St Clair Macomb Amateur Fastpitch Federation: My Site News

Friday, October 14
Fall softball games


 Coaches, we are keeping a close eye on the weather for this Sunday. It does not look promising.


That said we plan to get all of the games in. We do not have another rain date.

We have a makeup next weekend for October 2nd. That is the schedule we will be playing. If any team cannot play please let me know.

Thank you


Coaches and Softball Players
If you are a Softball player looking for a team to play on or a coach that needs a player to fill your roster you can post your information on the message board.

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Tuesday, April 19
ASA Ban Bat list updated

New National Guidelines for Banned Bat Recognition
04/19/2011 - The ASA recently changed the non approved bat listings located at  This was a recommendation by the ASA Equipment Testing and Certification Committee.  The reasoning behind this was an attempt to make it easier for ASA leagues, tournament directors and umpires to clarify questions surrounding legal and/or illegal bats.

The original master list has been removed and replaced with two lists that separate bats that have been declared illegal that bear the 2000 mark and bats that bear both the 2000 and 2004 mark.  This master list contained bats that were never intended to be certified by ASA that were made by bat manufacturers.  The committee felt like this was confusing the issue and making it more complex than needed out in the field. 

Bat manufacturers, against ASA’s guidance, will continue making bats intended for HR derby’s, outlaw leagues and other associations thus making it nearly impossible to continue listing every non-certified bat along with a photo.  All of these new non ASA certified bats do not contain the ASA certification mark so the easy answer for umpires and league/tournament directors is as follows:

  1.  This list depicts the previously ASA certified bats that failed an ASA sponsored field audit and that also carry the 2000 or 2004 ASA Certification Mark.

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Thursday, March 5
Umpire Contact information.


      ↑Click on the link to access the umpire information

 We have added a category for our SMAFF coaches and Mangers. "Umpire contacts"  If you are looking for umpires for your week day or tournament games this will help narrow down your search.  


You need to be a member to have access to this information.

  For umpires who want to be added to our list or you need to gain access to this information please send E mail to


Sunday, March 13
SMAFF Softball is now on Twitter
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To follow us on Twitter just cpoy this link for the latest information.



Sunday, May 29
Umpires for SMAFF games
  I just want to remind all coaches that umpires must beregistered with at least one of the following originations.  ASA, NSA, Pony Baseball/Softball and USSSA.

The reason for this MHSAA umpires will not be insured anythingoutside of Michigan High School games.

Tuesday, June 28
A Coaches Role

A coach isn’t just someone who teaches a player how to win. Being a coach is being a teacher, a role model, and a personal pep squad. A coach has many facets.

The concept of softball is simple: The team with the most runs wins. But, there is more to coaching than winning games.

A coach’s responsibilities include providing a safe environment for all players, teaching sportsmanship, developing character, and teaching the fundamental skills of softball

 Remember why your players are on the field — they love the sport. Do not let your inability to control negative emotions take that away from them. A coach can turn everything into something positive: An error is a lesson learned.

Perhaps the clearest role a coach holds is to improve a player’s performance. A coach cannot assume that any player knows everything.

A coach must be able to evaluate a player’s performance and help to improve it. In order to do this, coaches cannot have unfair expectations of players nor should they ever underestimate potential.

 It’s great to have high expectations, but a coach cannot place one player on a pedestal while having lower expectations for everyone else. You need to be fair. There will be players at different skill levels on your team, but putting players on pedestals is a sure sign of favoritism and you cannot do this as a coach.

As a coach, you’ll be voicing your opinions, criticism, compliments, and everything in between. Be effective in your communication skills and perfect the art of constructive criticism.

Your players need to know that you’re never criticizing them as people, but rather evaluating their performance and trying to make them better softball players.There are a few fundamental rules for effective communication that every good coach should observe:

·         Be positive

·         Be straight forward

·         Do not be sarcastic

·         Do not be rude

·         Do not insult your players

·         Provide constant feedback

 You are a coach, not a frantic child who needs to throw temper tantrums. Never scream or show anger towards your players, especially if they are young. Expressing disappointment is natural, but make sure that the way you communicate with and discipline your players is appropriate for their age.

Remember why your players are on the field — they love the sport. Do not let your inability to control negative emotions take that away from them. A coach can turn everything into something positive: An error is a lesson learned.

A player will never respond to being publicly chastised. Do not yell at a player in the middle of a game, in front of fans, or in front of family. There is no reason to humiliate a player; pull her aside for a private discussion.

If you cannot restrain yourself from yelling, cool off for a few minutes before talking to the player. Your player will already know she disappointed you. Pounding it in will make players, family, and fans lose respect for you. You can’t expect respect unless you show it and teach it. Coaches have a lot of influence on their players. Don’t force any player to regret playing softball.

 As a coach, you are not only showing respect to your players, but you are teaching it. You need to make sure your players are showing each other the same courtesy.

Remember, you don’t have to be scary to earn respect. As long as you show respect, you’ll receive it. A coach’s best quality is passion. If you have a deep passion for softball, your players will see it. Be excited to coach and they’ll mirror your excitement to play. A team wins games, but the coach leads the way.


Saturday, January 18
Michigan law that regulates sports concussions

The sports concussion legislation requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a concussion awareness on-line training program.

The organizing entity must provide educational materials on the signs/symptoms and consequences of concussions to each youth athlete and their parents/guardians and obtain a signed statement acknowledging receipt of the information for the organizing entity to keep on record.

The law also requires immediate removal of an athlete from physical participation in an athletic activity who is suspected of sustaining a concussion. The student athlete must then receive written clearance from an appropriate health professional before he or she can return to physical activity. 

Public Act 343 of 2012

Michigan Law regarding Compliance of Sports Concussion Awareness Training for
organizing entites, sponsors or operators of an athletic activity in which youth athletes
will participate.

 All coaches will be required to complete the online training before the league season begins. More information and handouts will be available at our league meeting.


Handout: Parent & Athlete concussion Information Sheet