The National Pro Fastpitch League Office announced today the establishment of the position of League Supervisor of Officials and the appointment of Denny Mader to fill the position.
Mader has extensive experience in various levels of fastpitch softball as well as supervising, training, and scheduling of officials. In professional fastpitch, in particular, he has been the Umpires Coordinator for the Akron Racers since 2004, and most recently Mader served as the Umpire in Chief for the National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series in Kimberly, Wisconsin in August of 2008.
As an umpire himself, Mader began his career umpiring Men’s Fastpitch at the age of 15. Throughout his 45 years of umpiring, Mader tallied experience in 21 NCAA Regional Tournaments, the NCAA Division II National Championships, the NCAA Division III National Championships, and the NAIA National Championships. He is responsible for nine collegiate softball conference championships. He has held the position of ASA of Pennsylvania State Deputy Umpire-In-Chief since 1999. Also, he is currently the Director of College Softball Umpires Association, which is responsible for coordinating and assigning officials for 84 collegiate institutions.
In addition to his coordinating and scheduling duties, Mader has been extremely active in the education of new umpires across the nation. Serving as an Amateur Softball Association clinician since 1991, he has spoken at various umpire training clinics. He has served on the National Federation of High Schools Officials Education Committee, and he is presently the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Statewide Softball Interpreter. Mader also sits on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Rules Committee as the umpire’s representative.
Mader, as the NPF League Supervisor of Officials will be directly responsible for establishing, managing, overseeing, and improving all League criteria for officials. He will create a program to track and score individual umpire performance, oversee selection of Championship Series Officials, and create training programs to encourage professional performance maintenance of existing umpires as well properly train and prepare new officials.
“My goal is to visit each NPF city to brain storm with the umpires and gather their thoughts on how we can improve and take our umpiring team to the next level. I am very driven by Continuing Education and this will be a focal point for 2009,” said Mader.
Major League Baseball is the Official Development Partner of National Pro Fastpitch in the category of women's professional fastpitch softball. The partnership, which began in the fall of 2002, is part of Commissioner Selig's Initiative on Women and Baseball, a league-wide effort to help Major League Baseball and the 30 Major League Clubs build stronger relationships with female audiences.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). The six member teams are the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, New England Riptide, Philadelphia Force, Rockford Thunder and Washington Glory.