Softball can’t function without coaches, umpires and scorers.

Coaching is an incredibly rewarding role that requires patience, motivation and commitment. There are plenty of opportunities to coach, from teaching 4 year olds how to hold and swing a bat, to taking the Black Sox to another World Championship title. There is almost something for everyone.  If you wish to coach contact your local club or regional association today, you will be welcomed with open arms!

Many people don’t realise how important umpires are but the game wouldn’t function without them. Umpiring is a great way to understand the game of softball and can lead to an exciting career path. To be an umpire you need an in-depth knowledge of the rules, confidence and quick decision making. 

Marlborough has some awesome 'up and coming' umpires along with that mix of the more 'experience umpire'.  If you are keen to be part of the action, we would be more than happy for you to join us.  You might be an old player, a coach or just want a new challenge....and trust me - the view is outstanding from where we stand.

Scorers are also a necessity for softball and a role that can take you all over the world with representative teams. New Zealand has a qualification system to develop and grade scorers. For more information, have a look at the SNZ Scorers website here.
26 August 2023: Beginner, Introduction, and Understanding Modules
There are several training modules available for our scorers. All but one are in PDF format. If you would like a PowerPoint copy, please contact Lynnette Leathart via her email.The modules available are:


The WBSC & Softball NZ Rulebook has been updated for the period 2022-2025 and will be introduced for the 2022-23 season.

Hardcopies can be purchased for $11 (+courier) by emailing Eugene Gilbert at Softball NZ. Alternatively, a softcopy can be downloaded from the Umpire section on the Softball NZ website, here.

Some of the rule changes are simply clarification and/or inclusion for definition purposes. To view all rule changes please click here.