3016 AMBLER DRIVE
CINCINNATI, OHIO 45241
January 10, 2017
Dear Blue Chip Umpire:
Soon our meetings will be underway. We have some major changes coming for 2017 as most of our weekly meetings will move to Landmark Baptist Temple located at 1600 Glendale Milford Rd. in Evendale. This is located just off of I-75 and should be very convenient for our members. We will meet in the Main Building. Dates are:
Monday, February 6 – 7PM
Monday, February 13 – 7PM
Monday, February 20 – 7PM
Monday, February 27 – 7PM
Monday, March 6 – 7PM
Monday, March 13 – 7PM
Monday, March 20 – 7PM (Combined BB/SB Meeting – see info below)
Monday, March 27 – 7PM
Sunday, April 2 – 4PM Baseball 530 PM Softball– this meeting is at Mid America Ballyard – 2nd Level – 6960 Blue Rock Rd. in Colerain Township. This meeting date will allow those umpires working both sports to obtain attendance credit for meetings in each sport.
As a reminder all umpires must attend four local meetings. Our umpires who work both baseball and softball must attend four baseball local rules meetings and four softball local rules meetings. In addition to our lengthy schedule of meetings, there are other opportunities to earn local meeting credits outlined further on in this communique.
Due to extra meetings being scheduled, it is unlikely that we will reschedule meetings cancelled due to weather. Please plan accordingly and remember your minimum requirement of four local rules meetings.
Landmark has been gracious to open their building to us. Let’s make sure that we are “good guests” and leave the building in the same good condition we find it.
Your dues for 2017 are only $20 – because of OHSAA attendance recording procedures these are to be paid at your first meeting. Attendance credit can be given only to those who have paid dues. If you wish you may mail a check payable to Blue Chip Umpires to the above address. Late Dues will increase to $30 once you have attended your first meeting. Please pay promptly as we only want to collect $20 from you.
We also point out the following mandatory OHSAA clinics this year:
Wednesday, February 8
OHSAA State Rules Interpretation Meetings at Monroe High School Baseball – 6:00 P.M. – Softball – 6:00 P.M.
A local meeting will be offered in connection with these two meetings. See details in your mailing from the OHSAA.
There will also be an online state meeting option – consult your mailing from the OHSAA, myohsaa, or www.ohsaa.org for details. For locations of other state or local meetings consult your mailing from OHSAA, www.ohsaa.org or your myohsaa account.
The OHSAA will also host a Mechanics Clinics for baseball on Sunday, February 12 at Mt. St. Joseph University. OHSAA softball clinics will be offered in Columbus, Findlay and Akron. Details have been included in your mailing from OHSAA.
Also, note the mandatory clinic for USA Softball of Cincinnati (formerly ASA) tournament umpires:
Slow Pitch – Sunday, February 12 – Mid America Ballyard – 9 to 4
Fast Pitch – Sunday, February 26 – Mid America Ballyard – 9 to 4
USA Softball of Cincinnati is continuing to grow with many new leagues in both fast pitch and slow pitch this year. This is a great way for umpires to work all summer. Attend this clinic and learn more about the organization’s new name and softball’s return to the Olympics! Attendance at the Fast Pitch Clinic will earn an OHSAA local meeting credit for softball.
USA Softball umpires should also note that additional information concerning clinics, meetings, and annual registration will be sent to you in the near future.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE – We are working to recruit new umpires in both baseball and softball. You are our best source for new umpires. For details relating to new baseball umpires contact Sean Burns, Baseball Class Instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-8622. For details concerning new softball umpires contact me at 563-2755 or email@example.com. Due to OHSAA procedures new umpires must register for class online and in advance. Class participants should contact Dan for BB or me for SB and we will forward registration procedures and details. Email works best for this!
AN ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT NOTE – If you have not received your mailing from the OHSAA — The annual mailing of your rules books, preseason information guide and other information from the OHSAA was made in December. If you have not received these materials, you should make sure that your profile information in myOHSAA is correct by logging in to your myOHSAA account, and that your license has been renewed, all of which must be addressed by January 31. Please visit the myohsaa section (upper right hand corner) at www.ohsaa.org. Use the username and password that was sent with your state permit to log on, set up your profile, and check information on meeting dates and sites. You must enter your email address on your profile as that is the way that the OHSAA and the Blue Chip Association will communicate with you. Also remember to update your account with changes to your phone number or your addresses. It is also important to check this as we have several umpires who have not renewed their OHSAA permits for 2017(the renewal was due June 30, 2016) and must do a late renewal by January 31 (note: NO extensions are granted) in order to umpire this year. If you can not access your account it is likely that you have not renewed. Late renewal information can be found at this link: http://www.ohsaa.org/
We are all excited about the coming season and look forward to seeing you at the upcoming meetings.
• A message to all those who hold BOTH a baseball and softball permit. As you have been previously informed, effective last season, the OHSAA will require umpires holding permits in both sports to attend four local meetings for baseball and four local meetings for softball. Local Associations will no longer be permitted to offer meetings that give credit for both sports in a single session. There will be one exception to this provision as each local association will be able to conduct one meeting that covers OHSAA regulations and other items that are common to both sports. Officials will be able to attend only one of these meetings and those who do so will receive credit for a meeting in both baseball and softball. An official attending one of these meetings would then have to attend at least three additional baseball meetings and three additional softball meetings to meet the attendance requirements for each sport. All local associations offering these "dual credit" meetings may offer only one such meeting per year and will be required to follow an agenda and powerpoint provided by the OHSAA. We want to be certain that all umpires holding both of these permits are all aware of this change. Obviously, the purpose of these changes is to increase the educational opportunities for our umpires working both games and ultimately benefit participating student athletes by enhancing the knowledge base of umpires in these sports.
• THE DUAL CREDIT MEETING FOR THE BLUE CHIP UMPIRES WILL BE MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017. UMPIRES HOLDING BOTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL PERMITS WILL RECEIVE CREDIT FOR ONE MEETING IN EACH SPORT PROVIDED THEY ATTEND THAT MEETING. OF COURSE, ALL OTHER UMPIRES WILL RECEIVE ONE MEETING CREDIT FOR THEIR SPORT – BASEBALL OR SOFTBALL. THE MARCH 20 MEETING WILL BE HELD AT LANDMARK.
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