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National Fastpitch Tournaments are held throughout the country primarily between the months of October through to the end of March.  These comprise of the National Age Grade Tournaments for Under 15, Under 17, and Under19 which are held in January each year.  The Men's and Women's National Fastpitch Championship (NFC) is held at the discretion of Softball New Zealand to fit around other major tournaments.  Open Men and Women Championships take place in March along with the Secondary Schools Division One.

For more details about the draw / venue for each tournament click here to find out more. 

Prior to the commencement of each season, nominations are called from umpires level 2 and above for consideration for national appointment.  Your nominations will be considered by the National Umpiring Staff (NUS) for appropriate appointment and communicated back to you via your local Chief Umpire and this website.

The following provides the current national tournament schedules for the current season.  Any changes / additions are reflected in the addendum/s listed below.

National Tournament Appointment Schedule


The following table provides the national tournament schedules and Field Examinations for past years.
National Tournament Final Appointment Schedule
National Tournament Final
Field Examination Schedule
National Tournament Final
Number of Games Schedule
2015 -2016    
2014-2015   2014-2015
2010-2011 2010-2011  

Exams and Answer Papers

SNZ current and past exam and answer papers.
2016 Rules Test - Level 1 to 3

2016 Rules Test - Level 4 to 7

2016 Answers - Level 1 to 3 (25 Question Test)

2016 Answers - Level 1 to 3 (50 Question Test)

2016 Answers - Level 1 to 4 (100 Question Test)
2015 2015
2014 2014
2013 2013
2012 2012
2011 2011
2010 2010
2009 2009
2008 2008
2007 2007
2006 2006
2005 Exam
2005 Refresher
2005 Exam Answers
2005 Refresher Answers



To be confirmed



Listed below are a number of documents Tournament Chief Umpires may require during the period they are assigned to national tournaments as SNZ's Official Tournament Chief Umpire.
July 2017 SNZ Umpires Code of Conduct
Oct 2016 Official Bat List 2016 - 17
July 2016 Local UIC Reporting Template

SNZ National UIC Reporting Template
April 2016 Working the Plate

WBSC-SD Fastpitch Umpire Manual

ISF Rule Book 2014 2017
March 2016 ISF 3_4 Umpire System - January 2015

ISF 1 Umpire System - January 2014
February 2016 One Point Lesson_Bat Compression Test Protocol_05012016_v1 1

One Point Lesson_Bat Check_28012016_v1.4
September 2014 Examination and Grading Policy
September 2014 SNZ Official Rules of Softball 2014-2017
April 2014   ISF 2_Umpire System
January 2014 ISF Umpire Manual
July 2013 SNZ Umpire Evaluation Form - PDF Version
July 2013 SNZ Umpire Evaluation Form - Word Version
January 2013 SNZ Emergency Contact Form
September 2012 ISF Behind the Plate by Bob Stanton, Director of Umpiring May 2009 to December 2012
August 2012 ISF Four Essential Element Theory
July 2012 Out of Play Line
October 2011 u15 Share the Load
September 2011 ISF Pitching Video
December 2010 SNZ Tournament Manual
February 2010 ISF Fundamentals
January 2010 Umpire Appointments Template
December 2008 u15 Time Limit
December 2008 Designated Runner



Technical Bulletins contains information relating to the Rules and Interpretations of the current playing rules of the game.  Any changes from ISF Congress are reviewed and technical bulletins are created for umpires, coaches, administrators and players to remain current with International Interpretations.
April 2014 Addition Approved Bat Item
July 2012 Out of Play Line
December 2010 SNZ Tournament Manual
June 2010 ISF Pitching Rules  Presentation
January 2010 Pitching Points of Emphasis
September 2008 SNZ Bat Policy
January 2008 Touring Umpire Guide


Mechanical Bulletins contains information relating to umpire mechanics and rotations.  The following documents follow best practices of the ISF which provides consistency to SNZ as a member of the ISF community.  In addition SNZ Traveling Umpires who have attended International competitions abroad have also brought back to New Zealand best practices of the International community.  If you would like to read about some of the tournaments SNZ Umpires have attended click here to go to the Traveling Umpires Reports section below..

April 2016  WBSC-SD Fastpitch Umpire Manual

Working the Plate
April 2014 ISF 2_Umpire System
February 2014 The Fastpicth Plate Umpire (Power Point)

The Fastpitch Plate Umpire (PDF)

ISF Field Mechanics 4 Umpire System
January 2014 ISF 3-4 Umpire System
August 2012 ISF Four Essential Element Theory
September 2010 1_Umpire_System
February 2010 ISF Fundamentals



The Rules and Case Plays Section contains the Official Rules of Softball and the ISF Casebook.

May 2016 ISF Rule Book 2014 2017
September 2014 SNZ Official Rules of Softball 2014-2017


The following documents set out the policy and guidelines for all SNZ Umpires.  Familiarisation with these documents is paramount ensuring umpires understand the impact the sport has on sports officials.
July 2017 SNZ Umpires Code of Conduct
May 2016 SNZ Umpires' Strategic Plan 2016-2021
September 2014 Examination and Grading Policy
April 2010 Pitching Points of Emphasis
May 2009 National Distinguished
Service Award Policy
September 2008 SNZ Bat Policy
January 2008 Touring Umpires' Guide



This section provides traIning materials and resources provided by SNZ Umpires and ISF to assist umpires with rule interpretation, mechanics, on diamond edict and becoming an International Softball Federation (ISF) Umpire.
April 2015 WBSC-SD Fastpitch Umpire Manual
February 2010 ISF Fundamentals


This part of the Education and Training section provides articles from some of the best umpires in the game.  Browse through the many articles that have assisted many umpires in their umpiring careers. 
An Umpires Road
to the Olympics
Back to Basics Covering The Bases Don't let Competition Anxiety
get the Better of You
Effective Speaking -Oscars Everyone loves to Win - But How Many Love to Train Fans and the Umpire Imagination is more important
than knowledge
Lighting can Kill Lineup Cards Managing the Fortune Teller The Fastpitch Plate Umpire
Through An Umpires Eyes Umpires must have
Game Management Skills
Umpiring Is About Relationships Umpiring Myths
When and How to get help from
your Partner
When and how to use the power of Ejection    

Welcome to the Traveling Umpires' Report section.  In this section you will read about the many experiences SNZ Umpires have had whilst traveling abroad.  Umpires that are selected to travel abroad must provide a report to the General Manager SNZ and the Umpire-in-Chief three weeks after the conclusion of their tour.  For further information about traveling abroad click here to read about SNZ's Touring Umpire Guide.


Minutes of the past NUS annual meetings.

June / July 2016 Tony "TK" Kaiaruna / Dave Fortin - Junior Men's - Michigan USA

Tara Harris / Gavin Shepard - Women's World Series, Vancouver Canada.

Robbie Sadgrove / Dennis Ormsby - International Youth Cup, Sydney Australia
August 2015 Tony "TK" Kaiaruna / Tara Harris - Junior Women's - Oklahoma, USA
June / July 2015 Shaun "Bob" Poata - International Friendship Series - Sydney, Australia

Lance Brown / Mark Porteous - Men's World Series - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
August 2014 Gavin Shepherd - Junior Men's World Series - Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Nicola Ogier, Glen Nalepa - Women's World Series - Harlem, Holland

Jeremy England - ISC Men's World Tournament - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
July 2014 Ben Horn - International Friendship Series - Sydney, Australia
January 2014 Tony "TK" Kaiaruna - Trans Tasman Exchange
August 2013 Riki Tourangi - Junior Wormen's World Series - USA
March 2013 Lance Type, Wiremu Tamaki, Lance Brown, Mark MacFarlane - Men's World Series - Auckland, New Zealand
November 2012 Darrel Paul - 2012 Gillies Shield - Adelaide, Australia
November 2012 Jeremy England - 2012 Junior Men's World Series, Parana, Argentina
November 2012 Mark Porteous - 2012 Junior Men's World Series, Parana, Argentina
October 2012 Andrew McManus - 2012 Gillies Shield - Perth, Australia
July 2012 Nicola Ogier - 2012 ISF Senior Women's World Series, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
July 2012 Andrew McManus - International Youth Cup 2012, Sydney, Australia
June - July 2012 Wiremu Tamaki - 2012 Black Sox Tour to North America
December 2011 Dave Shedlock - 2011 ISF Junior Women's World Series, Cape Town, South Africa
December 2011 Mark Porteous - 2011 ISF Oceania Qualifier, Canberra, Australia
January 2011 Mark Porteous - 2011 ISF Certification Clinic, Brisbane, Australia
November 2010 Mark Porteous - Gilley's Shield - Sydney, Australia
August 2010 Wiremu Tamaki - ISC World Tournament - Michigan, USA
July 2010 Jeff Weber - Friendship Games - Sydney, Australia
December 2009 Mark Porteous - Gilley's Shield - Victoria, Australia
July 2009
Gavin Shepherd - Friendship Games - Sydney, Australia
June - July 2009 Mark McFarlane - North American Tour, Ontario and Vancouver, Canada. ISF Mens' World Series, Saskatoon, Saskatchean
June - July 2009 Wiremu Tamaki - North American Tour, Ontario and Vancouver, Canada. ISF Mens' World Series, Saskatoon, Saskatchean
February 2009 Lance Brown - Pacific Series - Apia, Samoa
August 2008
Wiremu Tamaki - Olympics - Beijing, China
July 2008 Mark McFarlane - ISC World Tournament - Wisconsin, USA
June 2007 Wiremu Tamaki - ISF Junior Women - Netherlands
July 2006 Wayne Saunders - ISC World Tournament - Ontario, Canada
July 2004 Lindsay Edwards - ISC World Tournament - North Dakota, USA
January to August 2004 Wayne Saunders - ISF Men's World Series - Christchurch, New Zealand. Canada Cup - Vancouver, Canada. Prague Cup - Czech Republic. Olympics - Athens, Greece
June - July 2003 Wayne Saunders - Canada Cup - Vancouver, Canada. Olympic Qualifier - Italy


July 2016 NUS Minutes
July 2015 Nus Minutes
June 2014 Nus Minutes
June 2013 Nus Minutes
June 2012 NUS Minutes
July 2011 NUS Minutes
July 2010 NUS Minutes
June 2009 NUS Minutes
July 2008 NUS Minutes
July 2007 NUS Minutes