Become a High School Softball Umpire


Are you interested in becoming a softball umpire? Please contact the below.

Do you have any teachers, coaches, former athletes(baseball/softball players) interested in becoming a softball umpire?  Please forward them this information.

North (Queensbury -Lake George Area)                                                                                                                                                  Contact:  Steve McWhorter at 518-791-1284

Greater Capital District                                                                                                                                                                                Contact: Aileen Durrant at 518-248-6676 or Peg Squazzo at 518-573-4661

Southern (Catskill – Cairo Area)                                                                                                                                                                     Contact:  Brian Skelly at 518-622-9264


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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).

What’s New

Welcome Back Message From CDSUA President

Hello to all CDSUA Umpires!

WELCOME BACK! Your Executive Board has been in session a few times since the end of last season to
recap and review the 2021 season to better prepare you for the upcoming season. The focus of our clinics will
once again be to better prepare our umpires with updated mechanics, better game management and a working
knowledge of the rules. Please remember to review your NYSSO manual and read your USA Rule Book,
which is now available on the USA Website. Remember to visit our website at to access
important information, dates, assignors and forms needed for the upcoming season.

CLINIC/MEETING SCHEDULE: See the attached clinic schedule for weekly topics and umpire
expectations. The week of February 28th will be the first night for Group 1 (new umpires) AND Group 2 (2-4
yr). All other umpires will report the week of March 7th for the Business Meeting. This will be the general
membership business meeting and is MANDATORY. We will have a “healthy” agenda highlighted by
comments from the President, Rules Interpreter and HS assignors. IMPORTANT: AT THIS STAGE, WE ARE

ELECTIONS: The following positions are up for election this year (w/incumbents in parentheses). Executive
Board: North (Prunier), Capital (DeFlumer, Sickles); South (Skelly). Also up is Treasurer (Levy) and
Secretary (Farron). If you wish to run for any of the above positions, please notify John DeFlumer.

Mechanics Session will be held at the Pocket Park, Exchange St. in Albany on Saturday March 26th . All 1st and
2nd year umpires are expected to attend. This is an outdoor event so dress appropriately! See John DeFlumer for

USA UMPIRES—IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!!!! Anyone wishing to register as a USA umpire MUST
DO THE USA BACKGROUND CHECK ON LINE! We all did this last year and must do so every year going
forward. Go to and complete the information. There is an $14 fee. You must give
me your USA ID number when you pass the background check. I cannot register you as a USA Umpire without
this number. You will NOT be allowed to umpire any USA sanctioned games if you do not get the background
check. Please send me a picture of your ID tag once you receive it. You can either email it
[email protected] or text to me at 518-573-4661. Also, remember to do the next Safe Sport Refresher
Course. New umpires must do the original course, 2nd year umpires do Refresher #1 and all others do Refresher
#2. This is housed on a new “platform” accessible from the same site as the Background Check. Click the Safe
Sport tab and follow directions to sign in. You may need your USA Umpire ID number. Remember, there is NO
CHARGE to complete the Safe Sport Curriculum.

See you in a few weeks!


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