The ABUA is the largest membership association for amateur baseball umpires in the U.S.

The ABUA's purpose is to improve the overall quality of umpiring in youth league, high school and college baseball through innovative teaching and educational programs, and superior educational resources.The ABUA protects its members with the most comprehensive insurance package in the industry
(Liability, Medical & Lost game fees)!

The ABUA provides a national organization and network where individual umpires and local associations can promote professionalism, integrity and a love of the game.

Introducing the Force3 Defender Face Mask! CLICK HERE


2014 MLB Rule Books NOW AVAILABLE!!! CLICK HERE

2014 PBUC MANUALS NOW AVAILABLE!!! CLICK HERE


In The News

The Option

The Option

Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi took the play, not the penalty in the Yanks’ 3-0 victory over the Cubs on April 16 in the afternoon game of a day-night doubleheader. Sound like football? In the bottom of the fifth, theYanks had Brett Gardner on third with one out when Jacoby Ellsbury tapped a ground ball back to the mound. Ellsbury’s bat made contact with the mitt of Cubs’ catcher John Baker. Plate umpire Jim Reynolds called interference on Baker and properly kept the ball alive. Ellsbury pointed to Baker and momentarily remained in the batter’s box area for a couple of seconds (a normal reaction) before he was tagged-out by Cubs’ pitcher Jason Hammel up the first base line. Meanwhile Gardner wisely broke for home on the crack of the bat and crossed the plate. Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi...
Umpire Myths

Umpire Myths

The only sure thing about umpiring is that someone is likely to disagree with just about anything an umpire does. There are no statistics to cite, but it is highly likely that the majority of coach ejections occur when the umpires were correct. That may simply be because most umpires are more tolerant of protest when they know they did something wrong and are unable to fix it. Nonetheless, there are many misconceptions regarding what the umpires can and cannot change and the rules involving umpire participation in the play. Except where noted, the material applies equally to NFHS, NCAA and pro rules.   Plate umpire decides. Perhaps the biggest myth involving umpires is that the home plate umpire can overrule the other umpires at any time. In reality, the umpire who made a call or ruling...
Why Do We Call Them Foul Lines?

Why Do We Call Them Foul Lines?

It seems that calling fair and foul balls should be one of the easiest duties that an umpire or crew would have. There is a line and all we need to do is point which side of the line the ball is on! Actually, for several reasons we need to understand both the rules and mechanics that apply in making these calls. The definitions of both fair and foul balls are covered in ASA Rule 1 and NFHS Rules 2-20 and 2-25. There are some common misconceptions when considering these rules and we need to be clear on those. It’s also important to remember that the foul lines and foul poles are really improperly named as both are entirely in fair territory. Of course, all of the bases and home plate are in fair territory as well. Did you ever wonder why the plate has five sides? Note that it establishes the...
LET THEM PLAY - Events That Allow Play to Continue - Part IV

LET THEM PLAY - Events That Allow Play to Continue - Part IV

Almost all interference results in an immediate dead ball, but for some acts though, play continues until action ceases – the so-called delayed dead ball. Additionally, there are other events which cause umpires to stop play after action ceases and take action. Umpires must know which acts keep the ball live as well as how to enforce the penalty. There are 14 such acts among the three codes. Acts where the ball is not immediately dead and the umpire must allow play to continue. Here is the last of four installments. Except where noted, the material applies equally to NFHS, NCAA and pro rules. Balk. Under NFHS rules, the ball is always immediately dead when a balk occurs. In the two upper levels of play though, the ball remains live of a pitch or throw follows the balk. If a pitch is batted...
Avoid Lineup Problems – Pay Attention To The Cards

Avoid Lineup Problems – Pay Attention To The Cards

There is an old saying “what’s in the cards?” In the game of softball the answer is that there are plenty of things that can happen with lineup cards – and unfortunately many of them are bad. Umpires can only get themselves in trouble when they don’t pay close attention to the content of the cards and to the substitution rules associated with the game. Let’s review what umpires are required to do in regard to lineups – keep in mind that this is a responsibility of the plate umpire and it is initially spelled out in NFHS Rule 3-1-3 and ASA Rule 4-1-A-1. Lineups must be submitted to the plate umpire at the pregame conference. In the game of softball lineups do not become official until they have been submitted, verified, and accepted or approved by the umpire at this meeting. As softball is...
Infield Fly Rule

Infield Fly Rule

For a batter to be ruled out when the Infield Fly Rule is invoked, the ball must be fair. An interesting situation involving that aspect of the rule occurred in the top of the sixth inning on Sept. 7 at the “Trop” where the Rays hosted the Orioles. The Orioles had the bases loaded with one out when Ryan Flaherty, facing Jeff Beliveau, popped-up between Rays’ catcher Jose Molina and third baseman Evan Longoria. The ball dropped to the ground untouched clearly in fair territory about 10-15 feet to the left of home plate. Molina then reached out and appeared to have gloved it on the foul side of the third base line while his feet were planted on the fair side. But plate umpire Greg Gibson ruled the ball fair. If his ruling was based on his judgment that Molina touched the ball in fair territory,...
NCAA baseball expansion of video replay among rule changes

NCAA baseball expansion of video replay among rule changes

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a rules change in baseball that allows umpires to conference in order to confirm or overturn an original call on whether a fielder caught a ball hit to the outfield. Current NCAA baseball rules allow umpires to conference on certain close plays in order to get calls right. Catches in the outfield  now have been added to that list of plays. Panel members, who met via conference call Tuesday, also approved expanding the experimental video replay rule to include “catch” and “no catch” plays. Starting in 2015, conferences will also be able to request through the rules committee to use the experimental video replay rule in regular season games in addition to conference tournament games. The video replay rule has been in effect at the Men’s College...
LET THEM PLAY Events That Allow Play to Continue - Part III

LET THEM PLAY Events That Allow Play to Continue - Part III

Almost all interference results in an immediate dead ball, but for some acts though, play continues until action ceases – the so-called delayed dead ball. Additionally, there are other events which cause umpires to stop play after action ceases and take action. Umpires must know which acts keep the ball live as well as how to enforce the penalty. There are 14 such acts among the three codes. Acts where the ball is not immediately dead and the umpire must allow play to continue. Here is the third of four installments. Except where noted, the material applies equally to NFHS, NCAA and pro rules. Umpire interferes. If an umpire hinders the catcher’s throw, it is most likely interference. If the hindrance occurs while the catcher is attempting to prevent a stolen base or pick off a runner, the...