The Calgary Area Baseball Umpires Association (CABUA) was formally registered as a not-for-profit association in 1999 after a few years of informal planning by a group of Calgary area amateur baseball umpires.
They met each month to discuss the need to have a more organized and structured entity to help recruit, train, develop and assign amateur baseball umpires. The advantages of having ‘one-stop-shopping’ for leagues via a single source umpire-assignor available was also identified. This was intended to avoid every Umpire-in-Chief or league coordinator individually chasing umpires. One central assignor is able to provide better overall coverage for leagues by cross-utilizing umpires where needed and keep umpires progressing to whatever level they aspire.
A common umpire game-fee structure was also established with a monthly billing system put in place to avoid teams having to bring cash to each game, or umpires going unpaid.
Other benefits for umpires soon began to evolve as CABUA became a model for others and strong voice in provincial umpire affairs. New programs for training, supervision, uniform consistency, incident report, communications, safety issues and other improvements began to evolve with a work load, formerly borne by a few, now more broadly shared.
CABUA quickly grew from approximately 30 umpires in its initial year to over 100 in just a few years.
Today, almost every baseball player, 13 years or older, in Calgary and surrounding area has CABUA umpires officiating their games.
While much has been accomplished to improve the quantity and quality of baseball umpires available to all levels of amateur baseball, the cycle of recruitment, training and development is never completed.
Once again, we welcome you to the special group of sports officials called ‘umpires’ and we look forward to seeing you in the classroom and on the diamond.