Umpire Program and General Information

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2017 Umpire Registration
It’s time to start planning for 2017!  Below are the files providing information regarding umpire registration for the 2017 championship season.

2017 Umpire Registration Letter | PDF Download

2017 Registration Form | PDF (form fillable) Download

2017 Rules & Mechanics Clinic Schedule | PDF Download

2017 Background Check Release Form | PDF Download

2017 Independent Contractors Agreement | PDF Download

Information regarding background checks | PDF Download

Each year nearly 900 umpires register and nearly 400 umpires certify in Southern California. Ms. Christina “Chris” Drumm, the SoCal UIC is responsible for developing the best umpires possible for the teams that play softball under the ASA-USA Softball banner.  Through the dedication and efforts of the state UIC and his staff, the SoCal ASA umpire-training program is second to none and produces some of the finest umpires in the world.  The formal training includes the National Umpire Schools, regional rules and mechanics clinics, as well as SoCal ASA rules clinics and mechanics clinics.

Registered ASA-USA Softball umpires have the opportunity to become “tournament certified” and participate in championship play.  Certification is accomplished by attending an annual rules clinic, usually held the first weekend in February, attending one of several mechanics clinics, and attaining a passing grade on the annual ASA umpire exam.  The umpire exam is administered online yearly January -February, with assigned due dates.  Once a year, usually during April, the UIC staff meets to assign certified umpires to championship tournaments.  Contracts are then emailed to those umpires selected to umpire in championship competition.

SoCal ASA umpires are ones of pride gained through the training program, the uniform they wear, the assignments received at the local level, state and national level, and the recognition received during their career.  Each is important to the umpire program.  As each game is conducted, the umpire has the responsibility to administer the game in accordance with the ASA guidelines.  The goal of the SoCal ASA Umpire Program is to provide each umpire with an opportunity to be successful in completing this responsibility and to help the umpire reach his or her personal goals.

Within each District are independent local umpire associations that hold meetings, host refresher clinics, and provide umpiring services to local leagues.  Local associations offer its members an opportunity to build camaraderie and to “stay sharp” on the latest techniques, rule interpretations, field mechanics, umpiring philosophies and game management year round.  Ask your District UIC for information on a local association near you!

Contacts

So Cal ASA Districts

There are eight districts in Southern California to support umpire development. These districts are broken down by geographic region. There will be the creation of an 8th district, the Northeastearn District that will pull from both the Northern District and the Eastern District.
Northern District - Central District - Eastern District - Western District - LA Southbay District - South San Diego District - North San Diego District - North Eastern District
Contacts

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION

The Southern California Amateur Softball Association (SoCal ASA) is an affiliate of the ASA/USA Softball, the National Governing Body (NGB) of amateur softball in the United States.  The responsibilities of SoCal ASA include the regulation of competition, and the assurance of fairness and equal opportunity to all who participate in ASA-USA Softball within Southern California.

SoCal ASA is a non-government, non-partisan and non-profit organization that is staffed by volunteers who are dedicated to the advancement of softball at all levels of play.  SoCal ASA accepts any person that qualifies as an amateur, regardless of sex, color, creed or national origin. Through the dedicated efforts of the commissioner and his staff, Southern California has one of the best softball programs in the United States.

HOW SOCAL ASA OPERATES

The SoCal ASA program is coordinated and administered by a Commissioner (Phil Gutierrez) who is appointed by ASA-USA Softball.  The commissioner is responsible for appointing an umpire-in-chief (UIC), a youth commissioner (JO), player representatives, and any other appointment necessary to administer the program.  With the approval of the Commissioner, the JO Commissioner is responsible for appointing District Commissioners and Assistant District Commissioners and the SoCal UIC is responsible for appointing Deputy UICs, District UICs, and any assistants that are necessary.  The SoCal UIC is Ms. Christina Drumm.

Umpires have the opportunity to join the SoCal ASA through membership in the ASA-USA Softball Umpire Program that provides many benefits.  Individuals wishing to become ASA-USA Softball umpires register through the state UIC, deputy UIC (SP) or the district UICs.

2017 Umpire Registration
It’s time to start planning for 2017!  Below are the files providing information regarding umpire registration for the 2017 championship season.

2017 Umpire Registration Letter | PDF Download

2017 Registration Form | PDF (form fillable) Download

2017 Rules & Mechanics Clinic Schedule | PDF Download

2017 Background Check Release Form | PDF Download

2017 Independent Contractors Agreement | PDF Download

Information regarding background checks | PDF Download

Availability (Update your availability with your District UIC regularly.)

ALL CERTIFIED UMPIRES:  Please contact your District UIC to give them your availability.

Please make sure to get your availability to your DUIC ASAP as this information is used in selection for championship play!

Sports Officials’ Coverage a.k.a. Optional Insurance

There seems to be a great deal of confusion about what is covered with basic insurance and what is covered by the sports officials’ coverage (aka: optional insurance).
The basic policy that comes with your ASA registration covers sanctioned ASA events, high school, Junior College, and NCAA softball events. This includes tournaments and friend-lies where competing teams are registered with ASA, and the umpires are also registered with ASA. This does not include softball played under different codes. For example, softball games played under codes other than ASA, like USSSA or PGF, are not covered.
By purchasing the sports officials coverage (optional insurance), you are extending your basic ASA coverage to non-softball events for high school, Junior College, and NCAA sports. Additionally, California ASA umpires will be covered for SCMAF softball games. Umpires purchasing this plan will also be covered for game fee reimbursement for injuries incurred while umpiring ASA games.
It is important to note that the optional insurance does not cover softball played under codes other than ASA with the exception of high school, NJCAA, NCAA and SCMAF codes.
Please make sure you have appropriate coverage for the sports you are officiating. Protect yourself, protect your family.
If you have any questions concerning coverage, you can direct questions to Bollinger Insurance at www.BollingerInsurance.com or phone 973-467-0444. You can also follow this link to FAQ’s about the insurance.
Follow this link to access an ASA Umpire claim form from Bollinger.

 

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