Notes from the Training Staff – August 2017

Inaugural NCAA Softball Umpire Institute.

The NCAA will conduct a NCAA Softball Umpire Institute that includes classroom and on-field instruction. The institute will be conducted at the USA Hall of Fame Stadium and home of the NCAA Women’s College World Series. Mechanics training, game situations, rules application/interpretation and game management will be part of the curriculum presented.

The Institute will begin Friday, September 8, 4 pm and conclude noon on Sunday, September 10 and will be a great way to start to prepare for the 2017-18 season.

After registration closes (August 25 or when maximum registration is reached) additional information and details will be sent to all registrants.

Umpires with previous collegiate experience may register for the Institute with the link below. The registration fee is $300.

The NCAA has secured a block of rooms which can be reserved via the registration site below.

Pictures needed

We are looking for pictures of our CCSUA members doing something completely different from umpiring during the college off-season. Do you have a hobby you would like to share? Do you have a “fun” job you do in the off-season to keep you busy? Send a picture of you enjoying that hobby to John Bennett and, if appropriate, we will put it in an upcoming Newsletter. We already have a great picture to put in the September Newsletter. Be watching for it.

PGF Championship umpires

We tried to get a comprehensive list of all CCSUA umpires who worked any of the PGF Championship games, 16U and above. We did not get the hoped-for replies from the appropriate people. Here is what we have so far:

18U games- Dennis Allen, Erik Geierman, Greg Walker.

16Ugames – Dan Cowan, Lyle Dove, Bill Plante, Larry Patterson, LJ Dolan, Bobby Martinez, John Buck

High School All American game – Orlando Mahone

Please contact John Bennett with additional names and details so we can put it in the September Newsletter.

Some random thoughts:

Summer is winding down and hopefully you have spent the off-season working on your game.
Those who will work Fall Ball observation games should be prepared to prove they belong at the college level.
You must be updating Arbiter with your availability as soon as you make a commitment elsewhere.
Just because the college season is over, there are still learning opportunities in our Locker Room. Have you visited it lately?