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First and Second Year Umpire Training 2017

The calendar is set for our umpire training!!

We are happy to invite all first and second year umpires and all other umpires who want to learn to join us for training. We are excited this year that every classroom session will be held at Sanford Brown College where there will be room for classroom and mechanics training at every session.

First Session dates are:

  • Classroom (required) – January 18, 21 (1-4pm), 25, and February 8 from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
  • Gym (required) – January 28 and February 11 (1-4pm)

All Classroom Sessions are held at Sanford-Brown College, 645 Andover Park West, Tukwila WA 98188

See you there!!

Taking Advantage of Training

A big shout out to all the Blues who have taken advantage of opportunities to improve their skills through camps and clinics this spring. These events have included but are not exclusive to the Jack Reynolds 3 man evaluation weekend, Slow Pitch Advanced Camp and the SMSUA 3 umpire training sessions.

Slow pitch advanced camp was a great success with the following SMSUA umpires in attendance. Graig Bolton, Russ Cantonwine, Tim Coffey, Kayleen Dunson, Max Escalante, Bill Foreman (won his registration fee at last year’s Banquet!), Josh Francis, Kris Mack, Lou McCaffery, Rich Schultz, Kerry Steichen, CJ Webb, and Sean Wells. Any umpires with questions on slow pitch umpiring I’m sure that any of these umpires will be happy to answer them.

Did you know that we have all kinds of training information on the website as well? You can log in then go to the training and mechanics page to view great presentations on two umpire mechanics, three umpire mechanics, angles/distances, line up  management and much more. Plus! If there is something you want access to that is not on there please let us know and we will do our best to get the information to you.

2014 slow pitch camp


June ASA Plays and Clarifications

Jack Floyd in Control of the Game

Do you know how to manage a game? The June plays and clarifications just came out with a pretty lengthy article on game management. It is one of the best breakdowns on game management that ASA has provided and is definitely worth a read.

Here’s what Jack Floyd has to say: “Respect for the game and how it is played contributes to how well an umpire manages and controls a game.”

And here’s another quote from the article: “Game Control can be described as taking charge of an unusual situation before the situation results in chaos.”

Several Region 15 umpires provided input including Jack Floyd, Don Alexander, John Wright and Bill Silves. Thank you to all of  you!

May ASA Plays and Clarifications

The May Plays and Clarifications from ASA are here and will give you information on how to rule on pitchers who “push, drag, push” as well as great information on obstructed runners and the look back rule. Click here for the full document.

Are You Checking Bats?

We all should be checking to make sure bats are legal before each game we do.

All bats should have the ASA approved certification mark for 2000 or 2004 and be free of burrs, dents, cracks and rattles.

Check out this handy “Quick Guide” on how to inspect bats. The ASA website is the best place to go for more resources. Here’s a link to the one-page color list of bats that HAVE the 2000 or 2004 stamp but have become “Non-Approved.” This is a handy reference guide you should print out and keep with you when you do your games.

Hope this helps to refresh your “bat check skills” and make it easier for all of us to check bats every game.


ASA’s April Rules and Plays

Is it legal to remove your mask with both hands while staring out in awe with your mouth agape – cute as a button?

Well, you probably won’t find the answer to that question in the ASA April Rules Clarifications just posted, but you will find lots of other great stuff.

Thanks to Lou McCaffery’s grand daughter for the great visual. She looks like a natural, doesn’t she?


Get Regional Clinic Presentations

ASA Region 15 Clinicians – Wild Bill Silves, Kevin Ryan, Malcolm Boyles, Bob Stanton, Brian Van Os, Lori Bish

What an amazing learning experience!

Thank you to all of the fantastic clinicians who gave so much of their time and expertise to help make all of us in Region 15 better umpires.

Nearly 250 umpires gathered for a great weekend of learning, building relationships and having some great fun. The head umpires from ASA in the United States, Softball Canada, and the International Softball Federation engaged everyone with their expert knowledge and creativity.

The Canadian’s sing for the Clinic – Thanks for being here!

We are especially thankful to the great contingent of umpires from up north who treated us to a rousing rendition of their National Anthem as well as sharing their thoughtful expertise and fun!

We’re working on a complete Clinic update, but until then here is access to some of the presentations:

Playing Rule Changes
Balance in Umpiring
Name That Game
Train the Trainers
ASA Evaluations
Batting Out of Order

Thank you to all Clinicians, all staff who helped make this so successful and especially to ALL THE WOMEN AND MEN IN BLUE who attended.


School Ball Rules Changes Here

All high school and middle school games are governed by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Rules. Although there aren’t many significant changes to the rules or mechanics this year, Gerald St.Clair went through some of the more significant changes for the members at the February 6 meeting.

If you missed that meeting, or want to refresh what you learned there, check out this slideshow that includes all of Gerald’s slides.

If we can help you with more or better training tools, please let us know.


Free training programs for all members

Whether you’ve been umpiring for 30 years or 30 minutes, SMSUA offers top-notch training. We promise to work with all of our umpires to prepare them to reach the highest level they want to work.

We have lots of umpires who are happy working the recreational and young ages. And we have some umpires who have worked the highest levels (college world series, Olympics, and International).

Whatever your umpiring goals, our training program will help you meet them.

If you are just joining the umpire family, click here to learn about our free training for new umpires.

We look forward to seeing you on the field soon!