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2018 - Lancaster USA Softball Umpire Requirements

February 9, 2018

Umpire Requirements:

*Umpires must be Ohio ASA Sanctioned - Fee is $70.00 for 2018

NOTE: $45.00 State Fee and $25.00 Local Association Fee

*Take and pass a written test (New Umpires ONLY)

*Wear approved ASA (USA) Uniform / and equipment(mask, chin guard, chest protector)

*All umpires must re-register and sanction each season.

If you would like to umpire Girls Fastpitch Softball PLEASE contact Don McDaniel via this email at: dmcdaniel80@gmail.com or at home 740-689-9968.

2018 Lancaster and SE Ohio USA Softball Tournament Dates

2018 LANCASTER and SE OHIO USA Softball- Fastoitch Tournaments 

Battle at Berliner - USA Tournament
April 14, 2018
Berliner Park,  Columbus
May 4th, 5th, 6th, 2018
8U - 10U -12U - 14U Only
Lancaster, Ohio - Martens Park
May 26th, 27th and 28th, 2018
Lou Berliner Park, Columbus OH
8U, 10U, 12U - 14U ONLY
Field of Dreams Invitational - 2018 ASA ENQ
June 1st, 2nd and 3rd,  2018
Lancaster, OHIO - Martens Park
Jason Reed - Play for Autism - ASA ENQ 
June 8th, 9th and 10th, 2018
Athens, Ohio
10U, 12U, 14U and 16U
Play with Passion - ENQ
June 15, 16 and 17, 2018 
Bristol Park, Waverly, Ohio
Mingo Madness - ASA ENQ
June 15, 16 and 17th, 2018
Mingo Park - Logan, Ohio
8u, 10u, 12u, 14u, 16u and 18u
Pride Challenge - ASA ENQ - ***New Date and returns to Lancaster
8u - 18u - Martens Park, Lancaster, Ohio
June 22, 23 and 24th, 2018
July 6, 7 and 8th, 2087
8u - 18u 
Lancaster, Ohio - Martens Park
Chieftan Classic
July 13, 14 and 15, 2018
Class C and Rec Allstars
Logan, Ohio - Mingo Park
At LEAST Three Fall Tournaments - 

Lancaster USA Softball is looking for UMPIRES!! - MEETING INFORMATION

February 9, 2018
Lancaster USA Softball Umpire Association will umpire games for the Lancaster Girls Softball Association, Baltimore, Somerset, Sheridan, Millersport, Glenford and Softball for the AC/LE league  We will also umpire Kiwanis Baseball in Lancaster as well. Tournaments will take place in Lancaster (4), Athens (1), Logan (2), Columbus (2) and Waverly (1)... We also pick up various other events as we can, and we assist Columbus ASA on our free weekends.
LANCASTER MEETING INFORMATION:  The 2018 Umpire Meeting will be March 11, 2016 from 1:00 pm till 3:30 pm  at Tiki Bowling Lanes , 1521 Tiki Lane, Lancaster, Ohio 43130

This meeting will include a rules clinic, rule book pick-up, registration, updates and discussion.   
Cost for USA Softball Sanction is $70.00  
I have attached the 2018 USA Umpire Registration form, you can bring it to the meeting or mail to address listed on form.  
NOTICE:  2018 NEW Umpire Class / Certification
We will be holding an umpire training class this year It will be in two sessions.
Session (Part) one - classroom /lecture with handouts will be Sunday, March 11th from 1 pm to 5:00 pm. This session will take place in Lancaster at Tiki Bowling Lanes , 1521 Tiki Lane, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 NOTE: The first hour or so will be with other umpires, rules and discussion on upcoming season.  From 2:30  - 5:00 the umpire classroom instruction will take place.
Session (Part) two - Demonstration and mechanics will be held on Sunday March 18th from 11 am to 2:00 pm at Martens Park on US 22 (Lincoln Ave and Talmadge Ave) in Lancaster.  If it is raining or too cold, we will move to another location.  
Cost is $25.00, sanction fee is separate.. 

Lancaster USA Softball Fastpitch Umpires - 2018

February 9, 2018

Our association provides high quality umpires for girls Fastpitch in Fairfield, Hocking, Athens counties.  In 2018 we will umpire leagues and tournaments in Columbus, Lancaster, Waverly, Athens and Logan.   

Our umpires also officiate games for the Lancaster Girls Softball Association in Lancaster, Ohio. We also umpire games for the Baltimore Girls Softball Association in Baltimore, Ohio. As well as ASA Tournaments and Leagues throughout Central and Southern Ohio. We added leagues in Perry and Pickaway Counties in 2018.

Our Umpires are sanctioned through the Amateur Softball Association (ASA). 

Our Mission is to provide quality, professional umpires to officiate Fastpitch Softball league and tournaments in and South-Eastern Ohio..

UMPIRE REMINDERS - Lancaster League play!!

The following is a list of items that we need to ASSURE we are doing correctly for LGSA games (any of our games for that matter)

* Games must start ON TIME, call teams to dugout 10 minutes prior to game time. Meet with coaches 5 minutes before game time. Then start ON TMIE.

* Keep things moving - ONE MINUTE or 5 pitches first inning/1 pitch esch other inning (unless the team changes pitchers).

* Scorecards MUST be FULLY complete and turned in each night. This information is critical for the League. Umpire pay is based on these cards, and if not fully complete you may not be paid for those games until cards are completed. If you have a tie we will need all of the information about the game to finish it: Times, last batter, etc , etc. FULL DETAILS of why game was not finished MUST be listed on the scorecard.

* LGSA time limits are: No new inning after 1:30 (8U is 1:15), the inning in progress is to be completed. There should be NO ties, except for games that do not complete 1:30 (unless you have5 complete innings or home team ahead after 4 1/2, if you do the game is official). Games that are ties and called for weather or darkness will be completed. Put game deatils on scorecard and have teams compare scorebooks. REMINDER: Home team official book, so make sure scorecard and both books match.

* Read the LGSA rules prior to working a games in a division you are not familiar with. They are posted at: www.leaguelineup.com/lgsa

Other reminders:

* FULL ASA uniform is required. YOUR SHIRT MUST BE TUCKED IN and your hat on. Remember first impressions are important and set the tone for the game. LOOK and BE PROFESSIONAL!!!

* During pre-game meeting remind teams about jewelery and have them tuck their shirts in.

* DO NOT tolerate vulgarity, ejection is REQUIRED!!! Note: on scorecard and bring to my attention. Warnings should be given and noted on scorecard for any 'in game' conduct concrens.

* Umpires are responsible for addressing coaching and parents 'in game' conduct issues, there are Board members on duty and can assist with any issues that may arise.

Handouts, Rules, Forms

The following items can be downloaded form the Handout area on the left.

ASA Umpire Registration Form

LGSA Rules (2016 MOST RECENT) See update tab w/ modifications

COGFL Rules (2017)

2018 ASA Fastpitch Rules (Test questions are from fastpitch section of ASA Rule Book and Umpire Case Book)

2018 Information

Required Training - Concussion Recognition

February 14, 2013

** All Umpires**

Ohio "Return-To-Play" law went into effect on April, 26th 2013 - ALL Umpires Must Have this certification.


Ohio's Return-to-Play Law: What Umpires Need to Know Youth Sports Organizations (Non-school sports)

Training In Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

Starting April 26th, 2013, individuals are not allowed to serve as a coach or referee for a youth sports organization, whether volunteer or paid, without:

  1. 1) successfully completing, every three years, an online training program in recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries provided by the Ohio Department of Health


  2. 2) holding a Pupil Activity Permit (PAP) from the Ohio Department of Education.


This is a free online training program that takes about 10 minutes to complete. Please follow the links below for more information. All NSA are required to complete this program and provide the me with a copy of the certificate of completion.

Link to NFHS (OHSAA umpires do not have to take a second time, please submit your certificate)


Rule Review Located in Forum

January 12, 2012

Check the Umpire Forum (Tab on Left) for rules review and discussion. I will try to update weekly during the season. I will highlight rules that are applied infrequently.