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Softball umpiring can provide you with some great personal rewards and lifelong friendships.
As an umpire you must be 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.You are in a position to be a positive role model around children and young adults.
The Softball umpiring program is great fun and offers both males and females the opportunity to improve their fitness and knowledge of the rules as well as work with some of the most enthusiastic people in Softball.
Most Softball umpires start at the domestic level, from umpiring juniors right through to senior competitions. All you need to become an umpire is an interest in sport and a willingness to be involved.
As umpires gain skills and confidence, they often seek optional ongoing accreditation, which can lead to umpiring state, national and international games.
Newcastle & District Softball Association relies on volunteer umpires to keep our competitions running smoothly. Throughout the summer season our Umpiring Coordinator runs the BITS (Blues In Training) program to develop the skills of aspiring umpires of all ages, and assisting those wanting to gain umpiring accreditiation.
If you are interested in umpiring, becoming an accredited umpire or volunteering as an umpire, please contact the Association's Umpiring Coordinator or Technical Development Coordinator.
Also, Softball Australia has developed an extensive range of educational umpiring resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced umpires. Further assistance and support can be provided through the State Umpiring Directors and National umpiring committee listed in the umpiring directory. In NSW, accredited umpires are governed by the Softball NSW Umpires Association. Their website also provides very useful information and resouces on umpiring - www.nswumpires.softball.org.au.