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1 6:00 – 8:30 PM AIA First Pitch Meeting Thanks Arizona Diamondbacks & Chase Field for hosting our AIA First Pitch meeting!

2 First Pitch Meeting Agenda Opening Remarks Commissioners Address Awards Guest Speaker Breakout Sessions (3) Administrative (Uniforms, Move-ups, Playoffs etc.) New Officials Meeting

3 2014 Baseball First Pitch Meeting Garrett King Arizona Diamondbacks 6:15- 6:20

4 2014 Baseball First Pitch Meeting Gary Whelchel AIA Commissioner of Officials 6:15- 6:20

5 WELCOME BASEBALL OFFICIALS

6 EIGHT WAYS TO RUIN YOUR OFFICIATING REPUTATION

7 BE HIGH MAINTENANCE Need To Go From ME To WE Everywhere I Go, I Go With Me

8 TALK TO MUCH We Need To WALK More Than We TALK You Say More By Not Saying Anything We need to WATCH our Language

9 ONE NIGHT STAND

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11 CREATE PROBLEMS OFF THE FIELD If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Social Media Is Not Neutral

12 FRATERNIZE Perception Becomes Reality Officials And Coaches Are NOT Friends

13 LOOK TERRIBLE Inventory Your Look Opportunity Does Not Knock – Opportunity Presents Itself

14 DONT TREAT PEOPLE RIGHT Never Look Down On Anybody Unless You Are Helping Them Up

15 BE ALL ABOUT THE MONEY Beware Of The Cost When Talking About The Cost Because The Cost May Be Costly

16 BE ARROGANT AND UNAPPROACHABLE Arrogance is trying to convince others you're more than who they know you are. PRIDE is the Mother Of Arrogance

17 PROTECTING THE GAME WILL PROTECT YOUR REPUTATION The Bottom Line:

18 Thank You Commissioner Whelchel

19 2014 Baseball Awards Area 99

20 Years Ten Years Simon Gustafson Tim Hunt Jim Moore Rich Munoz Fifteen Years Wayne Hurm Terence Gilliam Maggie Santana Fifteen Years Bill Seashols Andy Warner Mark Warner Twenty Years Jose Acosta Roger Hale Jack Polchow Eric Vaughan Twenty Five Years Scott Hanson Howard Horton Glen Russell Thirty Five Years Fernando Martin Years of Service AIA Baseball ; Area 99

21 2013 State Baseball Championship Crews Area 99 Division 1 Mark Warner, Andy Warner & Rob McKinley Division 2 Charles McAdoo, Jake Gustafson & Dana Smith Division 3 Bob Acklin

22 AIA Baseball Official of the Year Mark Warner 6:25 – 6:35

23 Bob Raymond Service Award A career service award for exemplary leadership, dedication and service to Arizona Interscholastic Association, AZBOA and their Umpire Members. Dennis Meadows Congratulations Dennis!

24 Steve Mattingly Career Umpire BIO Professional Baseball Umpire for 6 years including AAA Professional Baseball Umpire for 6 years including AAA Lead Instructor for Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring Lead Instructor for Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring Division 1 PAC 12 Baseball Umpire Division 1 PAC 12 Baseball Umpire 2013 College World Series Umpire 2013 College World Series Umpire ACCAC Umpire Supervisor ACCAC Umpire Supervisor Guest Speaker

25 6:00 – 8:30 PM AIA First Pitch Breakout Session Go to your assigned breakout session!

26 6:00 – 8:30 PM AIA First Pitch Breakout Session 2014 Rules Changes & POE

27 New Rules 2013 RULE CHANGE

28 © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC RULE CHANGE © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC RULE CHANGE Legal Pitching Positions Rule The set is one of two legal pitching positions. For the set position …he shall stand with his entire non-pivot foot in front of a line extending through the front edge of the pitchers plate and with his entire pivot foot in contact with or directly in front of and parallel to the pitchers plate…. PlayPic ® Pivot Foot must be PARALLEL and touching!

29 © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC RULE CHANGE © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC RULE CHANGE Backswing Interference Rule 7-3-5c Batter shall not interfere with the catchers fielding or throwing by…….making any other movement, including backswing interference, which hinders action at home plate or the catchers attempt to play on a runner…. PlayPic ® If the batter hits any part of the catcher and interferes with the catchers fielding or throwing…… Back Swing Interference shall be called. If the catcher is not making a play then the back swing contact is ignored….apply the same way you apply the rest of Rule 7.3.5c.

30 © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC RULE CHANGE © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC RULE CHANGE Backswing Interference Rule 7-3-5c For Example: When the batter commits backswing interference and the attempt to retire R1 at second is unsuccessful, the batter is ruled out and R1 must return to first base. MechaniGram ®

31 New Rules 2013 RULE CHANGE

32 New Rules 2013 Bats as De-certified by NFHS Marucci CAT 5 33 inchMarucci CAT 5 33 inch Reebok Vector TLS 33 inchReebok Vector TLS 33 inch RULE CHANGE Illegal

33 New Rules 2013 RULE CHANGE A coach or team member may use electronic equipment in the dugout as long as it is not used for video recording or replay. A tablet computer used for scorekeeping purposes only is permissible. Electronic Equipment Rule 3-3-1f

34 New Rules 2013 RULE CHANGE Electronic Equipment Rule 3-3-1i The only equipment that a coach may have and use in the coaching box is a stopwatch, a rules book (hard copy) and a scorebook (hard copy).

35 New Rules 2013 RULE CHANGE Extra Warm-up Throws Rule 6-2-2c Exception When a pitcher is ejected from a game, his successor may be authorized to receive more than the standard eight warm-up throws that he would get as a substitute.

36 © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC RULE CHANGE © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC RULE CHANGE Illegal Pitching Position Rule A number of pitchers are starting in this position and coming set. This is not a legal position because it does not meet the requirements of either the windup or set position. WARN FIRST and BE PROACTIVE! PlayPic ® Non-pivot foot must be on or intersect a line extending through the front edge….

37 New Rules 2013 POE 2014 Coaching Attire Umpire Authority and Enforcement

38 © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC POINT OF EMPHASIS Coachs Attire PlayPic ® Rule 1.4.1….uniforms of all team members… (this includes a coach)…should be of the same color and style… Team jackets or wind breakers that are similar in color to the team uniform may be worn by coaches.. Coaches must wear hats, socks and shoes….

39 © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC POINT OF EMPHASIS Coachs Attire Shorts are not allowed for AIA sanctioned games. Only baseball type uniform pants, nothing else. *No Pants, Jeans, or Slacks*No Sweats or Athletic Pants PlayPic ® Any coach who is not in proper uniform is Restricted to the dugout and my not come out on to the field except for player injury or being summoned by the Umpire.

40 © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC POINT OF EMPHASIS Umpires Authority Coaches are permitted to question rules and their enforcements, but are not allowed to question the judgment of the umpire. The umpire(s) is / are the sole authority for ruling on a game. PlayPic ®

41 © REFEREE ENTERPISES INC POINT OF EMPHASIS Umpires Authority When an umpire comes to the mound, the defensive conference is over. The coach should respect the umpires authority to resume the game and not linger or prolong the conference unnecessarily. PlayPic ® Umpires need allow appropriate amount of time for the coach to talk with his players and then move to the mound to breakup the meeting and restart the game…. Upon arriving to the mound allow the coach to finish speaking to the players (this should be brief) and then ask him if he is ready to go or if he is making a change…

42 Umpire Authority and Enforcement A coach or player cannot : A coach or player cannot : – Dispute an umpires call (within reason) – Fail to comply with an umpires directive. – Exaggerate the time allowed for conferences. – Challenge the umpires authority. – Incite fan/spectator negative behavior. – Model inappropriate behavior to their team members.

43 Umpire Authority and Enforcement The Umpire is expected to: know all the rules. be a leader on the field at all times. be fair and firm. Be Perfect.

44 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Questions?

45 6:00 – 8:30 PM AIA First Pitch Next breakout starts in 5 minutes

46 6:00 – 8:30 PM AIA First Pitch Breakout Session Malicious Contact / Batter Hit by Pitch

47 New Rules 2013 Malicious Contact Malicious Contact b 3.3.1n8.4.2e Definition of Bench & Field Conduct Base Running Offensive and Defensive Players can be guilty of Malicious Contact = EJECTION! Defensive Defensive contact that is malicious is usually easy to define (are they tagging or punishing?) So we will focus on the Offense….

48 New Rules 2013 Malicious Contact Lets focus on… Malicious Contact b - Definition NFHS definition; when a runner creates Malicious Contact with any fielder, with or without the ball, in or out of the baseline…

49 New Rules 2013 Malicious Contact What is ….Malicious By definition; having or showing a desire to cause harm to another person… ViciousWickedNasty VengefulHostileMalignant EvilInjuriousPoisonousCaustic

50 New Rules 2013 Malicious Contact Malicious Contact…. Redefined Lets change our focus from defining the word to defining the offensive (offense) players actions. Are the actions of the runner to REACH the base or DISLODGE the baseball? Trying to REACH a base = Baseball = Not Malicious Trying to DISLODGE the ball = not HS Baseball = Malicious Dislodging the baseball; In almost all instances the contact created by the runner will be initiated above the waist of the fielder. Trying to reach a base; in most cases the contact created by the runner will be below the waist of the fielder. (Upright fielder vs. Crouched fielder)

51 New Rules 2013 Malicious Contact Malicious Contact Redefined The Contact created by the runner; was it Avoidable Contact or Unavoidable ContactAvoidable Contact or Unavoidable Contact Avoidable Contact is when the runner has been given clear opportunity to avoid the collision….Unavoidable Contract the runner does NOT have opportunity to go around, stop or avoid. Umpires will take into consideration Umpires will take into consideration : -the location of the throw -the position of the fielder -is the ball waiting on the runner-does the play develop late -does fielder have to adjust to go get the ball-the location of the contact

52 New Rules 2013 Malicious Contact Malicious Contact Redefined Lets focus our picture…. Attempting to Dislodge the Baseball Collision that is high on the fielder Contact that was Avoidable MALICIOUS!! Attempting to Reach the Base Collision that is lower on the fielder Contact that was Unavoidable NOT MALICIOUS!! -the location of the throw -the position of the fielder -is the ball waiting on the runner-does the play develop late -does fielder have to adjust to go get the ball

53 New Rules 2013 Malicious Contact Malicious Contact Redefined

54 New Rules 2013 Malicious Contact Malicious Contact Redefined

55 New Rules 2013 Malicious Contact Malicious Contact Redefined

56 New Rules 2013 Malicious Contact Malicious Contact Redefined View Video

57 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Questions?

58 6:00 – 8:30 PM AIA First Pitch Next breakout starts in 5 minutes

59 6:00 – 8:30 PM AIA First Pitch Breakout Session AIA Baseball Absolutes

60 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES AIA Baseball Absolutes are all the above…the foundation for what we do on the baseball field as officials! …Utmost, ultimate, supreme, consummate, unconditional, pure…

61 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES Crew members will contact each other to confirm their assignments 48 hours prior to the game. Crew members will contact the Home School to confirm assignment.

62 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES Crew members will arrive to the game site a minimum of 30 min. prior to the start of the game.

63 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES All crew members will arrive together to the field 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Crew members will leave the field together when the game is finished.

64 ABSOLUTES A Pregame conference must take place 5 minutes prior to the start of the game that includes the umpires and both head coaches from the respective teams. This conference will cover the ground rules, verification of equipment and lineup cards will be taken.

65 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES Both Head Coaches will verbally confirm to the UIC that all their players are properly and legally equipped, prior to starting any game.

66 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES Each umpire will utilize and follow the approved mechanics for AIA and shall not deviate from them. The Plate Umpire will be the UIC for the game.

67 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES Player safety is foremost in our game and as such each umpire will strive to err on the side of safety.

68 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES All umpires will enforce the dugout rule, keeping players and coaches in the dugout as defined by NFHS rules.

69 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES Verbal and visual communications will be given prior to each new rotation or situation.

70 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES Interaction with players and coaches will always be in a positive and professional manner. Umpires will NEVER use profane language.

71 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES No umpire shall openly criticize or negatively comment on his crew members judgment call. No umpire shall attempt to overturn or override any judgment call by his partner UNLESS asked for help by the calling official.

72 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES Anytime an NFHS or AIA baseball rule is being applied incorrectly it the responsibility of ANY / ALL umpire(s) to bring it t the attention of the UIC.

73 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES Every game will have an umpire behind the plate to officiate balls and strikes. All members of the crew assigned to the game shall bring gear to work the plate.

74 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES The Plate Umpire will rule on all issues regarding the batter.

75 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES All baseball umpires will wear the correct uniform as outlined by AIA. Black Uniforms are required starting May

76 New Rules 2013 ABSOLUTES TEN RUN RULE….A baseball game shall end any time after five innings or after four and one half (4½) innings when a team is 10 or more runs behind and has completed its turn at bat FIFTEEN RUN RULE…a baseball game shall end any time after four innings or after three and one-half (3 1/2) innings when a team is fifteen or more runs behind and has completed its turn at bat. This rule is at the discretion of the losing coach SUSPENDED GAME… suspended game shall be continued from the point of suspension provided it has playoff implications. Game MUST go 4 ½ or 5 innings to be considered a suspended game. A game that does not go beyond 4 ½ innings is a no contest SPEED-UP RULES…by Conference approval; no inning may start after 1 hr 45 minutes. Time starts after pregame conference. SUB VARSITY ONLY! **Please note the 15 run rule is only enforced if the LOSING coach agrees. **Sub Varsity time limit if agreed to at the plate meeting by both coaches.

77 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Questions?

78 6:00 – 8:30 PM AIA First Pitch Next breakout starts in 5 minutes

79 6:00 – 8:30 PM AIA First Pitch General Information

80 Years Ten Years Simon Gustafson Tim Hunt Jim Moore Rich Munoz Fifteen Years Wayne Hurm Terence Gilliam Maggie Santana Fifteen Years Bill Seashols Andy Warner Mark Warner Twenty Years Jose Acosta Roger Hale Jack Polchow Eric Vaughan Twenty Five Years Scott Hanson Howard Horton Glen Russell Thirty Five Years Fernando Martin Years of Service AIA Baseball ; Area 99

81 Richard Villa Baseball Scheduling Sub Committee Chair Scheduling of AIA Baseball Games 6:20 – 6:25

82 *Blackout = Days you CANNOT WORK

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85 *Games are assigned by the AIA Operational Committee and its Scheduling Sub Committee. *Assigned games are intended to be within 15 miles one way of your location, this is the goal not the guarantee. *All games assignments are reviewed and approved by the AIA prior to being released to the officials *State tournament assignments are solely assigned by the AIA Scheduling of AIA Baseball Games 6:20 – 6:25

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91 Questions about Scheduling?

92 Classroom Meetings Varsity Area Meetings (Level 1, 2 & 5) Moon Valley HS Conference Area (Center of Campus) Moon Valley HS Conference Area (Center of Campus) Feb 5, 10, 12, 17 & 19 th 6PM – 7:30PM (Steve Huddleson) Feb 5, 10, 12, 17 & 19 th 6PM – 7:30PM (Steve Huddleson) Extra Innings Recreation Center (Val Vista / Southern) Extra Innings Recreation Center (Val Vista / Southern) Feb 5, 10, 12, 17 & 19 th / 6:30 – 8PM (Andy Warner) Sub Varsity Meetings (Level 3 & 4 MUST ATTEND THESE) AIA Conference Room AIA Conference Room Feb 6, 10, 11, 17 & 18th / 6:00 -8 PM (Rob McKinley or Mark Warner) This information is posted on AZBOA.org

93 Clinics / Move Ups / Scrimmages New Umpire Clinic (designed for level 3 & 4s) Brophy HS Varsity Baseball Field Brophy HS Varsity Baseball Field Feb 8 th 8:30AM – 11:30AM Feb 8 th 8:30AM – 11:30AM On field clinic / 2 Man Mechanics / Plate Mechanics **MUST BE AN AZBOA Member to attend this clinic. ** Must pre-register via the website (azboa.org) Move Up Scrimmage (All Level 2 & 5 must attend to be moved up) Sunrise Mtn High School Feb 20 th 3:45 PM Sunrise Mtn High School Feb 20 th 3:45 PM Highland High School Feb 20 th 3:45 PM Highland High School Feb 20 th 3:45 PM Horizon High School Feb 22 nd 10:45 AM Horizon High School Feb 22 nd 10:45 AM **MUST pre-register for these...signup tonight at the entrance area or

94 Clinics / Move Ups / Scrimmages Varsity Scrimmages (Varsity Umpires must work min 1 scrimmage) *Can sign up tonight or Contact: Steve Huddleson: Sub Varsity Scrimmages ( Selected Varsity Scrimmages) Valley Christian High School Feb 21 st 3:45 PM Valley Christian High School Feb 21 st 3:45 PM Paradise Valley High School Feb 22 nd 10:45 Paradise Valley High School Feb 22 nd 10:45 **Umpires must pre-register for these scrimmages. Signup tonight or contact Chuck McAdoo:

95 New Rules 2013 Black Uniforms are required starting May **Navy Blue uniforms can be worn for 2014 Regular Season…..

96 New Rules 2013 AIA Organizational Committee (AD HOC) Appointed by: Commission Gary Whelchel Members: Dennis Meadows (Committee Chair) Bob Acklin Steve Huddleson Rob McKinley Andy Warner Mark Warner Richard Villa Arizona Baseball Officials Association (AZBOA) Chief Training Officers: Andy Warner & Rob McKinley Training Officers: Eric VaughanRick Nurkka Casey MeadowsJohn JohnsonChuck McAdoo Donley HurdSteve HuddlesonMark Warner Jim MooreTim HuntDave Thomas John WarnerPat BacaJake Gustafson

97 Questions….. The role of AZBOA….

98 ALL Varsity Umpires registered w/ AIA Attend Class / Pass (90%) NFHS Test Min 14 Varsity Games / Coach Assessments AZBOA Evals AIA Commissioner Follow AIA Absolutes Playoff Umpire Roster & Assignments Playoff Game Assignments & the funnel

99 Information for NEW UMPIRES Signups Still available near the entrance / exit Have a GREAT SEASON!


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