Arizona Baseball Officials Association

AIA Umpires take our survey for Uniform Changes proposed for 2020:

Umpires please help us decide about uniform changes for AIA Baseball by taking our 2 minute survey:

Click here to see examples of the Uniforms / Logos.

*Click here to take the survey and have input to changes.

-Survey closes Apr 20, 2020.


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For a list of current meetings and dates please select the link "Area Meetings"


AZBOA / AIA Rainout Policy

It is the responsiblity, N of the Umpire to contact the school directly, prior to leaving for their game, to verify in case of inclement weather. When possible AZBOA will post canceled games here on this page. As well AIA will email you, if they are notified that you game is canceled. When in doubt as to whether your game is being played, go to the game.

AZBOAAZBOA Mission Statement

It is the goal of Arizona Baseball Officials Association to provide its members the best training aids, study material and support for their advancement within Arizona High School Baseball.  AZBOA, in partnership with Arizona Interscholastic Association, holds in high regard the importance of excellence in officiating and is dedicated to its members.

Illegal Bats

The following bats do NOT meet the BBCOR standards and as such are not for use during AIA / NFHS games:

Reebok Vector TLS 32" & 33" / Marucci CAT-5 33"

NFHS Approved Non Wood Bat: NFHS has approved for play in the 2017 Baseball season the Easton Z Core Lock & Load bat. This bat will not display the BBCOR logo but is allowed for play.

NFHS Rules Changes for 2018-19:

1-3-1: Modified the date that baseballs must meet NOCSAE performance standard. (Effective Jan 1 2020)

6-1-3: Modified an element of the pivot foot requirement

Points of Emphasis 2019:

1. Sportsmanship
2. Compliance of Players Equipment
3. Baserunners Responsibilities

NFHS Rules Changes for 2017-18:

1-3-1: Modified the date that baseballs must meet NOCSAE performance standard. (Effective Jan 1 2020)

1-3-2a(2): Further clarification that attachments to the bat that present a potential hazard and are not permitted

1-5-3: Modified that Catchers's Chest Protector meet a NOCSAE standard, effective Jan 1 2020

8-2-7: Runners who reach first base safely may over-run or over-slide first base and return without threat of bieng put out. Added specifically that this applies on a base on balls

NFHS Rules Changes for 2016-17:

2-32-2c: Clarified when a base runner can slide through home plate in a straight line.

3-2-2 PEN: Clarified when a coach-assisted runner is declared out.

3-3-1 PEN: Developed a three-step process when administering disciplinary action to a player(s) or coach(es) for inappropriate behavior on the bench and in the field.

6-2-6: Clarified that the pitching restriction is based on number of pitches thrown.

8-3-6: Clarified when an umpire hinders the actions of the catcher in a defensive attempt and how baserunning awards are administered.

8-4-2s: A companion rule to support the above-mentioned 3-2-2 PEN modification regarding coaches’ and players’ conduct.

Points of Emphasis 2017:

1. Correct use of authenticated marked baseballs
2. Umpires asking assistance from partner on call
3. Positioning of team personnel
4. Legal slides

Reminder from 2016:

3-3-1q Penalty  … For any minor violation of Rule 3-3-1f, 1-5 (g-k), the offending coach will receive a written warning and will be restricted to the dugout for the remainder of the game.

*If the offender commits another offense (major or minor) then they are ejected.

*Major violations shall result in immediate ejection.

*AZBOA note- not ALL warnings result in WRITTEN WARNINGS. NFHS is simply trying to assist the umpire and avail us of actionable recourse against coaches who do not respond to directives.

HOWEVER if you are going to eject a Coach for MINOR violations you must have Restricted him to the dugout and written the warning down prior to ejecting him for another violation.


AZBOA partnership with Extra Innings Sports

We are proud to announce an agreement with Extra Innings East Valley Sports that will provide AZBOA members with meeting space for our Umpire Meetings and a discounted rate on Umpire Equipment & Uniforms. Extra Innings has agreed to stock most of the everyday gear we use and more importantly need at a moments notice...Extra Innings East Valley Sports is in the process of stocking equipment and will have items available soon. Check them out...

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AZBOA partnership with the AIA

Arizona Baseball Officials Association is proud to announce its partnership with Arizona Interscholastic Association.  AZBOA is the sole provider of training, study materials and support for the AIA High School Baseball Official.  We will hold various classroom and field training sessions as well as provide study material for both the NFHS rule book and AIA approved mechanics. AZBOA is excited to have you as a new member, so sign up today!