CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION


Approved by Constitution Committee on March 23, 2009

Amended by Membership on February 17, 2011

Amended by Membership on March 18, 2012

Amended by Membership on February 27, 2013

Amended by Membership on August 28, 2017

 

ARTICLE I                  PAGE 2                        TITLE

 

ARTICLE II                 PAGE 2                        OBJECT

                                                                                                                                             

ARTICLE III               PAGE 3                        OFFICERS

 

ARTICLE IV               PAGE 4                        MEETINGS

 

ARTICLE V                PAGE 6                       AMENDMENTS

 

ARTICLE VI               PAGES 7 & 8             OFFICERS’ DUTIES

 

ARTICLE VII             PAGES 9--13             MEMBERSHIP& DUES

 

ARTICLE VIII            PAGES 14                   PRESIDENT’S AWARD   

         

ARTICLE IX               PAGE 15--17               COMMITTEES

 

ARTICLE X                PAGE 18                      QUORUMS

 

ARTICLE XI               PAGE 18 & 19            UNIFORMS

 

ARTICLE XII             PAGE 20                     FINES        

 

ARTICLE X111          PAGE 21                    COLLEGE STUDENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE I:

 

TITLE:                        This organization shall be called the CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED, known as CMBUA, INC.

 

 

ARTICLE II:

 

OBJECT:                    To maintain the highest standards of baseball umpiring. The purpose of the CMBUA is to supply umpires for Massachusetts high schools and American Legion Baseball.

 

                                      The members of CMBUA consider it a privilege to belong to this board and realize the importance of maintaining a high level of professionalism.

 

                                      ALL OF OUR MEMBERS JOIN OUR BOARD, WE DON’T JOIN THEIRS.

 

 

 

 

 

 


CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE III:

 

SECTION I:               OFFICERS

The officers shall consist of an Executive Board, comprised of a

 

  PRESIDENT

 VICE-PRESIDENT

 SECRETARY-TREASURER

 INTERPRETER

         PRESIDENT-EMERITUS

 

These officers will be elected at a meeting every odd year, by hand or ballot, majority of the votes cast being necessary for election. The officers so elected shall enter upon their duties at the close of the last meeting and shall serve until others are elected in their place. NOTE:  THE TERM(S) BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OR BOARD REFERS TO THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS:

PRESIDENT

VICE PRESIDENT

SECRETARY/TREASURER

INTERPRETER

PRESIDENT-EMERITUS

 

 
CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.
CONSTITUTION
 
 
SECTION II:    NOMINATION OF OFFICERS

Nominations will be taken throughout the year, when it is necessary.  Nominations may be made via email to the secretary of the CMBUA who will second the nomination. Elections will take place as stated above.

 

ARTICLE IV:
SECTION I:               MEETINGS

Meetings shall be conducted during a time frame that begins no earlier than the last Sunday in January and concludes by the last Sunday in June.

The EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will set the meeting days each year so there will be no conflicts with school vacation dates and holidays (if possible). The membership will be notified of the meeting days in a timely manner by email prior to the first meeting of the year. The number of meetings and required number to attend will be established by the Executive Board each year. Every effort will be made to avoid conflicts with vacations and holidays.

 

THE MANDATORY MEETING shall be a single meeting or because of the size of the board may be two separate meetings.  If two separate meetings, they will be conducted on consecutive Sundays when possible. A member will be required to attend one of these two meetings. Members will be given the opportunity to choose which of the two meetings they wish to attend. 

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

      CONSTITUTION

 

MEETINGS:

However, a limited number of attendees will be

determined and decided by the Executive Board. The determining factor can be changed by the Executive Board when necessary to maintain an orderly mandatory meeting. If members cannot make one of the meetings, they will be allowed to attend the other meeting. If the Executive Board feels the need to not have a Mandatory meeting they can simply conduct regular meetings thorough out the year. The decision to not conduct a Mandatory meeting can be conveyed to The Membership using email. Whether or not to have a Mandatory Meeting will be determined on a yearly basis.

 

All correspondence between the Board and the members will be conducted via the CMBUA.org web site and email. The Board would expect that the members would communicate in a similar manner.


 CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

     CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE V:

 

AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS:

 

SECTION I:           These articles may be amended at any time during a meeting by a majority vote of the members present, provided the Executive Board has received the proposed amendment in writing or email prior to the meeting. At least one-third of the active members must be present (a quorum). Determination regarding the Mandatory Meeting can be conducted using email.


CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE VI:
DUTIES OF OFFICERS:

 

SECTION I:               PRESIDENT - The President shall preside at all meetings of the association and shall appoint all committees deemed advisable to forward the objectives of the association and perform all other duties belonging to this office. The term of this office shall be two years. Unless the VP does not assume his position, the existing President will continue in that office.

 

SECTION II:            VICE-PRESIDENT – The Vice-President, in the        absence of the President, shall preside at meetings and exercise all other powers of the President and is responsible for the educational presentations at each meeting.

THE VICE-PRESIDENT WILL SUCCEED THE PRESIDENT.

The term of this office shall be two years unless extended.

 

SECTION III:            SECRETARY-TREASURER – The secretary shall email or post notices of all meetings/business on the CMBUA.org web site. He will be the presiding official at the membership committee meetings and perform all the usual duties conferred upon the office of Secretary.

The treasurer shall receive all dues and pay all bills, shall keep detailed records of all monies received and expended, and shall present an annual written report of the receipts and expenditures of the association during the year.

 

DUTIES OF OFFICERS:

 

The term of this office shall be two years, unless extended.

 

SECTION IV:           INTERPRETER – The INTREPRETER shall be the final authority relative to interpretations of the rules and shall obtain rulings on the rules if necessary. The INTERPRETER will be responsible for writing all exams used by the board.  The term of the office shall be two years, unless extended.

 

SECTION V:              In the event of an office being vacated the position will be filled according to the table below.

 

                                      CURRENT                    REPLACEMENT

President

President Emeritus

Vice President

Board of Directors

Secretary-Treasurer

Board of Directors

Interpreter

Elections

 

                                  These positions will remain in place until the next election.


CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE VII:

 

SECTION I:            MEMBERSHIPSThere shall be four (4) classes of membership.

 

                                    1.  UMPIRE MEMBERSHIPThese members are required to attend the prescribed number of meetings determined by the Board of Directors. The first meeting may be a mandatory meeting. These members are required to take a refresher exam annually and return it to the test administRATOR by the DETERMINED DUE DATE. Failure to attend a Mandatory Meeting will result in a $25.00 fine.

                                  Failure to meet the prescribed number of regular meetings will result in a fine of $40.00. The membership committee has the option to levy a lesser fine. Continued poor attendance over a period of years will result in removal from or a condition being placed on the member’s status (see Membership Committee actions paragraph #4, 1a, 2a, and 3a, pgs. 16 & 17).  If the member in question does not meet the conditions placed upon his membership he will be removed from the CMBUA.  Failure to submit a Refresher Exam will result in an additional fine.  Article X11, Section 1, FINES paragraph #1.

                                 

                                  In the event that the Membership Committee fines, removes or attaches a condition to the member’s status, that member will not be allowed to appeal the Membership Committee’s decision. (passed on 2/27/13)

 

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

                                            CONSTITUTION

 

SECTION II:         2. INACTIVE MEMBERSHIP - These members are individuals who cannot attend a meeting and who cannot umpire that year. Members can stay in this class for as long as they want. They will not get credit towards continued active membership.  

 

                                       Inactive members must pay full dues each year. They do not have to attend meetings or take a Refresher Exam. They are eligible to attend the banquet at the end of the year. The Membership Committee will determine all requests for INACTIVE STATUS. Members wishing to become Inactive must contact the Chairman of the Membership Committee via email with their request.   Inactive members are not allowed to work high school baseball; if they do they will be removed from the CMBUA.  When they decide to return to Umpire Membership the Membership Committee will determine if they need to take an exam or attend a candidate’s class.

 

SECTION III:                 3. HONORARY/LIFE MEMBERSHIPThis class of membership will consist of members of at least twenty (20) years who have made a major contribution to the association. Conferring this classification will be made through the EXECUTIVE BOARD. These members do not pay dues. 

 

SECTION IV:                4. SOCIAL MEMBERThis class is for any members who decide that they no longer want to umpire but would like to remain on the board.  They will remain on the CMBUA web site and attend meetings at their discretion. A fee of $20.00

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

MEMBERSHIPS:

                               

annually is required to become a Social member.  They will not get credit towards continued active membership. If a Social Member decides to become an Active Umpire Member they must once again attend the candidates’ class and take the candidates’ exam.  The intent of Social Membership is exactly that and not to be used to take time off with the intention of returning to Umpire Memberhip at a future time.

 

                                    Members wishing to move into either of the above mentioned memberships (2 & 4) must contact the Chairman of the Membership Committee via email with their request.

 

SECTION V                5. Lifetime Social Membership is a special recognition that is granted by the President of the CMBUA.  This is a unique privilege bestowed as a result of extraordinary circumstances. There is not fee associated with Lifetime Social Membership.

 

Umpire Membership and Honorary/Life Membership are required to take and submit a Refresher Exam. All Refresher Exams will be submitted to the Test Administrator on a date to be determined by the Administrator.  The Test Administrator will chair the Membership Committee along with the Secretary. If the Test Administrator is not the Chairman of the Membership Committee, the Chairman of the Membership Committee along with the Secretary will chair the Membership Committee.

 


 CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

 

SECTION II:    DUES: - MEMBERSHIP – continued
 

                                 The dues for UMPIRE MEMBERSHIP shall be sixty dollars ($65) per year.  The date that dues must be paid by will be determined by the TREASURER.

                                  If dues are not paid by the due date a penalty fee of $25.00 will be imposed immediately in addition to the dues.  The dues and penalty must be paid prior to the member attending any additional membership meetings.  Non dues paying members will not be allowed to participate or attend meetings.  If the result of their missing meetings due to their non-payment causes them not to meet the prescribed number of meetings for that year they will have to pay additional fines for poor attendance.

 

                                    DUES WILL BE INCREASED BY $5.00 EACH EVEN YEAR. The EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE can stop these increases when the dues have reached a maximum amount.

 

                                    If dues and or fines are not paid by a date determined by the SECRETARY-TREASURER, the member will be assessed an additional $25.00 which must be paid within one week (7days) along with any dues or fines.  If the member being fined fails to meet this deadline, their failure with result in immediate removal from the board.  At such time the only option for reinstatement would be for the member to contact the Chairman of the Membership Committee in writing or via email to specifically request reinstatement.  This request must be accompanied by payment of all dues and fines in arrears, a $25 late payment assessment plus a $25 reinstatement fee.

 

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

 

 

SECTION II:    DUES: - MEMBERSHIP – continued

                             

                                  The financial amount in the CMBUA Treasury cannot exceed $8,000.00 dollars at the end of any calendar year. In the event that this balance exceeds this amount as presented on the year's end Financial Statement, the following must occur. The amount of monies in excess of $8,000.00 dollars must be returned to the general membership in the form of (1) goods and services, (2) an equal reduction in dues for each member in the following year or (3) any other method deemed appropriate by the general membership. The general membership will decide how these excess monies with be distributed. This determination will be made at the first meeting in the next calendar year.

 

 

 


CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL

UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE VIII:

 

 

SECTION I:                PRESIDENT’S AWARDAt anytime the President deems a member of the Association deserving of special recognition, he may bestow this honor. The President will relay his choice to the BOARD OF DIRECTORS for their approval. This honor will be at the discretion of the President. In the past these awards have consisted of but have not been limited to the following: A ring, a Norman Rockwell print, wrist watch, desk watch, plaque, gift certificate.  The appropriate gift will be determined by the President.

 

SECTION II:            The Emilio Diotalevi Extra Innings Award” - This award can be given to either a retiring umpire or an older umpire in good standing.  This award can also go to an umpire who has not been on the board for 25 years when he retires. These umpires would not be eligible to receive a 25 year ring.  This award can also be given to umpires who have already been on the board for more than 25 years.  This award would be a YET TO BE DETERMINED GIFT. The decision of who gets the award is determined by the President with approval from the Board of Directors.  Suggestions can be made from the membership.

 

 

 

 

 


 

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE IX: 
SECTION I: COMMITTEES   

 

                                  EXAMINING COMMITTEEThis committee shall consist of the instructor of the candidates’ class and an assistant to be selected by the instructor.

 

                                    The role of this committee is to instruct and set attendance requirements for the candidates and administer a written examination corrected according to the standards set by this committee. Candidates, upon recommendation of the examining committee, will be granted Umpire Membership.

 

                                    The candidates will be required to pay an entrance fee of one-hundred dollars ($100). A former member of good standing will be required to pay the dues for that year upon passing the exam. All new candidates will also pay yearly dues.

 

                                 The instructor of this committee shall be appointed by the executive board.

 

SECTION II:           MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEEThis committee will consist of up to five members with the Secretary-Treasurer being the non-voting executive of the committee. These members shall be appointed to a two-year term by the President with the approval of the executive board.

                                    The function of this committee is to act on matters relative to the status of members, make decisions about meeting attendance, and make recommendations to the executive board on these matters.

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL

UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

 

SECTION II:           MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEEcontinued

 

                                    The committee will meet at least twice a year meetings can be conducted via email for the purpose of making these recommendations to the EXECUTIVE BOARD. The recommendations of this committee will consist of

1.    Fining a member above and beyond fines already outlined in the CMBUA constitution for poor attendance, poor test scores and late payment of dues and fines.  This fine would be imposed for the member’s apparent lack of interest in maintaining their membership in CMBUA as a result of their repeated performance in not attending meetings, poor test results and late payment of dues and fines.  Additionally, a member could be fined or removed for continued poor attendance over previous years.  This fine would be imposed in addition to any other fines the member may already be responsible for. 

 

2.   Removing a member

 

3.   Taking no action against a member.

 

                                  4. In order for a member to remain a member in good standing the membership committee can impose membership conditions upon a member.  For example: 

                                 (1a) requiring a member to demonstrate good attendance during the current year

 

 

 

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL

UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

 

                                 (2a) attending a pre-determined number of meetings above the required number for that year.

                                 (3a) showing improvement on the Refresher Exam following a year of a poor grade on the Refresher Exam.

 

5. Any action that the Membership Committee takes against a member will not be subject to appeal.  Members who are removed from the CMBUA by the Membership Committee cannot appeal that withdrawal decision to the Membership Committee.

 

SECTION III             The President can establish a new Membership Committee or other committees when necessary to accomplish a desired goal.

 

 

 

 

 


CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL

UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE X:

 

SECTION I:               QUORUMOne third of the active members shall constitute a quorum and the majority vote of such members will govern.

 

                                     

 

ARTICLE XI:

 

   SECTION I:          UNIFORMSCMBUA proper uniform in accordance with the MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL UMPIRES’ ASSOCIATION, MBUA.

 

1.    Black shoes and socks

2.    Grey professional umpire pants (plate and base slacks required)

3.    Black or navy blue belt

4.    Dark blue MBUA sized hat

5.    Options for top garment

 

A.  Navy blue major league-style pullover jersey    with red and white trim.  This is the official MBUA shirt.

 

B.  Navy blue pullover jacket, which is a cold   weather garment worn with a turtle neck.  The approved pullover is shown in the Honig’s Catalogue, under the MBUA Program. Wearing a sweat shirt or long sleeve shirt under a short sleeve shirt is not acceptable.


 

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL

UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE XI:

 

 

SECTION I:      UNIFORMS – continued

 

C.  Navy blue plate jacket with or without turtle    neck with a patch worn the jacket

D.  Any color short sleeve shirt is acceptable as              long as BOTH UMPIRES HAVE THE SAME COLOR.

6.    Black athletic gloves, not winter gloves

7.    Navy blue, black or gray ball bag

8.    Sun glasses are allowed.

9.    Regular umpiring paraphernalia (equipment)

10. The correct uniform of the CMBUA will mirror   the uniform of the MBUA.

11. Long sleeve shirts are also acceptable. It is not necessary for both umpires to wear this shirt.

 


CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL

UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE XII:
SECTION I:   FINES

1.  MISSING MEETINGS: A member not attending         the prescribed number of meetings each year will be fined $40.00

                                    Members are required to attend the mandatory (if held) meeting along with the required additional meetings each year.

There is a $25.00 fine for missing the             MANDATORY MEETING.

 

2.  POOR TEST GRADES:

                                     80% IS A PASSING GRADE.

                                     A fine can be levied by the Membership Committee for grades between 75 to 79.

                                     Grades between 70 to 74 equal a $10.00 fine

                                     Grades between 60 to 69 equal a $20.00 fine

                                     Grades between 50 to 59 equal a $40.00 fine

                                     A grade below 50 is a $50.00 fine and probation. 

 Not submitting a test is a grade of “0” resulting in a   $75.00 fine and probation.

 

                                    Improvement must be shown on the next refresher exam or the member will be removed from the board.  The Membership Committee and the Executive Board can decided not to levy fines if they feel that there is sufficient information not to fine a member(s) for poor grades.

 

                                    Members who do not submit an exam will be subjected to fines and possible removal from the board

 

    

 

           CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BASEBALL

UMPIRES ASSOCIATION, INC.

CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE XIII:
SECTION 1: COLLEGE STUDENTS

 

1. College members must pay full dues and attend at least one (1) meeting each year if physically and logically possible.

 

2. They must also inform us that they are in college (COLLEGE NOTIFICATION FORM) and when they will be home from school.

 

3. They are required to take the refresher exam.

 

4.  Final determinations of college students’ status will be determined by the Membership Committee.