New Member Fall Field Clinic. Saturday, September 9, 2023 - 9:00 AM - Registration is appreciated -
PBUmpires is hosting an umpire field clinic in Pasco or Hernando Counties led by experienced post-season high school, collegiate and professionally experienced umpires. Additional information will be provided to registered attendees by email a week before the clinic. Register as our Guest.


   About PBUmpires

"Professional Umpires for Amateur Baseball".

Peninsula Baseball Umpires is a baseball umpires' association sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) to umpire High School baseball in Florida as well as advanced League and Tournament baseball throughout the year.   Established in 1999, the association, is consistently rated among the best umpires in the FHSAA State Championships. PBUmpires crews have been assigned to the FHSAA State Championships Series 18 times in the last 18 years. "Constant and never ending improvement" is more than a slogan at Peninsula Baseball Umpires, it is our mission. Our members, many with collegiate and professional baseball umpiring experience, have proven time and again that they go the extra mile to provide the teams we umpire for the best qualified officials in Florida.

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David Wooldridge
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Les Saland
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Jamie Rawls
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Randy O'Connell
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2016 FHSAA State Championship Crew
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Glen Koury
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Kyle Goluba
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Gary Glover
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2016 FHSAA Championship Crew
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Andrew Girard
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Greg Caryanoff
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Randy Austin
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Baseball on Grass

PBUmpires welcomes clients seeking our professional level services. Based on PBUmpires' constant training and evaluation program, our umpires strive to provide the highest level of service possible, demonstrating superior rules, mechanics and contemporay game management knowledge and techniques.

Our clients return for PBUmpires services based on their experience with our members arriving on site to start the game on time, professionally equipped, dressed and prepared to umpire to the highest level, regardless of the level of ball game.

As part of our ongoing training and evaluation program for advancing umpires, PBUmpires sponsors a fall high school league in Pasco, Hernando and Pinellas counties with no administrative charges to the teams.

Our clients have included:

  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Florida State League
  • Florida High School Athletic Association District, Regional and State Finals Series
  • Pasco County High Schools
  • Hernando County High Schools
  • Citrus County High Schools
  • Steinbrenner High School Tournament
  • Farm Bureau High School Tournament
  • PBU Summer & Fall High School Baseball Leagues
  • Various Youth & Adult Baseball Leagues and Tournaments in the Tampa Bay area

   Question of the Day!

The runner that misses a base and is on or beyond a succeeding base when the ball becomes dead,:
A: may not return to touch the missed base, and can be called out upon proper and successful appeal.appeal
B: may return to touch the missed base.
C: cannot be called out on appeal, due to his having reached a succeeding base.
D: None of the above.

   Training Topic of the Day!

Designated Hitter 69


Under NFHS/FHSAA rules (as of 2020), a Designated Hitter (DH) may be used in one of two scenarios.

The DH may be a 10th starter batting in the lineup for any of the nine starting defensive players. If used in this manner, The DH is terminated for the remainder of the game when: (1) the defensive player being hit for (or his substitute) plays any offensive role in the game; or (2) the DH assumes any defensive position.

The DH may be any one of the starting defensive players. In this manner, the starting defensive player has two roles: (1) a defensive player and (2) the DH. The role of defensive player may be substituted for by any legal substitute. If the defensive player has been substituted for - the original Player/DH may re-enter one time. The role of the DH is terminated for the remainder of the game when: (1) a substitute or former substitute for the defensive role subsequently participates in any offensive role; or (2) the starting Defensive Player/DH is substituted for either as a hitter or runner.

FLORIDA MODIFICATION - A starting pitcher designated as "P/DH", may not play any other position on defense or return to the mound if removed as pitcher. The starting "P/DH" may be substituted for and return in his DH role one time.

Under OBR, the Designated Hitter may bat only for the Pitcher. Both players may never be in the game at the same time. The DH is terminated if (1) the DH enters the field on defense, or (2) the Pitcher enters the game on offense in place of the DH.

   Got what it takes? Become a Member!

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PBUmpires is always looking for people interested in learning how to umpire above the youth baseball level and join the premier umpire assocation in the Tampa Bay area. We form New Umpire Clinics each Fall and Spring.  New Member training sessions have been held at Spectrum Field (formerly Brighthouse Field) in St. Petersburg and regular meetings and field clinics are generally held in Pasco County.

New Member training sessions consist a day (or series of week nights) of presentations and discussions learning baseball rules and how to apply them. You'll learn that most TV commentators are wrong about the rules quite often.  A second day (or series of week nights) will be dedicated to learning on the field, the 60', 70' and standard baseball field mechanics and the subtle differences between them. A third day will be spent umpiring games being mentored by highly experienced high school, collegiate and professionally experienced umpires dedicated to passing on the best information and skills of the craft to the next generation. Upon demonstrating a sound aptitude for the game and officiating it, you'll be invited to attend the New Member Orientation where you'll assume the mantle of PBUmpire!

Umpires certified by the FHSAA or another similar state high school certification organization, may be invited to attend the "Try Out Day", based on their level of certification and documented experience.

What we provide our members:

We welcome all who have an interest joining PBUmpires and:
  • are at least 16 years of age;
  • own or can obtain necessary equipment and uniforms;
  • own or have access to reliable transportation;
  • have the desire to learn how and effectively umpire to superior standards.

  • 1. Click the Become a Member image (left) and submit an online application.
  • 2. Attend all the new member training, clinics and evaluation sessions.
  • 3. Pass the baseball rules exam and field evaluation and you're on the field!

Upcoming 6 Meeting/Training Events:

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