Become an Umpire

Umpires have endless opportunities in softball and with the support of the leaders at local, state and national levels, umpires can achieve great success and have lots of fun and great memories within our sport.

Today’s new age Umpire requires a unique set of skills to officiate at all levels of our great game.  As an umpire, you must be able to demonstrate great rules knowledge, quick decision-making, an ability to explain and defend decisions and a willingness to keep the game moving at a steady pace.

Umpires are in a position that requires you to be impartial at all times and be seen to have a positive impact and be a good role model to children, young adults, players, coaches, spectators and administrators.

There are 8 levels in the Australian umpiring accreditation system:

Level 1: Is awarded when a rules assessment theory pass mark has been attained, successful completion of the two modules in the “Play By The Rules” free online training course* and a basic understanding for umpire mechanics has been demonstrated. This is covered by the Softball Australia Level 1 Introductory Umpire Program and does not require the formal practical assessment to be undertaken, only an on-diamond check of your Umpiring skills by a softball official at your association.

Levels 2-4: Involves passing a theory based exam and a practical assessment at either local or state competitions/tournaments.

Levels 5-6: Involves passing a theory based exam and a practical assessment at national tournaments.

Levels 7-8: Recognition accreditation’s and are awarded by the Softball Australia National Umpiring Program (Softball Australia NUP).

Some useful links for umpires:

Softball Australia Umpiring Program Overview

Softball Terminology

Softball Australia Technical Bulletin

“Blues News”

Officials Code of Conduct