Interested in becoming an umpire ? The MVUA will have umpire training classes for men and women, and teenagers over 16, starting Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 600pm to 900pm at St. Michael's School, 80 Maple Ave, No. Andover, MA and continue on consecutive Thursdays for the next seven weeks; Jan 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11; ending with the administration of the MBUA State Umpires Exam on February 18th.
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MVUA Dues: now you can pay with PayPal!

Dues Options

Hi All,

Effective at the Annual Meeting, 2015 the Dues process has changed. The Dues Bill will be sent via email. The notice must be sent by August 10th, but I am sending the dues bill on August 9th in the event that if have difficulty or computer issues, it will give time to ensure the membership receives their bill by August 10th.


  1. Dues have been maintained by the Board of Directors at $45.00 for all Active, Apprentice and TAM members. Life time members do not owe dues.
  2. Any member with 25 or more years in the MVUA, dues are $22.50.
  3. There is no longer "inactive" membership
  4. Dues are due by September 30, 2015.
  5. From October 1st - October 30th, (with late fee) - $70.00
  6. If dues are not paid by October 30th, members will be dropped from the MVUA.
  7. Please indicate any changes in your address, email or telephone numbers.

You can pay dues by PayPal via the MVUA website link above.

Dues may also be mailed to MVUA, P.O. Box 1093, Plaistow, NH 03865.

Members Roster: updated 11/11/2015 new !


Additional Board of Directors minutes: posted 9/14/2015 new !

MIAA Background check information: updated 5/13/2015

MIAA Asking Game Officials to Petition Legislators on MA House Bill 3252: posted 4/9/2015


2015 By-Laws and Policies and Procedures: posted 3/23/2015

MBUA 2015 Rule Changes: updated 3/18/2015

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Send an email to the Secretary to change your email address or other information

2014 Annual Meeting Minutes and Newsletter

MIAA Handbook, Coaches Code of Ethics, DQ forms 3/15/13

We lost a dedicated member of our umpiring family. Our dear friend and mentor Dr. Ralph Wade died on 12/1/2013 after complications and a short stay at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.

Dr. Ralph Wade was a Board Certified Emergency Room physician in three hospitals in the Merrimack Valley. He saved many, many lives.

He was an active umpire of the MVUA, GLBUA, and NHBUA. He had done as many as 150 games a year and loved doing every one. He was a great umpire and mentored so many in his knowledge of rules and his excellent mechanics.

Professor Ralph Wade was employed by Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill/Lawrence where he ran and taught the EMS program.

He touched the lives of so many people as a doctor, an umpire and a teacher.

Ralph will be missed by so many. After all, he touched so many lives in his life, and no-one can ever recall Ralphie saying an unkind word about anyone. He was 60 years old.

Click here to see the obituary and funeral arrangements

Click here to see the MVUA tribute to Dr. Ralph Wade

Please send all MVUA correspondence to:
PO Box 1093
Plaistow, NH 03865

Hap Makin
MVUA Charter Member and Lifetime Member Hap Makin was recognized by NHBUA as the recipient of the Larry Kleiner award. The Larry Kleiner award is only given to members who exemplify dedication and professionalism in baseball.


In support of the most recent Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) regulations 105 CMR 201.000: HEAD INJURIES AND CONCUSSIONS IN EXTRACURRICULAR ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES, and in the best interests of our student athletes, all MIAA Tournament Directors and Tournament Assignors will require successful completion of an MDPH approved concussion training program as a condition for an official accepting an MIAA tournament assignment.

The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) training module, “Concussions in Sports: What You Need to Know”, is one of the MDPH approved training programs and may accessed using the link:

Your acceptance of an MIAA Tournament contest assignment will be considered as implicit confirmation that you are a member in good standing with your local board, that you are enrolled with the MIAA, and that you have successfully completed a concussion training program as required by the MDPH.

**This policy will be in effect beginning with the 2011 Fall Tournament season**

Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. * 33 Forge Parkway, Franklin, MA 02038 * 508-541-7997 --

The MVUA provides quality patched, certified umpires to cities and towns of the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

All MVUA umpires undergo a rigorous training program and are certified by the MBUA (Massachusetts Baseball Umpires Association).

MVUA members umpire games in Massachusetts and New Hampshire at all levels - College, American Legion, High School Varsity, JV, Freshman, Middle School, Babe Ruth, AAU, and Little League.

To remain in good standing, all MVUA member umpires must pass an annual written rules exam and attend MVUA clinics on rules, issues, umpiring mechanics, and game conduct.

All umpires are also evaluated both behind the plate and on the bases during a live game.

This training and development program ensures the member umpires of the MVUA meet the highest standards of umpire professionalism.


NAMEMember sinceAwarded Lifetime Member
Jack Moughan19591999
Hap Makin19611999
Dick Lapierre19631999
Fred Coco19691999
Fred Polgreen19692000
Minnie Dakas19682000
Dick Tibbetts19732000
Joe Cardran19812006
Ron Annand19882006
Ted Houlihan19792008
Tom DiPietro19642009
Dennis Murphy19722009
Phil Cultrera19732009
Frank Ankroski19772009
Mark Barson19772009
Joel Saren19932009
Steve Martinelli19952010
Charles Ethier19912012
Steve Collins19952014
Ralph Wade20012015


Carl Rader19581960
Ray Veins19601962
Bill Pike19621972
Hap Makin19721974
Dick Haseltine19741976
Fred Polgreen19761978
Dick Tibbetts19781980
Dick LaPierre19801984
Fred Coco19841994
Ron Annand19942000
Steve Martinelli20002008
Steve Collins20082012
Steve Martinelli20122014
John Goodwin2014Present

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