What's New!!!

Annual dues 2023– the time for early discounted dues is now past. The 2023 dues is $70 The deadline for paying in full was March 2nd. You can mail your check to the GLBUA at PO Box 701 Methuen, MA 01844, OR another option is to pay online by credit card or your Paypal account, which you can access on the GLBUA website by clicking on the PayPal link on the Member page at glbua.org.  You can also mail directly to Ken Gabriel at 20 Tammy Street, Salem, NH, 03079.

If you do not pay your dues by March 2nd, you risk having your name removed from the GLBUA roster.

Wednesday March 8th Test Review 
Location Tom Torrisi’s Office Please email Tom to reserve a seat:tjtlaw@aol.com
GLBUA Test is Due: March 9th
Link to Exam:  2023 Refresher Test (google.com)

Thursday March 9th 7pm @ Central Catholic HS 300 Hampshire St Lawrence Ma Auditorium
GLBUA members take home test review and Rules Clinic. Entrance is to the left of the Gym.  Please park in the main parking lot.
NOTE : In addition to the mandatory business meeting, all members (except those have declared themselves inactive) are required to attend.
We encourage you to attend as many as you can.
You can never learn enough!                                                                                                                         
Thursday March 23rd @ 7:00 PM at Central Catholic HS  300 Hampshire St Lawrence Ma Auditorium
Federation Rules Clinic – with Joe Peters from the MBUA.

All umpires taking High School Assignments SHOULD attend.

Monday April 3rd @ 7:00 PM Small Diamond Clinic, hosted by Tom Torrisi.     
Will be conducted in Person at Central Catholic HS  300 Hampshire St Lawrence            
Highly recommended for 1st and 2nd year umpires and veterans that work on the small diamond).
Entrance is to the left of the Gym in the Auditorium.

All Umpires are Welcome

Fall 2022 Newsletter

"Click Here" for the Word version

"Click Here" for PDF

2023 Umpire Exam is here!

"Click here" for our 2023 Umpire Exam via Google Doc

"Click here" for our 2023 Umpire Exam as a word Document

"Click here" for our 2023 Umpire Exam as a PDF Document

"Click here" for the MBUA NFHS Refresher Exam

Please note the miaa & NFHS update:


Line Up card all the schools will be using: "CLICK here"

Transition to NFHS Rules: "CLICK here"

Massachusetts Rule Changes: "CLICK here"

Courtesy Runner Case Plays: "CLICK here"

Resources For HS Baseball Umpires

NFHS RulesTransition PowerPoint
There is one "significant" change to the presentation about the player tossing his glove to get an out...in the 2020 Case Book, it is allowed. 
Dropbox file: Massachusetts switch to Federation Rules for Baseball 2019-11-25.pptx1


Force Play / Slide Rule Video


NFHS Courtesy Runner Case Book Plays
"Click Here" for PDF


For additional information, please visit http://www.massbua.com/index.html

2021-22 Executive Board

President Rob Prunier , Vice-President Fred Simm, Treasurer Ken Gabriel, Secretary Phil Cultrera , Interpreter Scott Young. Immediate Past President Tom Torrisi. Our General Board members are Jose Brito, Ted Houlihan, Steve Martinelli, Mike Lynch and Fred Rheault

Become a member of the GLBUA

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Our Executive Board

Fred Simm

Vice president
Jose Brito

Ken Gabriel
Phil Cultrera

Phil Cultrera

Immediate Past President
Rob Prunier

Scott Young

About Us

Mission Statement

The Greater Lawrence Baseball Umpire Association's mission is to recruit, train, improve, promote, and unify baseball umpires across ranks by maintaining a high standard of officiating.

The GLBUA is committed to providing local leagues with qualified, dedicated, trained and dependable umpires. We pride ourselves on a membership that is highly experienced with the rules of baseball, proficient at all levels of play, and committed to professionalism and integrity both on and off the field.


Our vision is to offer the highest qualified officials in the region. By carrying out this vision at every level of our membership, we will strive to recruit qualified and dedicated umpires that foster a passion and respect for the game; thus serving our clients with the most qualified officials and resulting in value for all.


To achieve our mission and realize our vision we must live by our values. With those goals in mind we require the following from our membership:

  • High level of professionalism
  • Exceptional rules knowledge
  • Respectful of all people involved in each contest
Something about us
  • The Greater Lawrence Baseball Umpires Association has served the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire area at all levels of baseball officiating for the past 5 decades,. The overwhelming need for quality baseball umpires spawned the idea to create this organization in the early 1970's. Founding fathers Tom McAvoy, Bill Callagy, Walt Roberts, Larry Lafond and Marty Hamilton met in the basement of the Rendezvous Restaurant in Methuen to pool their ideas into what is now a viable, highly successful and respected umpiring association.
  • The name of the Greater Lawrence Umpires Association was a most appropriate fit because the vast majority of the membership hails from Lawrence, Haverhill, Methuen, North Andover, Andover, Lowell and the border cities and towns of southern New Hampshire.
  • The organization has grown from its humble beginnings in the 1970's of less than 20 members to the present membership of over 200. The G.L.B.U.A. has been led by past presidents Tom McAvoy, Larry Lafond, Bob O'Leary, Fred Simm, Rick Puente, Alan Anselmi, Ken Gabriel, John Shaheen, Dan Clark, Jack Gilhooly,  Scott Young, Mike Lynch, Phil Cultrera, Tom Torrisi, Rob Prunier and presently Fred Simm. Outstanding leaders have continued to consistently maintain an outstanding baseball umpiring organization.
  • Presently, the G.L.B.U.A. has twenty Lifetime members: Ron Annand, Frank Androski, Tom Clarke, Phil Cultrera, Ken Dion, Ted Houlihan, Ken Gabriel, Mike Lynch, Steve Martinelli, Fred McCann, Roy Nelson, Bob O'Leary, Bob Parker, Rob Prunier, Rick Puente, Fred Simm, Mike Walker, Jim Young, Scott Young and John Shaheen. Combined, they have over 350 years of umpiring experience. They have been the cornerstone of this association.

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