WHY SHOULD I JOIN ASA AS AN UMPIRE

ILLINOIS ASA OFFERS THEIR UMPIRES THE BEST TRAINING AVAILABLE IN ANY SPORTS ORGANIZATION TODAY. ASA OFFERS LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL UMPIRING CLINICS AND SCHOOLS TO ALL ITS UMPIRES IN THE SPRING OF EACH YEAR. OUR STATE CLINICS HAVE SOME OF THE BEST UMPIRES IN ILLINOIS GIVING INSTRUCTIONS. INSTRUCTORS FROM OKLAHOMA CITY, ALONG WITH OUR STATE UMPIRE STAFF, OFFER INSTRUCTIONS AT OUR NATIONAL SCHOOLS. OUR TRAINING METHODS ARE GUIDED BY OUR ASA UMPIRE MANUAL. THIS IS THE MOST COMPLETE TRAINING MANUAL AVAILABLE TODAY. ALONG WITH THE TRAINING MANUAL, ASA OFFERS INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS, TRANSPARENCIES, CLINIC GUIDES, CASE BOOK, DRILL CARDS FOR MECHANICS TRAINING AND AN UMPIRE TEST.

BESIDES THE EXCELLENT TRAINING AVAILABLE TO OUR UMPIRES, OUR BIGGEST BENEFIT IS THE LIABILITY, MEDICAL, AND LIFE INSURANCE THAT COMES WITH BEING A REGISTERED ASA UMPIRE. IT IS BY FAR THE BEST COVERAGE ANY SPORTS ORGANIZATION HAS TO OFFER. THERE IS A $5,000,000.00 LIABILITY POLICY, ALONG WITH AN ACCIDENTAL INJURY POLICY WITH MAXIMUM BENEFITS OF $10,000,000.00 FOR ANY ACCIDENTAL INJURY INVOVING ASA REGISTERED TEAMS. THE MEDICAL EXPENSE COVERAGE IS PROVIDED ON AN EXCESS BASIS. ALSO INCLUDED IS AN ACCIDENTAL DEATH AND DISMEMBERMENT POLICY, AS WELL AS DENTAL COVERAGE THAT WILL PAY THE ACTUAL EXPENSE INCURRED FOR TREATMENT TO SOUND NATURAL TEETH, WITH A $500.00 LIMIT FOR EACH TOOTH. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS ARE ASA REGISTERED UMPIRES ARE SELECTED TO UMPIRE POINTS, STATE, REGIONAL, AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. ASA IS THE GOVERNING BODY FOR SOFTBALL IN THE UNITED STATES AND ITS UMPIRES ARE THE ONLY ASSOCIATION THAT CAN APPLY FOR INTERNATIONAL SOFTBALL FEDERATION CERTIFICATION. THIS WILL GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO UMPIRE IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, PAN AMERICAN GAMES AND THE OLYMPIC GAMES. WORLD CUP GAMES HELD IN PLANT CITY, FL. ARE ALSO OPEN TO ASA UMPIRES WHO HAVE COMPLETED QUALIFYING SEMINARS.

ASA OFFERS AN UMPIRE UNIFORM AND LEISURE WEAR LINE THAT IS AVAILABLE TO EACH REGISTERED UMPIRE SO THAT THEY CAN BE ABLE TO PURCHASE AND WEAR THE OFFICIAL ASA UNIFORM WITH PRIDE. JACKETS, SHOES, CAPS, PANTS, BALL BAGS, PROTECTION EQUIPMENT, AS WELL AS OPTIONAL WEAR SUCH AS SUNGLASSES, ARE ALL AVAILABLE WITH THE UMPIRE PROGRAM.

OUR UMPIRES CAN FEEL A SENSE OF REWARD AND ACCOMPLISHMENT THROUGH THE ASA’S PROGRAM OF EXPERTISE AND OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS. THIS IS FOUND IN THE MEDALS PROGRAM, NATIONAL INDICATOR FRATERNITY, ISF CERTIFICATION, AND POSSIBLY THE NATIONAL HALL OF FAME. NO OTHER ORGANIZATION HAS THE VARIOUS ASSORTMENT OF REWARD PROGRAMS FOR THEIR UMPIRES.

AS YOU CAN SEE IT PAYS TO BE PART OF THE ASA UMPIRE PROGRAM. FROM THE QUALITY OF THE TRAINING AVAILABLE, ITS TOURNAMENT PLAY, BEING REWARDED FOR INDIVIDUAL UMPIRE ACHIEVEMENTS, THE BEST INSURANCE COVERAGE OF ANY SPORTS ORGANIZATION, ASA OFFERS THE TOTAL PACKAGE FOR ITS UMPIRES. OUR PROGRAMS ARE THERE TO HELP OUR UMPIRES ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS-TO BE THE BEST THEY CAN BE, AND ATTAIN THEIR HIGHEST SKILL LEVEL POSSIBLE.

AN ASA UMPIRE IS THE BEST UMPIRE IN SOFTBAL BECAUSE OF THEIR TRAINING, PRIDE, AND DEDICATION TO OUR GREAT SPORT OF SOFTBALL.

CONTACT OUR ILLINOIS ASA UMPIRE-IN-CHIEF, PAUL TOMAZZOLI, ON HOW TO BECOME AN ASA UMPIRE TODAY AT: OR ANY OF OUR DEPUTY UIC’S WHOSE NAMES ARE ON OUR WEB SITE.

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