The National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) was established in 1994 to assist national sporting organisations develop a group of skilled officials. It aims to develop and implement programs that improve the quality, quantity, leadership and status of sports officiating in Australia.
NOAS training programs include the following components:
- General principles – fundamentals of officiating and event management
- Sport-specific – technical rules, interpretations, reporting and sport-specific roles for officials
- Officiating practice – practical officiating and application of officiating principles.
The Softball Australian National Scoring Program and Accreditation system ensures that Softball Scorers are recognised by NOAS. Accreditation means an individual is deemed as competent in all aspects of scoring, to officiate an appropriate game. Expected competencies increase in line with the standard of game, as does the required rule knowledge.