Softball umpiring course scheduled for March

Offered at Ruihley Park in Archbold

To help fulfill the tremendous need for new softball umpires in the area, the Fifth District Softball Umpires Association is offering an accelerated OHSAA approved softball umpiring course to become an OHSAA certified softball umpire.

This course is open to adults and high school students of all ages.

The prospective umpire will receive over 25 hours of instruction on the playing rules and mechanics (positions, movement, signals), related topics and handling game situations.

Three different sessions will be made available at Archbold’s Ruihley Park Pavilion in March.

The first is Sunday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the next is Saturday, March 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the final one is on Sunday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to the above sessions, there will be on-field opportunities as can be arranged. Participants are expected to attend all course sessions. But, if necessary, make-up sessions may be scheduled with the instructor.

Course fees are $130. It covers all classroom materials, texts, registration fees with OHSAA and more.

Registration and payment must be completed online with OHSAA prior to the first class. To register and pay, visit

Anyone interested in taking this course to become an OHSAA registered softball umpire, needing more information and/or details for registering should contact Ned Ewers by email at or by phone or text at 419-439-6047.

Offered at Ruihley Park in Archbold