Scoring Information

Scoring accreditation


Scoring in Australia has an unprecedented reputation that demonstrates current best practice worldwide. This is measured by the ongoing demand for Australian scorers at international competitions.

Softball Australia’s accreditation program enhances the skills of scorers and educators of scoring and ensures Australia continues to lead the world in softball scoring directives and initiatives.

The Softball Australia scoring program is approved within ASC’s National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS). This program offers scorers a mark of achievement and competency and has raised the bar for scoring by providing an official education pathway for scorers to advance their skills. The program comprises of four levels that focusing on technical competency.

At the highest level, recognition for national and international service is granted to those who have advanced their scoring careers to the elite level of scoring and statistics.

The accreditation program teaches all components of scoring in an effort to better educate scorers and to provide a guided pathway for advancement of Australian softball scorers.

For some people, the accreditation course will have no appeal and will make no difference to them scoring for their local team or club game. Instead, they may choose to score their games based on their skills acquired from a training session, other scorers or various websites.


NOAS SCORING ACCREDITATION

 LEVEL 1

Scorebook explanation

Recording balls, strikes and fouls

Using basic scoring symbols for getting on base or getting out – hits, errors, outs, pitching and catching plays

Keeping the score

Determining the result in timed games

Pre-requisites:       Minimum age 12 years

 

LEVEL 2

Competency:       Basic ability to score At Bats and Runs for each team.

Course:                   3 – 4 hours plus written assessment (no time limit)

Play by the Rules Certificate (prior to the course)

Use of colours for scoring symbols

Advancing runners

Bunts and Sacrifices

Wild Pitches, Passed Balls, Double Plays

Pitch counts

Changes

Pre-requisites:       Level 1 accreditation

 

LEVEL 3

Competency:           Basic ability to score a softball game using correct colours; recording changes correctly.

Assessment:           Score an appropriately levelled live game with a marker present (assessment must be completed   

                                      within a two year timeframe after Level 2 course)

Course:                     Six (6) hours (plus lunch break

Minimum age 15 years

Earned and Unearned Runs

Review of Sacrifices and Fielder’s Choice

Scorebook extensions for Batting, Fielding and Pitching

Batting and Fielding Averages

Some Pitching Averages

Pre-requisites:       Level 2 accreditation

Season of active scoring after receiving Level 2

Score and extend a live game at a National Championship or Open SNSW championship 

Competency:           Ability to score a softball game using correct colours and symbols, and provide a complete

statistical record of the game.

LEVEL 4 

Ability to provide individual player statistics for own team and opposition.

Assessment:           Completion of a pre-scored game with extensions and statistics for batting, fielding & pitching

                                      (assessment must be completed within a two year timeframe after Level 3 lecture)

After the course, score for a season (minimum 12 games) using scorebook extensions for both teams and completing earned and unearned runs competently.

Course:                     Six (6) hours (plus lunch break

(scorebook may be required as proof of practical experience and to check that Level 2 

                                      competencies are being used

Minimum age 17 years

 

Advanced Scoring and Statistics

Batting and pitching charting

Complete pitching averages

Using National Championship scoresheets

Compilation of team statistics for a tournament

Pre-requisites:       Level 3 accreditation

Season of active scoring after receiving Level 3                                     

Assessment:             Pitching charts for one (1) game.

Submit extended games, statistics and charts to Director of Scoring (within one week)

Ability to provide individual player statistics for own team and opposition.  

Ability to provide team statistics for a tournament.

Competency:        Ability to score a softball game and provide a complete statistical record of the game.

                                     (assessment must be completed within a two year timeframe after Level 4 lecture)

Compilation of team statistics for three pre-scored games.

Assessment:           Scoring, with batting charts, of two (2) regulation games, with a marker present. Complete

extensions and statistics for these two games.

Course:                     6 – 7 hours (plus lunch break) (scorebook to be submitted to check Level 3 competency)

 

Course Fees

Level 4                       $50     includes NOAS administration and assessment marking fee & postage

Level 3                       $35     includes NOAS administration and assessment marking fee & postage

Level 2                       $25     includes NOAS administration and assessment marking fee & postage

Level 1                       $20     includes NOAS Registration fee, administration and marking fee & postage

The course fees are set by the National Scoring Committee Forum in October of each year. The fee is per participant and a venue cost may be added to this fee.