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'Heads Up'  

Head Concussion Certification

Ray Chapman, of the Cleveland Indians in

Ray Chapman - Cleveland Indians

January 15, 1891 – August 17, 1920

On August 16th, 1920, Indians Shortstop Ray Chapman was hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Yankees Pitcher Carl Mays, and died 12 hours later.

It has been said that, 'the sound of the ball smashing into Chapman's skull was so loud that Mays thought it had hit the end of Chapman's bat, so he fielded the ball and threw to first base'.


He remains the only Major League Baseball player to have died from an injury received during an MLB game.

HCUA Requires all umpires to complete 'Head Concussion Certification'

The certification will be conducted during Umpire Training for the upcoming 2023 season. 
Members also have the option of completing the certification online.

To complete online, follow these instructions:
  • Click on the 'CDC HEADS UP' graphic to the right, or clink  this link
  • On the right side of the page, click on 'Launch the 'HEADS UP' Course'
  • Complete the Training and Quiz at the conclusion of the course
  • Print out the certificate and hand to an HCUA Board Member at Umpire Training
  • All online completion certificates MUST be submitted no later than Saturday, February 25th, 2023
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