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Tyngsboro, MA 01879

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: http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=15000

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**

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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.


Name Member Since Lifetime Member
Jack Moughan 1959 1999
Hap Makin 1961 1999
Dick Lapierre 1963 1999
Fred Coco 1969 1999
Fred Polgreen 1969 2000
Minnie Dakas 1968 2000
Dick Tibbetts 1973 2000
Joe Cardran 1981 2006
Ron Annand 1988 2006
Ted Houlihan 1979 2008
Tom DiPietro 1964 2009
Dennis Murphy 1972 2009
Phil Cultrera 1973 2009
Frank Ankroski 1977 2009
Mark Barson 1977 2009
Joel Saren 1993 2009
Steve Martinelli 1995 2010
Charles Ethier 1991 2012
Steve Collins 1995 2014
Ralph Wade 2001 2015


Name From To
Carl Rader 1958 1960
Ray Veins 1960 1962
Bill Pike 1962 1972
Hap Makin 1972 1974
Dick Haseltine 1974 1976
Fred Polgreen 1976 1978
Dick Tibbetts 1978 1980
Dick LaPierre 1980 1984
Fred Coco 1984 1994
Ron Annand 1994 2000
Steve Martinelli 2000 2008
Steve Collins 2008 2012
Steve Martinelli 2012 2014
John Goodwin 2014 Present

Dr. Ralph Wade

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

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