Welcome!  (Updated November 2018)

 

2018 has been a very exciting time in softball history… The USA Softball Women’s National Team had a very successful year winning the 2018 WBSC World Championships and qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.  The Men’s & Women’s Slow Pitch National Teams both won the prestigious “BORDER BATTLE” in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and the Jr. Men’s FastPitch National team played in the WBSC World Championships while the Sr. Men’s FastPitch National team played in the Intercontinental Cup in Prague, Czeck Republic.   As the governing body of softball in the United States, USA Softball has many responsibilities including our participation in the Safe Sports Program.  As we continue to work on the enjoyment, safety, and development of the game, USA Softball will still focus on the “home town” softball feel like it has for the past 86 years.

 

USA Softball of St. Louis is proud to be a member association of the governing body.  We work hard to support the game of softball, and as umpires, we will continue to serve our teams locally, and for those who have loftier goals of umpiring championships throughout the country, we will work together to help you try and reach them!  Our focus will continue to be on providing opportunities locally for our member umpires through online training, clinics, breakout sessions, camps, USA Softball National Umpire Schools, and Advanced Camps for those who really want to excel “their game.”

 

We will also continue to develop our local technology and hope to keep you updated through emails, social media, and the occasional phone call.  In the upcoming months, you may notice some changes to our website, and we hope to continue developing it in the years to come.  Knowledge is POWER, and the more we can provide information and resources for you, the better umpire you can become.  Take time to go through our website as it has some great information and resources.  Please feel free to contact one of our district UIC’s with questions, or email me personally.  We all want you to succeed, and be the BEST YOU CAN BE!

 

We continue to need more umpires! Talk to your friends and acquaintances – see if they want to join our association and make it better. The extra money they can earn certainly can be a major benefit! We need Slow Pitch & Fast Pitch Umpires – talk with those in your league play and see if they will join “our team!” We have information on how to become an USA Softball Umpire on this very site. Just look at the left column and click on the LINK to see what it takes to become an USA Softball Member Umpire. Get the process started, and then come out to learn how to manage and call a game.

 

With your membership, you get online training established through Safe Sports, rule books, exams, clinics, breakout sessions, and every USA Softball Member Umpire gets insurance which covers them during their USA Softball, high school softball & college softball games too! It’s a great deal!

 

Umpires should complete their registration process using our ONLINE MEMBERSHIP FORM! Returning Umpires Will Receive the Winter Newsletter with the Registration Form embedded into it. We continue moving toward a more GREEN association, particularly concerning paper documents. Consequently many of the documents enable you to type in the fields, save to your computer, and then email them to the association, or simply enter information into a “FORM” and the information is sent to us digitally. Please be sure to have the latest version of Adobe Reader (Free) installed on your computer. For help on how to complete, save, send many of our PDF documents, please check out the short video in the left column of our website.

 

USA Softball of St. Louis umpires ~ Check out our Calendar Of Events for a group listing of upcoming activities! If you have only been umpiring a few years, or did not make a clinic last year, then you MUST attend clinic time this year to remain in good standing. The more clinic time you put in this spring, the better you will be prepared this summer!

Enjoy the upcoming Holiday Season!  Spend time with family, friends, and loved ones!  Rejuvenate and be ready to jump into next season soon!

Greg Pohl

USA Softball of St. Louis

Umpire-In-Chief