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There are 8 levels in the Australian umpiring accreditation system:
- Level 1: LOCAL ASSOCIATION
Is awarded when an umpire completes the following:
- Rules assessment theory pass mark has been attained
- Completion of the two modules in the “Play By The Rules” free online training course*
- Sign the Umpires Code of Conduct
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of umpire mechanics.
- Levels 2-4: STATE
Involves passing a rules assessment and a practical assessment at State Championships
- Level 2 is assessed at Blacktown Junior International Challenge or U14 State Championships
- Level 3 is assessed at Under 18 or Over 35's State Championships
- Level 4 is assessed at Open Women's State Championships
- Levels 5-6: NATIONAL
Involves passing a rules assessment and a practical assessment at National Championships.
- Level 5 is assessed at U16 Male/Female or U18 Female National Championships
- Level 6 is assessed at U18 Male or Open Women's National Championships
- Levels 7-8: INTERNATIONAL
Recognition accreditations and are awarded by the Softball Australia National Umpiring Program (Softball Australia NUP).
- Level 7 is awarded as a result of several on and off diamond criteria, including currency of rules assessment, WBSC Certification and officiating at a minimum of one junior or open world championship
- Level 8 is awarded as a result of several on and off diamond criteria, including currency of rules assessment, WBSC Certification and officiating at a minimum of two world championships, one of which must be an open world championship
* First-time registration for Play By The Rules online training is required.
Each accreditation level requires certain experience and an appropriate rules assessment pass mark in the Softball Australia Rules Assessments before moving on to the next level.
The following table lists the pass marks required for each level.
In order to gain accreditation you will be required to have complied with your Member States Protection requirements, and completed the Play By The Rules online training.
The Softball Australia Rules Assessment is part of the accreditation process and is set in a true/false format, and is sat by all umpires around Australia at the same time.
Click here to visit the Rules Assessment page for all information, FAQ’s and links.