Umpire Program

The ASA umpire program is among the nation's largest officiating organizations with over 26,000 officials actively involved each year. ASA officials are nationally recognized as the best trained and proficient in the sport and are involved in competition starting with league play, city, state and national championships. Ultimately, ASA umpires could officiate events such as world championship, Pan American and Olympic competitions.

The ASA annually hosts local, state and national umpire clinics which literally blanket the nation and bring the best instruction available in the sport to every region. Over the last decade, the Amateur Softball Association's umpire program has become an innovator in the production of quality training materials. When a clinic is not available - videos, books, slides and other instructional aids allow instruction to continue. Visit www.officialgear.com as a one stop shop for all your ASA Umpire Apparel and Equipment needs.

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How to be an Olympic Umpire

Most umpires want to know how they can be selected to umpire at World Championships, Regional Games, or even the Olympics. The following will provide information on obtaining certification as an WBSC umpire.

First, you must be a registered umpire with the Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body (NGB) for softball in the United States. To find out how to become a registered umpire within the ASA, contact your local ASA association. A complete list of associations can be found on the ASA website.

 

The Initial Step is Training at the Local Level

The ASA has all types of umpire training available. There are rules clinics, mechanic schools, and advanced fast pitch camps at the local, national, or regional levels. Umpires who take the time to advance their knowledge and increase their skill level will have the ability to be assigned to Local, Regional and National Championships. Once an umpire has been registered as an ASA umpire for at least seven years, worked at least four ASA National Championships, two of which are in the same category of play and from an upper level national championship, they can apply for the ASA/USA Elite Umpire Program. Once they have gained this status, they can apply for WBSC Umpire Certification School.

When applying for a WBSC Umpire Certification Seminar, umpires must have completed the application and have it approved and signed by the umpire's UIC and the ASA (to verify qualifications) and approved by the WBSC. Once this is completed, the umpire is eligible to be invited to attend a Certification Seminar of their choice.

What to Expect at a WBSC Certified Umpire School

Prior to attending, a candidate must complete and achieve a 90% mark on a 100-question pre-qualification rules exam. This exam must be taken online at the WBSC UmpSchool (30% of total mark). At the certification seminar, major rule and mechanic differences are reviewed during a two-day class and a field drills session The umpire is evaluated in a plate mechanic drill, (10%) using either live pitching or a pitching machine. Case plays (5%) and mechanics plays (5%) are offered for each candidate to describe rule interpretations and four umpire rotations. Candidates are evaluated in games, one game at each position (50%). Overall, the umpire must achieve a 90% or higher to be certified.

Once certified, the umpire is eligible to be assigned to a world championship. Each participating country can select from their eligible list of certified umpires and the host country usually has 3-4 selections. Some countries participating in the championship may not have certified umpires, therefore if more umpires are needed, based on the number of teams participating, the WBSC can add as many at-large umpires as required.

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Umpire Program

The ASA umpire program is among the nation's largest officiating organizations with over 26,000 officials actively involved each year. ASA officials are nationally recognized as the best trained and proficient in the sport and are involved in competition starting with league play, city, state and national championships. Ultimately, ASA umpires could officiate events such as world championship, Pan American and Olympic competitions.

The ASA annually hosts local, state and national umpire clinics which literally blanket the nation and bring the best instruction available in the sport to every region. Over the last decade, the Amateur Softball Association's umpire program has become an innovator in the production of quality training materials. When a clinic is not available - videos, books, slides and other instructional aids allow instruction to continue. Visit www.officialgear.com as a one stop shop for all your ASA Umpire Apparel and Equipment needs.

Click here to view the 2016 Umpire Catalog

Click here to purchase official umpire gear

Resources

Click here to view USA Softball Resources