Umpire Program History
In the 2015 National Board Meeting the State UIC’s voted in changes to the umpire policies and proceedures designed to bring the program into the 2016 year in a more stable financial foundation. The changes involved moving umpire registration completely online, restructuring the travel pay for World Series Umpires, adapting the requirements for eligibility for a world series to meet the current status of the program and keeping more umpires eligible to call and the removal of the insurance from the program.
NOTE….On February 6th the National UIC met with John Sadler at the Alabama State Meeting and discussed the insurance situation. John Sadler confirmed the folowing:& Any LEAGUE insured by Sadler Insurance will completely cover any and all umpires calling the Dixie games played at that league. It does not matter if the umpire is paid or a volunteer. He is covered for both accidental injury and with the liability portion of the insurance as well.
DIXIE BOYS AND MAJORS BASEBALL MAKES THE CHANGE TO THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF HIGH SCHOOL RULES
Yes guys its true! In late 2015 the National Board voted 30 to 4 to make the change in the organizations rules from MLB Rules to the NFHS Rules. The Executive Board then voted the rules to take effect in the 2016 Baseball Season. While we do and will continue to maintain "Dixie" rules, any situation not covered or addressed in the "Dixie" rule book shall now be governed by the NFHS rules. In most cases the differences will be noticed in the speed and safety of the game. They conform better to what the players are used to from High School. Based upon comments from all areas of Dixie, this change should aid in the recruitment of teams to come back to Dixie and keep the players consistent with the game they play.
Changes approved at the National Board Meeting in September 2017 help with the finances and insure the ability of the National Umpire Program to continue to provide quality umpires for World Series Events and cover the expenses of the umpires. A complete breakdown of the expenses paid to traveling umpires will be posted on the site in the near future.
The cost of the Insurance program had become much to high to be maintained by the program. A unanimous vote by the State UICs with the ratification of the executive board resulted in the program dropping the insurance. Most umpires involved in Dixie are also High School Umpires and either have or can obtain even better coverage through the NFHS.