What’s the Weather?

CISassigning is partnering with Tomorrow.io to bring you the most accurate weather information and forecasts.

Tomorrow.io is a unique weather intelligence platform used by the New England Patriots, Chicago Cubs, NASCAR, the French Open, and countless major companies to enhance their event and operational planning through accurate weather forecasts.

While more advanced integrations are in the works, you can immediately take advantage of current weather and six-day forecasts now by visiting www.cisassigning.com/weather. A link is also available in the main menu bar of the website.

screenshot of the weather page on the CISassigning website

2022 U-High Softball Games Posted

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The Spring 2022 varsity and junior varsity schedules for U-High have been posted for umpires to apply to games.

Games will start being assigned on Friday, September 10 in order for everyone to have a chance to get their names in. Umpires, please make sure your blocked dates in Arbiter are up-to-date. You may apply via Airtable, or by emailing me directly.

Currently, all U-High home games will be played at Fairview Park in Normal and are varsity/junior varsity doubleheaders. U-High does intend to add a few additional games which will be posted to the Open Games list.

Umpires: IESA Post-Season Availability

It’s that time of the year where the IESA state softball series is just around the corner.

If you haven’t submitted your availability for sections or state semi-finals and finals, now is the time to do it!

To submit your information visit www.iesa.org and click School & Officials Log In.

After signing in, select Girls Softball under the Availability Forms

Complete the information, indicating which dates you’re available, and submit the form.

2021-2022 CISassigning Expectations & Operations Available

The CISA Expectations and Operations (log in required) document is updated for this academic year. Please take the time to review this document whether you are an umpire, coach, or athletic director.

School Personnel, you will find a table of contents with guidance to review umpire assignments in Arbiter, guidance for game cancellation methods and fees, and more.

Umpires, you will notice that Group Me is no longer used by CISA to announce available games. If you are on that platform for CISA announcements, it can be removed.

Please also review the sections titled Assignment Expectations and Game Day.

If you have questions after reviewing this document, don’t hesitate to contact me.

2020-2021 Seasons in Review

Thank you everyone for an extremely successful year! Athletic Directors worked tirelessly to schedule, and reschedule games. Coaches worked with their student-athletes to prepare them for a condensed season and battled the unparalleled challenge of a high school season that overlapped with the travel softball season. Schools adjusted to COVID-related cancelations, extremely busy schedules, and sometimes only having one umpire to work a game.

Umpires gave of themselves tirelessly, often working more often than they normally would so girls could play, and handled cancelations and changes with grace and understanding. They dealt with daily emails asking for officials to work games, and stepped up where there was a need.

Between the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 seasons, CISassigning assigned 338 dates, totaling over 550 games. There were 90 junior high dates and 248 high school dates.

I continue to strive to provide above-average service to schools, advocate for umpires and facilitate umpire training and mentoring, all while building mutual respect between all parties involved in these games.

My sincere thank you to all ADs, coaches, and umpires for the work you put in this past academic year to allow students to play a sport they love.

CISassigning Umpires at IHSA State

Congratulations to the following CISassigning members who will be working the IHSA state tournament in Peoria this week!

1A/2A

  • Rick Birkelbaw
  • Bob Muschal
  • Steve Sronce

3A/4A

  • Roger Nichols – UIC
  • Roger Holzhauer
  • Jon Carls
  • Michael Puckett
  • Lyle Meador

The IHSA state tournament will take place Wednesday, June 16, and Thursday, June 17 at Louisville Slugger Complex in Peoria.

Arbiter Schedule Page Gets an Update

On Wednesday, June 30, Arbiter is updating the Schedule page of its website. These changes will be visible by assignors, coaches, ADs, and umpires. There are no functional changes, but the updated design should be easier to read.

Here are some of the updates you’ll notice:

  • Increased white space to make text easier to read
  • Eliminated vertical grid lines (more focus on the row, and less on an Excel-like spreadsheet)
  • Added a color-coded game status field
  • Added an Actions column
  • Updated action buttons (for notes and reports)

Below is an image of what the Schedule page will look like once it’s updated later this month. Click the image to see a larger version.

new arbiter schedule page highlighting changes