Category Archives: Training

2022 Training Schedule is posted

The training schedule for all Tiers has been posted for 2022. You can view this schedule in two ways. It is posted as a grid under Members/Training and it is posted as a series of individual events on the NBUA Calendar. The Calendar can be reached here. Or by going to Information/Calendar. The Calendar shows up as a list by default but you can modify your screen by choosing the “Month” view style. You can also sort through the events for those that apply to your Tier by using the Calendar search function and putting in “Apprentice” or “T-Tier” for example.

There are a number of events which are listed as TDB for time and/or location so, keep coming back here to find out where and when those events will be held. It is also possible that last minute cancelations might occur so make sure to check on the day of to get the most recent information.

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.

Registration is Open for Clinics

NBUA Umpires – The year 2021 NBUA training schedule includes an on-line Umpire Training Clinic hosted by Brian Hertzog – an NBUA alumus and current-day college umpire.  Please see the bottom of this message for the Zoom link (to register for the clinic) and the agenda.  

  • This multi-day clinic will be supported by umpires from MLB, MiLB, and NCAA.  
  • The clinic starts on Friday 2/12/2021 at 5:30pm, continues on Saturday 2/13/2021 (morning and afternoon), and finishes on Sunday 2/14/2021 (morning and afternoon).
  • The desired audience includes NBUA, SCBUA, PCUA, and other associations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
  • The clinic will be free to all participants – voluntary contributions will be accepted for Umps Care.
  • The agenda consists of 5 sessions as shown below.  Up to 5 sessions of training credit can be gained.  Members can elect to attend any or all of the sessions, or none of the sessions.  
  • Friday evening 2/12/2021 @ 5:30pm
  • Saturday morning 2/13/2021 @ 9:00am
    30 minute lunch break starting at approx 11:30am-12:00noon  
  • Saturday afternoon 2/13/2021 – after lunch break
  • Sunday morning 2/14/2021 @ 9:00am
    30 minute lunch break starting at approx 11:30am-12:00noon   
  • Sunday afternoon 2/14/2021 – after lunch break
  • Attendance is encouraged but not required.  Members can elect to attend any or all of the sessions, or none of the sessions.
  • Once you register, you are provided a Webinar ID which you will use to log-in any time during the weekend.   Before the clinic starts, you will receive an email with the log-in link.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.  Hope to see you on-line at the clinic!


Henry VonJouanne

Go to the members training page and clink on the Register links under the Video Link column. All links lead to the same registration page.

About the instructors (Video)

Training Videos Available

Online instruction is a new thing for the NBUA and our approach is evolving. We record each session and then, a day or two later we will be posting a link to the training session video on our training schedule page. This page can be found under the Members/Training menu option. A new column has been added to the schedule titled “Video Link” which contains the link to the video for that session.

2021 Training schedule has been published

The 2021 training schedule has just been published in the members section of the website. To view it look under Members/Training or follow this link.

This year the WIAA has pushed back the start of the baseball season to allow fall sports that were cancelled due to the pandemic to be played in the first quarter of the year. As a result, we expect the season to be at least two weeks late. Our training schedule reflects this delay.

As in past years a certain amount of the available training must be completed by each umpire to avoid a financial penalty. This varies by tier. For the new 2021 Apprentices, there will be 43.5 hours of training made available and they must complete 60% or 26.1 hours to meet this requirement. For the returning 2020 Apprentices (Ap2) and C-tier umpires 40.5 hours will be provided and they must complete 24.3 hours minimum. B-tier umpires will be offered 35.5 hours with a minimum of 15 hours necessary and A-tier and Tournament tier umpires will see 22.5 hours of instruction plus several opportunities to help with field mechanics and cage training that they may also count. They are asked to attend 5 sessions in this group.

This year all of our classroom training will be conducted online via the Teams application. We hope to send out links to each session just before they are to occur. This is a new system and there are sure to be bugs. If you find that you don’t have necessary links please contact Mark Clough (206) 265-1896 for Apprentice training sessions or Peyton Coffin (206) 280 8633 our member service and communications chair or Henry Von Jouanne (206) 795-0438 our training committee chair for help.

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.