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Trans-Tasman Exchange

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It gives me great pleasure to announce Heidi Leathart as our Trans-Tasman exchangee to Australia. 

Heidi is a Level Six umpire from the Auckland Softball Association and will participate in Australia's Open Women's Nationals from 9-14 January 2024 in Canberra.

Softball New Zealand and Softball Australia have enjoyed a long connection between our programs which has supported growth and development for many participants who have gone on to furthering their careers. 

On behalf of the Softball New Zealand umpiring whānau, we wish Heidi every success.  

Congratulations Heidi!  Go make us proud!

National Umpiring Staff

SNZ Rules Test

The moment you've all been waiting for all year!

Day1 of the National Rules Exam!

These will be open for four (4) weeks until 23.59pm, Sunday 4 September 2023
We will be sending reminders every week until then, but try to do it early!

To access the exams, just click the links below and enter your first name and last name (ie Joe Blogs) as the login.  You'll get your score right away after you submit.

Do set some time aside when you start as there is a timer counting down - 60 mins for levels 1-3 and 120 mins for levels 4-7.  These are very generous, on average last year, most participants got it done in about half the time allowed.

Great way to test your knowledge in a fun way, filled with pictures and videos, and using three (3) possible answers just like the popular TV show "The Chase"!  You can take these on any platform, either phone, tablet or computer.

Good luck on behalf of our friendly NUS Rules Committee, masterminded by the talented David Beaumont, and with the generous contributions of Nicola Ogier, Mark Porteous and overseas correspondent Dave Fortin.

Both exams will close Sunday 4 Sept 2023 at 23.59pm

Levels 1-3:

Levels 4-7:

SNZ Level Three Workbook

I am very pleased to announce the Level 3 Workbook is now available online. It can be located on the Resources Page. In announcing this I want to recognize the huge amount of mahi done on not only the L3 workbook but also the L1 & L2 workbooks. This project was commenced in 2016 by a dedicated team headed by Jill Farquhar. There were also contributions made by several umpires from across the fraternity. However, the heavy lifting was done by Jill and the result is a fantastic resource for our new umpires and a great refresher for everyone. Tēnā koe Jill. I wish to encourage all LCUs to remind their crews of the workbooks and support new umpires however they can to complete the books to attain their respective levels. The workbooks have spanned a period where there have been some rule and rule reference changes. Every endeavour has been made to ensure currency but if you spot any errors, please feel free to contact us via your LCU. We will happily make any corrections required.

Softball New Zealand Awards

Congratulations to Nicky Ogier for being awarded Umpire of the Year and Wu Tamaki for being awarded into the WBSC Hall of Fame.

Softball Canada Exchange 2023

Congratulations to Nicola Ogier and Sans Staiger for being selected to be a part of the Softball Canada Exchange. 

The Canadian Exchange programme is a wonderful pathway to experiencing international travel, northern hemisphere fastball, a continuation of sharing knowledge between our programmes and building upon the strong relationship we have with Softball Canada.  

For many who have travelled under this pathway, will agree, the experience gained is invaluable to one's umpiring career. Nicola and Sans will attend the u17 girls' Canadian nationals in Saskatoon, August 9-13, 2023 where Brent Chadwick, Canadian Exchange to New Zealand back in 2020 will chief the tournament and host Nicola and Sans while they are in Canada.

"E mihi ana"

"E mihi ana ki ētahi o ngā Ringa Raupa o te Kapu Poiuka o te Ao i whakamana i tā tatou nei mahi o te kemu Poiuka ki Aotearoa.

A huge mihi of thanks to the people right here representing Aotearoa on the international stage at a world class event.

"Amorangi ki mua, Te Hāpai Ō ki muri" (Leading from the front is as equally important as leading from the back).

Tēnā rawa atu ki a koutou katoa!

Mai te ngakau iti ...
Te Kapa o Ngā Kaiwawao

Full NZ Crew 2022


Get match ready for the upcoming 2022 WBSC Men’s world Cup in Auckland and have a bit of fun testing your knowledge with:

"The Chase!"
Softball RULES Challenge 2022
20 questions in 20 minutes!

Using the same format as the popular TV show, pick the correct answer out of three possible options with 20 questions in 20 minutes as the clock goes down to zero!

All good fun, see how much you know about the rules in an easy to use format including pictures and videos of game situations.

Open to anyone who loves softball, coaches, players, scorers, spectators, parents, anyone!

Can be done on any platform, mobile phone, tablet or computer. You'll get your score back right after you hit the Submit button!  Enjoy!

Click on this link to start your Chase!

Brought to you by the SNZ Rules Team - Dave Beaumont, David Fortin, Nicola Ogier and Mark Porteous.(7/11/2022)

Message from the Flight Deck of the UIC

Kia ora mai tātou

I trust this message finds you well and hopefully prepared for a jam packed season.  It’s going to be full on so we’re reaching out to our whānau to come join us in the ‘Yard’ and participate wherever you can. 

Alright … please find a link to my first of many to come Flight Deck Messaging from the UIC.  This is quite an exciting forum to be in and something new for me, so, please persevere with my first attempt.  I promise I’ll get better at it!

While my messaging may not hit all the spots of what’s going on, if you feel I need to put a plug in for a certain kaupapa or a piece of mahi, please let me know.  Happy to receive any feedback to keep you, our whānau and those we serve, well informed.

Enjoy e hoa mā and go easy on me!!!

Mai te ngakau iti …