2021 Experimental Rule for Video Replay

NCAA is continuing with their experimental rule regarding video replay for the 2021 season. This experimental rule is an addendum to 5.9.9 under certain conditions. In conference games (when two conference teams play each other in a conference game), including the conference tournament, the crew chief may initiate a review of designated plays at his/her discretion beginning with the 6th

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Verbal Communications

Officiating team sports required effective management and communication with the participants of the game. Officials need skills to apply and sell decisions in ways that are well received by the coaches and players. A good decision can be communicated badly and create perceptions of unfairnessA lot of research has been done on sports officials, with most of the decision-making component

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The Unwritten “Rules” of Game Management

Excerpted from an article in Referee Magazine and converted into presentation form.  Use the arrow-down symbol on the bottom-left of each page to advance to the next page of the presentation.

Game Flow

Some information taken from Referee.com article 1/22/19 Softball is played without a clock but increasing game times are very much on the minds of many involved with overseeing the game, particularly at those upper levels where television contracts and drawing fans into seats are big concerns. For a game that does not run on a clock, softball is a game

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Suspension of Play – normal game situations

Any umpire may suspend the game for a legitimate reason, as outlined in the rule book. Use the signal in the CCA Manual. It is important for the calling umpire to use the appropriate emphasis, both signal and verbal, for the situation. The emphasis may range from the ordinary to the loud/strong (look at me, this is important). As the

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Conferences

General Information If either team is charged with a conference o Both teams may hold uncharged conferences o Base runners are not restricted to their bases o The plate umpire shall notify the head coach and record the inning o Warm-ups between players already on the field can occur if done in a way that does not delay play except

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Administering Option Plays

From 2018 CCA manual Section 4, page 26 With the increase in option plays, umpires must be aware of the possibility that, at the conclusion of a play, a decision on an option play may require the previous batter to be returned to bat with the previous count. It is strongly suggested that umpires glance at their partners as you

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Breaking up Conferences

We do not want conferences to interrupt the flow of the game. We can do this by being aware of potential conferences as we are walking back to the plate after playing action – the pitcher has been struggling, 3 or 4 hard hits in a row, long inning, etc. And, we need to be pro-active in breaking up conferences.

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Rule Book Verbiage

When you have to make that difficult call and you know you nailed it with your rules knowledge, explain the situation to the coach with rule book verbiage. It is usually best to state the rule to the coach first and then if questioned, use the phrase “in my judgment” or “by rule” as appropriate. Here are some examples: RULE

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“Are You Approachable?”

This article is taken from the SUP website,Notes from the National Coordinator – Mid-March 2017 “Coaches feel that umpires are no longer willing to listen to their concerns. We lost a piece of the puzzle when the rule changed to warn coaches when they questioned judgment. There is a difference when a coach is constantly questioning your strike zone, or

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Non-verbal communications

Introduction Verbal communications are very important for umpires, but that is not the subject of this article. Before we list the different forms of non-verbal communications, let’s quickly review the key points of verbal communications. Clarity of speech Pauses Stress on words Remaining calm and focused Being polite Following basic rules of etiquette Non-verbal Communications (Body Language) Non-verbal communication comprises

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