Umpiring in the NPF is yet another exciting experience for those who choose to take on the challenges of officiating fastpitch softball at its highest level. The best players in the world at great venues provide the backdrop for this umpiring experience. Working with some of the best umpires in America also adds to the adventure.
We get lots of calls and emails about umpiring in the NPF. The questions go something like this, “How can I become an NPF Umpire?” “What do I have to do to qualify to become an NPF umpire?” “Are there camps and clinics for becoming an NPF umpire?” Like all sports, there is a pecking order in the process for being considered. Top experienced NCAA umpires make up the roster. We spend the NCAA season from early February through June working intensely with the college game. Our season follows immediately thereafter, and the pool of umpires working the games in the NPF comes from the college ranks.
Our rules are appropriate for this level play and include rule segments from both NCAA fastpitch and WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation) as these women have completed their collegiate playing experience and now qualify for International play and The Olympics.
Numerous camps and clinics around the country include observation and evaluation settings for NPF consideration. These camps begin in June and conclude in December and provide the “one on one” settings for umpire exposure to a potential NPF roster spot.
If you are interested in being considered, and you have considerable collegiate experience, please notify Supervisor of Officials, Mike Raynor for consideration – firstname.lastname@example.org.