The Northern Virginia Softball Umpires Association (NVSUA) is a professional organization consisting of men and women who officiate fast-pitch softball using USA Softball and NFHS rules in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. We also officiate USA Softball slow-pitch. We provide a high quality instructional program in the training, preparation and development of fast-pitch softball umpires. We are committed continually to improving our association through frequent membership meetings, bi-annual training clinics, a mentor and observation program, game assignment using an on-line application, and a NVSUA website. We provide umpiring services to USA Softball girls fast-pitch leagues, USA Softball local tournaments, State USA Softball National Tournaments, High Schools that use USA Softball rules and High Schools that use National Federation High School (NFHS) rules.

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Our Partners

USA Softball Central Virginia

USA Softball Piedmont Virginia

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McLean Little League

Mission Statement

NVSUA is a membership organization of independent contracted umpires providing training, support, and employment / assignment opportunities for members in support of girls fastpitch softball.

NVSUA recruits, trains, supports, and provides employment / assignment opportunities for our members.

NVSUA contracts with school districts and youth organizations to create employment / assignment opportunities for members.

NVSUA provides highly trained and qualified umpires to our clients in support of girls fastpitch softball.

Board of Directors

Stephen Smith


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Vice President / Secretary

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Jennifer Smith


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Joe DeFranco

Joe DeFranco

Umpire in Chief

Joe DeFranco has been umpiring and/or coaching fast-pitch softball for over 36 years. Besides being the Umpire-in-Chief for Northern Virginia Softball Umpires Association (NVSUA), he is also the Central Virginia UIC for USA Softball.

Joe has been training umpires for over 30 years and with his unique approach of “hands on” training, many of the umpires trained through NVSUA have continued on to be very successful at the national and collegiate level. He also has an extensive collection of game videos that can demonstrate any rule by request. These video plays have been studied and discussed at all of his umpire training classes. Joe has also been the Junior Olympic UIC for the Metro DC ASA organization. Joe has also coached at the varsity high school and travel level for over 10 years so he knows the game of fast pitch from both the umpire’s and coach’s perspective. Joe is a retired high school math teacher after 30+ years. His family is also very involved in softball as well. Joe’s wife Debbie played softball for former Olympic coach, Ralph Raymond, in high school. His son JP has been a successful umpire at multiple levels including high school and NCAA. His daughter Marisa was a collegiate softball player at Emerson College.

Rudy Coffield

Member at Large

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Bill Collins


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