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USA Softball welcomes over 700 umpires for virtual 2021 biennial Umpire-in-Chief Clinic

Feb. 03, 2021, 11:33 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, expects to welcome over 700 umpires for the biennial Umpire-In-Chief (UIC) clinic set to take place Feb. 2-15.  This biennial clinic will take place virtually and allow participants to attend sessions that cover a wide variety of topics such as understanding rules, mechanics and evaluations as well as the what it takes to be a National Championship UIC.
“Despite the challenges of 2020 and the cancelations the COVID-19 pandemic caused, we are glad to be holding our regularly-scheduled Biennial UIC Clinic,” said Director of Umpires, Kevin Ryan. “Thanks to the generosity of Bollinger Insurance, we are able to hold this clinic virtually at no-cost for all association attendees and still do things we normally do at an in-person clinic. We also plan to offer recordings of these sessions for those not able to attend. I would be remiss if I did not thank Hal Van Ryswyk for acting as the main administrator so that we could carry out this event virtually. Even though this year’s UIC Clinic will encompass several days, our hope is that it will be as close to an in-person experience as possible.” 

Click here for a complete schedule of the 2021 USA Softball UIC Clinic

In addition to attending multiple breakout sessions, participants will hear from USA Softball President Rodney Cobb, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Craig Cress, RPS Bollinger’s AJ Morgan, Director of Umpires Kevin Ryan and Deputy Director Jim Craig at the UIC Clinic General Kick-off. The UIC Clinic will conclude with a Regional Award of Excellence presentation honoring exemplary umpires throughout the country.
USA Softball would like to thank sponsors RPS Bollinger Insurance and Markel for their continued support of the game of softball and the UIC Clinic.
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About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  USAS is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USAS umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USAS is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit,