Meet Ray Faustich!

Ray Faustich

D.O.B: 5/10/44

Resides in Seymore, CT

Married to Eileen

Chairman, National Federation High School Associations Rules Committee

July 1999-July 2003

  • Member N.F.H.S. Rules, mechanics, and umpire education committees since 1994
  • President Connecticut Association of Interscholastic Officials; 1995 to present (Member Board of Directors since 1993)
  • Connecticut State rules interpreter 1985 to present
  • Assignor: New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) since inception 1995 and for the Fairfield chapter of the Connecticut Board of Approved Baseball Umpires (C.B.O.A.B.U.) since 1973
  • Began umpiring in 1966; Babe Ruth baseball

URC: Ray what are the duties of the N.F.H.S.A. Rules Committee Chairman?

Ray: The primary responsibilities are to

URC: Can anyone suggest a new rule for the N.F.H.S.A.?

Ray: Suggestions for new rules are made through local umpiring associations, coaches associations, and through state athletic associations. A N.F.H.S.A. rules suggestion form is filled out and sent to Kansas City. Also, a random sample questionnaire is sent our polling the opinions of coaches and umpiring associations on possible rules changes.

URC: What is the process a submission follows?

Ray: The suggestions are received and distributed to the rules committee members. The committee members read the suggestions and, as a body, vote to take action on the individual suggestions. If a vote to take action is approved, the suggestion goes to a sub-committee who discusses the suggestion's merit. Should the sub-committee find merit, the suggestion is formulated, edited, and offered to the entire body for a vote. When the suggestion passes that vote, it is now an official rule and will be included in the next years rule book.

URC: How many proposed rules changes are received each year?

Ray: The number varies dramatically. It could be anywhere between two and four hundred. Most submissions are requests for editorial changes.

URC: How many new rules are adopted each year?

Ray: Usually, less than three or four.

URC: What new rules will be release this January?

Ray: I'm not at liberty to say at this time. The N.F.H.S.A. usually announces in December the rules for the following baseball season. That announcement is made by Brad Rumble, editor of the high school rule book.

URC: As Chairman, are you expecting to drive any major policy changes to the process or organization?

 Ray: No, I see my role more as a facilitator, more than as a driving force. However, if there is an issue that needs to be addressed, I will certainly present it. The direction that the rules committee has been going for the fast few years has proved to be very productive and hopefully, no further major rules changes will be needed.

Ray began his umpiring career in 1966 with the Long Island Babe Ruth association before moving to Connecticut in 1970. He joined the CBOABU in Fairfield and began his high school umpiring career. Ray has umpired 12 state high school finals, 6 state legion tournaments including the 1997 N.E. Regional, 8 Babe Ruth World Series (last 3 as Crew Chief) and has been a member of the College Baseball Umpires Association since 1982. He currently works in the Eastern College Baseball Conference, officiating games in the Big East, Ivy League, NE 10 and MAC conferences, as well as the NECBL during the summer. Ray worked the 1992 NCAA D-1 Regional tournament, 1993-1995 Ivy League Finals, and the 1997 NCAA D-3 Regional tournament.