Hello Team Pros Plus
Thank you for taking time to attend our annual softball clinic on Saturday, February 20th.There was only to no shows out of 46 officials. To me, that’s a WIN. I would like to recap today and give you the next steps. The following is a recap of what was discussed.
Uniform-I will need the sizes of anyone that needs a new uniform, jerseys run a little big, so if you normally do an XL, you could get away with a large. Hats come in two sizes, small/medium or large/xlarge, they are flex hats. If you would prefer an adjustable hat, those are available too. Let me know if you need the accessories too, plate brush, clicker. I will purchase for you since Pros Plus gets a discount when I place the order and I give you the same discount
Arrival-must be there 15 minutes or must call Buddy House rules can be found by going to cities website, ie: City of Boulder Teamsideline, Apex Teamsideline, make sure you know all house rules
The Pitch-know the height limits per league, USA vs USSSA, House rules can be found by going to cities website, ie: City of Boulder Teamsideline, Apex Teamsideline, make sure you know all house rules. Use proper mechanic for a strike, safe and out, be loud and confident
Check to see if your city is using the mat behind the plate, there is a slight difference on the strike zone when using a mat, Strike zone without mat is back shoulder to front knee when ball reaches plate, Make sure you give batter enough time to get in batter’s box, use proper mechanic, Proper understanding of the infield fly rule, check on you tube for videos on slow pitch softball rules and mechanics
Ball in play-never make a safe or out call from behind the plate, if there are runners on base make sure you use third base line to move up and down, if no runners on base you should be 5-8 feet from pitcher mound to make call at first or second. Once a batter has reached second base, use third base line. If there is a scoring line at home, be in right position to make call, if there is a scoring line at home then there is also a point of no return line between third and home, once a player goes past that line they have to go home where there will be a force. Know house rules for how many home runs each team gets, do they hit and sit, do they have to touch first then sit, know your house rules.
Safe or out-be in right position, know who coach is should there be a player conflict, only go to coach to solve conflict, be loud with proper mechanics for all out and safe calls. Remember, to earn the respect of the players, look the part, (clean uniform) know the rules, hustle and know how to handle player conflict. Treat the players the way
Remember, to earn the respect of the players, look the part, (clean uniform) know the rules, hustle and know how to handle player conflict. Treat the players the way you would want to be treated if you were a player. I will be working on a training schedule for all new officials and will communicate that to you. Once I know all the start dates for spring softball, I will let you know, Boulder starts March 1st. I do need to know what days you prefer to work so please send me a text. Don’t reply to a group text, always reply under a separate text.
Once I get the Covid-19 guidelines for the cities, I will let everyone know. By following their guidelines last year, we didn’t have any Covid-19 cases among our officials, our team remained safe and healthy.
Thank you again for attending the clinic. Alan, Michelle and I appreciate you assisting us. To all my new officials, welcome to the Pros Plus family.
Buddy and Michelle