Chapter Officer Elections
At the 2018 Business Meeting at Twin Trees Too on February 18, Ed Bragg was elected President.
Each of the other officiers were re-elected as well.

President: Ed Bragg
Vice President: John Smorol
Secretary/Treasurer: Art Haber
Member at Large: Tom Newton

Rule Interpretation Meetings
Rule interpretation meetings will start on Monday February 26 at 6pm sharp.
We will meet each Monday in March… the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.
Meetings are held at:
Sysco Syracuse LLC
2508 Warners Road (Rt 173)
Warners, NY 13164

for detailed directions… click here!

Rob Reed receives the Prospect of the Year Award!
Mike Holiday receives the Professional of the Year Award!
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Tom Marlin receives the 2017 Umpire of the Year Award!
Mark Grosso receives recognition for representing the Syracuse Chapter at the NYState Tournament in 1998!
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Past Award Winners

Umpire of the Year
Outstanding Professional
Prospect of the Year

Fred Almonte Award

Bill Smorol Award
Tom Marlin
Henry Pagano
Mike Holiday
Sal DiSanza
Rob Reed
Joe Petrowski
Tom Newton

Jeff Harris
Art Haber

Dan Morgan
John Smorol
Kevin Ryan
Joe Cefaratti
Doug Angus
Jack Vogler
Pete LeGro
Pat Quilty
Jerry Losurdo
Matt Macaulay
Bill Cregg
Ed Bragg
Greg Hayden
Don Logana
Bob Kelty
Doug Angus
Warren Bumpus
Bill Cregg
Dan Kuhns
Herm Card
Joe DiPalma
Dale Malone
Ronnie Cook
Don Logana
Bill O'Sullivan
Pat Baker
Warren Bumpus
John Smorol
Jack Vogler
Charles Combs
Tony Stimson

Six Syracuse Chapter umpires braved the weather and attended the NYS Baseball Umpire Clinic.
Great show of desire to become better umpire!

2018 Syracuse Chapter Umpires and Clinic Staff

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2017 Tony DeVivo Scholarship Winners
The DeVivo committee has selected its recipients for the 2017 season, they are the following:

The winners and family were invited to the Syracuse Chiefs game for the formal presentation!

Jacob Dippold (Solvay) attending Wofford University
Jacob Sisto (Liverpool) attending SUNY Cortland
Jack Sheridan (CBA) attending LeMoyne College
Thomas Rooney (Chittenango) attending Siena College

Another successful year, with some great applicants and four seniors that will have a positive impact in their future endeavors.  

Henry J Pagano - Chairman
Congratulations to all!
Thanks to the Scholarship Committee for their hard work!

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The links below will download an editable document to your computer.
Download and fill in the particulars on your computer.

Then save and email to Mark Grosso at

Henry Pagano represented the Syracuse Chapter of the NYSBUA at the
2017 NYSPHSAA Baseball Championships.

Congrats to Henry for all his hard work!

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2017 Sectional Umpires

Kevin Bane
Ed Bragg
Salvatore DiSanza
Gary Fritz
Brendan Harrigan
Rick Lamb
Don Logana
Jerry Manganiello
Tom Newton
Paul Perlet
Patrick Quilty
Jack Root
John Smorol

Pat Baker
Bill Cregg
Mike Dixon
Paul Greiner
Greg Hayden
Mike La Nasa
Jerry Losurdo
Tom Marlin
Henry Pagano
Carmen Perrotti
Rob Reed
Tyler Saladin

Brian Bangson
Michael Capriotti
Paul Doane
Jeff Harris
Michael Holiday
Pete LeGro
Dale Malone
Brandon Musso
Scott Paige
Joe Petrowski
Chuck Richmond
Joe Simmons
Tom Zdanowski

Congrats to all !!

Rule Changes for 2018
The published NFHS rule changes are out …
click here!

Rules Podcast will soon be available...
A compilation of the most important aspects of each rule will be available in a podcast format.
The entire NFHS Federation Rule Book will soon be available. Each audio file covers a single rule ...
click here!

Syracuse Newsletter is now online... click here!

Has every umpire you worked with done the same quality job?
Do your evals leave room to reward exceptional performance?
The best evaluations have comments in one or more of the categories.
What is the basis for:
Arrival time: 5 for ready when the teams are! 1 if not ready when the teams are!
Plate work: Movement out from behind the plate, rotations.
Strike Zone: Especially upper and lower zone, as well as in and out. Consistency!
Calling low pitches strikes is not a good thing!
Base work: Accuracy and base mechanics.
Hustle: Does your partner move between innings? Does he jog/run to positions?
Professionalism: Does he have a good attitude? Is he pleasant to coaches and players, but does not talk too much and does not coach players.
Rained out or cancelled? Please rate all categories a 3 and leave a summery comment that the games was cancelled! Thanks

Warren Bumpus is 2015 NYSBUA Tony DeVivo Award Winner Warren Bumpus from the Syracuse chapter has been chosen from the pool of applicants as the winner of the 2015 Tony DeVivo Umpire of the Year Award. here to read more!

Herm Card Honored
HERMON CARD to be inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame. Herm, a graduate of Maine-Endwell High School (Section IV) and Syracuse University, was a baseball and soccer official for 48 years. Card officiated over 1,300 high school baseball games including more than 200 NYSPHSAA postseason games and 200 high school soccer contests. He was President of his local officiating chapter for six years and Rules Interpreter for 26 years. Card was named Baseball Umpire of the Year on two occasions and is a member of the Syracuse Baseball Umpires Hall of Fame (2005). for more on the HOF class here!

Following are general guidelines for updating availability on the Arbiter

Game Dates
March 27 - June 13
June 1 - Aug 31
Sept 1 - Oct 31
Availability Due:
Feb 15
May 1
Aug 1
Schedules Released:
March 31
June 1
Sept 1

Thanks -- Mark Grosso

WANT TO START WITH US? New or just wanting to step up to better baseball? No experience required!
For more info and to start, fill out our
online application! …click here!

The fall training has ended for the 2017 year. New umpires met 4 times this fall to start the on field training.

Over the winter we will have several meetings to continue to prepare for the 2017 season.

Some quick links to equipment suppliers