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Chapter dues now due!
Since the varsity fee for the 2017 season will be $85, the dues for the 2017 season are $128 and are due on or before October 1st, 2016. You may refer to ARTICLE 4 of our chapter’s Constitution for details and late penalties.

Please make your check payable to NYSBUA Syracuse Chapter, and send to:
Art Haber
607 Sycamore Terrace
DeWitt, NY 13214.

Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.

Rule Changes for 2017
The published NFHS rule changes are out …
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More information …
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The website has been updated with info for 2016.
Summer info regarding rules and contacts has recently been updated as well.

Summer rules ...
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Summer contacts ...
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Meeting Videos online!
The presentations from all the 2016 meetings are online.
If you missed the meeting, please take a look.
If you want to hear it for a second time, they are there for you too!
Use the links to the right to go to the meeting videos.

Rules Podcast now available...
A compilation of the most important aspects of each rule are now available in a podcast format.
The entire NFHS Federation Rule Book is now available. Each audio file covers a single rule ...
click here!

Members Attain Active Status
Three members were elevated to active status. They are Tom Zdanowski, Rob Reed and Mike O’Byrne. Each of these members demonstrated a great commitment. Each of these umpires has gone the extra mile, including attending the Binghamton NYSBUA Clinic. Their dedication to the Syracuse Chapter and their ability has led to becoming active members. Congrats!

4th Annual NY Baseball Umpires Clinic
The 4th Annual NY Baseball Umpires Clinic was Jan 9, 2016, in Vestal (outside of Binghamton).
Our last several umpires that have gone to the State tournament have attended.
Four of our umpires attended, Dan Morgan, Mike O'Byrne, Rob Reed and RJ Garcea.
This is a great way to kick start your pre-season.

Congrats to Dan Morgan who represented the Syracuse Chapter at the 2016 NYSBUA State Championships!
See more …
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At the 2016 annual business meetings awards were presented:

Tom Newton
as the
Umpire of the Year

Jeff Harris
as the
Prospect of the Year /
Bill Smorol Award

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VP Don Logana
UOY Tom Newton

Jeff Harris
presented by
John Smorol

Umpire of the Year
Outstanding Professional
Prospect of the Year

Fred Almonte Award

Bill Smorol Award
Tom Newton

Jeff Harris
Art Haber

Dan Morgan
John Smorol
Kevin Ryan
Joe Cefaratti
Doug Angus
Jack Vogler
Pete LeGro
Pat Quilty
Jerry Losurdo
Matt Macaulay
Bill Cregg
Ed Bragg
Greg Hayden
Don Logana
Bob Kelty
Doug Angus
Warren Bumpus
Bill Cregg
Dan Kuhns
Herm Card
Joe DiPalma
Dale Malone
Ronnie Cook
Don Logana
Bill O'Sullivan
Pat Baker
Warren Bumpus
John Smorol
Jack Vogler
Charles Combs
Tony Stimson

Syracuse Newsletter is now online... click here!

Congratulations to the nearly 30 umpires who umpired 2016 Sectional contests!

Doug Angus

Pat Baker

Ed Bragg

Mike Capriotti

Joe Cefaratti

Marc Chamberlain

Eddie Collins

Bill Cregg

Art Haber

Brendan Harrigan

Jeff Harris

Pete LeGro

Don Logana

Jerry Posurdo

Dale Malone

Tom Marlin

Joe Moran

Dan Morgan

Tom Newton

Henry Pagano

Scott Paige

Paul Perlet

Carmen Perrotti

Joe Petrowski

Pat Quilty

Tyler Saladin

Joe Simmons

John Smorol

Has every umpire you worked with done the same quality job?
Do your evals leave room to reward exceptional performance?
The best evaluations have comments in one or more of the categories.
What is the basis for:
Arrival time: 5 for ready when the teams are! 1 if not ready when the teams are!
Plate work: Movement out from behind the plate, rotations.
Strike Zone: Especially upper and lower zone, as well as in and out. Consistency!
Calling low pitches strikes is not a good thing!
Base work: Accuracy and base mechanics.
Hustle: Does your partner move between innings? Does he jog/run to positions?
Professionalism: Does he have a good attitude? Is he pleasant to coaches and players, but does not talk too much and does not coach players.
Rained out or cancelled? Please rate all categories a 3 and leave a summery comment that the games was cancelled! Thanks

Warren Bumpus is 2015 NYSBUA Tony DeVivo Award Winner Warren Bumpus from the Syracuse chapter has been chosen from the pool of applicants as the winner of the 2015 Tony DeVivo Umpire of the Year Award. here to read more!

Herm Card Honored
HERMON CARD to be inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame. Herm, a graduate of Maine-Endwell High School (Section IV) and Syracuse University, was a baseball and soccer official for 48 years. Card officiated over 1,300 high school baseball games including more than 200 NYSPHSAA postseason games and 200 high school soccer contests. He was President of his local officiating chapter for six years and Rules Interpreter for 26 years. Card was named Baseball Umpire of the Year on two occasions and is a member of the Syracuse Baseball Umpires Hall of Fame (2005). for more on the HOF class here!

Following are general guidelines for updating availability on the Arbiter

Game Dates
March 27 - June 13
June 1 - Aug 31
Sept 1 - Oct 31
Availability Due:
Feb 15
May 1
Aug 1
Schedules Released:
March 31
June 1
Sept 1

Thanks -- Mark Grosso

WANT TO START WITH US? New or just wanting to step up to better baseball? No experience required!
For more info and to start, fill out our
online application! …click here!

The fall training has ended for the 2017 year. New umpires met 4 times this fall to start the on field training.

Over the winter we will have several meetings to continue to prepare for the 2017 season.

Some quick links to equipment suppliers