The fastest growing Umpires Association in Northeast Florida

Meeting Dates and Clinics

2021-01-09T10:11:34-05:00

Please Mark Your Calendars and Make Plans to Attend

RCUA Field Clinics 12PM Baseball and Softball
January 9 @ Bishop Snyder HS
January 16 @ Trinity HS
January 23 @ Christ Church HS
January 30 @ Providence HS

RCUA Membership Meetings 12:00-1:30PM
Teamsters Union Hall
FEBRUARY 21

MARCH 7, 21

APRIL 11, 25

MAY 16, 30

Meeting Dates and Clinics2021-01-09T10:11:34-05:00

2020 FHSAA Rules Changes

2020-03-02T13:40:41-05:00

2020 NFHS BASEBALL RULES CHANGES

Designated Hitter (DH) can be used in two ways. The DH can be listed as the tenth starter replacing one of the other nine players when it is their turn to bat. The other method is that that any one of the starting defensive players can be their own DH (in effect having two positions) within the confines of the rule requirements. Rationale This rule change assists coaches with an alternative to keep their better players in the game to contribute to the offensive output of the team and give another player a chance to participate on defense. In addition, considering the pitch count rules, this change would help pitchers to keep their bat in the game, but can come out of the game defensively to protect their arms from overuse.

FHSAA

2020 BASEBALL EDITORIAL CHANGES

  • 1-3-2b1
  • 3-1-1
  • 4-1-3b
  • 4-2-4
  • 5-1-1f5
  • 7-4-1
  • 8-3-3c
  • Dead Ball and Delayed Dead Ball Table
  • Baserunning Awards Table and Rules by State Association Adoption

2020 BASEBALL POINTS OF EMPHASIS

Game Ending Procedures

Player/Designated Hitter

Proper Pitching Positions

Force Play Slide Rule

Enforcement of NFHS Jewelry Rule

Compliance of Player’s Equipment

2020 FHSAA Rules Changes2020-03-02T13:40:41-05:00

2018-19 Baseball Rules Changes Focus on Pitching Mechanics

2018-08-22T13:05:30-04:00

NEWS RELEASE
2018-19 Baseball Rules Changes Focus on Pitching Mechanics
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Elliot Hopkins

 

Officiating

 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 5, 2018) — The elimination of the requirement for the entire pivot foot to be in contact with the pitcher’s plate is among the changes approved for the 2018-19 high school baseball season.
This revision in Rule 6-1-3 was one of three changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 3-5 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
“We are very fortunate that the state of high school baseball is in an excellent position, which is indicative of the few rules changes that were passed,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and staff liaison for baseball. “We appreciate the hard work of dedicated coaches who, in addition to minimizing risk associated with the sport, teach the game in a way that makes our young people enjoy playing for their high school. We must also acknowledge the highly professional and responsible game umpires. Without their thorough knowledge and implementation of NFHS rules, we would not be able to enjoy the small injury rate and increase in player participation.”
The rationale behind the change to Rule 6-1-3 is a result of the difficulty for pitchers to consistently make contact with the pitcher’s plate when pivoting. Before starting the delivery,
the pitcher shall stand with his entire non-pivot foot in front of a line extending through the front edge of the pitcher’s plate and with the pivot foot in contact with or directly in front of and parallel to the pitcher’s plate.
“The committee concluded that many pitching mounds are such that it is problematic for a pitcher to have his entire pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate,” Hopkins said. “Therefore, no advantage is gained by having some of the pivot foot not in direct contact with the pitcher’s plate.”
The committee also approved two new umpire signals. The two new signals, indicating calls for “Correct Rotation” and “Information Available,” were approved to further improve communication between partners.
“It is always wise to be able to communicate clearly with your partner(s) during a game,” Hopkins said. “With so many moving parts (defensive players, base runners, umpires), it is imperative that umpires communicate easily and inconspicuously from players and fans. These mechanics say a lot without brining attention to the signaling umpire.”
The “Correct Rotation” signal comes when in a three- or four-man mechanic, the umpires indicate to their partner(s) where they are rotating to a specific base for coverage of an anticipated play. The umpire(s) points with both hands in the direction of the base that they are moving toward.
To assist in providing pertinent information between partners, the “Information Available” signal occurs when the game umpire is indicating that he/she has some information that is relevant to their partner by tapping two times over the left chest (heart).
Additionally, the NFHS Rules Review Committee extended the implementation

2018-19 Baseball Rules Changes Focus on Pitching Mechanics2018-08-22T13:05:30-04:00
  • Smitty Shirts

FHSAA will be using Smitty Shirts staring May 1, 2018

2018-04-18T08:20:17-04:00

FHSAA will be using Smitty Shirts staring May 1, 2018

FHSAA Contest Official’s Apparel


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The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) and Smitty Official’s Apparel have entered into a three-year agreement to have Smitty serve as the exclusive provider of official’s apparel for the FHSAA. As part of the agreement the four vendors listed below have been approved to sell and distribute apparel across the state. FHSAA officials can begin purchasing apparel from the four approved vendors beginning on May 1st.

Click on images to be taken to website…

1 Stop Sports Gerry Davis Sports
Hudson 51 Purchase Officials

 

FHSAA will be using Smitty Shirts staring May 1, 2018


FHSAA will be using Smitty Shirts staring May 1, 20182018-04-18T08:20:17-04:00
  • DH RULE

High School DH Rule Fundamentals

2017-02-07T10:29:27-05:00

High School DH Rule Fundamentals        

DH RULE                         

 

 

 

 

  1. DH must be entered on starting lineup to be used.
  2. DH not required to be used.
  3. DH is considered a “Starter”.
  4. Defensive player being DH for on the initial lineup

    is a “Starter” also.                                                                

  1. DH can hit for any starting defensive player, not just

     the pitcher.                                                                            

  1. The DH spot is “Locked” in the batting order.
  2. DH and defensive player being hit for can re-enter

    the game once as “Starters”                                            

  1. The DH and the player he is batting for cannot be in

    the game on defense at the same time.         

High School DH Rule Fundamentals 

  

High School DH Rule Fundamentals2017-02-07T10:29:27-05:00

FHSAA Registrations

2016-12-12T07:52:43-05:00

It has come to our attention that the application for new or returning officials link that was emailed out was for the old registration form. The new registration form will not include the $20 processing fee and you will find the new link below. Please make sure you share the new link with your officials that have not registered yet.

The FHSAA is currently experiencing an interruption in the official’s online registration system.

 

Effective immediately, due to this unexpected service interruption, spring registrations will be accepted using one (1) of the following methods.

 

By Mail: 

 

By Phone:

 

Doris Mahoney
dmahoney@fhsaa.org
(352) 372-9551 Ext. 130

 

Jana Horton Kowitz
jkowitz@fhsaa.org
(352) 372-9551 Ext. 290

 

When calling the FHSAA, please be prepared to provide specific registration information and credit card payment over the phone.


Registration deadlines:

Softball, Baseball – 2/21/17

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.  Please understand we’re working as quickly as possible to improve your registration and online experience.

FHSAA Registrations2016-12-12T07:52:43-05:00

New FHSAA Registration links

2016-12-01T15:33:36-05:00

It has come to our attention that the application for new or returning officials link that was emailed out was for the old registration form. The new registration form will not include the $20 processing fee and you will find the new link below. Please make sure you share the new link with your officials that have not registered yet.

 

The FHSAA is currently experiencing an interruption in the official’s online registration system.

 

Effective immediately, due to this unexpected service interruption, spring registrations will be accepted using one (1) of the following methods.

 

By Mail: 

 

By Phone:

 

Doris Mahoney
dmahoney@fhsaa.org
(352) 372-9551 Ext. 130

 

Jana Horton Kowitz
jkowitz@fhsaa.org
(352) 372-9551 Ext. 290

 

When calling the FHSAA, please be prepared to provide specific registration information and credit card payment over the phone.


Registration deadlines:

Softball, Baseball – 2/21/17

Lacrosse, Track, Water Polo, Flag Football – 2/26/17

 

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.  Please understand we’re working as quickly as possible to improve your registration and online experience.

 

 

New FHSAA Registration links2016-12-01T15:33:36-05:00
  • RCUA

2016 Meetings and Clinics

2016-07-19T15:14:37-04:00

2016 Meetings and Clinics
Meeting Dates 2015 – 2016

 

All times and locations are subject to change.

2016 Umpire Meeting

2016 Meetings and Clinics

2016 Meetings and Clinics2016-07-19T15:14:37-04:00

2016 FHSAA Registration Deadlines

2015-09-25T11:45:20-04:00

2016 FHSAA Registration Deadlines

These are the deadlines to Register for the 2016 Season.

Registration Deadlines

Please don’t wait till the last minute. Registrations are open now!!!! Get it done!

2016 SPRING Season
Sport

Softball
Baseball

Initial Deadline

1/3/16
1/3/16

Last Day for Late Registrations

2/18/16
2/18/16

2016 FHSAA Registration Deadlines

2016 FHSAA Registration Deadlines2015-09-25T11:45:20-04:00

Important 2016 Test Dates

2015-09-25T11:27:50-04:00

Important 2016 Test Dates

FHSAA Softball Online Rules test      Jan 10 – Jan 20
FHSAA Baseball Online Rules test      Jan 21 – Jan 30
FHSSA Softball Online Rules make-up test      Feb 12 – Feb 18
FHSAA Baseball Online Rules make-up test      Feb 12 – Feb 18

Important 2016 Test Dates

Important 2016 Test Dates

Important 2016 Test Dates2015-09-25T11:27:50-04:00
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