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.
National Scoring Committee
During the last 20 years, Softball Australia’s National Scoring sub-Committee (NSC) has spearheaded the technical development of scoring in softball. The NSC reports to the Technical Committee and the Board of Softball Australia and is run by six volunteer committee members all of whom share a reputable career in scoring softball at national and elite levels. Their commitment to the role comes from a passion for the game and a deep understanding of the needs of scorers from grassroots to community level.
At a beginner level, the NCS provide all of the information required to become a scorer ranging from registration.
The NSC is also critical in overseeing the sporting governance policies and guidelines applicable to scoring softball in Australia and is responsible for providing education, training and accreditation pathways for the scoring membership. The NSC’s role ranges from training lecturers to provide expert training in scoring to matching mentors with scorers seeking further guidance. and providing a central hub for all scoring news. On occasion, we will also offer unique appointments and positions vacant in scoring.