should discuss this at the pre-game plate meeting.
• The home team is responsible to provide Baden baseballs for each league contest (exception is the playoffs, when the league will supply the balls).
• Mercy Rule – There will be a 10-run mercy rule after 4 innings (3 ½ if the home team is ahead).
• Lineup/Playing Time Rules
o The batting lineup may consist of 9 players, 10 players with an extra hitter (EH – see below) or a continuous lineup with free defensive substitutions.
o For teams choosing to bat 9 or 10 players, High School rules will be in effect for substitutions – starters are eligible to re-enter the game in their original spot in the lineup. Substitutes are NOT eligible to re-enter once removed.
o Extra Hitter (EH)
▪ The EH is an additional player in the batting order that can move into and out of the field on defense
freely. Consider the EH the 10th defensive position.
▪ Use of the EH is optional and must be declared on the official lineup card submitted to the umpires
prior to the game.
▪ If a team starts the game with an EH (10 players in the lineup), it must finish the game with an EH. If
for some reason (injury, etc) a team that starts with 10 players is left with only 9 eligible players, the
spot of the player removed from the lineup will result in an automatic out.
o There are no minimum requirements for defensive outs.
o Designated Hitter (DH) –We will be using the high school designated hitter rule – you are eligible to DH for anyone in the lineup. If you choose to enter your designated hitter into the field, the player he was hitting for must be removed from the lineup.
• High school rules will be in effect for the following situations:
o Substitution (re-entry) – covered above
o Intentional walks – teams simply need to request to the umpire to issue an intentional walk
o Sliding – players must go straight into the bag on slides; no malicious contact
o Possession – players must have possession of the ball to block a base/plate
• Courtesy runners – allowed WITH 2 OUTS for the pitcher and/or catcher. The courtesy runner must be a player not currently in the game OR the last out (if the team is using a continuous batting order). The same player cannot courtesy run for the pitcher and catcher in the same inning.
• Pitching Rules
o There are no pitch count limitations or days rest requirements in the Seattle Elite Baseball League. Coaches are highly encouraged to use their best judgment and always consider the health of the players (as well as other pitching schedules of the players) when making pitching decisions.
o Pitchers will have a 6 inning maximum per day limit in both regular season and postseason play
o Once a pitcher is removed from the mound, they are ineligible to return to that game as a pitcher, even if they remained in the game at another defensive position.
o Mound visits –1 visit per inning, 2nd visit in an inning must result in a change. No limit per game.
o Balks – big book; balks are live balls until the conclusion of the pitch/play.
o Third to First move –The third to first move is NOT legal in Elite League play.
• Bat Rules – Seattle Elite Baseball will follow the new USABat standard for the 11U & 12U leagues
o Bats must have the USABat certification mark to be used in Seattle Elite 11U & 12U play
o Exceptions:
▪ BBCOR stamped bats are eligible for use
▪ Solid one-piece wood bats are approved for use under USABat standards with our without the USA
Baseball certification mark.
▪ Multi-piece and composite wood bats must feature the USA Baseball certification mark
o Each team is responsible for making sure their team bats are legal – this is NOT the umpire’s responsibility. In the case where an illegal bat is used, the batter will be declared out and all base runners returned to their original bases at the start of the at-bat. Subsequent use of an illegal bat will result in the same penalty, along with a coach ejection.
• On deck batters are allowed
• Coaches are allowed to warm up pitchers prior to and during the game
• Coaches are allowed to be in full uniform and/or baseball attire. Full uniform is NOT REQUIRED for the 11U & 12U divisions
Suspended Games
• If rain/darkness forces the stoppage of a game, the following rules should be followed:
o If the game is suspended prior to the completion of the first inning, the game will be replayed in its entirety
o If the game is suspended following the first inning, the game will be resumed where it left off
o If the game is called after 4 innings (3 1/2 if the home team is leading), the game will be considered official
Conflict Resolution
• As with any competitive situation, conflicts are sure to arise over the course of the season. The Seattle Elite Baseball
League is committed to ruling on all conflicts in a way that (1) is fair to the teams involved and (2) good for the league as a whole. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions/concerns/issues you have regarding Seattle Elite Baseball.

Fall Ball Rules

Hey guys, for those of you working Elite Fall Ball, below are league rules.  Thanks!!

Seattle Elite – Fall Ball Rules
For the fall, the rules will be fairly relaxed. The goal of the fall is for individual player development; each team/program may have a different idea on how they want to develop their players. The guidelines to follow are listed below:
 – Teams are required to provide their own game balls
 – Games will be played with a 2 hour time limit (12U games – 1 hour, 45 minutes). For doubleheaders with the same teams playing each other back-to-back games, you basically have a 4 hour slot for the two games
 – Games are scheduled to be 7 innings in length (12U – 6 innings). Feel free to play extra innings if time allows. Ten run mercy rule is in effect after 4 innings (3 1/2 if the home team is ahead)
 – NO metal cleats for the 12U division
 – Teams can choose to swing wood or metal – BBCOR for the HS divisions; BPF 1.15 or USABat standards for the 13U & 12U divisions
 – Teams can choose to bat 9, 10 (w/EH) or the entire roster. 100% open substitution (both offense & defense)
 – Slide rules will follow the high school rule – players must go straight into the base, no malicious contact
 – Courtesy runners are optional for both the pitcher and catcher WITH 2 OUTS
 – No pitch count or innings limitation. With the fall ball being developmental, each team is encouraged to keep the players’ best interests in mind when making pitching decisions
 – All rules not covered above will follow the NFHS high school rules

Derek Bingham

HS rules clinic has been rescheduled

The training session that was postponed due to weather, on Feb. 6., has been rescheduled.
All tiers NFHS training session with Tim Stevens:
Thursday March 2, 2017
Shoreline Conference Center
Shoreline Room
18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA, 98155
I hope that all can attend as Tim will cover the new rules and points of emphasis for the upcoming high school season.

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you in the classroom and then the field!
Bill Coyne
Director of Training NBUA

2017 Umpire Training

Dear Umpires:

This is Bill Coyne and I am honored to be the Training Director for NBUA. With the help and support of the Training Committee we are putting together final preparations for 2017 training.  We on the Board of Directors are very excited about the Black and Blue Umpiring Camp being offered in February, more on that later.  The traditional training schedule for all tiers is almost finalized and I will post on Arbiter when ready. Anyone who is attending any other professional umpiring camps, please send me an e-mail to receive credit as it pertains to NBUA requirements.

Black and Blue Umpire Camp (BBUC) is a great opportunity but I am not going to advertise much because space is becoming very limited.  Good job to everyone who was able to take advantage of the great learning opportunity. Please plan on attending all 3 days of training to get the most of the instruction.  The festivities will begin on Fri. Feb. 10 (6:00pm-10:00pm) with a meet the instructors and some classroom work.  Sat. Feb. 11 will start at 9:00am on the field until 5:00pm, 1 hour off for lunch, and conclude in the classroom from 6:00pm-9:00.  The weekend will wrap up on Sun. on the field again 9:00am-12:00pm.  I will send a map the Eastside Catholic High School along with other info at a later date.

Traditional training with a new class of apprentices starts in less than a week and then training for all tiers begins soon after.  A training session for the A/B tiers is in the process of being added.  The cage training for A/B tiers is being cancelled.  That leaves 3 classroom sessions and 2 field training opportunities to get training.

I understand that training this year for the upper tiers is quite different.  Everyone’s input is welcomed, after contemplation and reflection.  Please feel free to contact me.

I will see everyone soon on the field and in classrooms.

Bill Coyne
Training Director

WIAA Allows Extra Hitter for Sub Varsity

The WIAA Executive Board approved an experiment for the use of an Extra Hitter (EH) during high school sub-varsity contests.

If a schools calls to ask about using the experiment, please direct them to contact WIAA Assistant Executive Director Cindy Adsit.

If a team approaches an umpire prior to the game stating that they are using an EH, direct the umpire to allow the EH.

The approved experiment is as follows:

  • A team would be allowed to use a tenth hitter, or extra hitter (EH) in sub-varsity level baseball games.
  • The use of an “EH” would be optional and WOULD NOT BE MANDATORY. If one team chooses to use an “EH” it will NOT BE REQUIRED that the opposing team also use the “EH” during that contest.
  • The extra hitter will be declared on the line-up as the “EH”. The “EH” will act as any other starter and cannot be eliminated during the course of the game. An “EH” cannot be added to the lineup after the umpire accepts lineups at the home plate meeting.
  • The “EH” may hit in any spot in the batting order, but the “EH” spot in the batting order may not change during the game.
  • A player that begins the game as an “EH” or becomes an “EH” at any time thereafter, is not required to remain solely as the “EH”. The “EH” may be entered into the game defensively. This means that a coach can make defensive moves that include the “EH”, including swapping a defensive player for the “EH”. In short, the manager can shuffle his ten players in the batting order among the nine defensive positions. These are defensive swaps, not substitutions.
  • The “EH” role may not be eliminated during the game. Once you start with an “EH”, you must keep the “EH” for the entire game. An out will be called if the “EH” turn to bat is reached and there are no players to fill the position.
  • The starting batting order must be followed in order throughout the contest.
  • Changing of the “starting batting order” once the game begins, is strictly prohibited.
  • Player Re-Entry for the “EH” is governed by the official re-entry rule as stated in the Official NFHS Baseball Rule Book.
  • Any of the (10) starting players on the official line-up card may withdraw and re-enter once provided such player occupies the same batting order position wherever they are listed on the line-up.
  • A substitute once withdrawn may not re-enter.
  • The player occupying the EH position is ineligible as a courtesy runner.

Submitted by Tim Stevens

Peer Evaluations

Greetings all,

Training is wrapping up – thanks to everyone who took the time away from home and family to brush off some rust. Special thanks to the training crew who took even more time to put it all together and bring it to the classroom and onto the field.

Now let’s call some baseball.

Peer evaluations serve many of the same purposes as training. They give us each a tool to help each of our partners improve and grow. They can be a hugely valuable resource, or they can be a waste of time. It’s up to each umpire as we write each evaluation to determine which. Attached is a document I hope you will find helpful in completing your peer evaluations this year. Do them the same night as your game; I don’t know about you, but I start forgetting once another game is in the books!

Contact me at, call or text to 425.652.6124 if you have any questions about any of this. Work on improving something every game, hustle, and have fun. Every up’s a big up to the kid at bat. Thanks.

Terry Granillo
NBUA Board of Directors
Evaluations Committee Chair