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KSOA Softball Member Update

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

About KSOA Softball

The Kansas Sports Officials Association provides a path for excellence in officiating for our softball umpires through recruitment, training, evaluation, and networking. If you are not currently a KSOA softball 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 softball sport coordinator Joe Cunningham 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 softball, 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 softball is Jeremy Holaday.

KSHSAA Requirements to Officiate High School Softball

  • Register with and pay KSHSAA dues

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

  • Attend a KSHSAA rules meeting (in-person meeting required this year)

Please note the following important 2019-20 KSHSAA Softball 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 softball umpires must attend an in-person rules meeting this year. A full list of meeting dates and times can be found here.

2019 Kansas State Champions

6A: Lawrence Free State

5A: Shawnee Heights

4A: Augusta

3A: Frontenac

2-1A: Pittsburg-St. Mary's Colgan

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 softball. Below are links to NFHS Softball publications.

2019 Softball Interpretations

2019 Softball Points of Emphasis

2019 Softball Comments on the Rules

2019 Softball Rule Changes

Call the Game (CTG)
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Call the Game (John Dehan) is the Director of Officials, assigning softball 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 softball is Joe Cunningham.

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