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<br />/ <br /> <br />...... <br /> <br /> <br />41 <br /> <br />\. <br /> <br />~ <br /> <br />pLEASANTONc <br /> <br />City Council <br />Staff Report <br /> <br />February 21,2006 <br />Parks and Community Services Department <br /> <br />SUBJECT <br /> <br />APPROVAL OF THREE (3) YEAR CONTRACT WITH NOR CAL <br />UMPIRES ASSOCIATION TO OFFICIATE GAMES AT THE <br />PLEASANTON SOFTBALL COMPLEX <br /> <br />STAFF RECOMMENDATION: <br /> <br />That the City Council authorize the City Manager to execute the attached <br />three (3) year Agreement with Nor Cal Umpires Association. <br /> <br />SUMMARY <br /> <br />The City has negotiated an agreement with the Nor Cal Umpires <br />Association for the 2006,2007, and 2008 softball seasons. <br /> <br />Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council: <br /> <br />BACKGROUND <br /> <br />Due to the volume of games played annually in the adult softball program, the Department of <br />Parks and Community Services contracts for umpiring services. The services provided <br />include selecting, training, scheduling, and supervising umpires for adult softball league games <br />and tournament play in accordance with a schedule determined by the Department. <br /> <br />The Livermore/Pleasanton Umpires Association (LPUA) has been officiating City sponsored <br />softball games since 1994. Over the years, LPUA has expanded its operations to include <br />youth leagues and high school level girls softball games, for which its members are paid a <br />higher rate. LPUA's veteran officials tend to work the high school games, making them <br />periodically late or unavailable for City games. During the last couple of years, staff has <br />experienced an increase in conflicts between umpires and players. In those instances where <br />the umpire(s) were determined at fault, the Association has shown a reluctance to discipline <br />the officials or remove them from the Pleasanton schedule. <br /> <br />SR 06:063 <br />Page I <br />