At the 2018 Business Meeting on February 11, we will be electing officers in the following positions, President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Member at Large.

Don Logana has asked Bill Cregg to Chair the Nominating Committee.

Any Active member in good standing can run for election in any of these offices. If you are interesting in running for any of these positions please email me before December 1, 2017.

The committee will be accept emails until December 1, 2017. If more than one member is interested in an office, the committee will schedule interviews with the candidates between December 1-15th. The committee will notify the membership of their recommendations by January 1, 2018.

Remember that any active member in good standing can run off the floor at the Business Meeting in February with a nomination from an active member in good standing and a second from an active member in good standing.

The following members have submitted their names for consideration for office.

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

Please do not hesitate to contact Bill Cregg with any questions at 315-374-9841.

Join other umpires from New York State and beyond seeking to improve their skills and knowledge at the fifth annual NY Baseball Umpire Clinic. A staff of professional umpires, including Major League Baseball Umpire Rob Drake, will offer training and insight on how to improve your ability, regardless at what level you currently work.

January 13, 2018
The Edge Sports Complex, Vestal, NY

Register Today!

$125.00 includes Friday night meet & greet, autographed photos, clinic, lunch, and DVD of plate work. Register with payment by December 1, 2017 and be entered into drawing to win 2 tickets to an MLB game. For every 15 registrants, an additional drawing will occur. Encourage your fellow umpires to register today to increase opportunities to win!

http://endicottumpireschapter.com/2018-ny-baseball-umpire-clinic/ for more information and to register.
Please pass this message along to your fellow umpires.

2017 Syracuse Chapter Umpires and Clinic Staff

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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 2017
The published NFHS rule changes are out …
click here!
More information …click here!

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

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Johnny Smorol (r) presents Joe Petrowski with the Prospect of the Year Award. This award is named after Billy Smorol, Johnny's brother.

Congrats Joe!
Fred Almonte Umpire of the Year Award is presented by Tom Newton (r) to Henry Pagano!

Congrats Henry!

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We caught up with Sal DiSanza (l) to present him the Professional of the Year from the Syracuse Chapter NYSBUA. Tom Newton(r) presented and congratulated Sal!

Congrats Sal!
Pat Baker (r) being recognized from President Don Logana (l) for umpiring the NYSBUA State Tournament (2004)

Congrats Pat!

Past winners follow:

Umpire of the Year
Outstanding Professional
Prospect of the Year

Fred Almonte Award

Bill Smorol Award
Henry Pagano
Sal DiSanza
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

The 2017 NYSBUA Umpire Clinic
January7, 2017 / Binghamton, NY

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The Syracuse Chapter was represented by the following 14 members along with MLB and MiLB instructors - Jen Pawol, Ryan Bealo, Chris Segal, Tony Woods, Dan Merzel, Nick Swaha, Henry Pagano, Don Logana, Tom Newton, Paul Greiner, Brendan Harrigan, Rob Drake, Warren Bumpus, Joe Petrowski, Jason Cassiday, Mike Holiday, Pat O'Neill, Rob Reed, Chris Petrilli, Matt Arcovio and Lance Barrett

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. ...click 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 ...click 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