About Our Organization

The Capital District Softball Umpires Association registers and trains softball umpires.  We also provide officials and umpire assigning services to public high schools and colleges, as well as youth and adult leagues within our jurisdiction (the greater Albany, Saratoga. Glens Falls. Hudson, NY area).  We are affiliated with NYSSO (NYS Softball Officials) and USA Softball.  Subject to availability, we also provide officials for softball events sponsored by PONY and other sanctioning authorities.

Umpire development is a result of classroom and field mechanics training.  Due to the large area we service, classes are held in three locations.  Officials are required to attend a minimum number of these sessions (as per our by-laws) as well as a mandatory season ending business meeting to remain in good standing.  A list of meetings, classes and mechanic’s sessions is now available  (see Schedule).

Want To Join Us?

CDSUA accepts new members every year.  Mandatory classes for new umpires begin in mid- February.  Although not necessary, previous experience officiating any sport or playing softball is a plus.  If interested, please contact Peg Squazzo –  MathTchrPeg@gmail.com.  Please contact Peg before February.

What’s New

Year-end Message From CDSUA President

Hello to all CDSUA Umpires!

I hope this note finds you well and ready to enjoy a well-deserved summer respite. It’s been a long 15 months, but I hope we’ve turned the corner and can return to some sense of normalcy.

The high schools were able to compete for a short-season and even had a sectional tournament. Rec ball happened and now we are into tournament and Hudson Mohawk games. There is a plan to do Fall Ball, and hopefully next year we can return to our usual clinic schedule at our usual sites. I will not be able to confirm this until the Fall when schools know more about what they will be able to do.

This letter is obviously in lieu of our annual June meeting. Here is what would have been covered if we had a meeting:

THANK YOU: to all of you who were able to work the abbreviated high school season. And thanks to all those working this summer. And thanks to all the assignors for doing an amazing job getting all games covered. Thank you Pete Lynch for keeping our website up to date. You all do the CDSUA very proud.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Our balance on 6/19/19 showed a balance of $5,592.89. Deposits $16,462. Expenditures $15,416.71. Balance on 6/20/20 $6,638.18. We didn’t have a meeting last June due to COVID, but that was our balance. This past year, we collected $6,186.00 to increase the balance to $12,824.18. Expenditures were $10,331.91. Our balance as of now is $2,492.27. This is a much lower than usual balance due to us not collecting Chapter Dues and taking the hit for the high school registrations.

PAYMENT OF DUES FOR NEXT SEASON: As usual, we will collect dues for NEXT SEASON NOW. Please send your check made out to CDSUA to Bill Levy 21 Tattersall Rd Albany NY 12205.This check must be postmarked by July 31, 2021. Chapter Dues $35. NYSSO Dues $27. USA Dues $32. So…….USA ONLY UMPIRES pay $67. HIGH SCHOOL ONLY UMPIRES pay $62. If you umpire both you pay $94. If your check is not postmarked by July 31st, you will be fined a $25 Late Fee.

ELECTIONS: North (Pezzulo) Capital (MacGilfrey, Autry, Fazzone) South (Holliday). If any of you wish to run for any of these seats, please notify John DeFlumer of your intent to run.

PALENT AWARD: John DeFlumer coordinated this effort and the following players received this award: Abigail Sacks (Colonie, Catcher, going to Utica College); MacKenzie WenDelKen (Ichabod Crane, Catcher, going to Husson University); Elizabeth Jensen (Corinth, Pitcher, going to SUNY Brockport).

DURRANT AWARD: This award was not given this year due to the difficulty it would have posed to choose a deserving winner.

NYS UMPIRE SCHOOL: We are not sure if the school will be offered this fall. If you are interested in attending, send me an email and I will let you know if they decide to offer the school. If not, I can hold your email until next year.

UMPIRE RECRUITMENT: We had a class of 14 new umpires this season. They met “virtually” to complete the classes and we did an outdoor, in-person mechanics session to teach plate and field mechanics. Kudos to Kevin Jette and Larry Rabideau and the other instructors for taking on this task. John DeFlumer also trained 10 college-aged young women to work our lower levels of Rec/Travel/Tournament ball.

UMPIRE OPT OUTS: This season we did have a few umpires who chose not to work high school and/or summer ball. If you are one of these people, please let us know if you plan to return or retire! Either way, we need to know what you are doing next year. Please let us know one way or the other.

Again, I want to thank all those who worked this year. And if you didn’t work, we will welcome you back! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Peg Squazzo

CDSUA President


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