Changes to Behind the Mask

In March 2020, CISassigning started a podcast, Behind the Mask, which is currently available on, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and a number of additional podcast platforms.

Though there have only been nine podcasts to date, the podcast has been downloaded nearly 900 times. Due to financial constraints, we’re making a minor change to the retention policy of those podcasts.

Currently, episodes remain active and available in perpetuity as long as the monthly subscription is active. Behind the Mask was intended as a supplement to the website, so we’ve never asked anyone to pay a subscription fee to listen.

Starting October 1, 2021, CISassigning will no longer pay for podcast hosting.

What does that mean for the listener?

  • Beginning October 1, any episode over 90 days old will be deleted any listeners will no long be able to access them.
  • Any new episode published on or after October 1 will only be available for 90 days.
  • You will still be able to listen to active episodes on CISassigning, Apple Music, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and Amazon for the 90-day duration.

How can we keep the episodes from being deleted?

The only way to keep episodes from being deleted after 90 days and remain available is to pay the monthly subscription fee ($20). If listeners enjoy the podcast, want to hear it more often, and want to keep older episodes published, they may donate on the Support CISA web page.

Any donations received on that page will be used for the podcast. Anything in excess of the monthly subscription fee will be carried forward for the next month.

Behind the Mask – Episode 109: Providing Clear Expectations

It’s vitally important for umpires, schools, organizations, and assignors to be on the same page. The best way to do that is to document the expectations of all parties so they are openly available and transparently conveyed.

Learn about how CISassigning provides this to parties that use our service, and some of the key points contained within the document.

Visit to learn more. You must be registered on the site to access the document at

Unedited Podcast Transcript

Behind the Mask Podcast: Episode 108: Mask Up

Today’s topic is going to be Mask Up. This is about softball. There are a lot of rules that have been put forward to allow the girls to be able to play, coaches to coach, and for us to get back on the field to umpire. Regardless of how you feel about COVID-19, its impacted a lot of things in our lives. How does that affect us on the field? And the most important of that is what can we do as officials to make sure that we don’t hinder those games from being played?

Behind the Mask – Episode 105

From the Coaching Box

John Nelson, a high school head varsity softball coach, president of the Heartland Havoc program, and 14-year travel softball coach joins me to share his thoughts on the impact of the Coronavirus, travel softball, and umpires.

Contact Coach Nelson via:

Twitter: @fastpitchhavoc


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Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask podcast artwork

A few weeks ago I told you that I was going to start a podcast…or at least try to…about umpiring. I’ve been working on the parts to that. Getting it hosted, creating the artwork for it, doing a couple of sample recordings to test out my setup, and getting it submitted.

I’m happy to share that the prep work is complete and there are now three episodes publicly available. You can find Behind the Mask: the unseen side of umpiring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeart Radio, all available at no cost.

As I share in the first episode, I’m not sure if this will gain any traction, but I wanted to give it a try. It’s always been of interest to me and umpiring is something I know a little about, so why not?

I hope that, if you listen, you find these podcasts helpful or insightful and share them with your peers. I make no financial gain from producing them, but rather view it as (hopefully) another way to give back to the umpiring community. If you have topic ideas or are interested in being involved in a future recording, let me know!

Until next time, you can find Behind the Mask at the following links:

Apple Podcast, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and CISassigning.

Name That Podcast

Yes, I’m developing a podcast to accompany this site in an effort to reach a broad umpiring audience and offer additional ways to engage with followers. Since the site was launched on Oct. 1, 2019, there have been nearly 850 unique visitors who have looked at 9,200+ pages. That’s a lot of viewers!

I welcome and encourage your input on naming the podcast (which may also turn into a video blog (vlog) in the future). So far the following names are options. The selected title will likely have a descriptive tagline as well, but that’s the next step. You’re invited to leave comments, thoughts, and additional options in the comments to this post.

Behind the Mask

Living in blue

Hey blue

Outside the lines

Beyond the confines