Baseball Umpires Association
Dear EMBUA member,
After a great winter (keep thinking no more snow) the EMBUA meetings are set to begin for the 2017 season. There have been several changes and additions, so please review the information in this notice carefully.
This year’s annual banquet will be held on March 29, 2017, at the Irish American Club on West Street in Malden (behind Devir Park on the Fellsway). Cocktails are at 6:00PM with the dinner beginning promptly at 7:00PM. You will be asked at one of the two interpretation meetings about your intentions to attend.
The annual dues will remain at $60.00. In order to avoid long lines and to speed up the dues paying process, you are encouraged to mail your dues to Treasurer Tom Ryberg, 48 Bowker Road, Waltham, MA 02453. Dues must be paid by the Business Meeting, April 24, 2017, in order to vote on any matter that requires a vote at the Business Meeting.
EMBUA Website Update
Please go to the Association website and check that all your contact information is correct. Make any necessary corrections and be sure to save the corrections; especially email address and telephone number. If you experience any problems logging in or correcting any information, please contact Secretary Don Dabenigno for assistance.
There will be two (2) Harland “Sonny” Robins Scholarships of five hundred (500) dollars; one to a son and one to a daughter of a member in good standing and/or members who are in good standing and who has been accepted to, or is currently enrolled and working toward an undergraduate degree. Application forms are available on the EMBUA website (www.embua.org). If you feel your son or daughter qualifies (graduating from High School through junior year in college) please fill out the application on the website and return to Don Dabenigno at a meeting. The scholarship recipients will be selected at the Annual Business Meeting on April 24, 2017. Application must be received by April 20, 2017.
The dates for the season’s meetings are listed below. All Interpretation and General Membership Meetings are held at the Irish-American Club. In order to accommodate those that have requested earlier meeting times, we have changed the start times for those meetings taking place before high school games begin.
March 6, 2017 7:00PM (Interpretation meeting)
March 13, 2017 7:00PM (Interpretation meeting)
March 20, 2017 7:00 PM (General Membership Mtg.)
April 3, 2017 7:30 PM (General Membership Mtg.)
April 10, 2017 7:30 PM (General Membership Mtg.)
April 24, 2017 7:30 PM (General Membership Mtg.)
May 1, 2016 7:30 PM (General Membership Mtg.)
May 8, 2016 7:30 PM (General Membership Mtg.)
The Executive Board has set the requirement regarding meeting attendance for the 2017 season. At a minimum, each member must attend one (1) of the two (2) Interpretation Meetings and four (4) of the General Membership Meetings. Note, attendance at the annual banquet will not be counted as attendance at a meeting. Meeting attendance will be taken after the meetings.
It is the responsibility of each member to see that the Attendance Monitor checks their name off. Those members who are unable to meet the attendance requirement MUST notify the secretary in writing (email is fine) prior to the end of the meeting schedule, May 16, 2017.
MIAA REGISTRATION/NHSF CONCUSSION TEST
All members are required to register with the MIAA and the MIAA requires all game officials to complete the NHSF Concussion Test prior to the season. You can access the MIAA registration information and the Concussion Test login address by going to the members section on the Association website and locating the appropriate tab.
The pre-season test will be reviewed at the March 20, 2017, General Membership Meeting. Be sure to take the exam in advance and bring it to the meeting.
THREE-MAN UMPIRING SYSTEM WORKSHOP
The EMBUA will host a three-man umpiring system workshop for all interested members on May 22, 2017. Details will be discussed at upcoming meetings.
NEW UMPIRE CLINIC
If you know anyone who is interested in becoming an umpire, please direct them to the information on our website; embua.org. With last Sunday’s storm, classes being this Sunday at Tufts University.
John Ventura will again be at our meetings (except for May 1, 2017) for anyone needing to replenish their equipment and/or uniforms.
Evaluations for interested members will take place March 25, 2017, with a weather makeup date of April 1, 2017. More information will be discussed at regular meetings.
Pitchers and catchers are reporting to Florida and it’s only six (6) weeks to April 1, 2017; the beginning of the high school baseball season.
Yours in Baseball,