We have just concluded our 2021 USA Softball Annual Council Meeting, held this year in the Softball Capital of the World®, Oklahoma City, Okla. There are a few new rules that the council voted to approve coming down the pike so stay tuned for more details. The council also approved new code proposals for the betterment of USA Softball. We elected a new President Elect and the Regions and Territories did their work. I mention all this because it was our first council meeting in person since 2019. It was great to have a lot of the council members in person doing work for the betterment of USA Softball.
We worked on a new 2022 umpire exam, umpire rule book, Slow Pitch vs Fast Pitch rule differences, and the NCAA, NFHS and USA Softball rule difference. Those documents will be coming out soon and will be posted on the USA Softball Website.
Overall, it was a great way to end the year and start preparing for the new year. It was apparent that USA Softball is back from the COVID hangover and expecting and hoping 2022 will be even a better year.
2022 National Umpire Schools
National Umpire Schools are set and posted on the website. The schools will continue to adapt to the needs of the host association along with covering the rules and mechanics that affects all of us nationally. Please go to USASoftball.com and click on the umpire tab to see the dates and locations for all the schools. Find a school and attend some of the best training you can receive.
2023 UIC Clinic
2022 Umpire Manual