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KSOA Baseball Member Update

Each month, the KSOA Baseball Committee will be publishing a member update linked through our member newsletter and published in full here. Please click the "Baseball Update" box to see the latest with KSOA Baseball.

About KSOA Baseball

The Kansas Sports Officials Association provides a path for excellence in officiating for our baseball umpires through recruitment, training, evaluation, and networking. Whether you are wanting to get started as an umpire, are an existing umpire wanting to learn more about KSOA, or a KSOA member umpire, this page is for you! If you can't find what you are looking for, we invite you to send our baseball committee an email, they will be happy to help. CLICK HERE to email the KSOA Baseball Committee.

 

If you are not currently a KSOA baseball umpire, we encourage you to take a look around our website, specifically at our Member Benefits, Bylaws and Frequently Asked Questions. Becoming a KSOA member is easy and can be done completely online. The application to become a member can be found under Join Now and your options to pay annual dues are clearly laid out under Pay Dues. Annual dues are $35 for one sport, $45 for two sports, and $55 for three or more sports (a $2 transaction fee is charged for PayPal and credit card payments). If you have any questions about membership in the KSOA, don't hesitate to email our Membership Committee at membership@ksoasports.org.

Below you will find information on how to become a KSHSAA registered official as well as links to NFHS publications and information about our partner assigning organization, Call the Game. Along with KSHSAA administrator Jeremy Holaday, new officials are welcome to reach out to the Call the Game baseball sport coordinator Lee Whitman and the Call the Game Director of Officials John Dehan to answer any questions.

Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA)

In order to officiate high school baseball, umpires must be registered with the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA). Click on the KSHSAA logo to learn more and to register as a KSHSAA official. The KSHSAA administrator for baseball is Jeremy Holaday.

KSHSAA Requirements to Umpire High School Baseball

  • Register with and pay KSHSAA dues

  • Successful completion of a NFHS Baseball rules test (a score of 90 or higher to be eligible to officiate post season contests)

  • Attend a KSHSAA rules meeting (may be completed in-person or online)

Please note the following important 2019-20 KSHSAA Baseball dates:

January 27: KSHSAA Rules Meeting* (7pm @ Olathe West HS)

February 19: KSHSAA Rules Meeting* (7pm @ Bonner Springs HS)

March 2: Beginning Practice Date

March 19: Games Begin

May 18-21: Regional Tournaments

May 28-29: State Tournaments

*KSHSAA umpires may complete their rules meeting requirement (must only attend one meeting) either in-person or online. A full list of meeting dates and times can be found here.

2018 Kansas State Champions

6A: Blue Valley

5A: Topeka Seaman

4A D1: Arkansas City

4A D2: Iola

3A: Sabetha

2-1A: Spearville

National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is the overarching governing body of high school baseball. Below are links to NFHS Baseball publications.

2018 Baseball Rules Press Release

2018 Baseball Rules Points of Emphasis

Call the Game (CTG)
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Call the Game (John Dehan) is the Director of Officials, assigning baseball officials for the following high schools:

  • Crossroads Conference

  • Eastern Kansas League (EKL)

  • Kansas City-Atchison League (KCAL)

  • Sunflower League

  • United Kansas Conference (UKC)

The Call the Game Sport Coordinator for baseball is Lee Whitman.

CTG Baseball Clinics (click a clinic to access the registration form)

2020 clinics have yet to be arranged.

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