NAVYU - North Andover Volunteer & Youth Umpires: Welcome

 North Andover Volunteer & Youth Umpires   
(Umpiring is) the only occupation where you have to be perfect the first day on the job, and then improve over the years.” -- Ed Runge MLB Umpire   Click here to visit the NABCLL Site

Monday, March 21
2016 NAVYU Outdoor Clinic Schedule

Here’s the NAVYU outdoor umpire clinic schedule, weather permitting.

New umpires really need to be there - it’s where you learn to apply the rules you just learned.

Wear a hat and cleats, bring your glove to the first 3: we will be playing simulated games at the clinics.

  1. Saturday March 26 10am-noon, Carl Thomas Upper – NEW AND SECOND-YEAR UMPIRES MUST ATTEND – Field Training I - calling balls&strikes, safe/out, positioning, simulated game
  2. Saturday April 2 10am-noon, Carl Thomas Upper, NEW AND SECOND-YEAR UMPIRES MUST ATTEND - Field Training II – plate and field umpiring in simulated game
  3. Saturday April 9 10am-noonm Carl Thomas Upper - ALL UMPIRES MUST ATTEND - Field Training III – advanced plate and field mechanics, handling situations, simulated game
  4. Saturday April 16, Time and place TBD - NEW UMPIRES MUST ATTEND - plate and field mechanics evaluation and training during live scrimmage games


Thursday, February 18
2016 Training Schedule

FOR 2016: Enrollment for NEW umpires will be strictly limited to the first 20 Umpire Candidates to sign up

If you will be 13 by April 30, 2016, we're looking for you to join NAVYU: the North Andover Volunteer and Youth Umpires.

Sign up now for the NAVYU crew by sending an email to Mr. Buxton at immediately. Include any contact information (phone #'s, etc.).

Training classes start in late February and continue for 3 weeks in a classroom setting, and will be followed by an exam. After that there will be more training clinics held outdoors, weather permitting.

Once the first training class starts, no more applications from new umpires will be accepted. It's not fair to those who have to come to all the classes to allow late signups. There will not be any exceptions.

If you umpired for us last year, but your contact information like email, address, or phone numbers have changed, please email Mr. Buxton with the new information as well.

Emails will be coming out in early February with confirmed dates and times for training classes.

We are now limiting the number of umpire candidates to 20, and we will have to be much stricter about attendance at training classes to become eligible to umpire games. It's only fair to the kids who come to all the training classes.

There is NO cost for the training or materials.

Very Important: This year, as last year, there will also be a short rules test given after the last training class. Because of the large number of umpires, the passing grade on the test has been raised to 75% and attendance at the required clinics is mandatory to be assigned games.

You must pass the test with a 75% grade to be assigned to umpire games. This applies to both new umpires AND returning umpires.

Before you panic, it will not be a very hard test, but it won't be very easy either.

If you attend the all the classes and read your rulebook you will certainly pass. Just come to class, take it seriously, listen, and learn. I guarantee if you don’t pay attention in class or take this seriously, you will fail the test, however !

If for some reason you don't pass, you will have to attend another training class where we will go over the items you got wrong. At the end of that class there will be another test you must pass with a 75% grade.

Time permitting, I'll keep working with you until you do pass the test and show me you know the rules well enough to work a game, or you decide this isn't for you after all. I'm not here to stop anyone from umpiring, but I do want all of you to take it seriously.

More Information
Youth umpires will be paid and umpire games primarily in A Minors and AA Minors divisions. Umpiring looks good on college applications, and it's a great way to earn spending money. Players in our program can also be Youth Umpires. Parents of Youth Umpires must share the commitment to assist in transportation to games.

Requirements – you must:

  • Be at least 13 years old as of April 30, 2016.

  • Attend the free umpiring clinics in March/April 2016.

  • Be willing to umpire at least 1 game a week during the spring season (April to mid-June)

Training and Support  
All Youth Umpires will get
free training from MBUA-certified umpires from the Merrimack Valley Umpires Association before they take the field. Each Youth Umpire will receive completely free:

·         Free Major League quality umpire shirt, NAVYU hat, indicator, plate brush, and ball bag

·         Free instruction by MBUA-certified umpires

·         Free use of league-owned umpire equipment: chest protector, shin guards, mask w/throat protector

·         Free copy of the official Little League Baseball rulebook, and NAVYU training manuals

·         Free website & email list of all umpires to keep you up-to-date on schedules, situations, and advice, and to help you reschedule games as necessary

You will look like real umpires out there: you must supply your own gray dress pants with a black belt. These are the standard uniform - you will be supplied with everything else at no cost to you.

For new umpires, don't go out and buy them now; I'll give you some purchasing tips at class (for one, get them 1" or 2" bigger than usual so you can get the gear under them, and don't buy cuffed pants because they collect dirt).

All Youth umpires will be fully supported by NABCLL to ensure their involvement is a positive experience. Whether it is questions about rules or game situations, timely feedback and evaluation, or dealing with coaches and parents, youth umpires are supported in several ways:

·         Youth umpires have the full support of the NABCLL Board of Directors – there is zero tolerance for bad behavior on the field, and all issues are taken seriously.

·         The Umpire-in-Chief is also on the NABCLL Board of Directors, so any issues will be dealt with in a timely manner

·         Certified MVUA umpires run the clinics are also available for consultation on game issues


2016 Training Schedule (subject to change, but please mark these on your calendar)

NOTE: Returning umpires are required to take the exam and come to field training sessions unless they've received written permission from Mr. Buxton to miss them.

  1. Saturday February 27 10:00a-noon - Thomson School Cafeteria NEW UMPIRES MUST ATTEND - Introduction, quiz (just to see what you know), basic rules, where to go and what to do on the field, signals, ball-and-strike calling practice, etc.

  2. Saturday March 5 10:00am-noon - Thomson School CafeteriaNEW UMPIRES MUST ATTEND – more rules, field mechanics (where to go, what to do, signals), review of signals, ball-and-strike calling practice and evaluation, etc.

  3. Saturday March 12 10:00am-noon - Thomson School Cafeteria NEW UMPIRES MUST ATTEND – rules review, basic umpiring mechanics review, ball-and-strike calling practice and evaluation, placement exam review

  4. *** SATURDAY March 19 10am-noon - Thomson School Cafeteria - Placement EXAM, followed by indoor clinic - ALL UMPIRES MUST ATTEND IF POSSIBLE, OR ARRANGE WITH Mr. Buxton TO TAKE THE EXAM BY EMAIL ***

  5. Saturday March 26 10am-noon, Carl Thomas Upper – NEW AND SECOND-YEAR UMPIRES MUST ATTEND – Field Training I - calling balls&strikes, safe/out, positioning

  6. Saturday April 2 10am-noon, Carl Thomas Upper, NEW AND SECOND-YEAR UMPIRES MUST ATTEND - Field Training II – plate and field umpiring in simulated games

  7. Saturday April 9 10am-noonm Carl Thomas Upper - ALL UMPIRES MUST ATTEND - Field Training III – advanced plate and field mechanics, handling situations

  8. Saturday April 16, Time and place TBDNEW UMPIRES MUST ATTEND - plate and field mechanics evaluation and training during live scrimmage games

Pay Rate

The pay rate is the same as last year: all games will have 2 umpires assigned at $20 each.

How To Apply

To apply to be a please fill out a NAVYU application or contact NABCLL Umpire-in-Chief Jeff Buxton by email (preferred) at or by phone at (978) 886-1801. You will be contacted by email or telephone with the schedule for training. All of this information is  available online at

Thursday, April 16
NAVYU Policy On Game Assignments

When you are assigned a game, it was made clear to you: YOU SHOW UP, or YOU are responsible for finding a replacement. You have all the tools necessary – an email list and a phone list. You have an assignor, Luke Maus, to help you if you can’t find a replacement.


2)       NO informal agreements to take a game from someone else. Turn the game back in to Luke, or do the game.

3)       NO trading games. Do the game you are assigned, or turn it back in to Luke.

4)       If you aren’t sure you can do the game, DON’T TAKE IT, and then cause everyone a lot of work when you have to turn it back in later. Only take games you are sure you can do.

5)       Things happen, we know. So, if you take a game and then find out later you can’t do a game, you MUST turn it back into Luke 48 hours before the game if at all possible to give Luke time to find a replacement. I understand sometimes reschedulings of your own games you are playing in will cause issues – if it does, turn the game back into Luke AS SOON AS YOU CAN.

6)       If you miss a game you are assigned to, you will have all your remaining games pulled from you, unless there are mitigating circumstances. Going to the hospital is a mitigating circumstance. Going over your friend’s house is not a mitigating circumstance. Giving the game to a friend and he forgets to go is not a mitigating circumstance.

7)       Not only that, if you miss a second assignment, I will be asking for your uniform and equipment back. Umpiring for NABCLL is a privilege not a right. You will lose that privilege if you prove you can’t handle it.

I’m sorry if you or your parents find this rather harsh, but I don’t see an alternative.

Thursday, February 18
Sending emails to all umpires


All your emails are entered into the yahoo email group

So: instead of maintaining your own email list, all you have to do is send email to and it will go to all NAVYU umpires.

I get a copy, and so will Luke Maus. SO: please use only now to reach everyone by email. That way you will be sure to reach everyone at their most current email address.

If you change or add an email address, let Mr. Buxton know at and I'll get that added to the list at

Use only for umpire-related stuff, and do remember that parents are also on the list, like yourparents. So, if you wouldn't want it printed on a billboard or seen on TV, don't send it in an email to

Friday, June 15
Luke Maus' contact information

email: cell: 978-809-8011 (NEW!) home: (978) 687-4498
Contact Luke for any assignment issues, and then Mr. Buxton 978-886-1801.

Thursday, February 18
Mr. Buxton's contact information

Mr. Buxton
Cell: 978-886-1801 (call this 1st)
Home: 978-683-7055 (call this 2nd)

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