Each year National Championships are held around Australia in the following categories:
- Under 16 Men/Women
- Under 18 Men/Women
- Under 23 Men/Women
- Open Men/Women.
- Additional National Events include U14’s Regional and International Friendship Series.
Each year, umpires can nominate their availability for consideration for national appointment by completing the application form as outlined below.
This process is to be completed if you wish to attend in the following roles:
- Nationally accredited umpire (currently level 5 or higher)
- State accredited umpire (currently level 2 or higher)
- Candidate umpire (currently a level 4 or 5)
2019-2020 National Championships
Softball Australia is calling for umpire applications for the upcoming National Championships being held in December 2019 and January 2020.
|U18 Men’s National Championship||8th-14th December 2019||Blacktown (NSW)|
|Open Women National Championship
U14 Girls Regional Championship*
|4th-10th January 2020||Perth (WA)|
|U16 Men & Women National Championships**||4th-10th January 2020||Waverley (VIC)|
|Open Men National Championship
U14 Boys Regional Championship*
|12th-18th January 2020||Hawker (ACT)|
|U18 Women’s National Championships||19th-25th January 2020||Blacktown (NSW)|
*Level 2-4 Umpires, Level 2-4 umpires are encouraged to apply for U14 Regional Championships.
**Level 4-8 Umpires shall be appointed to U16 and older Championships.
NB: Some exceptions may apply.
The U18 Men’s World Championship will be played in NZ in February 2020. In preparation for the selection of the Junior Steelers, the U18 Men’s National Championship will be held in December 2019.
Umpires are requested to advise their availability for the December Championship in addition to the January 2020 Championships.
A change for January 2020 Events:
- Umpires are requested to advise the total number of weeks they are available in January.
- Umpires will NOT be required to nominate the Championship they prefer, and appointments will be made based on the umpire’s level, experience and the requirements for the Championships.
- We understand some umpires may not be available for a particular week in January and we ask you provide this information, with explanation in the comment section of the application.
Umpires must complete the online application form by 5:00pm Friday 31 May 2019.
Prior to commencing your application please ensure you have the following information ready:
- Updated activity diary (1st May 2018 – 30th April 2019)
- Development plan (if you intend to present as a candidate)
- Medical Information
- Working With Children Check
- Play by the Rules (Child Protection & Harassment)
- Profile Photo
Please note the profile photo requirements are:
- Current white travel shirt (or blue on-diamond shirt if you do not have a travel shirt)
- No hat
- Outside in front of some green foliage
- Photo taken from chest up, with some space above your head to allow for program specifications
Once all applications have been received by Softball Australia, all applications will be sent to the State Directors of Umpiring (SDU’s) for approval, then the NUC Executive will determine the 2020 National Umpiring Appointments.
It is planned to announce the appointments of the 2020 National Series (Dec and Jan events) by mid-September 2019.
Umpires attending the 2020 National Championships (including Dec 2019) will be required to pay a levy towards the cost of attending a National Championship.
Each umpire will pay only one (1) regardless of the number of tournaments to which the umpire is appointed.
Please contact your SDU for more information about your application the 2020 National Championships.
Umpire Activity Log
An electronic Umpire Activity Log has been developed and is available for immediate use. When applying for National appointments, submission of Umpire Activity Logs will only be accepted using this tool. Any umpire who has been using their own Excel spreadsheet can, with a little knowledge and care, copy and paste the relevant columns.
- Application Form for a Permit to Officiate Overseas (form 1-4a)
National Championship Umpire Guide
A booklet has been created to provide umpires with information on what to expect when attending an Australian National Championship
Australian Softball Umpire Development Program
To assist aspiring National umpires on their quest for International certification, the Australian Development Program has been devised. Criteria and application form below.
Liaison Officers booklet
A booklet created to assist Liaison Officers appointed to Australian National Championships