WEST MICHIGAN
UMPIRES ASSOCIATION

West Michigan
Umpires Association

The WMUA is based in the Grand Rapids, Mich., area and has over 200 members, making it one of the largest umpires associations in the state of Michigan. Many of the umpires in the association work baseball and softball, as well as other sports, such as football, volleyball and basketball.

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We hope that you will find our website to be a leading source for the most effective and useful information as a member of the WMUA, or interested person wishing to learn more of our organization or its purpose.

The WMUA is an organization designed to help its members (registered with the MHSAA) for training to best serve the MHSAA member schools, student athletes, coaches and fans.  The WMUA takes pride in being recognized as one of the leading officials' associations by the MHSAA and member schools.

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MHSAA Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Winter & Spring Seasons

April 03, 2020

Contact: Geoff Kimmerly or John Johnson
517.332.5046 or 
media@mhsaa.com 

EAST LANSING, Mich. – April 3 – The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 Winter and Spring sports seasons, in compliance with the Thursday (April 2) “state of disaster” directive by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closing school buildings and moving education online for the remainder of the school year to help decrease the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

This will be the first school year to not see MHSAA Finals played in multiple sports since 1942-43, when World War II led to the elimination of Finals in most sports.

The MHSAA on March 12 suspended its girls and boys basketball, girls gymnastics, boys ice hockey and boys swimming & diving tournaments amid COVID-19 concerns. All activity in all sports was halted March 13. Spring sports to that point had begun practice, but not competition.

The MHSAA’s Representative Council approved during its Winter Meeting on March 27 a series of concepts for completing the Winter tournaments and an abbreviated Spring season, contingent on the lifting of a statewide quarantine. The closure of school buildings into June made those possibilities void.

The MHSAA’s Executive Committee, comprised of officers of the larger Council, affirmed the decision today (April 3) to cancel the remainder of this school year’s activities.

“We are heartbroken to not be able to provide these opportunities for Michigan’s student-athletes, and especially seniors. We continue to hear from dozens asking us to hold out hope. But safety always must come first, and Governor Whitmer is making courageous decisions to safeguard the people of our state,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “We understand as much as anyone how much school sports mean to athletes and their communities. We had ideas and hopes for finishing Winter and Spring and helping bring some sort of normalcy after this long break. But this is the correct decision, and we will play our part in bringing schools and communities together again when the time is right.

“For now, we cannot state strongly enough that all students, staffs and others follow the guidelines established to slow the spread of this virus – we all must do our part.”

Because the five Winter sports were not able to conclude with Finals, no champions will be awarded in those sports for 2019-20. However, championships won at earlier rounds of those tournaments (District or Regional) will continue to stand.

The MHSAA will in coming weeks provide guidelines and other information pertinent to this unusual offseason as attention is turned to preparing for Fall 2020.

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.4 million spectators each year. 

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We are proud to announce that one of our own WMUA umpires ( Matt Watkoski ) has been selected to work in Minor League Baseball. Congratulations Matt on your hard work and continued success.


A COUPLE OF WMUA BASEBALL UMPIRES WERE INVITED TO THE MHSAA 2019 SEMI-FINALS AND FINALS HOSTED IN LANSING, MI @ MSU 6/13 - 6/15...


(Kevin Weber and Norm Taylor)

The WMUA represented at this years Jon BOSS All STar Baseball games at Cornerstone University 2/19/2019...





WMUA Makes gift to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital foundation




In 2019, representatives of the WMUA made a visit to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital to make its annual visit and donation to the HDCH Foundation as part of the Officials for Kids program.   This past year the members collectively donated over $400.00 to be used as the institution sees needs.   Foundation representative, Devin Pierson offers this message to all donors...Kids are unique and special. At Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, we know children are not small adults. They have different physical, developmental and emotional needs requiring the care of specialist trained in pediatrics. Your support helps fund kid’s care, provide kids and families with supportive programs and enables research and innovation for kids.  Thank you so much for your continued partnership!

Let's all do our best to continue supporting the Officials for Kids charity and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation.  Consider a game check this season or make any on-line donation at your convenience by clicking on the DONATE button above.  Let's do it for the kids in 2019!

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