USA UMPIRE CLINICS
Level up your skills through a local umpire clinic!
For those serious about umpiring, the USA Softball training is the best available in any sports organization today. National, regional, and local mechanic schools and rules clinics are scheduled each spring and in many cases in the fall for new umpires beginning at that time of year.
Training is similar at each level, as described in the USA Softball Umpire Manual. Whether plate mechanics, base positioning, signals, working with players and coaches, or just tips in umpiring, the Manual is the most complete training guide available. To assist the local training official, the USA Softball provides training aides through a Clinic Guide, instructional videos, transparencies, school mechanics drill cards, an umpire examination, meeting quizzes, and a “Case Book.”
Insurance for the USA Softball umpire is by far the best for any sport or organization and includes a $5,000,000 liability policy, an accidental injury policy with maximum benefit of $100,000 for any accidental injury arising out of the amateur softball activities (including clinics and schools), and games, leagues, and tournaments involving USA Softball registered teams. The medical expense coverage is provided on an excess basis. It also includes an accidental death and dismemberment policy, as well as a dental coverage that will pay the actual expense incurred for treatments to sound and natural teeth, with a $500 limit for each individual tooth.
An umpire uniform and leisure wear program is available to each registered umpire, so that he/she will be able to purchase and wear the official USA softball uniform with pride. Whether the shirt, cap, pants, shoes or ball bag, or any of the variety of protective equipment, or optional wear such as sun glasses, the USA Softball program has it.
USA Softball registered umpires are selected to officiate in metro, state, regional and national championships, and as the national governing body for softball in the US, are the only organization in the US which softball umpires can apply for International Softball Federation certification and the opportunity to umpire in World Championships, Regional Games (Pan Am Games) or the Olympic Games. World Cup events held in Plant City Florida also are open to USA Softball umpires who have completed a “Qualifier” Seminar.
USA Softball umpires are rewarded for their years of service and expertise through the Medals Program, the National Indicator Fraternity, ISF Certification, and possibly the National Hall of Fame. No other organization has this various assortment of rewards programs for their umpire.
Yes, it pays to be an USA Softball umpire. From expert training through being rewarded for individual umpire achievements, USA Softball offers the most to help each umpire achieve his/her goal – To Be The Best He/She Can Be, and to reach the level their skills will take them too.
USA Softball of Houston (USASH) Umpire Certification Clinics:
Umpire Clinics will be for Slow Pitch or Fast Pitch. All clinics will be 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM unless otherwise noted.
USA Softball of Houston Umpires must register on line and pay by credit card or PayPal account (They will not be accepting cash, cashier checks, money orders or checks at the clinics).
You must register through USA Softball Register and please print your PayPal receipt that you will receive via e-mail as proof of payment and bring to the clinic. Umpire Manual and Team Participation Manual will be passed out at the clinic. Once you have attended a clinic your Umpire/Background Card will be mailed and you will be cleared to take the Umpire Exam.
USASH Slow Pitch Umpire Study Guide for New Umpires (2020):
Congratulations on deciding to become a USA Softball umpire! You are joining an organization dedicated to helping umpires pursue excellence. To help you reach your potential, USA Softball has established the best softball umpire training program in the world. This study guide is designed to help you get ready to take the field, wearing the blue uniform as a USA Softball umpire. Welcome to the Blue Team!
To assist you in your ongoing development as an umpire, USA Softball has produced two critically important manuals. The “Official Rules of Softball – Participant Manual (2019)” describes the rules of the game (This Manual will be distributed at USASH Clinics) . The “Umpire Manual (2019)” describes the mechanics needed to umpire successfully. This Manual may be downloaded from: