About Us - Mission Statement

The Bergen County Umpires Association is an organization of baseball and softball umpires certified to officiate high school contests in New Jersey.

Our purpose is:

  • promote the welfare of the games of baseball and softball on the county level by uniformly interpreting and administering the rules of those games as set forth by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) and the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS).
  • promote and maintain the highest degree of baseball and softball officiating by following a uniform set of mechanics and have available at all times an adequate number of thoroughly trained and capable umpires.
  • preserve the traditions, foster the ideals, advance the interests and improve the quality and prestige of the baseball and softball umpires through a comprehensive program of classroom training and on-the-field experience and develop a spirit of friendship and maintain a high standard of ethics among umpires.

2024 BCUA Banquet Award Winners

On June 5, 2024 the Bergen County Umpires held their annual banquet, and a good time was had by all who attended.

The following awards were announced and presented:

Award

 

Recipient

Warren “Pops” Tashian Award

 

Grace Abraham (Hackensack H.S.)

Barney Finn Award
(Service to the BCUA)

 

Ron Deramo

Ray Farricker Award
(Umpire most displaying qualities of Integrity,
Pride, Enthusiasm and Hustle)

 

John Gojdycz

25 Year Awards

 

Greg Heim

John Delamater

Denis Jelcic

Rich Goode

30 Year Awards

 

Gene Luccarelli

Renee Ruth

Peggy Schneider

Ken Schoonmaker

Robert Terranova

 

35 Year Awards

 

Rich Korycinski

Peter Zubiaurre

45 Year Awards

 

Jack Phillips

 

 

Ed Strohmeyer Sportsmanship Award

(Bergen County Baseball)

 

Indian Hills High School

Don Casamento Sportsmanship Award

(Bergen County Softball)

 

Park Ridge High School

Pete Amoruso Sportsmanship Award

(Passaic County Baseball)

 

DePaul Catholic High School

Paul Calocino Sportsmanship Award

(Passaic County Softball)

 

Hawthorne High School

 

Weather Woes

 

 

An important concept in officiating is learning to control the things that you can control. We can control the amount of time that we spend in the rulebook. We can control whether we attend camps in an effort to learn new concepts which will help us improve our performance. However, one thing that we will never be able to control is the weather. Mother Nature remains, and forever will be, undefeated. Especially early in the season, there are a few things to keep in mind when we find ourselves dealing with weather situations.

The past two springs in the Midwest have been, to be polite, unkind. Some would put it more bluntly and call it downright brutal. For those that live in more favorable climates, consider yourself lucky; you are certainly smarter than us northerners! Many sports seasons are more than a month old, but cancellations have been more frequent than actual games played. A lot of officials will contact local schools where they can go and call scrimmages before the season starts. If you’re able to take advantage of this opportunity, it would certainly be to your advantage. Although it’s not the same as real-game action, it is certainly better than nothing. Seeing some live play before the season begins can only help.

Battling weather issues can also make it hard to stay sharp. If you have weekend games with a few weekday games scattered here and there, rainouts can make for a lot of time between jobs. It can be difficult enough to officiate; calling a game once every few weeks can make it feel like you’re starting from square one every time. Sticking to the basics and staying fundamentally strong will ensure that you’re able to survive a lot of time off between games.

Keeping your calendar updated can allow you to pick up some of the games that get postponed due to weather. That can also help prevent you from having too much time between games. Check your email regularly and contact the schools in a timely manner to stay on top of things as well. Some schools have been moving games to fields that have artificial turf. These late changes can happen quickly: Be prepared to be flexible in regards to doing what it takes to try to get a game in. Bottom line, keep the lines of communication open so you know what’s going on.

Once the game starts and weather might come in to play, be sure that you’re well-versed in what rules will govern stoppages and potential suspended games. Know what to do in terms of lightning and how much time must elapse between sightings. Also, make sure you communicate with your crew. It’s often better to discuss those situations, as getting another unbiased opinion usually proves to be helpful.

Yes, we all wish that our games were played in 75-degree weather with the sun shining. Depending on where you live, that might only be reality for a very short period of time. In the meantime, do the administrative things before the game and take action during the game when dealing with weather situations. And then get ready to do it again tomorrow. Weather permitting.

 

2025 Registration Fee Schedule & Application

Membership Type:
Fee:
Baseball & Softball
$120.00
Baseball Only
$110.00
Softball Only$110.00
Inactive$80.00

Please note - The Executive Committee has established a new policy concerning the late submission of registration fees.

ALL REGISTRATION FEES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MONDAY MAY 15, 2024.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND PAY ON REFSEC

MEMBERS SUBMITTING AFTER THAT DATE WILL BE ASSESSED LATE FEES!

THERE IS NO GRACE PERIOD!

LATE FEE SCHEDULE:

Postmark Date:
 Additional Fee:
MAY 16 - JUNE 30, 2024
 
$25 Late Fee
JULY 1 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2024
 
$50 Late Fee
OCTOBER 1 -  DECEMBER 31, 2024 $100 Late Fee
AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2024
 
$200 Late Fee

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[Baseball] - Illegal Slide Clarification / Electronic Communication Equipment Failure - Procedure

From: Joe Belger, BCUA Baseball Interpreter
To: All Baseball / Dual Umpires
Re: Illegal Slide Clarification / Electronic Communication Equipment Failure - Procedure

At the baseball mechanics meeting on Tuesday March 19th, there was a discussion on a play involving an illegal slide. The question was asked if this resulted in a dead ball or a delayed dead ball.  The answer given was that it is a delayed dead ball.  This is incorrect. It is interference committed by the offense, and as such, it is an immediate dead ball. If it involves a force play slide rule violation, you would rule a double play.

Additionally, there has been a question asked about teams using electronic communication equipment and the implications of charged conferences  if it stops working. Treat the trip the same as an injury trip. Accompany the coach to the player and observe and listen to the conversation. It should only involve the coach and catcher. As long as the conversation is only related to the repair of the device, it will not be a charged conference. If the device cannot be fixed, have the catcher remove the earpiece and play on.

Should it become abusive where you think they are trying to delay or buy the pitcher time, you can warn the coach that you are going to charge him with a conference(s).

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