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




Professional Officiating, LLC

    1647 Willow Pass Road, Suite #201

    Concord, CA 94520


info @professionalofficiating.com


Eric Nakagawa is the owner and 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 crew chief for multiple Sectional (NCS and CCS) Semi-final games.

Mr Nakagawa is also the primary assigner for the North East Bay Sports Officials Association (NEB), which trains and assigns baseball umpires for high school contests in Marin, West Alameda, Solano and West Contra Costa counties. He also assists with Choice Officials in San Jose.

Eric is happily married to his wife of eleven years, Jill, and they have six grown children. He currently consults as an IT Strategist, specializing in policy and system designs, with an emphasis on information security and alignment of technical infrastructure with business strategies, and IT Project Management. Mr. Nakagawa’s diverse career has included leading NCAA compliance audits for a major West Coast private university; Program Manager for the 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. Eric started his professional career as a tax accountant. 

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

Joel Woods started his umpire career when he was 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, numerous summer baseball 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 co-owners. 


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.