Invitation Letter for JEEC 2016

Dear fellow umpires:

hereby you can find the invitation letter to the Jim Evans European Classic umpire clinic 2016. We would be glad if you share this information with your colleagues and national baseball/umpire organization.


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Euro League Baseball coming up 2016

The European Association of Professional Baseball (EAPB) was founded in May 2015 by some of the strongest teams in Europe. The EAPB aims to start and operate Euro League Baseball in 2016, the first Professional Baseball League in Europe with teams from the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany and Czech Republic.

The  first Winter Meeting held on Friday October 23, resulted in a decision to actually start Euro League Baseball in 2016. The decision was taken after discussions about the size and the length of the schedule. The meeting concluded with the plan to shorten the season to 3 or 4 months and to limit the number of games to 18, having weekly 2-game series on Monday and Tuesday or Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We’re very happy with the outcome of this important meeting where al...

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JEEC 2016: Registration open!

Dear fellow umpires!

I am glad to announce that the registration for the Jim Evans European Classic umpire clinic 2016 in the Netherlands is now possible. Please note the early bird discount and save 50€!

Enroll today!

Sascha Pammesberger

Secretary ABUA-E

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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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