Bill Kazulin - Director of Umpires
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July 7, 2022
Calling for Umpires:
2021 was a tough year for umpires with many umpires taking this year off. You may have seen many games with just one umpire because of the shortage. I thought at this time, I would send out this message to anyone who is interested in umping in 2022.
I expect next year to be as normal as we have seen, so looking forward to having more senior umpires available for teams. The last couple of years, I have been unable to have my normal training program but I hope to be back to as near normal as possible for next season.
Our association pays for all fees for umpires and also supplies some equipment as well. It's also a great way to earn a little cash!
So please contact me by filling out the form below and I will contact you or just email me at email@example.com to get started.
I hope to start my new umpires program in mid January 2022 for a few weeks. Then the new umpires will be registered and can take the level 1 certification program.
See you on the field.
BILL KAZULIN(UIC), RMMSA
WBSC Rules for Pitching and Strike Zone (November 2017)
One year trial of WBSC Rules for Pitching and Strike Zone, effective January 1, 2018. Click here to access
Modified U11 Rules (revised March 1, 2022)
Modified U11 Rules For District 14 have been posted. Click Here to access
Home Plate Rule (revised May 15, 2015)
2015 – Umpire’s Interpretation regarding contact between players – RM Policy
The “slide and avoid” wording and policy was introduced by RM to use at our Parks to alleviate possible collisions and possible injuries.
Please remember; this is a policy for RM only. We have discussed our policy with our Interlock Associations, but, it is not a “Rule” on Record at this point in time (May 13th, 2015). IF, you are playing at another Association’s Home Park you are to respect their Umpires and their Home Park Rules.
Effective immediately, the “slide and avoid” wording should be replaced with the following Softball Canada Book wording with is the ACTUAL rule.
Rule 8-9 RUNNER IS OUT (q)
Section 9 (Page 199) Softball Canada Book.
The Rule reads:
When a defensive player has the ball (IE a catcher) and is waiting for the runner who is running towards Home Plate and the runner remains on her feet and crashes into the defensive player (IE a catcher), you should call the runner out for interference even if the catcher drops the ball.
Please note; I used the example of a catcher with the ball and changed some of the wording to describe a catcher’s situation or any other player covering the plate.
Note: This play could also happen when runners advance on the bases.
Note: If you feel, as the Umpire, that this was intentional you could also eject the runner and call her out.
TO THE UMPIRE - THINGS TO REMEMBER:
- Please be cautious when ejecting a player.
- In “C” ball lots of younger players don’t like to slide or have not been taught to slide so in some of these situations you can give them the benefit of the doubt, but, call them out if there is a crash. REP players are taught to slide, but, each situation is different and will be a judgment call.
- The defensive player should have a great chance of making the out on the runner. In this case the catcher should be on the 3rd base side of home plate.
- The ball must be in the hands of the defensive player to get the “out”.
- Do not forget one important thing; even if the catcher does NOT have the ball, the runner cannot crash the catcher. You can still have an ejection if you feel, as the Umpire, that it was a deliberate crash by the runner.
RUNNER IS SAFE:
If there is contact with the runner and the catcher (or another defensive player) near the plate does not have the ball, then it is OBSTRUCTION on the defensive player and the runner is safe.
Contact Bill Kazulin
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