Welcome to the website of the Softball Umpires of Maryland (SUM). SUM provides fastpitch Umpires in support of central Maryland girls travel tournaments. SUM's primary customer is the United States Specialty Sport Association (USSSA) tournament schedule. We also provide Umpires to the USSSA Nationals held in Maryland, Northern Virginia and World Series in Florida.


In addition, many of the SUM Umpires work high-school fastpitch games in the States of Maryland and Delaware and have worked the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association Maryland State Championship tournament and Delaware semi-final and state championship games. A number of SUM Umpires officiate at the collegiate level in the Atlantic Region.

If you are interested in umpiring for SUM we would love to have you join our organization. Umpires working for SUM are trained in USSSA fastpitch softball rules as well as proper field mechanics. The tournament season is bifurcated and runs March through July with three weeks of World Series play at the end of July. Fall softball runs from the middle of September to the end of October.

Contact SUM if you would like to join us!


Umpire Advisory Team (UAT) Minutes June 19, 2018

Tali Lemus
Umpire of the Year
STATE CLINIC: March 2 named the following

2019 Recognition

2018 Umpire of the Year  Tali Lemus
2018 UIC of the Year  John Remmell

10 Years of Service

Dave Conroy, Tony Cossentino, Scott Howser, Carl Hunt, John Koza, Leo Muldoon, Jon Plavnick, Nimrod Westcott

15 Years of Service

Jean Little, Al Palmer

Rookie of the Year

James D. Churchill

Most Improved

Ed Warren
Newcomer of the Year David O'Dell
Future Star

Liz Hipple, Jessica Dubbs

Special Recognition for continuing contributions

Mike Behrens

150+ Game Club

Tim Stevens (168), Damon Williams (152), Ed Warren (150)

100+ Game Club

Duane Lachewitz (101), Keith Burton (103), John Riis (106), John Novak (107), Patrick Spencer (108), Jonathan Rowley (108), Dwight Hirota (109), Dave Pabst (110), Milton Young (112), Ron Ludwig (115), Tom  Twombly (116), Tali Lemus (119), David O'Dell (132), Leo Muldoon (134), Doug Tucker (135), Joe Holonich (145), Rick Morris (146)

To the Rescue Tony DeFazio, David Wilson, John Wright

Helping Hand

Delaware: Steve Buchly, Deb Hauth, Leroy Black, Charles Casey
: Mike Guffey, Eric Stiles, Ryan Iandolo

Liz Hipple David O'Dell James Churchill
John Dye & John Remmell Mike Behrens  


  March 2, 2019 State Clinic with Don Briscoe
National Rules Coordinator
Pabst Grant

On Saturday November 3, 2018 at the SUM Annual Banquet at Timbuktu

Dave Pabst and Reggie Grant

were inducted into the SUM Hall of Fame



  Schedules & Dates Umpiring Information and Forms Individuals, Recognition, and Awards
2019 USSSA Schedule

2019 Training Classes

2019 Rule Changes

Click here to get to information
such as the Rules, Mechanics, Forms and General Information.


here for Uniform Requirements and where to obtain it.

It takes many people to make any organization run successfully, and SUM is no different. Here are some of the individuals who support SUM and fastpitch softball.

See some of the recognitions our SUM umpires have gotten and memories of some who are no longer with us by clicking here.
  2019 Important Dates
Saturdays RBI Games & Training CCBC Catonsville - January 19, 26, February 2, 16, 23
March 2 - SUM State Clinic, Gary Arthur Community Center 9:00 am
March 9 - Optional Test Session, North Laurel Community Center 9:00 am
March 30 - Start of Tournament Season
July 17-21; 23-28; 29-8/3 - Salisbury Nationals
July 17-21 - Loudon "C" Nationals
September - November - Fall Ball
November 9 - Hall of Fame Banquet

Umpire and Softball
Arbiter Website
Arbiter Users Guide
USSSA East What’s the Rule Message Board – Rules Q&As
USSSA East General Umpire Discussion Message Board
National USSSA Umpire Information
Delaware Maryland USSSA Website
USSSA Region 1
USSSA National



To read the posted Rule Book and Umpires Manual, you will need Adobe Acrobat. Get the Free Reader by clicking the Acrobat Logo. 


Thanks to the Umpires who contributed games fees to raise $1,642 to fight Luekemia
Mike Behrens, Carramann Brown, Carroll Brown, Keith Brown, Steven Brown, John Calamari,
Jim Carberry, Chuck Carnaggio, Randy Chapman, Bill Chatterton, Tony Cossentino, Scott Davis,
John Dye, Bruce Eikenberg, Bruce Gibbs, Mark Habighurst, Stephanie Hill, Dwight Hirota,
Scott Hobbs, Joe Holonich, Mike Hughes, Jessie Jones, Ron Jones, Jim Kenner,
Bobby Kern, Harry Leitner, Jason Lewis, Ron Ludwig, Mark Montgomery, Rick Morris,
Sam Neubauer, Ashley Prince, Carla Privateer, Bryan Richter, Dave Ruest, Lori Schlesinger,
Spencer Schmidt, Steve Sholkoff, Doug Tucker, Tom Twombly, Nimrod Westcott, Damon Williams


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