NASSAU COUNTY SOFTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION, INC.
Thanks to all that helped in the 2022 Exceptional Senior Game.
Special thanks to Christina Bivona for organizing the officials.
Look the part, good athletic form, clean neat uniform.
Perfect modified B position
Congratulations to the officials that had the privilege and honor to officiate the County Finals and State Championships.
Congratulations to all of our officials who were selected to work the playoffs, especially to those that were selected to work for the first time.
Working the playoffs never gets old!!!!
1. Guidance on how to handle hair adornments for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.
NYSPHSAA will be addressing this issue this summer.
a. NYSPHSAA Hair Adornment Moratorium: “Hair adornments, including beads, may be worn provided they are secured and do not present a safety hazard to the player, teammates or opponent.”
b. Hair Adornment Guidance for Officials: If an official has a concern with hair adornments, they should express those concerns to the student’s coach and report the concern to the Section; the game/ contest should be played.
******************************************************************************** Rule 4-2-L Clarification (ADA Substitution Rule) USA Softball does not “require” notification. Umpires need to use good judgment, common sense and thoughtful reasoning to each of these situations and do what they deem appropriate in each case.
A few items have come up in the first few weeks of the season.
Jewelry is still being worn and games are being interrupted to have players remove their jewelry. Taping of earrings are not permitted; the earring must be removed.
Nose Ring spacers
Based upon recent interpretations, NYSSO would not treat this as jewelry.
There was an incident of a player wearing an Apple watch while playing. When the official asked her to remove it, the official was told that is a heart monitor that she must wear. If this is true, she would need a waiver that would be available for our officials to inspect. If the waiver is present the watch would need to be padded.
Bats and helmet checks should be made each and every game. A slow pitch bat was recently removed from a game.
Just because all the helmets are the same does not mean they are good. Loose and missing screws that secure the face mask/guard can make an otherwise compliant helmet dangerous.
C-flaps cannot take the place of the face mask/guard on the helmets.
All of the above are safety concerns for our athletes and safety is of paramount importance to all of us!
As always, if there are any questions, please reach out.
There has been some confusion on bats. For a bat to be legal it needs to have one of the three logos on the left-hand side in the picture on the left. The two logos on the right are for slow pitch and cannot be used. The bats can have either the ASA logo or the USA logo. Either one is legal.
Keep in mind that the bats have to meet all of the other provisions of a legal bat. No burrs, nothing loose in the handle, proper grip etc. They also cannot be on the non-approved bat list, found on the Forms, Policies and Rules page. The list has not been updated by USA softball. The list on the page is current.
The length of the grip in NYS is 10" to 15" as found in the NYS exceptions to USA rules. All the exceptions can be found on the Forms, Policies and Rules page.
I have received calls from our officials that have removed bats not having the proper logo. Great job by those officials.
The sportsmanship ballot for the Varsity and the JV teams can be found on the Forms, Policies and Rules page. Please print it out and make sure you send it in by the deadline. Timely return of the ballot is part of your rating.
The JHS ballot will be posted shortly.
We always receive inquiries about the clinic when it is almost completed or has been completed. Steve Moffett is now tracking these inquiries and setting up a database to communicate with these potential officials. He will be in contact with them during the time leading up to the start of the next class.
Please send the names, phone numbers and emails of anyone that asks about becoming an official. It will help strengthen our numbers in a time where they are dwindling.
As an added bonus, you will receive monetary reward for anyone that you recommend and becomes a working official.
The first impression is the best impression. Uniforms should be clean and neat. Shoes shined, protective equipment in place (that ball hurts when you get hit, especially in the cold weather!) and at least one ball bag.
Look the part, it goes along way!!!
The following are points of clarification regarding Rule 4-2-L
TDP = Temporary Disabled Player
TRP = Temporary Replacement Player
To avoid potential abuse, any team with a potential TDP should notify the plate umpire at the pre-game conference. The plate umpire should note this accordingly on the line-up card.
1. The TDP’s exit from the game is not considered a substitution for re-entry purposes for her.
2. The Temporary Replacement Player’s (TRP) entry into the game is not considered a substitution for re-entry purposes for her.
3. The TRP must have re-entry eligibility to come in as a TRP. In other words, a player who has come out of the game twice may not enter as a TRP.
4. The TRP's eligibility for purposes of running is not limited based on her spot in the batting order. For example, a TRP who was originally in the 6 spot in the line-up and who has been substituted for, may come off the bench and enter the game as a runner in the 8 spot as a TRP.
5. The TRP's eligibility for purposes of batting is limited based on her spot in the batting order. For example, a TRP who was originally in the 6 spot in the line-up and who has been substituted for, may not come off the bench and enter the game as a batter in the 8 spot as a TRP.
6. If the TRP is a player who had not previously been in the game, she will not be “locked into” the spot in the line-up where she enters for the TDP. For example, if a substitute enters the game as a TRP in the 2 spot, she may enter the game as a substitute in the 5 spot later in the game.
Please welcome our new members who have successfully completed their training!
Straight line, completely blocked out. Any call is just a guess
Original B position, better look than straight line, but still a guess on anything reasonably close.
Almost to 90 degrees from the base, a much better look, but are you sure that she is not touching the base?
90 degrees from the base, perfect calling position, here you can be 100 percent sure she is out as she never reached the base.
Here is the jacket that we are transitioning to.
This is the thermal fleece full zipper.
For more information, go to the links page, click on The Sports Loft, Click on Group and State Association, scroll down to NYSSO and click.
Here is the jacket that we are transitioning to. This is the 1/2 zip pullover. For more information, go to the link page, click on The Sports Loft, Click on Group and State Association, scroll down to NYSSO and click.
The Executive Board of the Nassau County Softball Officials Association has ordered hard copies of the 2022 for our members,
In addition, the rule book and the umpire's manual are available for download free of charge. This becomes a searchable document making finding the particular rule even easier. The link to both is below.
I wish to extend warm holiday greetings to all the members of NCSBOA. Please stay healthy and enjoy this time with your families and friends.
We have received a wonderful Christmas present from Santa Claus. After a number of discussions and proposals with Chris Cerruti, the Section 8 Softball Coordinator, we have reached an agreement to cap Junior Varsity games at two hours.
In addition, there will be a five run maximum run count in any half inning. This is great news for any officials working these games. It is the same limitations that currently exist for Junior High contests.
I am also reaching out to every member of our association to try and recruit new softball umpires. We have lost about twenty members in the last two years due to the Pandemic and some early retirements. If you have friends that officiate other sports, we would be thrilled to have them come and join us. If you have children, grandchildren, spouses, neighbors, or coworkers that may have an interest in softball, we will embrace them.
Rick Norris begins his umpire training classes on January 4, 2022 at East Meadow High School. There will be six classroom sessions and six Zoom meetings. If you have any candidates, please have them contact Stu Cohen (516 286-3252) before the first meeting. We will do whatever it takes to train and qualify these potential officials. Thank you for your assistance as we try to cover all the games in the Spring season.
The Nassau County Softball Official's Executive Board is creating an alumni distribution list to keep retired officials updated on what is going on in the Association. If you would like to be a part of that list or know of someone who would, please email Brad Patterson their e-mail. Brad's e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
The season has gone smoothly and I have not received many calls from coaches. Here are several items that need our attention before the season end.
Our pants are heather gray, not black. Our ball bags are gray or blue, not black. They are worn by plate umpires only, they are never to be worn by base umpires. All our equipment should be left outside the backstop including water and other drinks.
LOOK PROFESSIONAL – BE PROFESSIONAL
Batting out of order:
A key takeaway is, once the next pitch, legal or illegal is thrown, ALL PLAY STANDS.
Bunt vs Slap
There have been some issues on calling batter’s out on ball batted foul on the third strike. If it is a bunt, the batter is indeed out. We need to make sure that it is a bunt and not a slap.
This is not an easy task. There is not a lot of information in the rule book except the definition of a bunt. The ball defines a bunt as “a pitched ball that is intentionally tapped with the bat, slowly, slowly within the infield.”
What else do we look for?
Look at the hands, a bunt usually has the top hand moving up on the bat, a slap the hands are usually together.
Looks at the wrists, did the batter break the wrists? On bunts they don’t on slaps they do.
Look at the path of the bat, on bunts the bat stays steady and moves with the players as she runs forward, on a slap the bat moves forward and usually in a downward path as they like to pound the ball into the ground.
Here is some information from Referee magazine:
The photo above provides an interesting conundrum for umpires. While it is just a snapshot, it leads to some intriguing questions and forces us to get into the rules. At the end of the day, the issue remains the same — what do we have on this play?
To settle the matter, we need to look at both definitions and rules for batting in order to figure out exactly what we have. While at first glance it appears the batter is slapping at the ball, is it really that easy? If you are the base umpire on this game and the plate umpire comes to you for help, what will be your response?
Let’s first take the feet out of the equation. That is a different article for a different day. Let’s instead focus solely on the bat. The first determination we need to make is whether or not this is a bunt attempt. All four major codes define a bunt in relatively the same terms. A bunt is a legally batted ball not swung at but tapped or intentionally tapped into the infield with the bat. The bat is held in the path of the ball and tapped slowly as opposed to a full swing. In the picture above, the batter would need to hold the bat out, leave it and simply run forward and tap the ball at the last minute to even possibly be considered a bunt or drag bunt. Since both hands are down around the knob of the bat, it is more than likely that isn’t the case in this scenario.
If you deem this is a bunt, you must determine if she attempted to bunt or not. In USA Softball, the batter can leave the bat over the plate on a bunt attempt, provided she doesn’t move the bat toward the ball, and not have a strike called if the ball is out of the zone. In all other codes, the batter must pull the bat back in order to not have a strike called. Determining if this is a bunt attempt or not is extremely important with two strikes, because if the batter happens to foul the ball off, she would be out if this is deemed a bunt attempt.
If you determine this isn’t a bunt attempt, the next logical step is to deem it a slap. A slap is a batted ball that has been struck with a short, chopping motion or modified swing as opposed to a full swing. Batters will either set up in a bunting stance and then pull back and slap at the ball or more commonly, as in the picture above, run up toward the pitcher and swing. If the batter happens to contact the ball and fouls it off, it is treated as any other foul ball and not a bunt. Often it is incorrectly referred to as a slap bunt, which is a misnomer.
If you consider this a slap, you must determine whether this is a checked swing or a swing. While difficult to determine from a still photo, there are things umpires must consider to determine if a swing happened. The first is to ascertain if the batter attempts to hit the pitch. Second, we can look at the barrel and see if it is in front of the body or out in front of the front hip (NCAA). Other determinations include: Does the batter roll her wrists, and does she swing through the ball and bring the bat back or does she draw the bat back before the pitch arrives?
There have been instances in games when a pitcher throws a change-up and the batter checks her swing (or swings), pulls back and swings again. If you rule that first attempt was a swing, the second swing does not count. If the batter makes contact on the second attempt, it would be a dead ball and all action from that swing is canceled.
This is why it is extremely important as a base umpire to always look into the plate and make a determination on every swing or checked swing. While the plate umpire may not come to you on every attempt, this situation could blow up on you if you aren’t prepared. In this instance, a simple, “Swing?” request from the plate umpire may not be enough to properly rule on the play and all umpires may need to come together to get the call right.
There are always questions on how ratings are calculated.
Here is a summary on how your rating is calculated. Keep in mind your current rating is a combined rating for the past two seasons.
Ideally after every game, each coach fills out a rating card and sends it in to BOCES. BOCES takes those ratings and adds them up and divides by the number of ratings to get the coaches contribution to your rating. This rating constitutes 60% of your overall rating. Under certain circumstances, rating cards are thrown out. A game with an ejection is an example of a reason why a card is thrown out.
BOCES gives you up to 10 office points. Points can be deducted for turn backs, being late, etc. These points make up 10% of your rating.
You can receive up to 30 points from our Association. These points make up the remaining 30% of your rating.
Here is how you earn your 30 points:
Being a member: 6 points
84-100 7 points
80-83 6 points
74-79 5 points
Attendance: 6 points (missing a mandatory meeting without a written excuse takes 5 points from this category)
Service: 5 points
Return of Sportsmanship Ballot on Time: 3 points
Paying dues on time: 3 points