Mission Statement:

To be a premier group of baseball umpires, providing high quality officials to select baseball organizations and leagues. We are dedicated to providing our umpires career growth and advancement opportunities. 

About Us 

You may contact Professional Officiating in the ways listed below.


Professional Officiating's Office:  925-326-2892


 Eric Nakagawa (Co-Owner):  415-279-3889


Joel Woods (Co-Owner):         925-964-3525


Professional Officiating, LLC

    1647 Willow Pass Road, Suite #201

    Concord, CA 94520




Eric Nakagawa is a co-owner and the primary assignor for Professional Officiating, LLC. Eric started umpiring scholastic baseball in 2013. He currently works NAIA, Junior College (all 6 Northern California conferences), and high school baseball. Eric also umpires during the off-season, working college summer league and independent league baseball, along with various men’s and youth leagues. Mr. Nakagawa has worked California High School Sectional (NCS) Finals, as well as served as crew chief for multiple Sectional (NCS and CCS) Semi-final games.


Eric is happily married to his wife of eleven years, Jill, and they have six grown children. He currently consults on IT projects, specializing in policy and system designs, with an emphasis on information security and alignment of technical infrastructure with business strategies. Mr. Nakagawa’s diverse career has included leading NCAA compliance audits for a major private university, program management and implementation of a University’s enterprise learning management solution, authored, implemented and audited corporate information security and privacy policies and systems, designed and implemented technical infrastructures and international business continuity plans and, started his professional career as a tax accountant. 

For fun, Eric has coached baseball at the youth and high school levels. He can be spotted hiking with his dog, Sunshine, on various trails and parks throughout Northern California.

Career: Joel Woods started his umpire career when he was only 8 years old and has been umpiring for over 30 years.  He currently umpires Junior college (Golden Valley Conference), college club baseball, men’s league, little league, American legion, pony, summer ball for numerous programs, and travel ball.  He has been chosen for NCS assignments numerous times. He has been chosen to umpire the Transbay series twice. Joel is currently 1 of 2 assignors for Professional officiating and is one of the owners.  

Personal:  Born in October 1980 in Ft. Lauderdale FL. He resides in San Ramon, CA and is single.  Joel attended St. Mary’s College of CA where he played Rugby and majored in Business and Economics in the honors program.  Joel is currently a teacher at San Leandro High School and is involved in many activities with the students which include cooking club, softball, basketball, and football. Joel strives to become better in every aspect of his life while helping others achieve their goals.