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  1. ASA National School in Olympia Washington

    According the Bill Silves, and I spoke with him at the NUS in Olympia this year, the advanced school is coming to the Portland-Hillsboro area in 2010. This is a great chance to get hands-on mechanics instruction before and after real games. They usually have a small tournament in conjunction with the school so you get immediate feedback. The only drawback in the cost involved. You pay your own camp fee, room and food. You get some game fees with back from worked games, but the upfront cost can be considerable. As far as the NUS, I do not know about the 2010 for Region 15. It is usually on a every other year basis for this part of the country.
  2. Baseball VS Softball mechanic

    There are a few softball-specific mechanics and those vary from level to level and association to association. ASA has an umpire manual written into the back of their rule book. If you are doing an ASA sponsored event then read the umpire manual. Angle and distance mechanics are roughly the same, but you will have to quicker on your first few steps in softball. The 30-foot length diffrence in the basepaths is a real eye opener for veteren baseball officials. You must also set quicker for infield throws. The game is overall much quicker than baseball especially with the left-handed slapper.
  3. ASA National School in Olympia Washington

    The weekend was good. The school was mainly geared to newer umpires, but the update of current mechanics was great for a veteran like myself. Larry Montgomery was the main instructor. He and Walt Stack(from North Dakota) were great. My mentor's grandson had a great time. If you can attend a National School in your area I encourage you to do so.
  4. The camp is full but names for reserve list are still being taken. Reply to the above email if you are interested.
  5. Transition to SB

    Lineup card management is diffrent. There is the DP/Flex rule. It is similar to the DH rule, but very much expanded. The game is quicker. There are time limits between pitches at most levels. There are game time limits in ASA ball. There are still run ahead rules as with some levels of baseball. The drag/slap bunter is a major diffrence. It will take some time to get used to a batter moving at the ball in your field of vision. There is a double first base in ASA and some levels of Federation. Pitching/ balk rule is diffrent. There is no such thing as a balk. It is called illegal pitch and there are many facets to look for inlcuding position and movement of the feet. The pitching motion is very regulated as opposed to baseball. As a plate umpire you must go set sooner as the pitching distance is closer. The ball will seem to explode on you at first. Ball movement is diffrent. There is a rise ball in fastpitch. Make sure you see the ball before you call the high strike. That's just a few of the diffrences that I notice. Good luck!!!!
  6. Play of the Week 1/21

    The runner on third is not bound by the lookback rule until the batter-runner reaches first base. At that time, the batter-runner has a decision to hold or keep moving. R3 has to make a decision immediately after the batter-runner reaches first. Depending on the timing of the play, R3 could be out using the lookback rule.
  7. Las Vegas ASA tournament

    It is early, but now is the best time to start planning for summer ball and set your calender. June 13 and 14 ASA has a recruitment camp tourney in Las Vegas. If you are intersted in doing quality Gold level ball in a non-threatening environment, email me billwagner101@hotmail.com. You will get 10 games over two days at $30/game. You pay your own travel, but rooms provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. I know thru allegiantair.com you can get fairly cheap airfare to Vegas, and most major airports have cheap Vegas flights. Contact me for more info.
  8. Just got back from San Jose. It was a good clinic. We didn't have to sit there for 5 straight hours and had plenty of access to the equipment rooms. Emily, Dee and Kathy gave great presentations about new rules mechanics and situations. Plus had lots of time to get with old freinds and talk, eat and have a great time. The hotel was top notch. It will be interesting if the clinics are online next year like Kathy wanted. We'll see if that actually happens or not.
  9. Valentine's Day weekend the ASA is putting on a national umpire school in Olympia, WA. Camp fee is $80. Pay for your own room. There will be everything a ASA umpire will want to see. Slow and Fastpitch plate mechanics, equipment sales and access to the top ASA national staff. Email wasanus@comcast.net or call 888-319-5327 for more info. Registration forms are on the website at washingtonasa.com
  10. Valentine's Day weekend the ASA is putting on a national umpire school in Olympia, WA. Camp fee is $80. Pay for your own room. There will be everything a ASA umpire will want to see. Slow and Fastpitch plate mechanics, equipment sales and access to the top ASA national staff. Email wasanus@comcast.net or call 888-319-5327 for more info. Registration forms are on the website at washingtonasa.com
  11. July 24,25 and 26 there is a NCAA fastpitch umpire eval clinic in Vancouver, WA. Camp cost is $100 and you pay for your own room. At this time, my info says you will get $20/game and have 6 games over 3 days. That game fee could go up. If you are interested email me at billwagner101@hotmail.com. There are only 24 slots availible and 5 are already taken.
  12. Reebok Field Magistrate Plate Shoes

    I have seen people with the NB blackened out and they seem to like them. Most people I know just you a big Sharpie and black out all the white. Sharpies are waterproof and that combined with black shoe polish should keep the shoe black enough. Though it may take a couple of layers of black Sharpie.
  13. Softball?

    I have been a fastpitch umpire for 10 years, and find the speed and pace of the game much more preferable than that of baseball. At most levels especially ASA and local leagues there are time limits. I can do two fastpitch games in the time most take for ONE baseball game. I know what you are thinking: I don't understand the nuances of baseball. WRONG. I have done baseball and find the time it takes to deliver a pitch and have any kind of result boring. There are time limits between pitches in fastpitch and none is baseball. Shorter bases and pitching distance makes for a faster, quicker game. And yes, refereeing volleyball is stealing. I have done it and plan to get back into it.