Sioux Falls area umpires in the
National Indicator Fraternity
|Lyle D. Bly||Sioux Falls||1998|
|Kenneth Friesen||Sioux Falls||2002|
|Rick Graff||Sioux Falls||2003|
|Carmen Hout||Sioux Falls||2002|
|Tim May||Sioux Falls||2001|
|Steve Riswold||Sioux Falls||2001|
|Paul Scholten||Sioux Falls||1992|
|Willard Schumack||Sioux Falls||1992|
|Larry Toft||Sioux Falls||2003|
About the National Indicator Fraternity
This reward program has been available to ASA umpires since 1986. It was originally started as a program for those umpires who have been assigned and officiated in three national championships, but did not qualify or gain approval for International Softball Federation (ISF) certification. Today it is considered the highest level reward program for ASA Umpires, not including the ASA Hall of Fame Umpire classification or ISF certification.
There are currently 1,793 members certified with the National Indicator Fraternity (NIF), with approximately 100-125 added annually. The applicant must have been an ASA registered umpire for at least seven (7) years, but does not have to be currently active. To qualify the umpire must have umpired or served as a national championship UIC or assistant UIC for three nationals, or can substitute attendance at a National Umpire School for one of the nationals. Approval by the state/metro commissioner and the Regional UIC is mandatory for acceptance. Cost is $15 and the umpire receives a certificate, membership card and a patch.
The program is popular for those umpires who have advanced to the next level, and as a result have umpired in three nationals. It is a select group, considering that there are nearly 50,000 umpires nationwide. Names are permanently displayed in the National Hall of Fame and printed annually in the ASA Case Book.
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