USA SOFTBALL NEW COMMISSIONER APPOINTMENTS
“I’m looking forward to working with this talented and dedicated staff to continue to build the USA Softball of Illinois program while giving our adult and youth teams the experience they deserve.”
“I feel that my understanding of many past and current internal functions of the USA Softball of Sacramento organization will allow me to continue the coordination and promotion of softball throughout the greater Sacramento area.”
“I look forward to expanding and strengthening our Adult, Youth and Umpire programs within the state and I see an opportunistic future for USA Softball of Oregon.”
THREE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES EXPERIENCE THE ROLE OF A USA SOFTBALL UMPIRE AND GAIN A NEW APPRECIATION FOR THE SPORT
After a long summer of training and working in the field, Violet Loftus, Emma Sullivan and Sophia Weathers got the full experience of being an umpire for USA Softball of Oregon – an opportunity that allowed each of them to gain a new appreciation for the work that umpires put in on and off the field.
“I’ve always had an immense amount of respect for umpires. But actually putting yourself in those shoes and understanding the work and the process they go through makes you really understand and appreciate it more.”
– Sophia Weathers
SEVEN INDIVIDUALS INDUCTED INTO THE USA SOFTBALL
HALL OF FAME
Representing the states of Oregon and Idaho, four umpires, two players and one coach were honored for their accomplishments and contributions to USA Softball in the Northwest Mountain Region.
Susan Oran-Stuart (Oregon)
Don Alexander (Oregon)
John Garrett (Oregon)
Rich Hobson (Idaho)
Glenn Slocum (Idaho)
John White (Oregon)
MAP OUT YOUR ROAD TO A 2022 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!
With over 80 USA Softball National Championships across the country, where will your team compete for a title?
Girls’ Class A Fast Pitch National Championships and GOLD National Championships:
10-Under East (Monroe, La.)
10-Under West (North Mankato, Minn.)
12-Under (Camarillo, Calif.)
14-Under (Evansville, Ind.)
16-Under (Polk County, Fla.)
16-Under GOLD (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
18-Under (Richmond, Va.)
18-Under GOLD (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
USA SOFTBALL NATIONAL UMPIRE SCHOOLS
Want to develop your talents and skills as an umpire? Check out this upcoming National Umpire School!
PLAYS & CLARIFICATIONS
The new pitching rule, Biennial UIC Clinic, background checks and more!
Catch up with USA Softball Director of Umpires, Kevin Ryan, as the 2022 season gets underway. READ MORE
PLAYS & CLARIFICATIONS
Gain clarification on the new Junior Olympic EP rule from USA Softball Director of Umpires, Kevin Ryan! READ MORE
Anne Segalini, 34
USA Softball of Maine, District 1
Her start: I started umpiring in Wenatchee, Washington in 2003 and now I umpire youth fast pitch and adult slow pitch.
Her favorite thing about umpiring softball: My favorite thing about being an umpire is I get front row seats to see extraordinary plays, sportsmanship, game strategy, and top talent from all teams on the field – including my fellow umpire team – where my skills and mechanics get better and more refined with every game, play, and call.
Her goals: As a female umpire, I am inspired to see other women umpiring in the NCAA and in the Olympics. My goal is to make it to that same level and inspire the next generation of female umpires.
Best experience: I started as an umpire in Washington state, where if I wasn’t playing, I was officiating the game. After moving away with college and careers, I have had the honor of umpiring in different states including Montana, North Dakota, and Maine. I have worked in some significant tournaments and have had the privilege to work and be trained with elite umpires and Umpire-In-Chiefs who have tremendous knowledge and feedback to help me grow in my development.
Proudest accomplishment: I am proud of my adaptability to add men and women’s slow pitch to my umpiring experience and have become well-rounded to support umpiring needs in these leagues across different communities.
Toughest obstacle: Starting as a younger female, and I had to overcome the more brutal hits that came with commanding a ball field. Whether that be the literal foul tip ball to my body or the more immense verbal hits of spectators, players, and coaches who disagreed with a call. In those challenging moments it was crucial to learn how to command a field with poise and professionalism. I have learned that the game can come with emotional highs, but as a USA Softball umpire, having the emotional intelligence to stay focused on the facts of the rule book helped to polish me and remain objective to be the best example on the field I can be.
Favorite thing about umpiring for USA Softball: Umpiring for USA Softball is like being part of an incredible team because no matter where I travel or relocate, or even when I had life changes that prevented me from umpiring certain seasons, I know that I am always part of the USA Softball umpire team that appreciates and welcomes me back on the field with joy.
More from Anne: The best way to become a better umpire is to watch, study, and imitate the great umpires, and the best way to become a better ballplayer is to umpire.