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 North Andover Volunteer & Youth Umpires   
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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

Luke Maus is the assignor, his email: cell: 978-809-8011
(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)

Saturday, May 12
The Strike Zone

Remember - EVERY pitch is a STRIKE until it PROVES itself to be a ball. THINK STRIKES.

This image may help you remember what the official strike zone is.


Wednesday, May 11
NAVYU Rule of the Week Vol 1 No 1 - Bounced Pitches
Here's a couple of questions on bounced pitches that come up all the time:

Q: ...

Monday, May 23
NAVYU Rule of the Week Vol 1 No 2 - The Infield Fly
The Infield Fly Rule...