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As a National Slo-Pitch Athletic Enterprises of Canada Inc. (hereinafter called “NSA Canada”) sanctioned umpire and Association member, I agree to uphold the rules and behavior as stated in the current addition of the NSA Canada rulebook and umpire guidelines. NSA Canada provides a sports accident and liability policy for any NSA Canada sanctioned amateur officials. This includes out of pockets sports accident and liability coverage. We feel our NSA policy provides the best coverages to our amateur officials with the Liability Policy being at 5 million per occurrence. For further details on coverage please go to the insurance information go the Insurance tab on our homepage.

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I also understand that I am an amateur official and are not employed by NSA Canada or any sanctioned leagues or tournaments. As such I am considered an independent contractor or compensated volunteer and are responsible for any income paid to me. I am also aware and agree that I am responsible for my own WCB coverage and remittance if I wish to have coverage while umpiring.

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To NSA Canada Enterprises and its directors, officers, executives, employees, representatives, officials, and agents (collectively called the “Agents”).

I have read the guidelines, rules and behaviors issued, which I understand, and I agree to be bound by them. In consideration of your acceptance of my entry by NSA Canada or my being permitted to take part in the Umpire association and/or any activity associated therewith, I agree to: RELEASE, SAVE HARMLESS, and INDEMNIFY NSA Canada or its Agents from “Waivers of Liability for Umpiring, Sporting and Recreational Activities”, and against all claims, actions, costs and expenses and demands in respect to death, injury, loss or damage to my person or property, wheresoever and howsoever caused, arising out of, or in connection with, my taking part as a Sanctioned Umpire and notwithstanding that the same may have been contributed to or occasioned by any act or failure to act (including, without limitation, negligence) of NSA Canada or any one or more of its Agents. I further agree and by checking the box acknowledge that:
  1. The rules governing the association are solely for the purpose of regulating this agreement and it remains the sole responsibility of me to act and govern myself in such a manner as to be responsible for my own safety.
  2. The risk of injury from the activities involved in this program is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death. While rules, equipment, training and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of injury does exist.
  3. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation.
  4. I assume the risks and waive notice of all conditions, dangers or otherwise, in or about the course of performing my accepted umpire assignments. I agree that this Release shall bind my heirs, executors, administrators, and assignees. I have read this Release and understand it.

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NSA Umpires Association

Code of Conduct 2021

  1. To make sure that every participant has an equal opportunity to enjoy the game and is given an equal chance to perform to the best of their ability, within the limits of the rules.
  2. To not permit, support, or participate in any kind of intimidation to any participant or spectator either by words or by action. I will conduct myself in a manner that does not tolerate or excuse unacceptable conduct toward myself, other officials, participants, spectators, venue staff or NSA Canada personnel.
  3. To be responsible to end any situation that threatens the safety of the participants or spectators.
  4. To strive to create and maintain a healthy atmosphere and environment for competition for all participants.
  5. 5. To be consistent and objective in calling all infractions, regardless of my personal feelings toward a team or individual athlete. To handle all conflicts firmly but with dignity.
  6. To remain open to constructive criticism and show respect and consideration for different points of view. I will be open to discussion and contact with the athletes before and after the game.
  7. To obtain proper annual training, attend available clinics, and to read the rule book routinely.
  8. To act in a professional and constructive manner and use sound judgement before posting on social media while representing NSAUA and/or NSA Canada. To be polite and respectful of any individual opinion, especially when discussions become heated. To be respectful of all individuals and communities that I interact with on social media while protecting the NSAUA and/or NSA Canada brands.
  9. To arrive at my game sober and with a clear mind. I will not become intoxicated from any substance while I am still performing my responsibilities as an umpire and while I am in my umpire uniform.
  10. To always act professional and do my best to protect both the NSA Umpires Association and NSA Canada in whole.

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1. What is the home run limit in Canadian co-ed slow pitch ball?*
2. There are runners at first and second with one out. The batter hits a sharp single up the middle and all runners start to advance. The rover picks up the ball and throws it toward third base in an attempt to throw out the runner coming from second. The ball gets past the third base person and starts to roll toward the batting team’s dugout. A ball player steps out of the dugout and stops the ball just before it was going to roll into the dugout opening. What is the proper call?*
3. The catcher’s box has which of the following dimensions?*
4. In which of the following situations is the infield fly rule NOT in effect?*
5. The ball remains live when:*
6. A batter comes up to home plate and asks you if the bat he is using is legal. You look at the bat and see that it has the words “Official Softball” marked on it, is 32 inches long, marked as BPF 1.20 and weighs 22 ounces. What is the proper call?*
7. When is a player ejected from the game for swearing at an umpire?*
8. A legal pitch in a slo-pitch game shall have an arc that:*
9. In a CO-ED World Series game a male batter is walked with a female batter on-deck. When does the female batter have to choose to hit or walk?*
10. It is the bottom of the 7th inning in a Men’s World Series game and the visiting team has hit their 6th home run of the game in the top of the inning to go “one up” on the home team. How many home runs may the home team hit in the inning?*
11. A batter’s box extends how far back from the center of home plate?*
12. In a co-ed slo-pitch game a left-handed, female batter bunts the first pitch down the first base line, dropping her bat outside the foul line as she is running toward first. The ball hits a footprint in fair territory and bounces backward into foul territory where it hits the bat. It then bounces back into fair territory where it is picked up by the catcher who throws to first but not in time to beat the batter base runner. What is the proper call?*
13. A batter comes up to home plate and enters the batter’s box. The catcher notices that the batter’s wooden bat has the words “Official Softball” marked on it, is 34 inches long, weighs 28 ounces has tape on the handle that extends 12 inches from the safety knob at bottom of the bat. The catcher points to the bat and tells you it is illegal because it has no BPF 1.20 “thumb print”. What is the proper call?*
14. In which direction is a pitcher allowed to step when delivering a pitch?*
15. Which of the following is NOT grounds for protest?*
16. There is a runner at first with one out. The batter due up fourth in the inning steps into the batter’s box and hits the first pitch for a double, advancing the runner from first all the way home. The batter due up fifth in the inning then steps into the batter’s box and takes ball one. The defensive team’s coach then asks for time and appeals that the previous batter hit out of order. What is the proper call?*
17. What is the minimum run differential required after 3 innings in a Co-Ed Open game to call a mercy?*
18. What is the official pitching distance for NSA Canada slo-pitch?*
19. The bases are loaded and there is one out. The batter hits a line drive to the pitcher that never exceeds chest height on the pitcher. The pitcher catches the ball cleanly and notices that the base runner at first has left the bag. The pitcher throws the ball toward first to attempt the double play on the runner returning to first but the first base person misses the throw and the ball travels out of play. What is the proper call?*
20. There are runners at second and third with one out. The batter hits the first pitch for a long fly ball down the first base line. The left fielder runs at full speed to get to the ball and catches it in foul territory and then because he/she cannot stop in time, carries the ball out of play. What is the proper call?*
21. The base path that base runners establish between bases when running the bases is how wide?*
22. How many logos must a male umpire have showing when in uniform?*
23. What is the fee for a rule protest in tournament play?*
24. In a game in the co-ed World Series a lady batter approaches you before her first at bat and asks to hit the 12-inch ball. What is the proper call?*
25. Under what circumstance can a runner return to third base after crossing the commitment line and not be called out?*
26. There is one out and a runner at third. The count on the batter is two balls and two strikes. The batter hits a foul ball down the first base line that is caught in foul territory by the right fielder. The runner at third tags and scores on the play. What is the proper call?*
27. The bases are empty and there is one out. The next batter steps into the left-hand batter’s box and takes ball one. The catcher throws the ball back to the pitcher, who is standing on the pitching rubber. The batter then steps back out of the batters box, asks for and is granted time out, walks around behind the home plate umpire and into the right-handed batter’s box to await the next pitch. What is the proper call?*
28. A game is officially over in which of the following cases:*
29. How long does the pitcher have to release the next pitch after receiving the ball back from the catcher?*
30. At the plate conference before a Canadian World Series, co-ed, game both managers have filled out their line-ups on the score card and brought it to you. Both managers inform you that they are using two (2) EPs and have no substitutes for the game. What must you check for on the line-up card?*
31. It is the bottom of the second inning and the home team’s pitcher is on base with two (2) out. The home team’s manager asks you for a temporary runner for the pitcher. Which of the following conditions are required for you to allow this temporary runner?*
32. What is the maximum number of steps may a pitcher take when delivering a pitch once they have come set?*
33. A batter comes up to home plate and asks you if the bat he is using is legal. You look at the bat and see that it has the words “Official Softball” marked on it, is 34 inches long, marked as BPF 1.20, weighs 27 ounces and has flared grip on the knob that leaves 1/8th of an inch of the knob exposed. What is the proper call?*
34. There are two out and a runner at first. The batter hits a single to right field over the second base person’s head. The runner from first tries to get to third on the play and the right fielder throws the ball toward third base to try to get an out. The ball bounces past the third base person and hits the third base coach who is waving at the runner to slide and not watching the throw. What is the proper call?*
35. An inning contains how many outs?*
36. In post season play protests on the eligibility of players in the starting lineup must be made before the first pitch of the fifth (5th) inning. True or False? *
37. John Jones is in the starting lineup for the home team in a CO-ED World Series round robin game in the 6th spot in the batting order. Steve Smith is announced to you as a substitute for John Jones in the top of the third inning and takes his at bat. In the bottom of the third inning Scott James is announced to you as a substitute for Steve Smith and enters the game defensively and plays. In the top of the seventh inning John Jones is announced to you as a re-entry for Scott James. This is a legal substitution. True or False? *
38. Only the plate umpire may eject a player. True or False?*
39. There are a maximum of 3 courtesy runners allowed per team in NSA Co-Ed World Series play. True or False? *
40. The visiting team’s pitcher is wearing a mask and shin guards while pitching in a Men’s World Series game. It is the bottom of the second inning and the pitcher is on second base with one out. The next batter flies out to right field for the second out. The pitcher announces to the home plate umpire that he wishes to use a temporary runner. The runner must be the batter that just flew out to right field. True or False? *
41. The ball is dead and the play is stopped when a base is dislodged while baserunners are running the bases. True or False? *
42. It is the bottom of the 6th inning in a CO-ED World Series playoff game. The home team’s number 7 hitter (male) is at bat and hits a single to right field. When stepping on first base he sprains his ankle and is not able to continue. The home team coach announces a female substitute for him as they have no more eligible male players on their bench. This is a legal substitution. True or False? *
43. The home plate umpire is responsible for knowing the correct count on a batter and announcing it when requested. True or False? *
44. A pitcher that is using safety equipment may choose to use a temporary runner after having refused one in a previous inning. True or False? *
45. The leadoff batter in the top of the third inning swings at the first pitch he/she sees and hits it his/her foot in the batters box. The ball rolls straight out toward the pitcher who picks it up and throws to first base while the batter is on the ground in pain from the ball hitting their foot. This is a foul ball and the play is dead. True or False? *
46. If a runner crosses the commitment line and stops, even to avoid a collision with a defensive player, they are out. True or False? *
47. NSA Canada uses the “International Tie-breaker” rule to play extra innings in the event of a tie. True or False?*
48. A substitute fielder is considered to be officially in the game when he/she is announced to the home plate umpire. True or False? *
49. In the bottom of the third inning in a CO-ED game the visiting team moves their right fielder (a male) in to catch and moves their catcher (a female) to right field. The pitcher is a male. This is legal. True or false? *
50. There is no infield-fly rule in co-ed sno-pitch. True or False? *