2016 Memorandum # 3

May 7, 2016
To: CBUA Instructional Chairmen
Copy: CBUA Executive Board, Ken Allan
From: Bradley Hungerford, CBUA Executive Instructional Chairman

Re: Memo #3 (Playoff Mechanics)

  • THANKS FOR THE INPUT, PHONE CALLS AND QUESTIONS: I would like to thank all of you who have reached out with their questions, comments etc throughout the season. It is the only way that we are going to get better if we ask questions and keep me posted on what’s going on in your areas.Odds are, if you are seeing something, others are seeing it as well.
  • PLAYOFF TIME: It is so hard to fathom the fact that here we are staring down the barrel of another playoff season. It is down to the wire and I am sure I do not have to tell you that emotions are most likely at an all-time high. I am sure that I do not have to tell any of you that is crucially important that we remember that WE are the ones employed to maintain the peace and control of the games. Let’s remember that WE must be thermostats and NOT thermometers. Keep up all of your hard work and continued efforts as we close out the regular season.
  •  3-UMPIRE MECHANICS: I know that there are almost as many versions of working 3-Umpire mechanics as there are umpires. I have been asked by many umpires if the crew can determine how they choose to work the system in playoffs. Guys, I understand comfort, trust me, but I also understand the need for unity. Great umpires adapt to whatever level and system that they are working. I know that we will be able to conform and use this system as it will ease our process and make evaluating easier. Here are the mechanics:
3-Umpire Key Concepts: 
  • 1 st base umpire will be the quarterback
  • With no runners on base, a base umpire WILL go out on all fly balls!
  • The thought behind this is that we will work so few games in 3 man that sending an umpire out on ALL on ALL fly balls with no one on base this will revert us back the 2- umpire system which we are all very familiar with.
  • With no runners on base, if the 1 st base umpire goes out the plate umpire will have touch responsibility as well as any play back into 1st base on the batter-runner.
  • With runners on base, the wing umpire will use the Pause, Read, React method. 
  • Umpires WILL NOT go out from within the infield. 
  • With runners on base, the 3rd base umpire will always position himself in either the C or Deep C positions, 3rd base umpire will not position himself on the “B” side of the infield. 
  • The Plate Umpire will rotate to 3rd: 
    • No runners on base, triple that is not a fly ball and no umpire goes out. 
    • Runner on 1st base hit, Runner on 1st going 1st to 3rd . 
    • If the 1st base umpire does not go out, the runner on 1st committing to 3rd will initiate the “regular rotation” 
    • If the 1st base umpire goes out, it will take both ball AND runner for the Plate Umpire to take a play at 3rd . 
    • Runner on 1st and 2nd, fly ball, tag of runner on 2nd .
    • If the 1st base umpire does not go out, the runner on 2nd committing to 3rd will initiate the “regular rotation” 
    • If the 1st base umpire goes out, it will take both ball AND runner for the Plate Umpire to take a play at 3rd . 
  • With runner on 3rd base only, the Plate Umpire will line up the tag of the runner at 3rd . The 3rd base umpire will either go out, if it is in his fly ball responsibility area, or come across and assume responsibility of the batter-runner all the way to 3rd if the 1st base umpire goes out on a fly ball in his fly ball responsibility area. 
  • The 1st base umpire will remain in the deep B position with a runner on 2nd or 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs.
  • Plate Umpire WILL stay home with runners on 1st and 3rd regardless if the 1st base umpire goes out.
  • Plate Umpire WILL stay home with a runner on 1st with a 3 ball 2 strike count and 2 outs. 
  • Umpires WILL NOT bring a rule book onto the field in case of protest. Leave them either in the car or in the locker room. In case of protest, two umpires will leave the field to check the proper rule while the 3rd will stay and monitor the field.
 4-Umpire Key Concepts:
  • The 2nd base umpire will be the quarterback in reference to fly ball coverage. 
  • An umpire will go out on all fly balls to the outfield with the exception obvious base hits. 
  • With no runners on base, if the 1st base umpire goes out the plate umpire will have touch responsibility as well as any play back into 1st base on the batter-runner. 
  • With a runner on 1st base, if the 1st base umpire goes out the plate umpire will have responsibility for any play on the runner on 1st back into first as well as the batter runner touching 1st . 
  • Once inside, the 2nd base umpire WILL NOT have fly ball responsibility. 
  • With the 2nd base umpire inside the infield, fly ball responsibility will be the same as it was in 3-man mechanics.
  • With the 2nd base umpire in the infield, either the 3rd base umpire OR the 1st base umpire will go out on all fly balls with the exception of obvious base hits 
  • CELEBRATING OUR OFFICIALS: As we close out the regular season and move into the playoff’s I seem to receive more and more phone calls about how so and so should not be working playoff’s but will be and how they deserve to be working and are not. As much as I can appreciate your feelings please understand that there are only so many games to go around and trust in your association to place the best qualified umpires on the field for those particular games. Ask yourself, “Did I do EVERYTHING I could have possibly done this season? If the answer is yes than you have had a successful season. Let’s all bond together to celebrate those officials working playoff’s semi-finals and especially those working CIF-SS Finals. If we do the math, there are roughly 1500 CBUA Umpires and only 28 will work finals. That is 1.8% of our population. Congratulate them, they have earned this privilege. If you can, come to the game and support them. I am sure a friendly face in the stadium would ease their tension a little. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

Bradley L. Hungerford 
CBUA Executive Instructional Chairman 
CBUAIC@Gmail.com 
(760) 272-0671
 

2016 Memorandum # 1

March 25, 2016
Date: March 25, 2016
To: CBUA Instructional Chairmen
Copy:CBUA Executive Board, Ken Allan
From: Bradley Hungerford, CBUA
Executive Instructional Chairman
Memo # 1 -2016 Season

·         CONGRATULATIONS RENE FRANCO: I would like to send a special congratulation out to Long Beach Instructional Chairman Rene Franco and his Wife Lisa Tran-Franco for the birth of their first child Elias. What a great honor. I am sure you are very proud!

·         THANKS FOR THE INVITATIONS: I would like to than...


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Pre-Season Memorandum

January 7, 2015

Date:      January 5, 2015
To:         CBUA Instructional Chairmen
Copy:     CBUA Executive Board, Ken Allan
From:     Bradley Hungerford, CBUA Executive Instructional Chairman
Re:         Instructional Chair Caucus, New Mechanics, Study Guide


·         INSTRUCTIONAL CHAIRMAN CAUCUS: I am very pleased to announce that on Sunday, October 26, 2014 ALL 13 CBUA represented association’s instructional chairmen met in Riverside to discuss, among other things, the umpire development program f...


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