New Member Member Field Clinic. Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 9:00 AM - Registration is appreciated -
PBUmpires is hosting an umpire field clinic in 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.

Pbumpires

   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!

Failure to declare a designated hitter prior to the game precludes the use of a DH in that game.
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   Training Topic of the Day!

Rule #: 2 Topic: Playing Terms Sub: Ball & Base on Balls

NFHS: 2-4
OBR:

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A used in the rules a "ball" is a common reference for the baseball.

Another use of the term is a pitch that does not pass through the strike zone in flight and is not struck at.

A "Base on Balls", often referred to a a "Walk" is the award of 1st base to the Batter after having four pitches ruled "Balls". The Batter must go directly to 1st base and time out will not be awarded until he does so. NFHS rules specifically prohibits a Batter-Runner awarded a "Base on Balls" from over-running 1st base without liability to be put out.

An "Intentional Base on Balls" is the award of 1st base to the Batter after receiving four "Balls" in a prescribed manner where the Catcher sets up to step well out of the Catcher's Box to receive a pitch after the Pitcher releases it. The Batter is not prohibited from trying to hit this pitch, except that he may not leave the batter's box to do so.

Under NFHS rules (only), in lieu of throwing four pitched "Balls", the Head Coach, Pitcher or Catcher may advise the umpire they wish to intentionally walk the Batter at any point in any ball/strike count. Time is called, the ball is dead and the Batter is awarded 1st base without any (additional) pitches. Only runners forced to advance by the Batter-Runner advancing to 1st base advance one base as well.

   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!

Upcoming 6 Meeting/Training Events:

Day/Date/Time: Event: Location/Notes:
  • Mon 11/07/2022 Member Meeting #1 See Member Portal
  • Mon 11/21/2022 Member Meeting #2 See Member Portal
  • Mon 12/05/2022 Member Meeting #3 See Member Portal
  • Mon 12/19/2022 Member Meeting #4 See Member Portal