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  • 4/16/2019

    As we get closer to the month of May, I start getting a lot of questions about postseason assignments.  Lots of information is gathered and I get cauliflower ear with all the time the phone is attached to my ear talking with stakeholders about guys that are on the postseason radar.

    With the addition of super regional rounds I can tell all of you that DIII National Coordinator Don Umland and myself have been working diligently to get the nominations by your coordinators turned into assignments from us.

    It is a great time to be a NCAA umpire with all of the new postseason slots that opened up this year.  I want to congratulate all of you for your hard work this season as you have made the selection process a very difficult one.  That is a great problem to have because that means that the pool of qualified umpires is getting larger due to the fact that many of you continue to work at your craft to get better.  On behalf of all of us at the NCAA Umpire Program, I want to thank you for committing to the process of continued improvement.

    Don and I are now putting the finishing touches on the 2019 DII and DIII postseason selections, and will be releasing the lists here on Arbiter Sports tomorrow afternoon, April 17th at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT.

    Again, a big thank you to all of you for your hard work and for what you do for the game of college baseball.

    Finish strong as we wind down the 2019 season.

    Scott Taylor
    DII National Umpire Coordinator

  • 3/27/2019

    Happy Spring!!! (For some of you.)  For the rest of you that haven’t seen any warm weather as of yet, don’t worry it is on its way.  Let’s just hope it happens before June. 

    Just an update for everyone as we head into April.

    I am really seeing a great job by most of you of being aware of the 8 hour timelines that need to be met on filing ejection/suspension reports.  Thank you for stepping up and handling your business off the field as well as on.

    Still watching a lot of you that are under consideration for postseason.  I have been watching a lot of games on the internet broadcasts this season (isn’t technology GREAT?). Continue working hard as we begin to narrow down the list.  Remember, you never know who is watching so work every game like someone is there to see you.

    The plan is still to post the postseason list on April 16th.  So it is coming down to crunch time.  Expanding the umpire pool from 56 to 80 for this postseason has been tough with so many of you having great years!  That is a good problem to have.  Keep on making my job tough.  The competition keeps you on your toes!!

    Lastly, through yesterday we are at 121 ejections in DII for the year.  The tough part of the season as we move closer to the playoffs is now upon us.  Over half of the ejections this season have been over balls and strikes. 

    Our trouble spots on the baseball field tend to mirror the same problems we have in society...LACK OF RESPECT.  It is sad that it continues to happen and even more sad that it continues to worsen every year.

    Stay above the fray!  Be the example on the baseball field.  People will take their cues from us.  If we respect everyone on the baseball field, then the rest seems to fall into place out there.   But if you are an umpire that has a hard time earning respect instead of demanding respect, then you become part of the problem.  We have to become part of the solution.  Stay true to yourself and to the game we serve.

    Thanks for all your hard work!  Just know that the Umpire Development Program appreciates everything you do for college baseball. 

    Finish strong.  Hope to see you on a field in May somewhere around the country!

    Scott

  • 4/10/2018

    Gentlemen:

    Hope everyone is having a good season thus far.  Thanks for all you do in serving NCAA Division II Baseball.

    A couple of things to note as we start to wind down the regular season over the next few weeks. 

    First, tensions seem to running at an all-time high this year.  The relationships between coaches, players and umpires have been very strained over the past couple of weeks.

    I encourage everyone to handle your situations with patience and not be an umpire that “throws gas on the fire” when coaches and players get riled up.

    Take each individual situation at its’ face value.  If the coach or player deserves a warning—give it to them.  If they deserve to be removed from a contest—remove them.  While we always strive to keep guys in the game and not insert ourselves into situations, we MUST insert ourselves if that situation warrants.  Make these players and coaches remove themselves from the game with THEIR actions.  All we need to do is react accordingly after we use the tools at our disposal.

    Not every situation dictates having to warn someone before removing them from the contest.  If they cross the line…do your job.

    Then file the report honestly and accurately and send it in.  You will always have my support on the field as long as you are doing everything correctly. 

    That said, here comes point number two.

    I don’t know how we have gotten to the point where it has become acceptable to wait 24 hours or more to send in an ejection/suspension report after a game is complete.

    I have reached out to your conference coordinators in hope of correcting this situation, but it has only become worse over the past couple of weeks.  This week alone, in 22 ejections nationwide in Division II, about 30% of those reports were filed 24 hours or more after the completion of that game. 

    This is just NOT acceptable.  So now, I am reaching out directly to you umpires to ask for your help in fixing this problem.

    ALL ejection/suspension reports are to be completed and sent in within EIGHT HOURS after the completion of your game.  If there is a SUSPENSION to be served with the report you are filing, I need that report completed and sent in within FOUR HOURS after the completion of the game.

    Thus far this season, we have had 151 ejections in Division II Baseball.  That is compared to 123 at this point in 2017.  Only TWO of these 151 ejections have been what I would determine to be bad ejections. 

    But you have to give me the ability to properly notify the conferences when a suspension is to be served.  In 22 cases this season, we have had to notify the conferences and teams less than an hour prior to their scheduled start time the day following a suspension report.  This is due to the late filing of some of your reports. 

    Again, this is NOT acceptable. 

    Ejections and suspensions are not fun to deal with on the field or administratively.  But getting the reports filed so that I can give proper notification is still part of your responsibility.  PLEASE handle that responsibility in the proper time frame to help me do my job supporting you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Post season assignments for regionals and the Division II Championship in Cary, NC are being finalized in the next week and will be released here on Arbiter Sports at 5pm EDT on Tuesday, April 17th.

    Continue to work hard and continue to represent yourself, your coordinators and your conferences with the highest integrity.

    Sincerely,

    Scott T. Taylor
    National Umpire Coordinator
    NCAA Division II Baseball

  • 2/8/2018

    The 2018 Online NCAA Umpire Clinic (Postseason Requirement) is a requirement for all divisions.  To view the required clinic, click the ELIGIBILITY Tab, and then your division.  After reading all information, click Go to Eligibility Center at the bottom of the page.

    The deadline to view the clinic is Sunday, January 28, 2018 at midnight Eastern Time.

 
 
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