There are many reasons people decide to become an umpire. Some are helping their club while others aim to extend their playing career or seek social and community involvement.
Becoming an accredited umpire highlights a recognised level of competence and effort and enables you to wear the Softball Australia Umpires logo with pride, knowing you have earned it.
Prior to deciding to become an official umpire of softball, the following next steps provide excellent insights into the role of an umpire and whether it is suited to you.
More than 2,300 accredited softball umpires throughout Australia spend their summer ruling the diamond at local clubs and associations. They dedicate their time to umpiring as the benefits include helping improve fitness and knowledge, enhancing leadership and management skills in high-pressure situations and also having fun.
A good umpire is able to demonstrate knowledge of the rules, quick decision-making, an ability to explain and defend decisions and a willingness to keep the game moving at a steady pace.
Most umpires start at local association level and umpire from junior through to senior competitions. As umpires gain skills and confidence, they often seek optional ongoing accreditation, which can lead to umpiring state, national and international games.
Australia is well represented on the international panel of umpires who officiate in international competitions around the world and the umpire profiles at state and national level will inspire all budding umpires.
During the last 20 years, Softball Australia National Umpiring sub-Committee (NUC) has spearheaded the technical development of umpiring in softball. The NUC reports to Softball Australia Technical Committee and the Softball Australia Board. The NUC is managed by 4 national umpires in chiefs (UIC) and 7 national staff volunteer committee members, all of whom share a reputable career in umpiring softball at national and elite levels.
The NUC oversees the sporting governance policies applicable to umpiring Softball in Australia and is also responsible for providing extensive education resources. In addition, Softball Australia also nominates honours and awards for all members of the Softball community, including umpires, as they play a critical role in the game of softball. Members also value the Umpiring news updates and the photo gallery managed by the NUC and Softball Australia.
As the NUC streamlines and integrates umpiring content to the Softball Australia website, it aims to make information more accessible. Please contact Softball Australia and the NUC if you have any further enquiries.