The Four Stages of Learning – which stage are you?

Ask yourself: Which stage are you?

  1. Unconscious incompetence
    The umpire does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. With other words: He is horseshit and even does not know it. He must recognize his own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage. The length of time an umpire spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn.
  2. Conscious incompetence
    Though the umpire does not understand or know how to do something, he does recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit. Or to say: He is still horseshit but now he knows it and looks for help. The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage...
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JEEC 2016 in the Netherlands!

We are proud to announce that the Jim Evans European Classic will be held in Almere/NED in Kooperation with the Dutch Baseball Federation KNBSB. The date is already fixed: April 3-9, 2016, and is one day longer as usual.

Registration will be opened in September 2015. Stay tuned for news!

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Official Baseball Rules 2015

As already announced the Rulebook 2015 was revised completely. Finally the book is available now!

Format includes a new never been seen before renumbering of all of the original baseball rules. This will be the only edition with both the new numbering system and the old rule book system in one. Both books are bound together for easy reference.

We will order a bunch of books to save shipping costs. If you are interested to purchase a new rulebook just email us to

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MLB Academies Spring Tournament 2015

The MLB Academies Spring Tournament 2015 took place from April 5-11 in Sant Boi / Barcelona. Two international umpires were invited by CEB: Roy van der Wateringen / NED and Sascha Pammesberger / AUT. Together with a couple of local Spanish colleagues 19 games have been covered in 2-umpire-system.

For the umpires it was a perfect pre-season practice so they get well prepared into their national leagues which will start the upcoming week.

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CEB umpire list for 2015 released

The Conferderation of European Baseball released an umpire list for the upcoming 2015 season. There are 5 categories of umpires: AAA, AA, A, N and new umpires. You may download the complete list here.



When you get the rank?

AAA   experience in CEB events for at least two years and an average uc points
AA     experience in CEB events for at least two years and an average uc points
A       nominated (new) international umpires

The events you can be invited:

AAA   all CEB events
AA     all CEB events exclusive Euro Cup, Final 4 and European Championships Seniors
A       all CEB events exclusive Euro Cup, Final 4 and European Championships Seniors

The list contains 124 umpires in total: 17 AAA, 24 AA, 48 A, 23 N and 12 new ones.


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Need umpire training?

We provide instructors for local or national beginners and advanced umpire clinics. All ABUA-E instructors have graduated from a professional umpire school and will teach state-of-the-art techniques and precedures. As an organizer you just care for the location of the clinic, and accomodation and travel costs for the instructors – the rest is on us.

For further information contact us: info(at) or clinics(at)

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Join us now!

Join and support our community – register now!

Our mission is to improve the overall quality of officiating throughout amateur baseball, and to provide an international organisation under which local associations and individual umpires can promote professionalism, integrity and a love for the game of baseball.

Annual individual standard membership dues are 25€. For your 25€ membership investment, ABUA-E benefits include the following:

  • Members only access to special contents at
  • ABUA newsletters sent to your e-mail address
  • 10 percent discount on apparel and equipment at Honig’s Europe (+420 775 579 115;
  • Special monthly Honig’s equipment and apparel promotions for members only
  • 20 percent discount on selected ABUA camps and clinics
  • Yearly plasti...
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Jim Evans European Classic 2016 – Update

The date for the JEEC 2016 will be Saturday, March 19 to Friday, March 25, 2016. This time we plan one extra day because many of the Spanish participants do not speak English and therefore we will provide translation which is time-consuming.

As soon as this date is officially confirmed we will start to provide additional information on the new JEEC website which is now part of the ABUA-E website ( Just click on “JEEC” in the menu above for further information and and check out the sub-items too.

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ABUA-A Umpire Manual

ABUA Austria released a new version of its Umpire Manual updated for the season 2015. It is available as free iBook via the Apple iBook store. Windows user may download it with iTunes.

The manual is in German language and has 236 pages. Please note that the copyright is held by the ABUA-A, the use is permitted only for private purpose.

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Dick Runchey named Honorary Consultant to ABUA-E

College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame Umpire Dick Runchey has agreed to become an Honorary Consultant to the ABUA-E. He became the first umpire inductee for the College Baseball Foundation’s Hall of Fame.

Runchey has umpired at most every level imaginable in his career of over 40 years. A well-known and respected NCAA umpire by the time he retired in 1998, Runchey’s highlights include working in the minor leagues, 48 games at the College World Series (including 4 championship games behind the plate), the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1988 World Cup, the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and a MLB fill-in umpire in 1979.

Runchey is very familiar with umpiring in Europe and served as the IBAF Director of Umpires between 2003 and 2009...

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