Coaches and Officials
Become a Coach
The ideal start for the beginner coach is the Softball Community Coaching Program. The program is based on Game Sense and will help you plan and prepare fun and engaging training sessions for your team. To find out more about the program, and when the next course is scheduled, go to the Softball Community Coaching Program website.
Coach Accreditation Pathway
For coaches wanting to extend their softball knowledge to include basic skills and how to play the game, there is a formal coaching pathway of coach education and accreditation. Whether you are a coach, teacher, parent or a volunteer providing an opportunity for young people to play softball, Softball Australia’s coaching program will assist you to provide the best environment and progression to ensure lifelong participation in the sport. Click here for an Introduction to the Coach Accreditation Pathway.
Coach Accreditation Updating Requirements
Coaches can update their accreditation by completing the next level of accreditation or achieving a total of 100 points over four years. Levels 4-6 coaches must achieve a maximum of 25 points per year and a minimum of 20 points in each category. Coaches must use NCAS Accreditation Updating Activity Sheet to validate their updating activities available at http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/officials/education.
When updating is completed, the coach forwards the Activity Sheet/s, the NCAS registration fee and the signed Softball Australia Coaches Code of Conduct to their state softball association. New updating requirements commence immediately re-registration is received by NCAS.
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Become an Umpire
There are many reasons people decide to become an umpire. Some are helping their club while others aim to extend their playing career or seek social and community involvement.
Becoming an accredited umpire highlights a recognised level of competence and effort and enables you to wear the Softball Australia Umpires logo with pride, knowing you have earned it.
Prior to deciding to become an official umpire of softball, the following next steps provide excellent insights into the role of an umpire and whether it is suited to you.
- You will need to keep good fitness levels for the role
- You will need to familiarise yourself with the member policies and guideline related to umpires
- An outline of the accreditation process and registration will also give you a scope of the education pathway available to you
- You will need to know the basic skills involved in playing softball as you will need to umpire on throwing, catching, fielding a ball, hitting and moving between bases. More tips and training programs to help you develop your skills.
- It is helpful to have an understanding of the basic softball rules and terminology
- Extensive umpiring resources are available to answer all your enquires
- There are also various umpire profiles available to provide you with inspiration
- The frequently asked questions or Ask an umpire sections also offer invaluable insights for umpire beginners
- There are many regularly updated resources for umpires, including the umpiring news
- You can find a club near you or contact your State or Softball Australia for more information.
More than 2,300 accredited softball umpires throughout Australia spend their summer ruling the diamond at local clubs and associations. They dedicate their time to umpiring as thebenefits include helping improve fitness and knowledge, enhancing leadership and management skills in high-pressure situations and also having fun.
A good umpire is able to demonstrate knowledge of the rules, quick decision-making, an ability to explain and defend decisions and a willingness to keep the game moving at a steady pace.
Most umpires start at local association level and umpire from junior through to senior competitions. As umpires gain skills and confidence, they often seek optional ongoing accreditation, which can lead to umpiring state, national and international games.
There are 8 levels in the Australian umpiring accreditation system:
- Level 1: Is awarded when a 50% basic theory pass mark has been attained, successful completion of the two modules in the “Play By The Rules” free online training course* and a basic understanding for umpire mechanics has been demonstrated. This is covered by the Softball Australia Level 1 Introductory Umpire Program and does not require the formal practical assessment to be undertaken, only an on-diamond check of your Umpiring skills by a softball official at your association.
- Levels 2-4: Involves passing a theory based exam and a practical assessment at either local or state competitions/tournaments.
- Levels 5-6: Involves passing a theory based exam and a practical assessment at national tournaments.
- Levels 7-8: Recognition accreditations and are awarded by the Softball Australia National Umpiring Program (Softball Australia NUP).
For more information, please contact the State Director of Umpiring.
Become a Scorer
If you are like most softball scorers, your introduction to scoring was unexpectedly having a scorebook put in your hands and being asked to score. No need to panic as we have all the resources and tools you will need.
The key is to start slow and build up your knowledge and skills. Your progression can be as slow or as quick as you desire. Whether you choose to score at a basic or advanced level is your choice and dependant on how much you enjoy the scoring experience. The motivations and benefits of becoming a scorer are wide and varied – yet all scorers agree that they reap greater rewards from their volunteer role than they had anticipated when they first started scoring.
Whether you are a scorer who has started scoring for your child’s games at club level or whether you aspire to score at international games, we have an extensive National Scoring accreditation program and resources to assist you.
Like all technical roles, to make it to the elite scorer level significant experience is required. Progression from grassroots level through to accreditation at elite level takes at least five years. Either way an interest in softball and some spare time is a great way to start.
Scoring in Australia has an unprecedented reputation that demonstrates current best practice worldwide. This is measured by the ongoing demand for Australian scorers at international competitions.
Softball Australia’s accreditation program enhances the skills of scorers and educators of scoring and ensures Australia continues to lead the world in softball scoring directives and initiatives.
The Softball Australia scoring program is approved within ASC’s National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS). This program offers scorers a mark of achievement and competency and has raised the bar for scoring by providing an official education pathway for scorers to advance their skills. The program comprises four levels that focus on technical competency.
At the highest level, recognition for national and international service is granted to those who have advanced their scoring careers to the elite level of scoring and statistics.
The accreditation program teaches all components of scoring in an effort to better educate scorers and to provide a guided pathway for advancement of Australian softball scorers.
For some people, the accreditation course will have no appeal and will make no difference to them scoring for their local team or club game. Instead, they may choose to score their games based on their skills acquired from a training session, other scorers or various websites.
To become a scorer, please contact our State Director of Scoring.