Most umpires start at local association level and umpire from junior through to senior competitions. Umpiring can provide you with some great personal rewards, and lifelong friendships.

The Softball Australia 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.

As umpires gain skills and confidence, they often seek optional ongoing accreditation, which can lead to umpiring state, national and international games.

Umpire Acceditation Process

Does not require a practical exam to be undertaken – it is awarded when a 50% theory pass mark has been attained in either the Basic or Australian paper and the person has been umpiring 12 months or more at their local Association and has an understanding of the basic umpire mechanics and conduct.

Requires umpires to pass a practical assessment at State Championships, a theory pass and attendance at a Basic Clinic for Level 2 and Intermediate Clinic for Levels 3 and 4 within the last two years and be recommended by a Senior Umpire Level 4+. You can join the SNSW Umpires Association here

Requires umpires to pass a practical examination at National Championships and attain a theory pass of 80% in the Australian Paper and attended an Advanced Clinic.  Level 5 examinations are conducted at Junior Nationals and Level 6 examinations at Senior Nationals.

International accreditations are awarded after gaining ISF Certification.  Level 7 is awarded after attending one ISF World Event.  Level 8 is awarded after attending two ISF World events including an Open age World Championships.


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