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One of the two divisions within the Old Dominion Officials Association is the Metro Richmond Officiating Service. Initially established in 1985 and restructured in 1997, our division umpires fast-pitch softball for middle and high schools in the city of Richmond, the counties of Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield, Essex, Goochland, King William, King & Queen, Powhatan, Brunswick, Cumberland, Nottoway, as well as other outlying areas. MROS provides ongoing training programs, conducts rules reviews, and teaches modern fast-pitch softball mechanics. We continually evaluate the performance of all our officials as part of our professional development and playoff selection process. It is our policy to help our officials to improve their skills so that each umpire will attain his/her maximum level of competence. Our association has long been recognized by the Virginia High School League as one of the best, if not the finest, umpiring organizations within the state, as evidenced by our selection to officiate the AAA State Championship games in 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, & 2010 and AAA State Semifinal or Quarterfinal games the past nine years. We have had nineteen  individual umpires selected to work the AA and AAA semi-finals and finals over the past five seasons. Over 25% of our staff have State Playoff experience. Nearly 90% of our active members have earned post-season assignments. As we continue to grow, our ultimate goal is to provide to all our schools the finest group of trained, knowledgeable, dedicated, and professional fast-pitch softball umpires in the state of Virginia.

MROS and her sister association, the Central Virginia Volleyball Officials Association, use The Arbiter online scheduling system for all assignments and billing. Athletic Directors are encouraged to log onto the system to verify their schools' home and away schedules.

To join our umpire ranks or to solicit our services, please contact us by clicking here "Contact Us".

The MROS Annual Banquet was held on Monday, June 24th at The Italian Kitchen. See the Award Winners using the links below.


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Current Events

News Flash                                       (updated 06/25/13) Today's Game Cancellations   (Season Complete)
2014 Meeting/Clinic Dates             (updated 11/06/13) Meeting Minutes                      (updated 03/11/13)
NASO Newswatch                           (updated periodically) Meeting Attendance Record    (updated 06/10/13)
Play of the Month                            (updated 04/09/13) Commissioner's Report           
The President's Corner                   (updated 08/31/09) The Interpreter's Corner          (updated 03/25/13)
Take the VHSL Online Clinic         (Ended 03/24/13) Take the Federation Exam        (Ended  03/24/13)

Rules & Mechanics

2014 Rule Changes (.pdf)                                2013 Points of Emphasis (.pdf) 
2013 Rule Interpretations   ASA Approved Bat List                  (updated daily)
2013 Referee Softball Quiz (.pdf)  Banned Bat List with Pictures        (updated daily)
Time Limits and Tie-Breakers      One Page Banned Bat List             (updated daily)
Local Mercy/Slaughter Rule        Transition to Metal Cleats (.pdf)    
Local Lightning Rule               Comments on Metal Cleats     
The FLEX Rule Suggested Pre-Game   
Lineup Card Management [.ppt] Forty Rule Myths
Softball Signal Chart [.pdf] Proposed Pitching Rule Change [.pdf]
Umpire-to-Umpire Signals  Mechanics Manual                      (under construction)
3-Person Tag-up Responsibilities          Softball Rule Differences [.pdf]   (Takes a while to upload)
3-Person Base Responsibilities      NFHS Videos  

Association Policies & Regulations

Association Policies                       (updated 02/11/13) Playoff Requirements             
Official MROS Umpire Uniform   Equipment List
Sports Officials' Code of Ethics [.pdf] Code of Conduct [.pdf]
MROS Bylaws                               (updated 02/20/09) ODOA Constitution

Forms, Lists, & Publications

Association Committees  Mentor List 
Athletic Directors Phone List         School List                               
Ejection/Incident Form Injury/Accident Form [.pdf]
MROS Partner Evaluation Form Evaluation Tips                               
MROS Evaluator Form [.pdf] MROS Evaluator Form [.xlsx]
Big Brother Evaluation Form Link to VHSL Softball Page
MROS Membership Application [.pdf] VHSL Membership Application [.pdf]
VHSL Official's Handbook [.pdf]
Banquet Award Winners               (updated 06/25/13) Past Award Winners                 (updated 06/25/13)

Help & Miscellaneous Items

Arbiter Help for Officials [.ppt] Arbiter Help for Athletic Directors [.ppt]
NASO/Referee Good Reading How to Contact Us

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Page updated: 11/18/2013