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Maduro-Powell successfully joins ASA Umpires’ Panel

Faith Maduro -Powell successfully became a member of the American Softball Association Umpires Panel at a recently concluded National Level camp in Florida.
Maduro-Powell now intends to aim at International Softball Federation Certification
Maduro-Powell now intends to aim at International Softball Federation Certification
Over 80 Umpires attended the course led by ASA Hall of Famer Julie Johnson.
Over 80 Umpires attended the course led by ASA Hall of Famer Julie Johnson.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Eighty plus American Softball Association Umpires, including Faith Maduro-Powell of the BVI Softball Association (BVISA) gathered over the weekend of January 28-29, 2012 in Tallahassee Florida to advance their skills and knowledge of the rules of softball.

The Camp led by ASA Hall of Fame Umpire Julie Johnson, Region 7 Umpire In Chief Walt Sparks, Southern Region UIC Max Wilkes and Florida UIC Matt Dunbar focused on training on the latest techniques and positioning at National level.

Florida ASA Commissioner Johnson commented, "This was one of the best Umpire Schools ever", giving credit to the top level instruction and the ASA Umpires that were working hard to improve their vocation.

Faith Maduro-Powell, BVISA Umpire, attended and completed the training and is now an official member of the Florida ASA Umpire Programme.

However, Ms. Maduro-Powell’s goal is to become ISF (International Softball Federation) certified. “To achieve this honor, I will have to umpire in three national championships - two of which must be in the major division of the category I’m applying for.”

“I would have to go away for a few games, which I am hoping to do later this year, and then maybe sometime next year I will try and attend the 5 day training at the ISF Headquarters in Plant City, Florida, to try for ISF certification,” she explained.

The Florida ASA distributes schedules of games to be played and in what cities. It is up to the ASA umpire themselves to state their availability to the relevant Umpires in Chief of the different areas.

In fast pitch, this includes the Men's and/or Women's Major and "A" divisions, the Men's 40-Over or the Girls 18-UGold. Once this has been accomplished, the umpire can apply through the ISF headquarters to attend a five day "Certification" Seminar, which includes evaluations in live competition, evaluations on plate mechanics calling balls and strikes, evaluations on responding to mechanic and case plays, and being taught the difference in ASA and ISF Rules and passing a written exam on the rules.

The ASA umpire programme is among the nation's largest officiating organizations with over 35,000 officials actively involved each year. ASA officials are nationally recognized as the best trained and proficient in the sport and are involved in competition starting with league play, city, state and national championships. Ultimately, ASA umpires could officiate in events such as world championship, Pan American and Olympic competitions.

9 Responses to “Maduro-Powell successfully joins ASA Umpires’ Panel ”

  • weed (29/02/2012, 13:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    great Ms. maduro I knew you always had it in you!!!
    • Hollwee (01/03/2012, 05:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      goodness gracious..lawd ah mussy Faith me even aint know you play ball???? pll let we support she Kudos girlfriend
  • xray (29/02/2012, 13:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations faith...women power!
    • ------------------------- (29/02/2012, 15:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      good stuff Ms. Maduro...yes women rules the world!
  • Quiet Storm (29/02/2012, 14:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulation faith! Have fun in Florida's capital city. Check out the renowned university on the hill---FAMU. Softball in the BVI is dying a slow painful death. It needs CPR.
  • kevin (29/02/2012, 17:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    faith you are jammi
  • school bell (01/03/2012, 04:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I congratulate Ms. Maduro and hope to see more laies following in her footsteps
  • Freddy (johnny's cousin) (01/03/2012, 09:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another sport with no following! The only people in the stands watching this sport are the other teams, afterall who in their right mind are going to watch a bunch of fools in pajamas running around in circles?
    • bvi (01/03/2012, 11:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound like a jacka$$ braying. If you use to come to the games you would know that there are lots of fans, but all people like youself does is sit on your flat backsides and criticise. Go brush your teeth if you want something to do nuh.

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