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2016 Rule Changes
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USA Softball announces 2016-17 National Umpire Schools

October 11, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball announced six USA Softball National Umpire Schools (NUS), including an Advanced National Umpire School for Fast Pitch, that will take place across the country from Dec. 2016 through June 2017. The schools will take place in six different states across the United States: Arkansas, California, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Texas. In addition to the announcement of the USA Softball NUS locations, ASA/USA Softball has also unveiled the new look for the schools, including a new agenda and new school layout.

Click here to see the full list of 2016-17 USA Softball National Umpire Schools and their agenda

"Our USA Softball NUS Committee has worked tirelessly to come up with a new agenda which can be adaptable to the needs of each Region or Local Association hosting a school," said ASA/USA Softball Director of Umpires Kevin Ryan. "After gathering feedback from previous schools, the new format consists of on-field drills, classroom lectures and plenty of interaction between the students and instructors. We encourage all umpires to attend a USA Softball NUS in their Region, not only for the valuable lessons they can learn but to also grow their passion for the game and for being a USA Softball umpire!"

Each USA Softball NUS is run by a team of National Umpire staff members, who serve as the clinicians. With a ratio of at least one clinician per 25-30 students, each participant will receive hands-on personal instruction on both fast pitch and slow pitch umpiring including base and plate mechanics. At the Fast Pitch Advanced Umpire School, instruction is focused on fast pitch only while the ratio is one instructor per 10 students. Attendees at a USA Softball NUS can expect discussions on rule changes for the upcoming 2017 season while developing and enhancing their skills with lectures and on-field drills.

"The USA Softball NUS Committee, consisting of myself, Christina Drumm, Jim Sanderson, Jimmy Derrick, Kayleen Dunson, Dave Chandler and Greg Pohl, has tailored these schools to be adaptable to all levels of umpires in attendance," said ASA/USA Softball Eastern Territory Director of Umpires and USA Softball NUS Committee Chairman Jim Craig. "We are very excited about this new agenda and layout, and hope that these changes will excite umpires all across the U.S. while inspiring a love for the game that will continue to foster the USA Softball umpire program going forward."

Registration fees for USA Softball NUS vary by location. To register for an upcoming USA Softball NUS or an Advanced Umpire School, please contact the school coordinator listed on the National Umpire School section of ASAUSASoftball.com.   Please note that only certain schools are currently open for registration, while others will open up when additional information becomes available.

About ASA/USA Softball

Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nationís largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 74 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. ASA/USA is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Womenís National Team is one of only two womenís sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com/.


The purpose of the USA Softball National Umpire School is to develop each student's individual talents and skills as an umpire. Because of your interest, we realize that you have the pride and attitude it takes to become one of the best softball umpires in the nation. Our goal is to bring out the best in your talent and ability.

Each USA Softball National Umpire School is run by a team of no less than three National Umpire staff members. Each member is an experienced instructor with a boundless knowledge of all aspects of the game of softball. With a ratio of at least one clinician per 25 students, each participant will receive hands-on personal instruction throughout the school. At the Fast Pitch Advanced Umpire School, instruction is focused on fast pitch only while the ratio is one instructor per 10 students.

Contact the school coordinator shown below for an application and payment information.


2016-2017 USA Softball National Umpire School Agenda >>
Date Location Region / Type Coordinator Phone
December 9-11, 2016 Dallas, TX Region 5 Steve McCown / Register 972-658-5450
January 20-22, 2017 Lexington, SC Region 3 Tommy Borucki 609-827-4977
February 10-12, 2017 Roseville, CA Region 10 Chuck Brabec 916-834-8074
February 24-26, 2017 Benton, AR Region 4 Mike Adams / Register 903-826-2324
March 31 - April 2, 2017 Derry, NH Region 1 Will Martin 603-365-0096
June 15-18, 2017 Cummings, GA Region 3 - Fast Pitch Rick Hearn 770-560-3754
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October 2016 Rule Clarifications and Plays

May 2016 Rule Clarifications and Plays

September 2016 Rule Clarifications and Plays

April 2016 Rule Clarifications and Plays

August 2016 Rule Clarifications and Plays

March 2016 Rule Clarifications and Plays

July 2016 Rule Clarifications and Plays

February 2016 Rule Clarifications and Plays

June 2016 Rule Clarifications and Plays

January 2016 Rule Clarifications and Plays

Click Here for a complete list of current and previous Rule Clarifications and Plays available on the National ASA/USA Web Site.

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USA Softball Umpire of the Month

USA Softball Umpire of the Month

Launched for it's inaugural season in 2016, the ASA/USA Softball Umpire of the Month award recognizes ASA/USA Softball Umpires for their outstanding accomplishments on the field as well as how they have given back to the game off the field.

Being the ASA/USA Softball National Umpire of the Month does not always relate to the number of National Championships an umpire has worked. This award encompasses an umpireís accomplishments, both on and off the field, in their Local Association and Region in addition to their contributions at the National level.

The recipients of the ASA/USA Softball Umpire of the Month embody what being a member of the ASA/USA Softball umpire family is all about and brings attention to the ways these individuals selfless acts of service.

Arizona Umpire Geri Magwire

is the June 2016 USA Softball Umpire of the Month

follow this Link and read more about Geri and previous Umpires who have be recognized with this prestigious award



The 2016 ASA Umpire Exam is Available On-Line Now!

Please take the Exam as soon as possible.
GET IN THE BOOK and work on the Rules portion of your game!
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AZ ASA Elite Umpires
AZ ASA Elite Umpires

At the 2015 ASA Council Meeting held 31 Oct – 6 November in Louisville, Kentucky the National Umpire Staff selected Rob Dunn from Prescott Valley, AZ and Justin Lauby from Tempe, AZ as an "Elite" Umpires. Rob Dunn and Justin Lauby have now joined an "ELITE" group of Men and Women with their selection as an Amateur Softball Association "ELITE" Umpire in the Slow Pitch category. Please join the AZ ASA Umpire Staff in congratulating these outstanding Arizona ASA Umpires for their significant accomplishments and great achievements. The Arizona ASA Umpire Staff as well as State Commission Don Fishel, take great pride in the success of others and we could not be more pleased and proud of Rob and Justin. Their selection as Elite Umpire is a tremendous accomplishment considering ASA has over 30,000 registered umpires and now, after the selection of the 2015 Group of Elite Umpires, there are only approximately 400 Elite Umpires in ASA. Without a doubt, Rob Dunn and Justin Lauby are now among the Best of the Best!

With Robís and Justinís selection, Arizona ASA now has 25 ASA/USA Elite Umpires 15 who remain active. Arizona ASA has 12 "Elite" Umpires in the Fast Pitch Category, 11 "Elite" Umpires in the Slow Pitch Category and two AZ ASA Umpires are "Elite" in both the Fast Pitch and the Slow Pitch Categories. This reward program is the highest honor an ASA umpire can obtain other than selection to the ASA Hall of Fame. For complete information on the ASA/USA Softball "Elite" Program for umpires, including qualifications and application procedures, please visit the link below.


A complete list of Arizona ASA/USA Softball "Elite" Umpires is below.

AZ ASA Elite Umpires

*Indicates that these umpires are also International Certified Umpires with the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC), formerly International Softball Federation (ISF). Only Burns and Magwire remain active. Additional information on qualifications and training required for International Certification can be found at the link below.


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2016 PLAYING RULE Changes & Comments

The following links are for the 2016 Code, Procedural Manual and Rule Changes with Comments.

** In the event of a conflict in language between any printed version of the Code and the version on the website, the website version controls.

NEW 2016 Playing Rules Changes with Comments - (Updated 11/19/2015)

NEW 2016 Code Changes with Comments - (Updated 11/20/2015)

NEW 2016 Procedural Manual Changes with Comments - (Updated 11/19/2015)

2015 USA Softball Code - (Updated 1/13/15)

2015 Procedural Manual - (Updated 1/6/15)

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Fast Pitch Foreign Substance

Chrome / Mirrored Style Batting Helmet

REVISED INTERPRETATION: Batting All Players (Junior Olympic Fast Pitch)

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The Umpire of the Year Award is presented each year to selected umpires in front of their peers at Annual District Rules and Mechanics Clinics. This program was developed to recognize umpires who have distinguished themselves through their on field performance at the local level during State Championship Play and, in many cases, other Championship Play and during National Championship Play.
Click Here to view the Umpire of the Year Award Recipients for 2015.

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AZ ASA Districts

In 2015, the Arizona ASA Umpires will provide supervision and management for Arizona ASA Umpires, one again, under the umbrella of three (3) Districts, not Four (4). The North District and the West District are being combined to form the Northwest District which will be under the charge of John Vecs. The previous North District Deputy UICís will now become Northwest Deputy District UICís.

The District UICís and the areas of their responsibilities are as listed below.

Northwest District - UIC John Vecs - responsible for the Counties of Mohave, La Paz, Yuma, Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo and Apache

Central District - UIC TBD - responsible for the Counties of Maricopa and Gila

South District - UIC Tim Jackson - responsible for the Counties of Pinal, Pima, Santa Cruz, Greenlee, Graham and Cochise

A revised Organization Chart, including names, titles and contact phone numbers is posted on the AZ ASA Umpire Staff Contact Information Section posted at the bottom of this page.

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