USA Softball of Iowa Umpire Program


State Umpire-In-Chief


Ed Murphy

1470 48th St.

Marion, IA, 52302

Ph. 319-310-4210


State UIC Staff Contacts


2024 Umpire Registration




"How to Register"

Please Click the "How to Register" link above before registering as an umpire below to review the registration process and read all information carefully before registering.  Reminder:  Umpires that umpire any players under 18 are required to take a background check and complete the SafeSport Certification.  Umpires that umpire Adults Only do not require a Background Check or SafeSport.



2024 USA Softball State Umpire Clinic Information is now available! 

Saturday, March 16 1:30-4:30PM, Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, Social Hall, Social Hall, 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Sunday, March 17   1:00-3:00PM, Pioneer Columbus Recreation Center, 2100 SE 5th St., Des Moines (please use upper entrance)

Wednesday, April 17th  - 5:30 - 7:30pm - South River Valley Park, 725 E 13th Street. | Ames, IA 50010 (On Field Clinic - 13th St. Softball Complex - 1-umpire system mechanics)

There is no additional fee for the clinic as it is included in your umpire registration fee.  Umpires must register as a USA Softball Umpire for 2024 and sign-up for the clinic.

Click Here to Register for one of the 2024


State Umpire Clinics


Click Here to complete your 2024 USA Softball Umpire Registration

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Please pre-register at least one week prior to the clinic to guarantee your spot! (25 max.)

These annual state clinics (generally held the second or third weekend in March each year on Saturday in Iowa City and Sunday in Central Iowa) and are geared toward new and veteran softball umpires alike. Each USA Softball State Umpire Clinic is run by a team featuring USA Softball Umpire Staff Members. The clinic will feature new rule changes and interpretations, umpire mechanics for both fast pitch and slow pitch, signals, mechanics and rules questions and interpretations.

2024 National Umpire Schools

National UIC Clinic Presentations

Umpire in a State Tournament

Click Here to see the 2024 State Tournament Dates, Locations and U-I-C's to contact to umpire games.

Game Fees:  Slow Pitch $32/game/2-umpire system, 1-umpire system - $35

Men's Fast Pitch - $60/game/2-umpire system

Umpire Uniforms

2024 USA Softball Umpire Merchandise & Order Form 


USA SOFTBALL of  IOWA Umpire Uniform Policy


We strongly encourage all umpires to be in full uniform for all League and Invitational games.  Please note that if you are assigned to a Invitational Tournament that is not playing USA Softball Rules or is sanctioned by another softball organization, that you do not wear your USA Softball Uniform - please check ahead of time with your assignor or tournament director.  For all USA Softball State Tournament games, umpires MUST have and wear the logo USA Softball hat on the plate and bases and wear the USA Softball logo umpire shirt.  Please consult your UIC for specific uniform requirements for each tournament.  Looking Professional is a big part of being Professional!


Umpire Registration Memo


  Background Check Policy/Criteria for Umpires working Youth Softball


Umpire Insurance Benefit - What Coverage is Provided


Why Umpire?


Training Resources

2024 USA Softball Digital Rule Book

Keep the searchable USA Softball Digital Rule Book right on your Mobile Smart Phone for easy access!

2024 Umpire Manual

Click the button above for the 2023 USA Softball Umpire Manual. 
The USA Softball Umpire Manual is only available online for viewing and printing and not available in print version.


 Rules and Umpire Exam


  2024 USA Softball Rule Changes with Comments


  Rule Clarifications and Plays


  2024 USA Softball Umpire Exam & Blank Answer Sheet (Print and Work

  on Only) The test is now taken online through your umpire registration

  website on your Umpire Home Plate page.


  You will need to enter Code # 1329 and submit your exam online.  Select Option #3 to

  take the exam unsupervised and open book if you are prompted to do so.  The exam will

  be auto-corrected after you submit your answers.



SafeSport Certification Requirement


for Umpiring Youth Softball


Please note that all Umpires that umpire Youth Softball (Age groups 17 years of age and under) before be Approved must, by Federal Law take the U.S. Center for SafeSport Certification as a part of their Umpire Certification.  There is no additional cost for the online course.  Once you Register online go to tab at the bottom tab of your Umpire Registration Home Page marked SafeSport.  You will use your USA Softball Umpire Registration Member ID as your Membership Registration Number in SafeSport. 

If you ONLY umpire Adult softball, the SafeSport Certification is not required.


For more information on SafeSport Please click on - SafeSport Quick Facts and Why SafeSport



"How to take" the SafeSport Certifcation


  2023 NFHS/USA SOFTBALL/NCAA Rule Differences

  2023 Slow Pitch - Fast Pitch Rule Differences


  DP/Flex Rule for Fast Pitch

  Line-Up Card Management - USA and NFHS


  Iowa Casual Profanity/Unsportsmanlike Conduct Rule

  Slow Pitch Stealing Rule

  Girl's 8 & Under Coach Pitch Rules


  Legal Bats and Equipment 

  National USA Softball Umpire Webpage           


  Umpire Staff

  Umpire Medals Program Umpires

  International Softball Federation Umpires


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