Updating is required to align with the NSC framework under the Australian Sports Commission. Scorers will receive an email from the Australian Sports Commission website, advising that your accreditation is nearing expiry.
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 4 levels that focussing 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.
Accreditation program resources and information under the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme is sequential as follows:
- Level 1: currently 1258 members accredited
- Level 2: currently 171 members accredited
- Level 3: currently 144 members accredited
- Level 4: currently 75 members accredited
- National recognition: currently 6 members
International recognition: currently 7 members.
Accreditation by State
- ACT: 22
- NSW: 926
- NT: 2
- QLD: 214
- SA: 114
- TAS: 41
- VIC: 207
- WA: 122
(Numbers as at June 2012)
There are many benefits to becoming an accredited scorer including that it:
- Gives credibility to the role of scoring and makes it more than a "hobby"
- Provides a defined pathway for improvement
- Offers an opportunity to become registered and accredited under the NOAS scheme
- Encourages professional standards
- Enables Softball Australia to claim scorers for grant funding based on genuine participation
- Presents opportunities for tournament selection and travel at state, national and international levels
- Provides a sense of personal achievement
- Social benefits, friendships.
If you are scoring local competition, then you will be probably automatically being registered as an official. Once you gain confidence in this role, you may want to become a part of the official scoring accreditation program.
To find out information on the accreditation programs conducted in your state, please contact your State Director for more information.
To ensure consistent and professional Softball scoring across the country, Softball Australia relies on the dedicated work of the lecturers who train the scorers.
All level manuals and lecturers guidelines are under review on a consistent basis. Before embarking on any accreditation training, make sure you are utilising the latest versions of documents.
Current exams and marking schemes follow:
- Level 1.4 – Exam – August 2009
- Level 4 – Exam package - V4 December 2010
- Level 4 - Marking regime (an understanding of the way Level 4 is assessed for competency)
Updated files are also available to accredited lecturers and State Directors by emailing the NSC.
All lecturers have been identified and accredited through the NSC. Only accredited personnel are able to conduct training courses on the scoring program. This approach ensures ensure quality control in the rollout of the training program. State Directors seeking additional accredited personnel must apply formally through the NSC program.
Any accredited personnel must undergo a formal accreditation program under the auspices of ASC as follows:
- Course Registration Sheet (Lecturers)
- Accredited Scorer Transfer Advice (State Directors)
- Accreditation Course Report (Lecturers)
- Level 1 Manual (V1.4 August 2009)
- Level 2 Manual (V2.3 November 2008)
- Level 3 Manual (V3.3 November 2008)
- Level 4 Manual (V4.4 November 2011)
- Updating Logbook - required every 4 year period (download relevant sheet, complete, have endorsed and lodge with NSC along with $10 registration fee)
- Course Feedback questionnaire
The Accreditation Course Report, registration papers, and the marking results must be completed and forwarded to the NSC within 14 days of an accreditation course being conducted. This will ensure ASC registration and production of your candidate certificates.
- NOAS Level 1 Guideline (V4 - 16 August 2012 - Approved by Australian Sports Commission)
- NOAS Level 2 Guideline (V4 - 23 December 2010 - Approved by Australian Sports Commission)
- NOAS Level 3 Guideline (V4 - 4 October 2011 - Approved by Australian Sports Commission)
- NOAS Level 4 Guideline (V4.4 - 6 March 2012 - Approved by Australian Sports Commission)
The mentoring program offers an opportunity for one-on-one assistance as scorers progress through the scoring program pathway.
Softball Australia's mentoring training is aligned with the ASC mentoring models. Mentors are invited into the program, firstly, for their technical competency, and secondly, for their recognised skills to assist scorers in achieving their goals. The mentee candidate often drives the mentor relationship, with the assistance and guidance of the mentor.
Whether it is offering advice on a career path or an accreditation direction, mentors are available to provide excellent support. When seeking a mentor, suitable matching is critical to the sustainability and effectiveness of the mentor/ mentee relationship. Contact the NSC and together we can determine your specific needs before helping match you with a mentor.