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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP


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

  • To be Confirmed
 
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ARCHIVES


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
2016-2017    
2015-2016    
2014-2015   2014-2015


 




Exams and Answer Papers


SNZ current and past exam and answer papers.
 
EXAM
ANSWERS
2017 Rules Test 2017 Answer Sheet
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


 


MERCHANDISE


To be confirmed

 
GRADINGS

   
TOURNAMENT CHIEF UMPIRE (TCU) TOOL BOX


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.
 
October 2017 SNZ Umpire Pathway's Framework
September 2017 SNZ Emergency Contact Form

WBSC 1 Umpire System Mechanics

WBSC 2 Umpire System Mechanics

WBSC 3 and 4 Umpires System Mechanics

Off Field Umpire Protocol

20 Second Clock Guidelines

WBSC Rule Book 2014-2017
 
Evaluation Forms Section SNZ Umpire Evaluation Form - PDF Version

SNZ Umpire Evaluation Form - Word Version
 
July 2017 SNZ Umpires Code of Conduct
July 2016 Local UIC Reporting Template

SNZ National UIC Reporting Template
April 2016 Working the Plate

WBSC-SD Fastpitch Umpire Manual
 
February 2016 One Point Lesson_Bat Compression Test Protocol_05012016_v1 1

One Point Lesson_Bat Check_28012016_v1.4
 
September 2014 SNZ Official Rules of Softball 2014-2017
August 2012 ISF Four Essential Element Theory
July 2012 Out of Play Line
October 2011 u15 Share the Load
December 2010 SNZ Tournament Manual
January 2010 Umpire Appointments Template
December 2008 Designated Runner


 

TECHNICAL BULLETINS


Technical Bulletins contains information relating to the Rules and Interpretations of the current playing rules of the game.  Any changes from WBSC 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
26Mar14
July 2012 Out of Play Line
December 2010 SNZ Tournament Manual
September 2008 SNZ Bat Policy
January 2008 Touring Umpire Guide
 

 
MECHANICAL BULLETINS


Mechanical Bulletins contains information relating to umpire mechanics and rotations.  The following documents follow best practices of the WBSC which provides consistency to SNZ as a member of the WBSC 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..

 
September 2017
 
WBSC 1 Umpire System Mechanics

WBSC 2 Umpire System Mechanics

WBSC 3 and 4 Umpires System Mechanics
 
April 2016  WBSC-SD Fastpitch Umpire Manual

Working the Plate
August 2012 ISF Four Essential Element Theory

 

 RULES AND CASE PLAYS


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

 
September 2017 WBSC Rule Book 2014-2017
September 2014 SNZ Official Rules of Softball 2014-2017
 

 
STRATEGIC PLAN, POLICIES AND GUIDELINES


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.
 
October 2017 SNZ Umpire Pathway's Framework
July 2017 SNZ Umpires Code of Conduct
May 2016 SNZ Umpires' Strategic Plan 2016-2021
May 2009 National Distinguished
Service Award Policy
September 2008 SNZ Bat Policy
January 2008 Touring Umpires' Guide


 
 

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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    
 
 
TRAVELING UMPIRES' REPORTS


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.

 
July / August 2017 Tony "TK" Kaiaruna / Mark Porteous - Senior Men's Worlds - Yukon, Canada

Dave Fortin - Junior Women's Worlds - Florida, USA

Glen Nalepa - Canadian Exchange
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 - 2012F 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

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
 

National Umpiring Staff (NUS) MINUTES

 
June 2017 NUS Minutes
July 2016 NUS Minutes
July 2015 Nus Minutes