"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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2016 FHSAA State Championship Crew
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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
- PBU Summer & Fall High School Baseball Leagues
- Various Youth & Adult Baseball Leagues and Tournaments in the Tampa Bay area
Question of the Day!
At the pre-game conference, the home plate umpire issues a warning to both teams for any player wearing jewelry while
participating in the game.
Any player on either team caught wearing jewelry for the first time in the game will be ejected.
A warning for the wearing of jewelry may not be given at the pre-game conference.
If an umpire observes a player for either team wearing jewelry while in the game, he may issue a warning to both
teams at that point.
A team warning should be given if a player is observed wearing an ear stud in the dugout
Training Topic of the Day!
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An illegal pitch is an illegal act by the Pitcher with no runners on base, resulting in a ball awarded to the Batter. When an illegal pitch occurs with a runner on base, it is ruled a balk.
Illegal acts include, but are not limited to: (1) Wetting the fingers of the pitching hand while in contact with the rubber; (2) Wetting fingers and touching the baseball prior to wiping off; (2) Defacing the baseball; (3) using an illegal stance, etc.
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 and 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;
- 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!
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