Santa Cruz County Softball Officials Association
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Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Softball Officials Association web site. We meet on selected days throughout the high school softball season. We umpire games for schools in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League. Our dues are $70 per year and the pay ranges from $48 to $61 per game. If you would like to join or have any questions, email the SCCSOA or call (831) 252-1197.
Email the association
Sign-up forms you need to fill out: Contract | Profile You may fax forms to 431-6117
Umpiring the Blowout Game
The thing we can all say, Been There!! to is umpiring a blowout game. The kind that just drags along at a snail's pace and after twp hours still has two innings to go. And that's just to get to the fifth inning when the Mercy Rule may be invoked. Right now, the game is in the third inning and the score is 26-2. Ouch! But, fear not, help is on the way, in the form of an article appropriately entitled, Umpiring The Blowout Game. The article starts slowly but stay with it. About the seventh paragraph it really kicks into high gear and starts spewing a plethora of useful information. I hope you enjoy the read and that it helps you the next time you find yourself in (all together now) A BLOWOUT GAME!
March 13 --
Tree Villa, Scotts Valley, 4 o'clock. |
Certification tests due
At Oak Tree Villa, Scotts Valley, 4 o'clock. | Certification tests due
Tree Villa, Scotts Valley, 4
Tree Villa, Scotts Valley, 4
-- Pizza party, Woodstock Pizza on Front Street in Santa Cruz, 5 o'clock.
May 15 -- Pizza party, Woodstock Pizza on Front Street in Santa Cruz, 5 o'clock.
The NFHS softball page has a wealth of information for you about rules changes and other news that will help make you a more informed umpire. Please visit this page. You might be required to provide your Arbiter username and password to gain access.
There are links to no fewer than 52 instructional videos on everything softball rules for you to view on the Softball Officials Education web site, in addition to seven Power Point Presentations on this web site. You will be required to provide your Arbiter username and password to gain access to this page.
If you are a member of the SCCSOA you need to take the 20-minute course Heads Up -- Concussion in Youth Sports. This is a required course as part of your training. If you have trouble viewing this CDC course -- and some officials have -- you may access the one at the NFHS web site: Concussion in Sports - What You Need To Know. It's not as good but it gets the job done. You will not be paid for any games until you have turned in your completion certificate that you may print at the conclusion of the course.
The CDC has an excellent web site on concussion in sports as well as a card that gives signs and symptoms of a concussion and an appropriate action plan.
As mandated by the CIF, all officials must show proof of general liability insurance before they may officiate. The least expensive insurance is $35 through the National Federation. Umpires who/worked for PSI this season already have genreal liability insurance and access to the Central Hub and to not have to pay any additional fees.
Frank Paz gets a good look at the play and then readies himself to ring up a runner for an out.
Interference and Obstruction
and the Flex -- and how to use them
the game moving
Carlos Escamilla hustles to get a good look from another angle before making his call.
GREAT SITE FOR SCCAL SOFTBALL STANDINGS, SCORES, STATS
Once he's set behind the plate, John Sheibley holds his position until it's time to move.
Links to other useful sites
softball rules page