2002 Arizona Interscholastic Association

Region 1

Tucson Softball Umpires Association

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Are you new to southern Arizona? Interested in becoming a high school softball umpire? Know anyone else who might be? We are always on the lookout for new people. There is a serious nation-wide shortage of officials in all sports, and Arizona is no exception. Please feel free to attend one of our meetings, meet our crew, and get the details of what it takes to become an umpire. Or, send us email by clicking on the goofy-looking chingadero to the right:


Committee Members:

Area Commissioners:

Meeting Schedule:

Meetings are held on Monday evenings at the Rincon High School Library, 422 N. Arcadia Ave., except as noted.

  Minutes from past meetings can be obtained by clicking on the date desired.

DateTimeMaterial to be discussed
January 14 7:00 p.m. General Meeting, Registration, Rule Book Distribution, Administration, Meeting Requirements
January 28 7:00 p.m. General Meeting. Coaches are invited.
February 04 7:00 p.m. General Meeting. Special Guest: Gary Whelchel, AIA State Commissioner of Officials. Review Rule 2, Definitions.
February 09 9:00 a.m. Mechanics field clinic (11 a.m.) Golf Links Park. (Enter from Craycroft, north of Golf Links.)
February 11 7:00 p.m. General Meeting. Review Rule . Uniforms.Test distributed.
February 18 7:00 p.m. General Meeting. Review Rule . Tournament availability, rosters distributed.
February 25 7:00 p.m. General Meeting. Review Rule . Assignments.
March 04 7:00 p.m. General Meeting. Test due. Review test, game situations.
March 18 7:00 p.m. General Meeting. Game situations, assignments.
April 01 7:00 p.m. MEETING IS CANCELLED!!!. Watch NCAA Basketball Finals!
April 15 7:00 p.m. Retest date. Mandatory Meeting. Playoff ballot, election of 2003 Officers.
April 01 7:00 p.m. Mandatory Meeting. Move-up meeting.

  Minutes from past meetings can be obtained by clicking on the date desired.

  Go to minutes from 2000 or 2001.

Metro Phoenix Umpires’ School

Emily Alexander held her annual Metro Phoenix Umpires’ School the weekend of 23-24 March. To view pictures from the school click here.

Members’ Telephone & E-Mail Directory

PLEASE contact your partner a day or two in advance of your games. Be sure to discuss when & where to meet, what shirts will be worn, and at which school the game is to be played. A telephone call is best, but an email a few days in advance works, too. This is especially important for out-of-town games. Members’ Directory in Excel format; Members’ Directory in HTML.


Handling Ejections

On Sunday, 03 March, Mike Candrea and the Assistant Coach for Long Beach State both were ejected from a ballgame at Hillenbrand. College umpires received a letter from Emily Alexander on how to handle an ejection. As always, her words of advice are applicable to whatever flavor of softball is being played. Please take the time to read Emily’s procedure for proper handling of ejections.

Arizona Youth Softball (Louie Gonzales’ JO League) now has a rudimentary website. Not much is there as of this writing, other than the League Rules and their Tournament Schedule, but this may change in the future.

Here is a link to Emily Alexander’s AIA homepage (Phoenix, or Region II). The approved 2002 Rule changes can be found there.

3-Man Umpiring Mechanics

Now that State playoff season is upon us, take the time to brush up on your 3-man mechanics. Thanks to Emily Alexander and Cactus Umpires for the link.

Maps and directions to the schools we cover. Many maps have been generated already. Many more are missing. If you want to help, email me the name and address of a school not already on the list.

While surfing the Web, I found that http://www.azcentral.com/sports/preps/ has maps to just about all of the high schools in Arizona. Go to that link and click under “High School maps.”

The History of the Game

How infield geometry has evolved. Read Jay Miner’s article from the February, 2001 issue of    magazine.

Do you know the origins of our game (and baseball)? Read about the game of Townball.

Do you know the origins of umpires’ hand signals? The answer may surprise you, Dummy!

An article on the history of the bat, by Bernie Mussill.


What really goes on in the stands at a ballgame? Get an earful from NPR’s Kevin Kling

The wisdom of the Perfesser.

Other Softball Links of Interest

   Duh...how do I do that?   

Bookmarking is a good shortcut to understand. It can maintain your sanity, unless you enjoy typing:
“http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~umpire/softball/aiasoftball.html” each and every time you want to visit this site.
In which case, your sanity is already gone. My money says most of youse mugs can’t remember “http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~umpire/softball/aiasoftball.html,” much less type it correctly on the first try.


  1. Hold mouse button down on “Bookmarks” field (upper left of your browser).
  2. Drag mouse (with button still down) over to “Add Bookmark.”
  3. To go to page, repeat above, but drag mouse to “AIASOFTBALL.HTML” in the “Personal Bookmarks”region.


  1. Hold mouse button down on “Favorites” field (upper left of your browser).
  2. Drag mouse (with button still down) over to “Add to Favorites.”
  3. Click OK.
  4. To go to page, repeat above, but drag mouse to “AIASOFTBALL.HTML” in the “Personal Favorites”region.


  1. Not a clue, but it can’t be too much harder than above.

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