Baseball Umpires Association
Dear EMBUA Member,
It is with great pleasure that I write to you on Opening Day; OK , a day late but they haven't thrown the first pitch yet. It has been a long time coming but we are ready for the 2021 Baseball season to begin. The EMBUA Executive Board has been meeting throughout the winter and has settled on a meeting schedule and other important information to publish. There have been several changes and additions, so please review the information in this notice carefully.
The season will begin on May 3, 2021 and run through approximately July 3, 2021. Individual leagues may decide to conclude earlier than the July date.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions still in place, the Executive Board has decided to cancel the 2021 banquet.
During this difficult time and because we are unable to conduct business as usual, the Executive Board decided a temporary reduction in dues would be fair and just. As a result, your payment of dues for 2020 will also satisfy your dues requirement for 2021 as well. Quite simply, if you are a paid up member in good standing, your next dues payment will be for the 2022.
This year’s meeting will take place via zoom. The link for each meeting will be sent out prior to each meeting. The format for each meeting will be that all members except the Executive Board will be muted until the Q & A portion of the meeting at the end of the meeting. The dates of the meetings are as follows and all meetings will begin at 7:00PM:
April 28, 2021
May 5, 2021
May 12, 2021
May 19, 2021
May 26, 201
RETIRED MEMBERSHIP STATUS
The retired status is a membership status is for any member who has retired from actively umpiring games and is a member in good standing. This membership will afford the member all the rights and privileges of an active membership designation. If you would like to be listed as a retired member, please contact Don Dabenigno.
The MIAA has mandated that all players and officials will be required to wear a face mask to reduce the spread of airborne droplets. To be consistent with our uniform it is expected that officials will wear a navy mask. The Association has purchased a navy mask with the association’s logo for each member. Each member will receive a free MBUA mask. We will announce our distribution plans for the masks as we get closer to the season.
The pre-season test will be on the website soon and plans to review the exam at a meeting will be announced shortly.
EMBUA WEBSITE UPDATES
Please go to the Association website (www.embua.org) and check that all your contact information is correct. Make any necessary corrections and be sure to save the corrections; especially your email address and telephone number. If you experience any problems logging in or correcting any information, please contact Secretary Don Dabenigno for assistance.
John Ventura will again be able to supply members with equipment and uniforms for anyone needing to replenish their equipment and/or uniforms. Information to contact John will be sent out in a separate email.
Other responsibilities to take care of:
1) REGISTER WITH THE MIAA
All officials must register annually with the MIAA and pay the $10 per sport. Returning officials must confirm pre-populated information and complete all steps of the registration process. You do this by signing into your personal online Arbiter Sports account and then select “MIAA State Office – Central Hub”. That will take you to the MIAA Registration Page. Or, you can go directly to http://www.miaa.net, then scroll down and select the Arbiter Sports Icon on the left side of the page.
2) COMPLETE MIAA BACKGROUND CHECK (if yours is expired)
Check the Arbiter Sports, and then the MIAA State Office – Central Hub, to see if your background check has expired. The background check only has to be done every three years. Each official must use Arbiter Sports to register with the MIAA each year. New officials will have to complete the MIAA Background check and pay the $45 fee, plus the $10 for the sport of football.
3) TAKE CARE OF YOUR EMBUA DUES (IF YOU DID NOT IN 2020)
To be in “good standing” you must have paid your 2020 annual dues. As explained above, payment of the 2020 dues will satisfy your 2021 dues responsibility.
4) COMPLETE ANNUAL CONCUSSION TRAINING COURSE (if you have not done so this year)
Game officials shall complete the concussion training programs annually and shall provide independent verification of completion of the training program to schools or school districts upon request. The training course is free and the yearly concussion certification requirement is only valid between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. If you have already taken the course for this school year, there is no need to take it again. If you don’t have a concussion certificate, you will have to take the free online course. All officials will have to do it again after July 1, 2021.
5) STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR COMMISSIONER AND STAY UP TO DATE WITH YOUR ARBITER
Most, if not all, commissioners require a yearly Arbiter Sports fee. It’s a minimum fee. Check with your commissioner(s) about their Arbiter Sports fees and let them know about your availability. BLOCK all specific days between May 3, 2021 and July 3, 2021 that you are NOT available. The Commissioners cannot assign you to work a high school game, if you have not completed all of the above requirements (MIAA $10 baseball fee, background check, EMBUA dues, etc.)
Looking forward to baseball again!