Advanced Baseball Umpire Clinic Saturday, September 14, 2024
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM TBA   Pasco or Hernando   FL
This clinic addresses contemporary umpire philosophy and mechanics, featuring a controlled scrimmage providing the opportunity for attendee's to experience action on the field under direction of high school championship, collegiate and professional baseball umpires. Free lunch and refreshments is provided to registered attendees. Guest attendees are welcome and asked to register by clicking the link below to receive information and updated emails as the clinic approaches.
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   About PBUmpires

Professional Umpires for Amateur Baseball

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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
8 / 13
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

Peninsula Baseball Umpires (PBUmpires) 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.

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

   Training Topics of the Day! Want more? Click to play:

Today's Question:
With runners on first and third, a batted ball makes contact with U1 before any fielder has a chance to make a play. What (if any) baserunners advance?

A: Both runners advance; batter-runner is awarded first base.
B: Neither runner advances.
C: Only R3 shall advance because he is the closest runner to home.
D: Only R1 shall advance, due to R1 being forced to second base because the batter-runner is awarded first base.

Today's Training Topic:
Dead Ball 35

Dead Ball Table


The ball becomes dead under many circumstances. These include whenever an umpire calls time out or a ball foul, or out of play. Other times include certain rule violations, such as balks, interference or obstruction, issuing intentional walks, etc.

Sometimes the ball becomes dead when a call is made. Other times the ball remains alive until play comes to its natural conclusion when enforcement actions may be made.

When a dead ball occurs, play is suspended and no action by the Defense can cause a player to be out except on a "dead-ball" appeal.

The ball becomes dead when time is called to make an award when the any fielder obstructs a runner, when an intentional base on balls is awarded, or when base running penalties are imposed.

Use the attached Dead Ball Chart as a good reference for when a ball becomes dead and the enforcement action that follows. NFHS Dead Ball Table

When the ball becomes dead, no action by the defense can cause a player to be putout, except by making a "Dead Ball Appeal."

A runner may return to a base left too early on a caught fly ball, or a base untouched while advancing except when the runner has attained and is at or beyond the succeeding base when the ball became dead.

A runner may advance during a dead ball when awarded one or more bases by the umpire.

Under OBR the rules are the generally the same, except that "Dead Ball Appeals" are not provided for under OBR rules. Appeals must be made while the ball is alive, and either the base or runner involved is tagged by a defender holding the baseball.

The ball is dead when a PITCH touches a batter, his clothing or a runner.

The ball is dead when a FOUL BALL: (1) touches any object other than the ground or any person other than a fielder; or (2) goes directly from the bat to the catcher's protector, mask or person, without first touching his glove or hand; or (3) becomes an uncaught foul ball.

The ball is dead ball when there is INTERFERENCE by a runner, batter-runner, a retired runner, a batter interfering with a throw (not a pitch) to home plate or any other member of the Offense.

It is dead ball when a FAIR BATTED BALL: (1) touches a runner or umpire before touching any fielder or passing an infielder other than the pitcher; or (2) touches a runner after passing by an infielder and another infielder could have made a play on the ball; or (3) touches a spectator; or (4) goes over, through or wedges in a fence; or (5) lodges in a player's equipment or uniform.

It is a dead ball when a PITCH or any other THROWN BALL: (1) is touched by a spectator; or (2) is intentionally touched by a non-participating squad member; or (3) goes into a stand or other dead-ball area or players bench; or (4) goes over, through or wedges in a fence; or (5) lodges in an umpire's, catcher's, or offensive player's equipment (other than his glove or mitt) or uniform.

It is a dead ball when the UMPIRE: (1) handles a live ball; or (2) calls "Time"; or (3) gives the "Do Not Pitch" signal; or (4) inadvertently announces "Foul" on a ball that touches the ground.

It is a dead ball when a FIELDER, after catching a fly ball or line drive, leaves the field of play by: (1) stepping out with both feet; or (2) falling into a bench, dugout, stand, bleacher, or over any barrier such as a fence, rope, chalk line, or imaginary line established prior to the game.

It is a dead ball when an INFIELDER intentionally drops a fair fly ball, line drive or bunt in flight when there are less than two outs with at least first base occupied, EXCEPT during an infield fly rule situation.

The ball is dead when the PITCHER commits a (1) balk; or (2) throws an illegal pitch.

The ball is dead when a live ball penetrates or touches anything or anyone fully or partially within in a designated MEDIA AREA.

The ball is dead when any MALICIOUS CONTACT occurs whether initiated by either team.

The ball is dead when BACKSWING INTERFERENCE occurs.

Play is suspended when the ball becomes dead or any umpire calls "Time" for any reason such as granting requests to make substitutions or hold charged conferences.

Play is suspended when the umpire considers the weather or ground conditions unfit for play. After 30 minutes, he may declare the game ended. Under no circumstances will a game resume less then 30 minutes after the last observed lighting flash or heard clap of thunder.

Play is suspended when a (1) anyone is ordered from the grounds; (2) or a player is ordered to secure protective equipment; or (3) an umpire or player are injured. Unless the injured participant is at risk of further injury, "Time" should not be called until play has reached it natural conclusion.

Play is suspended when an umpire suspends play for any other cause such as awarding bases or inspection of the baseball.

   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:

  • Superior rules, contemporary field mechanics and professional game management training.
  • Continuing Professional Education via:
    • Professional quality online member portal:
      • Rules and association resources.
      • Rules and mechanics presentations, quizzes, games and videos.
      • Association News, Event Schedule, Photo Roster, Photo Gallery, Video Gallery, Blog and Online Store.
  • Minimum of 10 member meetings and clinics led by collegiate & professional level umpires.
  • Objective online evaluation program with guidance to improve to the next level.
  • Game Assignment Opportunities (based on evaluated ability):
    • Select youth, adult league and travel baseball in Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando Counties;
    • High School Baseball in Pasco and Hernando Counties;
    • High School Baseball District, Regional and State Playoffs;
    • MiLB Spring Training Baseball in Pasco, Hillsboro and Pinellas Counties;
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*
    * Military Veterans may qualify for grant assistance from Battlefields to Ballfields;
  • own or have access to reliable transportation;
  • are available to work evenings and weekends;
  • 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. Complete the new member online Orientation, Training & Eval Program (OTEP).
  • 3. Pass the baseball rules exam and field evaluation and you're on the field!

   Upcoming Meeting/Training Events

Day/Date: Event: Location/Notes:
  • Sat 09/14/2024 Fall New Member Field Clinic See Member Portal
  •    PBUmpires in Selected Action

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