Sandi Diaz is not only a valued umpire, but a genuine person. She has been registered with USA Softball and USA Softball of SoCal for 14 years. She recently attended her first National Umpire School in 2016 where there was no doubt her desire to work hard and improve.
Sandi is admired as an umpire, as she could have stayed in the shadows and under the radar, only working her league games. Instead she became an advocate for the game, her personal goals, and her fellow umpires. Through that perseverance, she developed partnerships with the SoCal UIC Staff allowing open dialogue which provided valuable feedback to the program. She continues to volunteer for additional projects that can help the USA Softball of SoCal’s Umpire Program improve.
Sandi has had the privilege to travel across the U.S. and work in many national tournaments for other organizations. When she was selected for her first USA Softball National Championship in 2016, she did not let any opportunity to improve pass her by. During this period of prepping for her championship, she was helpful and accommodating to other umpires getting ready for their own championships. She set up games in the 3-umpire and 4-umpire systems so those umpires could prepare and learn from each other. It was inspiring to see the amount of extra time and games she put in to help prepare herself, along with assisting her fellow umpires. Through her hard work, Sandi performed well at her first National Championship, the Men’s D Western SP.
As a league UIC, the support she gives to USA Softball is equally impressive. As an UIC/assignor, she promotes USA Softball of SoCal umpire training, encouraging her umpires to attend clinics and become certified. She financially compensates her trained (certified) umpires, as she wants to put out the best umpires on the field. She assisted in organizing one of the SoCal Volunteer Training events that gives back to the umpire organization along with hands-on training from the SoCal staff to umpires. Sandi invites other slow pitch umpires into her league, assisting the SoCal Slow Pitch umpires in having more games to umpire through the year. Through her belief in and partnership with USA Softball of SoCal, she is able to recruit and retain her umpires for SoCal along with her leagues.
Sandi is a person that asks, “How can I help?” and says “I want to improve!” She has a positive attitude and values those around her. Sandi recently became a member of the Bronze Medals Program and was selected as the 2016 Southern California Umpire of the Year!