National Association of Sports Officials: At-Home Softball Officiating Clinic Benefits Officials, Fans, Athletes

Columbus Catholic senior Maren Seefluth, sliding, was one of four Dons to earn honors on the 2019 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Softball Team. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

The National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) has produced sport-specific officiating videos for use in refining officials’ craft.

NASO’s Sports Officiating at Home series includes at home instructional videos for:

  • basketball
  • baseball
  • soccer
  • softball
  • volleyball
  • football

The at-home clinics inform not only officials but fans and athletes as well.

NASO’s At Home clinic: SOFTBALL

Sport Session: Softball – Master Class Mechanics

Mechanics are much more than where to stand and where to move. There are nuances that can help you go from good to great. Sally Walker, NCAA softball regional advisor, and college umpires Erin Peterson and Robbie Guest offer their tips on advanced-level mechanics in this Summit at Home session moderated by Marty Abezetian, NCAA Softball Umpire Program video services and training coordinator.

Sport Session: Softball – Working With Coaches

This softball Summit at Home session covers the age-old challenge of working with coaches. Christie Cornwell, SEC coordinator of softball umpires, and veteran umpires Tom Meyer and Ron Alexander offer their insights on how best to listen, answer questions and deliver information.

Joe Crawford: The Best Job Ever

Officiating is the greatest job on the planet! Retired NBA referee Joe Crawford, who had a 39-year career, candidly shares thoughts on what officiating has meant to him and his family in this Summit at Home session. You will hear insights, stories and anecdotes on how officiating made him who he is today. Crawford also shares his thoughts about how all of us in the industry can do a better job as recruiters and mentors — so we can better find ‘em and keep ‘em.

Karissa Niehoff: NFHS Report

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is a key NASO partner and has been a presenting sponsor of the Sports Officiating Summit for years. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director, knows the important role sports officials play in the high school experience. For our Summit at Home viewers, Niehoff talks about the NFHS efforts to recruit, educate and support the nation’s high school sports officials.

NASO’s At Home clinic: SOFTBALL

David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]