Level I V Part 1

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Level I V Part 1

  1. 1. Welcome To The <ul><li>Softball Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Level IV </li></ul><ul><li>Umpire </li></ul><ul><li>Certification </li></ul><ul><li>Clinic </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic
  2. 2. <ul><li>Prerequisites </li></ul><ul><li>Certified Level III umpire for a minimum of two (2) years </li></ul><ul><li>Attend at least one Provincial / Territorial Championship </li></ul><ul><li>Received a successful evaluation to progress to Level IV </li></ul>Level IV Requirements © 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic Training Requirements Attend a National Level IV Theory Clinic Obtain 85% or more on the Level IV Certification Exam
  3. 3. Softball Canada Officials Certification Program © 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic Evaluation Requirements Two successful evaluations provided by Provincial / Territorial representatives and the recommendations forwarded to the ODC A successful Level IV evaluation at a Midget FP, Junior Women FP, Masters 40+ SP, Senior Women SP and Co-Ed SP Canadian Championship after completing the Level IV Theory Clinic
  4. 4. Softball Canada Officials Certification Program © 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic On-field Application Officiate Provincial / Territorial minor and adult softball Officiate at a Canadian Championship Maintenance Attend a Provincial / Territorial clinic annually Write National Exam annually and obtain 85% or more Active in Regional and Provincial / Territorial Officiating Programs *******
  5. 5. Spirit of Umpiring <ul><li>Involvement </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic Improvement Intermediary Implementation Informative Integrity Idealism Identity Importance Impressions Incentives Image Instructor Inspiration *******
  6. 6. Mental Preparation <ul><li>Goals </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic Review and Define Role Short-term / long-term goals Achieving Goals Reward yourself
  7. 7. Mental Preparation <ul><li>Goals </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic Not achieving your goals: Assess why not ? Realistic? Attainable? Time frame? Defined? Poorly defined goal I want to be a really good umpire Well defined goal I want to officiate at the Senior Provincial / Territorial Tournament level by 2008
  8. 8. Mental Preparation <ul><li>Goals </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic Evaluating Your Progress Time frames Action Plan Bumps along the road Self Evaluation Be tough on yourself
  9. 9. Mental Preparation <ul><li>Goals </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic Network Resource people Is your goal too easy? Effort? Do you fit the goal?
  10. 10. Pressure <ul><li>Dealing with Pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure is unavoidable </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to handle pressure, not avoid it </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic Identify the Pressure Pinpoint the cause Minimize the Pressure Be mentally prepared Relax Leave personal problems at home Focus
  11. 11. Pressure <ul><li>Accept Pressure </li></ul><ul><li>You may not have any control over the situation </li></ul><ul><li>Go with the flow; Don’t fight it </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic Keep a Clear Perspective Don’t let individual games overwhelm you Remember the big picture Focus on what you want out of the game Re-evaluate your perspective
  12. 12. Dealing With Stress <ul><li>Talk to someone knowledgeable </li></ul><ul><li>Write it down </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare </li></ul><ul><li>What made you feel good? </li></ul><ul><li>Personal life </li></ul><ul><li>Know the rules </li></ul><ul><li>Physical condition </li></ul><ul><li>Reward yourself </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic *******
  13. 13. Psychology of Umpiring <ul><li>Umpire / Coach Relationships – 3 Main Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Coaches and umpires need each other </li></ul><ul><li>Each game brings about different situations </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions or tactics are made according to the plays / game </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic Elements of Behaviour Respect - Flexibility - Firmness Emotions and Prejudices Factors that Interfere with Umpire / Coach Relationships Discussion: There has been a lot of chirping on the bench about your strike zone and you have made a couple of attempts to calm the situation without success. How do you control this situation?
  14. 14. Psychology of Umpiring <ul><li>Umpire / Spectator Relationship s </li></ul><ul><li>Spectators often create the emotion and c an </li></ul><ul><li>effect the players, coaches and umpires </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic First Impressions Body language Energy of the crowds Communicate professionally Focus Flow of the game Problems with fans In the stands Team Concept I hear everything! Don’t have rabbit ears You’re outta here!!! Discussion
  15. 15. Psychology of Umpiring <ul><li>The Team </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic The Individual Experience Listen Advice Umpire / Umpire Relationships Discussion In the umpires' pre-game conference the plate umpire states that on a check swing appeals he wants a “ball” response. The first time the plate umpire comes to you for assistance you and everybody in the park knows it is a strike. How do you handle this situation? On the field - What works?
  16. 16. Psychology of Umpiring <ul><li>Support - Respect - Space </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy - Be up front </li></ul>© 2006 Softball Canada All Rights Reserved Softball Canada Level IV Umpire Certification Clinic Labeling – Ego - Respect Losing control - Insecurities Umpire / Umpire Relationships Discussion You are using the three umpire system and the plate umpire, (a first year official), has missed about 20 pitches. As you are changing the plate umpire tells you he had a great game. The catcher for the winning team told him that he is the best umpire he has had all year. As the senior official what do you do? ******* Off the field - What works? Off the field - What does not work?

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