The following e-mail addresses are available for association business. They have been created for easy-remembering: It's just the title @fcsoablues.net. Please use the following e-mail addresses to ensure delivery to the right people:

President: president@fcsoablues.net

Vice President: VP@fcsoablues.net

Secretary-treasurer: secretary@fcsoablues.net

Board members: board@fcsoablues.net

Ethics Council: ethics@fcsoablues.net

Assignor: assignor@fcsoablues.net

Instructional Chair: IC@fcsoablues.net

Webmaster: webmaster@fcsoablues.net

Thanks once again for your continued support through the season. Just a reminder that our last Board meeting of this season is Monday June 29, to be held at the home of Jim Johnson. If you have any business for the Board before they close the books on the 2015 season, this is your last chance. Otherwise, we will continue with preparations for the 2016 season through the summer.

See you in December!

5/12/15 Announcement: CIF Playoff Guidelines

The CSOA president has released guidelines for the 2015 CIF-SS softball playoffs. All playoff-qualified umpires should review these guidelines, to assure we are in compliance with CSOA and CIF-SS expecatations. Click here for the guidelines.

BANQUET REMINDER: If you have not done so already, please accept your invitation through Arbiter for the banquet, which is set for Thursday May 14. Doors open at 6pm, with dinner being served at 6:30. If you have any door prizes for the raffle, please contact Matt Rascon, so he has an idea of what to expect. Here is the night's menu:

  • Baked chicken
  • Barbecued Pork Spareribs
  • Ravioli
  • Mixed Green Salad
  • Relish Tray (celery, carrots and dip)
  • Cole slaw
  • Cheese tray
  • Potatoes Au Gratin
  • Red Potatoes

 

It is with great sadnss that I must announce the passing of one of our valued members. DAVID URANE, a long-standing member of our Unit and Board member, passed away from complications following a stroke suffered earlier this month. He passed peacefully on the afternoon of Wednesday, Apr 29, in his home.

The family is holding private church services. Following that, all are invited to attend the burial service, to be held at the Russian Molokan Cemetery, at 7201 East Slauson Ave, Commerce CA 90040. The burial service will be held on Tuesday, May 5th, at 1pm.

David Urane

4/11/15 Announcement: Annual Banquet Is Set

Our annual banquet has been confirmed. It will be Thursday May 14, at the Glendora Continental Restaurant. Doors open at 6pm, with dinner to be served at 6:30.

As always, if you have door prizes to contribute to the raffle, please bring them with you. The more, the merrier.

Member dinners are included. Each guest will cost $25, to be paid to Will Rojano.

3/31/17 Election Notice

Nominations are now open for the following positions:

Board member at-large: Two positions are open, as the terms of Ed Olvera and David Urane expire after this year.

Official nominees are: Joe Martinez, Tracy Mendoza, and Richard Sifuentes. Mike Boehm, Phil Novak and Aubry Killinger are unofficially nominated, pending public confirmation. These nominations can be confirmed officially at our next general meeting, on April 9.

Ethics Council: One position is open, as Greg Myers' term expires after this year.

Official nominees are: Greg Myers (encumb.), Ed Olvera, Eli Massey Jr., and Mike Wallace.

Please note: At the last general meeting a message was received that Will Rojano would be resigning as secretary-treasurer. The Board recieved notice the next day that Will has decided to stay on and finish his term. Therefore, the position of secretary-treasurer is NOT open for election this year. Our thanks to Phil Novak and Tom Gilliland for their willingness to step up and help. It's that kind of dedication to the Unit that keeps us all working.

3/27/17 Update: Diamond Bar Tournament

The Diamond bar starts today. Here are the rules for the tournament.

3/13/15 Update: Non-approved bats

ASA has released a list of bats that are not legal for high school play. They have the proper certification marks, but later field testing deemed them illegal for NFHS play. Click here for the list of NON-APPROVED bats. This list was just updated TODAY.

3/10/15 Announcement: Umpire Evaluation Forms are Now Available.

As you know, umpires are required to perform formal evaluations during the year. Please click on the link "NFHS Evaluation Reports" in the yellow sidebar to access the report forms. There are two types of forms: One for evaluatiing plate umpires, and other, for base umpires. Each is available both online (preferred) and in a printable format.

3/4/15: Announcement from the Instructional Chair: Coaches' helmets.

The season has started. Whether it is a regular game or a tournament game, coaches are REQUIRED by CIF-SS to wear a helmet during live ball play when they are on the field. This is NOT optional.

Remember, for the first few weeks of the season, we have been asked to check the coaches' helmets as well as the teams'. They (the coaches' helmets) DO NOT have to have a NOSCAE stamp, but it must relate to the sport and can not be uesed to make a mockery of the game (Motor Cyle Helmets with a Mowhawk etc.).

If the coach does not comply with your request to wear the helmet on offense, confine them to the bench. 

Remember, if they are on defense and they come out to talk to their pitcher, or come to you to make lineup changes, they DO NOT have to wear a helmet. It is only required during live ball play when they are in the coaches box.

NO ONE can suspend this rule. No coach, or AD or any administrator or observer.

As always, if questions arise, please contact Jim or myself and you MUST do a game report on the incident.

Have Great Games!

3/3/15: Tournament Schedules Adjusted for Rain Delays. San Dimas Tourney is ON TODAY!

The San Dimas Tournament team has been hard at work to reschedule the games delayed by yesterday's rain. The new schedule is ready, and games are on today.

Let's do our part now and make sure these games get covered! Make sure to CHECK ARBITERSPORTS DAILY for updates on games. Getting through this with 100% coverage can only make us look better.

Another note: Online evaluations through ArberSports is now active. Be sure to complete your evaluations after each game.

3/2/15: Rain Delays Start of San Dimas Tournament

The games scheduled for today (Monday 3/2) in the San Dimas tournament have been canceled due to wet field conditions and the chance of more rain.  This includes Lone Hill, Charter Oak, and San Dimas HS.

All the games scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday 3/3) will remain as scheduled and hopefully will be played on schedule.  No changes on assignments on those games.

Today's games will be moved to Wednesday, 3/4.  Please go onto Arbiter tonight and see if your game assignments have changed.  There will be many more changes on Thursday as well.  Checking Arbiter and accepting changes will be pivotal the next few days!!!!!!

3/2/15: TOURNAMENT UPDATE: SAN DIMAS TOURNEY RULES ADDED

Here is the complete list of tournaments and their rules for this year (so far).

Click here for the Charter Oak JV/FS Tourney Rules

Click here for the Charter Oak Varsity Tourney Rules

Click here for the San Dimas Varsity/JV Tourney Rules

Click here for the Upland Varsity/JV Tourney Rules

2/26/15: Possible rain this weekend. What to do.

With the possibility of impending rain coming in on Saturday, please review the following steps to ensure that we have good communication and everyone is on the same page.

Jim Johnson will be OUT OF TOWN on Friday, 2/27 & Saturday, 2/28.

Therefore,
if there are questions about whether your scheduled scrimmage or game(s) are going to be played, please contact the person(s) linked the home site on Arbiter. Try to contact the head coach first on Sat morning if the weather is suspect.  If you can't get them, leave a message and then try to call the AD. Between the two they will know whether they can play or not.  The schools may make a decision on Friday.  If they decide not to play, they should contact you.  However, you can also be preemptive and contact them Friday afternoon to see if a decision has been made.

If they say they are playing and you go to the site but then a decision is made not to play due to field conditions, you will receive credit for the scrimmage signed up for or if it is a game, you will receive a 1/2 game fee for your efforts.  If you begin the game and then conditions warrant a stoppage, wait a reasonable amount of time (15-30 minutes) and if things don't improve, then call the game.  Don't worry about when they will replay the contest or who wins. The AD's will work that out and let me know.  In this instance, if you start the game and can't complete it, you still receive your full game fee. 

Any time you don't finish a full game, please email Jim Johnson with the details so he can follow up with the schools.  If you end a scrimmage contest early, no need to contact Jim. 

Any time you make a decision to stop play or end a game, bring the coaches together and do it as a consensus.  However, if you feel that safety is an issue, make the decision on your own.

Let's hope the weather holds off till Saturday afternoon but let's be ready in case it comes early.

2/20/15 --- It's Tournament Time!

Several tournaments are coming up. To get the rules for each tourney, click below:

Click here for the Charter Oak Varsity Tourney Rules

Click here for the Charter Oak JV/FS Tourney Rules

Click here for the Upland Varsity/JV Tourney Rules

Click here for the San Dimas Varsity/JV Tourney Rules

1/27/15 Announcement: ASA  STUDY GUIDE SESSION


ED OLVERA'S HOME
2249  Damien Ave.
La Verne
across from Damien H.S.
THURSDAY, JAN. 29
7:00
BRING EXAM AND RULE BOOK

  ED O.       909/599-3459 H 

1/22/15 Announcement: Webmaster Applications Now Being Accepted.

As discussed in last night's general meeting, our bylaws currently prohibit a member from holding more than one elected and/or appointed position. This puts our VP/webmaster in a precarious position. Our options are to either amend the bylaws or find a replacement for webmaster.

At this time, the Board is asking for anyone interested in taking over the webmaster's position (which comes with an annual stipend of $300) to submit their interest by e-mail to Will Rojano. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, or until the bylaws get changed - whichever comes first.

1/15/15 Announcement: First Field Clinic of the Season is on MLK Day!!

Ayala High School is having scrimmages on Monday January 19. We have been invited to use their scrimmages as an opportunity to get some field mechanics training in. This is your opportunity to earn FOUR units of clinic time toward certification. Please contact Jim Johnson to get in on the action. Two times are available: 7:45am and 9:45am.

12/18/14 Announcement: Study Guide Meetings

If you were at tonight's meeting, you heard the subject of study guide meetings come up. As promised, Matt Rascon will have a study guide meeting at his house. Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, Jan 3

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Place: 391 E. La Verne Ave., Pomona CA 91767

12/14/14 Website Update: Registration forms now available

To help expidite the registration process, please download, complete and bring the following three forms to the general meeting on Dec 18:

Registration Form

Code of Ethics Agreement

No-Show Policy Agreement

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT! GENERAL MEETING DATE CHANGED

Due to a school event scheduled at San Dimas High School on December 11, our first general meeting date has been changed.

Our first general meeting will be Thursday, Dec 18, NOT Dec 11. It will be at San Dimas High School, in the library. Start time is 6:30pm. If you need to take care of registration business (ie, paying your dues), please get there by 6:00pm.

We apologize for the late notice, but we only found out about this conflict yesterday. We appreciate your understanding, and look forward to seeing you on the 18th.

 

 

11/20/14 Website update: Now beta-testing a NEW online evaluation form.

In an attempt to improve upon our existing evaluation system, an online form has been developed on this website. If successful, it will replace the evaluation currently on Arbitersports.com. We are asking your help in testing and evaluating this form. Please click here to access the form, and test it out. The more feedback we get, the better we can make this, so please help us out and give the new form a try. Thanks.

11/3/14 Website update: Printable version of Bylaws now available.

Those who want to print a copy of the bylaws may now do so. Click on the "Bylaws" link in the yellow side bar. Within the bylaws page itself is a link to a printable version.

Or, you could just click here.

 

9/11/14 ANNOUNCEMENT: I.C. and Assignor Positions filled

In yesterday's Board meeting, candidates were interviewed for the assignor's position. Jim Johnson was selected to continue as the assignor. JD Lambright, being the only applicant for IC, was re-appointed during the Aug 27 meeting.

 

8/31/14 Website Update: Calendar added.

If you look at the yellow bar of links on the left, you will see a new link has been added. This is a calendar of events for the unit. All association events will be put here, including:

  • General meetings
  • Board meetings
  • Field clinics
  • Anything else related to Association business schedules

8/27/14 ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Board is now accepting applications for the vacant positions of Instructional Chair and Assignor.

Per the bylaws, the positions of assignor and instructional chair are appointed annually. At this time we invite all members interested in either position to submit their interest, by e-mail, to Will Rojano. All submissions must be received by 10pm on Tuesday, Sep 9. Applicants will be considered for interview (date TBA).

8/8/14 ANNOUNCEMENT:

The 2014-15 Board will be having its first meeting on Wednesday, Aug 27, at 7:00pm. It will be held at the home of Matt Rascon, at 391 E. La Verne Ave., Pomona CA 91767.

Per the Bylaws, this is an open meeting. Members are welcome to attend. However, in the interest of fairness, and in order to run efficiently, certain rules must be observed:

1) Only members who have notified the Board in advance of their wish to address the Board will be allowed to speak at this meeting. If time permits, the Board may open the floor to visitors, at the Board's descretion.

2) Issues that pertain to specific person(s) may be discussed in a closed session (known as "executive session"), during which time only those directly related to the issue may be allowed in attendance. Those not directly involved in the issue will be asked to leave during this portion of the meeting.

 

Thanks to all for another successful season. We appreciate the hard work all our umpires put in to give the kids the best game possible.

Of course, while the CIF softball season may be over, the game continues. Lots of off-season tourneys, summer leagues, and other opportunities to improve and keep up your skills will arise through the summer and fall. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to get in a few games before the 2015 season starts up. As the FCSOA hears of camps, clinics, or other such events, we'll post them here.

Until then ...                                                        

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Foothill-Citrus Softball Officials' Association

PO box 4543
San Dimas, CA 91773

(951) 323-3733: Will Rojano, Secretary/Treasurer

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