Metro Richmond Officiating Service (MROS) is one of the two divisions within the Old Dominion Officials Association (ODOA).
Initially established in 1985 and restructured in 2015, our division umpires fast-pitch softball for middle and high schools in the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights, as well as the counties of Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, King William, King & Queen, Powhatan, Caroline, Prince George, Mathews, Middlesex, Brunswick, Cumberland, Nottoway, as well as other outlying areas. MROS provides ongoing training programs, conducts rules reviews, and teaches modern fast-pitch softball mechanics.
We continually evaluate the performance of all our officials as part of our professional development and playoff selection process.
It is our policy to help our officials to improve their skills so that each umpire will attain his/her maximum level of competence. Our association has long been recognized by the Virginia High School League as one of the best, if not the finest, umpiring organizations within the state, as evidenced by our selection to officiate the AAA State Championship games in 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2013 and AAA State Semifinal or Quarterfinal games the from 2004 through 2013. The past five years our association has been selected to officiate 5A or 6A classification state semi-final or final games. In 2018 the VHSL chose our association to officiate three state championship games.
We have had thirty-eight individual umpires selected to work the state level semi-finals and finals over the past eight seasons. Over 35% of our staff have State Playoff experience. Nearly 80% of our active members have earned post-season assignments. As we continue to grow, our goal is to provide to all our schools the finest group of trained, knowledgeable, dedicated, and professional fast-pitch softball umpires in the state of Virginia.
MROS uses Arbiter Sports online scheduling system for all assignments and billing/payment.
Athletic Directors are encouraged to log onto the system to verify their school’s home and away schedules.