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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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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