Happy Holidays to all of our Cape Cod Baseball Umpire Association members!
We are pleased to report that Doug Mason has been appointed to serve as CCBUA Interpreter. Doug returns to the post following a one year hiatus from the post. We would also like to thank veteran CCBUA member John Teehan for his service as acting interpreter for the past year.
Michael Rabideau was elected Vice President of the Massachusetts Baseball Umpire’s Association (MBUA) at the group’s November 6, 2016 meeting. Rabideau is currently President of the Cape Cod Baseball Umpires Association (CCBUA), one of 16 regional umpire groups that comprise the MBUA. Following the two-year term, the vice president automatically becomes MBUA president in accordance with the organization’s constitution.
The mission of the MBUA is to provide a common voice to represent all members at the High School Baseball state level. We will provide a uniform set of interpretations for the rules of baseball along with mechanics and a dress code for all umpires to adhere to. We will promote the advancement and education in the rules of the game with all umpires. To this end we will further the game of baseball by communicating with coaches, athletic directors and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
The MBUA will carefully study the interests of baseball, to render observations, recommendations, and/or decisions, where appropriate, on any matters referred to it by Member Boards.
Additionally, the association will recommend a uniform set of game fees and working conditions whether it be league-conference-or an independent schedule of high school level within the state.
Representatives from Honigs East will be on-hand before Monday’s (March 28th) membership meeting with equipment as well as MBUA apparel including embroidered hats. Please make plans to be early and to take advantage of available discounts being offered to CCBUA members. Reminder, the business meeting will begin promptly at 7pm.
Doug Mason will be donating an assortment of new and used umpire attire he has collected over the years at the membership meeting on March 14th. Much of the collection is from tournaments in Cooperstown NY and is in the XL+ size range. First come- first served.
MBUA patches are available for $2
Also, Dave Bisbee will be taking orders for a second ordering of the rule book from MLB featuring both the old and new rule book which he spoke of at the Feb. 29 meeting. See Dave to order your copy for $20.
Finally, don’t forget your cash! There will be several opportunities for raffles and purchases of CCBUA swag with proceeds benefiting our association.
Saturday’s CCBUA Mechanics Clinic was a great success. Eighteen campers took advantage of the opportunity to hone their field mechanics skills and gained insight from seven of the CCBUA’s most experienced umpires who shared their knowledge. Special thanks for the camp’s instructors Peter Hall, Gary Soares, Ron Musk, Doug Mason, Mark Delaney, Bryan Andrade and Mike Rabideau.