THE MEN-IN-BLUE USA SLOW PITCH UMPIRE'S ASSOCIATION
MIB WAS ORGANIZED IN 1974 -STILL GOING STRONG
MIB SMALL IN NUMBERS BUT OUTSTANDING IN QUALITY
OUR MOTTO "LET'S BE THE BEST - UNITY WILL BRING THIS ABOUT

2019 USA MEN - IN - BLUE USA UMPIRE’S ASSOCIATION MEMBERS:
PAT AHAESY, FRANK SOUSA,FRAN DESMARAIS,BRUCE VANCOUR,STEVE WINARSKI,BILL SANTOS,DAVE BOTELHO,ROY VIEIRA. BENNY BURNS, NATALIE AND JACK HACKETT.
ALL THE OFFICIALS LOVE NATALIE-SHE IS THE ONE TO SEE ON PAY($$$) DAY.

OTHER MEMBERS MISSING FROM THE PHOTO: JOE ARGO, JEREMY ELLIS,

JOE CARVALHO, DAVE CABRAL, BOB OLLILA, AND JOE RICARDO.

BOARD MEMBERS: Jack Hackett, Fran Desmarais , Armand Rebello, Bill Santos

Treasurer: Natalie P. Hackett
Joe Argo – Assigner of High School & College Fast Pitch Officials
Fran Desmarais – MIB USA Rule & Mechanic Instructor

MIB Associations Services the Following USA Leagues:
Tiverton Men’s League, SCSL Night & Sunday Morning &  Church League in Attleboro, Dighton Rehoboth, Raynham.

USA Tournaments in Attleboro and Fall River
THE MIB THANKS THESE LEAGUES FOR THE WORK.

AN UMPIRE’S VIEW:

In a local match, the umpire was being jeered and heckled unmercifully from the crowd. At length he walked over to the boundary and sat down next to his chief critic.” What are you doing?” asked the spectator.” Well,” said the umpire,”it seems you get the best view from here.

At one point during a game, the coach said to one of his players, “Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?”The player nodded in the affirmative.“Do you understand that what matters is whether we win together as a team?”The player nodded yes.“So,” the coach continued, “when a strike is called, or you’re out at first, you don’t argue or curse or attack the umpire. Do you understand all that?”Again the player nodded.”Good,” said the coach, “now go over there and explain it to your friends.” UMPIRE TO  THE COACH;  THANKS

THE UMPIRE’S POEM
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Of All the Thankless Jobs on EARTH, whenever Duty Calls:
The Worst is His or Her who must Decide Between the Strikes and Balls.
Who always has to Say at Once if it is Foul or Fair.
When some determined Player Hits the Softball in the Air.
The Man or Woman Whose Eyes must Rove the Field and Cover every Base,
And Figure if the Defense or the Runner Won the Race
He or She is the Softball Umpire who must be prepared to Talk,
When there is an Argument about an Out or Walk.
But whether Crowds Stand Up and Cheer, or Politely Boo and Shout.
He or She are the Ones the Softball World can Never be WITHOUT.

“RESPECT YOUR GAME OFFICIALS

THE UMPIRE’S PRAYER
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THE UMPIRES HAVE THOSE PLAYERS WHO RESPECT THEM AND OF COURSE THOSE THAT DON’T RESPECT THEM,
MAY GOD TURN THEIR HEARTS AND IF HE CANNOT TURN THEIR HEARTS, MAY HE TURN THEIR ANKLES, SO WE THE UMPIRES KNOW THEM BY THEIR LIMPING.

AUTHOR:
MEN IN BLUE USA UMPIRE:TIM LIMA

SCSL AND MIB Director Jack Hackett
will be meeting up with R.I. Umpire/Chief
Susan Johnson. The Men-in-Blue
Umpire's Association each seasons
REGISTERS with R.I. She will be
giving Jack the MIB Members 2019 USA Rule
Books and USA Registration Cards.
Susan "Thank You" for your Co-operation.

MIB Umpire/Chief Jack Hackett met up with
the R.I. Umpire/Chief Sue Johnson.
She is in Uniform ,she just finished Officiating
the Tiverton High School Girl's Softball Team
in the Div.3 State Tournament.
Jack was there to get the 2018 USA Rule Books
and the USA Registration Cards for the Men-In-Blue
Umpire's Association. Sue is always there to HELP.

2019 SEASONAL MEETING
JACK AND NATALIE MEETING UP WITH
SUE JOHNSON THE R.I. UMPIRE/CHIEF
OF SOFTBALL (SLOW PITCH & FAST PITCH.)
THE MIB USA UMPIRE'S ASSOCIATION
REGISTERS EACH SEASON WITH SUE.
MEMBERS GET THEIR CORE REGISTRATION CARD
AND THEIR 2019 USA RULE BOOK.
ONCE AGAIN "THANK YOU SUE"

VETERAN OFFICIAL FRAN DESMARAIS , MIB USA RULE AND MECHANIC INSTRUCTOR
HOLDING CLASS (REVIEWING 2019 RULES AND FIELD MECHANICS WITH THE 2019 MEMBERS.

All Umpires should know the Game Mechanics!!
Come on Ump get in the RIGHT POSITION.

MIB UMPIRES REVIEWING AND DISCUSSING TAG UP RESPONSIBILITY,
FRAN, BILL, STEVE AND BRUCE ALL GIVING THEIR SAY.
IT WAS A GREAT INSTRUCTIONAL NIGHT ." THANKS FRAN"

Let's Meet The USA 2018 MEN-IN-BLUE UMPIRES.

THE "ASA" HAS CHANGED TO "USA" WHY???
THE WOMEN"S FAST PITCH GAME IS BEING BROUGHT BACK TO
THE OLYMPICS -- SO "USA" A BETTER NAME

Umpires Fran Desmarais ,Umpire/Chief Jack Hackett, Umpire Pat Ahaesy.
Fran and Pat have over 47 Years of Officiating. Jack has 45 Years. They are VETERAN OFFICIALS.They know the Game.

Umpire Benny Burns, a retired Correctional Officers.
He travels from New Bedford. He also Officiates
High School and Recreational Girl's Fast Pitch Games.
Natalie Hackett trying to get a Ride on the Bike.

Umpire Skip Tallman , SCSL Officer Bob Hackett, Umpire Armand Rebello.
Both Umpires were Inducted into the 2018 SCSL HALL OF FAME. Both
are Strong Officials,they have been doing it for many Seasons.

Jack with Umpire Bill Santos. Bill is in the SCSL HALL OF FAME.
He was a temendous Player.Now for many Seasons he has been
Officiating the Game. Bill is Highly Respected by Managers and Players,
He does Know the Game.

Three MIB UMPIRES- Bill Santos- Bruce Vancour - Steve Winarski
Bruce is a Welcome addition to the MIB-A real Good Official. Knows the Game and Controls the Game. Steve Winarski well known in the Fall River Area. Steve was the Football Coach at Durfee High School , also was the Girl's Fast Pitch Coach (Won the State High School Championship) .He is now the Football Coach at Diman. A Welcome Addition to the MIB. Umpiring at the SCSL, A Good Umpire.

Umpire Mark Enwright. Mark's Team Fun Bunch for Many
Seasons Won the Tiverton Men's League. Now he is officiating
doing a Great Job. He also Officiated High School Girl's Fast Pitch Games.
SCSL and Tiverton will not have Mark for awhile.His work hours have been Changed,
Tough to make the Games. A Real Blow to the MIB to lose his OFFICIATING.

Umpire Dave Botelho.In his younger Days he played ShortStop for a New Bedford Team. He is now into his Third Season of Officiating. He Works all the Leagues, SCSL-TIverton-Church League. He is always available.He enjoys being part of the Game. He works hard to be a Good Umpire.

Umpire Roy Vieira is out of Dartmouth This is his Second Season of Officiating.
He really enjoys it. He stated to me I should have gotten involved many seasons
ago. He is now starting to work all the Leagues. A very Dependable Umpire.
The MIB is glad to have him.

Jack is very Pleased to Announce that Umpire Bruce Vancour will also start Officiating the SCSL Night League Games. He Officiated the Finals in the One-Pitch Tournament with Armand Rebello and BOTH did a Tremendous Job.

Jeremy Ellis -- Welcome to the Men-In-Blue Umpire's Association. Jeremy is in the NEW USA Umpire Uniform. Looks Sharp. He is very involved in the Game-Sponsor-Manager-Player -SCSL Officer and Now a Game Official. He is doing a Good Job and he is Enjoying It. Glad to have him on Board. A Plus for the MIB.

USA Umpire Joe "Farmer" Aguiar. He just retired from the Fall River School Department,where he worked in Maintenance. Playing the Game years back,
Joe Pitched a No-Hitter and Director Jack Hackett Officiated that game. He has been Umpiring for about 15 Seasons. Joe knows the Game Rules and the Mechanics.He was instrumental in Repairing the Electric Score Board at the Field. GREATLY APPRECIATED.

USA Umpire Joe Ricardo. Joe now lives in Orlando ,Florida
where he has a Landscaping Business. He does all the
Area Softball Fields and also Officiates the Games . He has been calling
Balls ,Strikes and Outs for over 25 Seasons. He also was a former SCSL Player for
many Seasons. He comes North each summer to help the MIB Umpire's Association.
Joe Does a Good Job Officiating. He knows the Game.

Umpires Pat Ahaesy And Joe Ricardo
"JACK WE ARE BACK FOR THE 2019 SEASON."
Pat ,one of the Oldest Service Wise in the Men-in-Blue
Joe comes up from Florida each Season .
Back in Fla. he's aLandscaper on all the Softball Fields.
He was here helping Jack get the Field ready for the 2019 season.
Also Joe who has over 40 years involved with Softball
as a PLAYER and OFFICIAL will be inducted into the
SCSL HALL OF FAME on JUNE 23rd. at the FIELD
AWARD CEREMONY. "CONGRATULATIONS".

Veteran Umpire Fran Desmarais
is wrapping up his Girl's High School
Softball Umpiring and will be back handling the
Tiverton and the SCSL Night League Games.
A Welcome Site for the Teams.

GAME OFFICIALS IN UNIFORM
THEY ARE-SHARP LOOKING.
Umpire Steve Winarski, Director & Umpire/Chief Jack Hackett, Umpire Bruce Vancour.
Three Top MIB GAME OFFICIALS, MANY MANY SEASONS INVOLVED WITH THE GAME. MANAGER, PLAYER, SCSL & USA LEAGUE OFFICER, TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR ,GAME OFFICIAL,
SCSL DIRECTOR JACK HACKETT WELCOMING MIB UMPIRE
ON BOARD IN 2019 AS AN SCSL OFFICER. ALSO THIS SEASON
HE IS UMPIRING GIRL'S HIGH SCHOOL FAST PITCH AND
REALLY ENJOYING IT.
UMPIRE/CHIEF JACK HACKETT WITH GAME OFFICIAL
FRANK SOUSA. IT IS HIS SECOND SEASON OFFICIATING. HE IS WORKING HARD TO BECOME A TOP NOTCH UMPIRE.
JACK IS GLAD TO HAVE HIM AS A MEMEBER OF THE USA
MEN-IN-BLUE.
SCSL OFFICERS & MIB UMPIRES
BILL SANTOS & JACK HACKETT.
YES,LOOK AT THE BROOM IN THE DISTANT.
BILL'S IDEA TO USE FOR CLEANING THE
PLATES AND MATS DURING THE GAMES.
SAVES ON OUR BACKS BENDING OVER.
GREAT SUGGESTION BY BILL. I WONDER
WHAT OUR FORMER AREA UMPIRE/CHIEF
JOE DUARTE
WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF THIS IDEA.
I BELIEVE HE WOULD HAVE FLIPPED.