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Officials

The AAD/USSSA Umpire Program evolved into it’s current format from the year 1997.
 
AAD/USSSA Baseball welcomes all current as well as novice umpires (ages 16 and up) or anyone who is interested in working in an enjoyable work environment. AAD/USSSA Umpires are TRAINED PROFESSIONALS officiating the game of baseball in the Albuquerque Metroplex competitive environment. As a AAD/USSSA Umpire you will be expected to.

  • Attend two (2) Mandatory Clinics per year, Spring and Fall
  • Complete and submit the current Officials Registration Paperwork
  • Read and apply the current AAD / USSSA Officials Handbook - Hard copies will be provided at the clinic. 
  • Purchase a NFHS case book and Umpire manual (read these as well)
  • Purchase the proper uniforms
  • Purchase the proper equipment

The mandatory clinics give our expert instructors the opportunity to teach new (and refresh returning) umpires on the proper mechanics to become a successful official.
 
The AAD/USSSA Season kicks-off with our annual St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Tournament in March and concludes with our annual Veteran’s Day Weekend Tournament in November. In addition to these tournaments, AAD/USSSA also hosts a Cinco de Mayo Tournament, The USSSA State Championships as well as a Labor Day Weekend Tournament, Balloon Fiesta Tournament and Veteran's Day Tournament in the fall.
 
In between tournaments, Officials have an opportunity to hone their skills during league play. League play runs from the last weekend of March thru the middle of June and then picks up again in August and concludes in October.
 
All umpires in good standing have an opportunity to officiate anywhere from 60-90 games per season.
 
The AAD/USSSA Umpire Association is administered by Andrew Bunch. Andrew started out as a coach at the Albuquerque Sportsplex in 1997. He and his son Bobby decided to see “how the other half live” and started officiating in 2001. To complete the “family” affair, Andrew’s daughter Tara spent five (5) years as an arbiter.

Anthony Martinez had been the lead USSSA Umpire since 2001 and is the current Assistant Umpire In Chief. Anthony and his son Zach are original members of the current USSSA staff. Anthony works with the returning veteran umpires and assists them thru their written test portion of the requirements. Anthony has officiated as high as the Junior College level and is the resident expert in the rules.

Mike Olson is the USSSA Umpire TRAINER/EVALUATOR. Mike began his USSSA career as an official in 2005. Mike has over 15 years of experience as an official. In addition, Mike was a YAFL and High School football referee. As USSSA baseball has grown from 5 teams in 1995 to 90-100 teams currently, there was a demand for evaluations of the umpire staff and Mike filled that role.
 
Luis Bayardo approaches his officiating duties from numerous prospectives. Having been involved in organized ball for over 40 years his love and passion for the game are evident in his approach.  Whether calling an 8U league game or accepting an professional assignment with the Pecos minor leagues, Mr. Bayardo believes the players on the field deserve his best effort every time out.  Mr. Bayardo truly believes in the adage “As un Umpire you need to be perfect on the first pitch, and then get better from there.” As a player Mr. Bayardo was an  Arizona High School Super 9 selection, competed collegiately at Pima College AZ, and Sterling College KS.  He later was on multiple USSSA Arizona State Softball Championship teams, one USSSA Church “A” National Championship team, and in 1994 represented Team USA in the Bahama’s at an all Caribbean nations tournament, earning all-tournament honors for the USA Championship team.  As a coach he spent many years working with kids from 5-18 years of age primarily as a hitting, pitching, and outfield skills coach, he has been fortunate to teach baseball to the youths of the world coaching in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Isle Of Man, and England.  Mr. Bayardo has been umpiring for over a decade at all levels.  In just the past year Mr. Bayardo has served as the UIC in the following contest; U8-U18 USSSA league games, U14-16-18 USSSA State Championship games, Numerous New Mexico High School games, Legion and Connie Mack State Playoff games, High School and Jr. College Showcase Events,  National Club Baseball Association college games, MSBL and MABL Playoff games, University of Arizona vs  NC Dinos (Korea Major Leagues), and as an itinerate league umpire for the Pecos Professional Minor Leagues.  He also serves as an officer in the Rio Rancho, NM High school association.  He is looking forward to his latest assignment as a USSSA  instructor to new umpires just getting into the profession (focusing on plate mechanics).  As it starts to warm up and the grass starts to turn green each spring Mr. Bayardo. 

Jeff Varela,

  • Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM
  • Played baseball, Little League thru High School and in military
  • Santa Fe High School graduate
  • Non-Commissioned Officer-USMC
  • Graduate Santa Fe Community College-Business Administration
  • UNM Anderson Business School - Advanced Management
  • Former NM State Personnel Director
  • Numerous management positions - NM State Government
  • Instructor - NM State University
  • NMAA Certified Baseball Umpire - 8 years
  • Married to Annette Martinez-Varela, daughters Christina and Camille
  • Resides in Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Pecos, NM 

To become an AAD/USSSA Umpire, please contact Andrew Bunch at: AndrewBunch99@gmail.com or Anthony Martinez at:antsm35@gmail.com 
 

 


 !!THE NEXT AAD/USSSA UMPIRE CLINIC!!

The USSSA Umpires are holding their Next Clinic soon - Contact Andrew Bunch for more details.

All new umpires will be required to pay $25 ($10 of which will go to dues for the current season)

For questions, contact Andrew Bunch @ andrewbunch99@gmail.com



PICTURES FROM A RECENT UMPIRE CLINIC

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