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SNSWUA - 23 May 2012
For all umpires the month of May means one thing: preparation time for the annual SAL Rules Exam.
Andrew Rindfleish, NSW Deputy Director of Umpiring and Level 8 umpire, said, “Rule knowledge is critical for an umpire to be able to officiate a game of softball. It underpins everything that we do and requires a commitment to learning.”
A group of NSW umpires, as well as the odd player and coach, have displayed their commitment to learning over recent months as they participated in seven rule sessions hosted by Cumberland Nepean Softball Association.
Facilitated by SNSWUA Secretary and Level 6 umpire Vicki Lansley, the seven rule sessions have been well attended and provided participants with a forum where they could ask questions and engage in conversation about rules.
“At each of our sessions we have worked through past papers and have discussed those questions from each paper which were answered poorly across the country,” Lansley said.
“We have also discussed a series of difficult rules, including violations of the substitution rule, the DP/FLEX rule, interference, obstruction and pitching.”
“A close look at each of the past papers also reveals that umpires need to have a solid understanding of basic rules, such as definitions and diamond dimensions. Questions relating to these topic should make for easy marks but you have to know your stuff.”
“As mentioned in the May edition of BNOL, the need to read the question carefully – at least twice – and circle any absolutes, like ‘always’ or ‘never,’ is an important exam technique we have tried to work on across each of our sessions.”
“The need to read the entire question fully before answering it is something we also worked on.”
“At last night’s session, which was our last before Monday’s exam, we had 11 participants in attendance. We looked at more past papers, including Basic Papers for those who were sitting that exam on Monday night, and worked through difficult questions,” Lansley said.
You can access past papers and read SNSWUA’s ‘Tips to Achieving a Top Result’ by clicking here.
The 2012 SAL Rules Exam will be held from 7.30pm on Monday 28 May at local association venues.
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