Santa Monica Girls Fastpitch's Junior Umpire program is now in its thirteenth year and for 2023 the umpire team is 30 strong. Our umpires are all USA Softball trained, and more than half are USA Softball Certified.
The junior umpire program is open to players and former players of the program, entering their second year of 12U (or later). Attendance at USA Softball Umpire clinics is mandatory, and these begin in December and January before the start of Spring season. It’s a chance to learn a skill and earn some money officiating in a game you love. Training for the 2023 season is now closed. If you’re interested in becoming a junior umpire for the 2024 season, please contact Tim Kohut (firstname.lastname@example.org). Training will begin in December.
So. Cal. USA Softball Umpire staff has been very supportive of the program, and Santa Monica junior umpires have been invited to umpire District, State, and National USA Softball tournaments. In response to a request by So. Cal. USA Softball, SMGFP has produced a "Blueprint" for its junior umpire program. This blueprint is updated yearly to document the progress of the program, to identify goals and objectives, and to share and encourage other leagues to follow in our footsteps. The SMGFP "Blueprint" for junior umpiring can be downloaded here: