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Dear fellow umpires!

The ABUA-E board wants to wish you a happy and successful new year, full of exiting games and experiences.

Sascha – Chairman

Andy – Secretary

Thomas – Treasurer

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Intentional Base on Balls – New Rule

In most European countries baseball is usually played under the Official Baseball Rules of the last year, that means this year with the version of 2017. The most remarkable change concerns the Intentional Base on Balls rules.

Official Baseball Rules 2017

Definition of Terms: A BASE ON BALLS is an award of first base granted to a batter who, during his time at bat, receives four pitches outside the strike zone or following a signal from the defensive team’s manager to the umpire that he intends to intentionally walk the batter. If the manager informs the umpire of this intention, the umpire shall award the batter first base as if the batter had received four pitches outside the strike zone.

Rule 5.05(b)(1) Comment (Rule 6.08(a) Comment): A batter who is entitled to first base because of a...

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European Baseball Umpire Survey

Hello baseball umpire colleagues and Happy New Year!

My name is Tony Jones and I am a student at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences – Vierumäki. I am in the process of completing my Bachelor’s thesis and my topic is “Recruitment and Retention of Baseball Umpires in Europe.” To assist my thesis, I have produced a questionnaire via Google Forms to survey the situation for baseball umpires in Europe. With this I hope to get a full picture of the baseball umpire scene in Europe. I have also added a link to a separate survey, the Referee Self-Efficacy Scale to measure umpire confidence in carrying out our duties. I kindly ask you to take the time to go through both questionnaires as carefully as possible...

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Thank you…

…for your support in 2017! See you all in 2018. Keep care!

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Merry Christmas and a happy new year…

…to all members, colleagues and friends all over Europe. Keep up the spirtit and the good work!

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ABUA-E uniforms available

The new ABUA-E uniforms are availabe now! You can order them at Honigs Europe.

The ABUA-E logo is embroidered on the hat and over the pocket on the left side of the shirt. You will also find “We are part of the game!” on the left sleeve.

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Catch and Carry

Frequently the question arises what’s the ruling if a fielder catches a batted ball and the momentum carries him into dead ball territory. Here is the answer:

Dead-ball territory. In order to understand whether the ball can be “carried,” one must first understand if the catch is allowed and whether or not the ball stays live. There is always a line of demarcation between live-ball and dead-ball territory. That could be a fence, a railing or a chalk line. Prep fields frequently have imaginary lines such as a fence line extended, a creek edge or the start of an upslope. Whatever the delineation is, it is considered live-ball territory.

Under pro rules, a catch cannot be made with any part of the fielder’s body touching dead-ball territory (6.05a Comment)...

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JEEC 2016: Newsletter No. 3 with last info

Here you can download the JEEC newsletter number 3.

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JEEC Newsletter No. 2

Here you can download the second newsletter for JEEC 2016. You will get some information about what you will need at the clinic and a bio of instructor Mike Fichter.

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JEEC Newsletter No. 1

Here you can download the first newsletter for JEEC 2016. You will get some information about the clinic facility and the daily schedule.

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