National Volunteer Week – Umpires Committee, ZUICs, Zone Staff

It’s one of the most important weeks of the year for Softball Ontario, National Volunteer Week! This week (and every week!) we celebrate our incredible, selfless and dedicated volunteers who are the backbone of our programs!

Today we’d like to thank our tremendous Umpires Committee, Zone Umpire-in-Chief’s, and the Zone staff, that are responsible for developing some of the top Umpires in the country as well as assigning tournaments all accross the Province!

Softball Ontario has produced some of the most experienced, disciplined and well-respected Umpires known throughout the world. Ontario Umpires continue to represent our program Nationally and Internationally in a very professional manner. The Umpires of Ontario should be proud of that fact.

Ontario Umpires strive to be the best, due to the support and dedication that Softball Ontario has had from the Umpire’s Committee (past and present). You have nine (9) dedicated hard working individuals working for you at the Committee level, doing things like:

  • Continuing to review and develop new innovative clinics – beyond the Softball Canada Certification program
  • Trains clinic instructors and on field evaluators to insure that they provide you the umpire with the best service possible
  • Insures the delivery of the Softball Canada Certification clinic program
  • Developed, maintaining and delivery of the Junior Development Program
  • Provides Rule Interpretations
  • Attends Provincial (Member Association’s) and National (Softball Canada) Annual General Meetings Representing the Ontario Umpires
  • Recruits, Assigns and Trains Zone Representatives to assist you all year long (including, instructing at your clinics, UICing at your tournaments, and evaluating you at your games.) Appoints Umpires to annual elite Provincial Grand Championships, Provincials and Elimination Tournaments
  • Appoints umpires to annual Canadian Championships Ensures UIC’s are appointed for all Regional, and Provincial Tournaments
  • Develops Educational resources for Umpires (including articles in the E-News)
  • Develops the Umpires’ Program Budget
  • Develops programs policies and procedures

In addition to the Umpires committee each discipline has Zone Umpire-In-Chief’s (ZUICs) who are the representatives from each zone. The ZUICs and the Zone Staff are the frontline volunteers for the program and are essential for the running of clinics!

Thank you again to our outstanding Umpires Committee (Fastpitch, Slo-Pitch), ZUICs and Zone staff for all your hard work!

Level IV Umpires Certification Clinic to be held in Spring

Softball Canada is pleased to announce that an online Level IV National Umpires Certification Clinic will once again be held in the spring of 2018. The clinic dates are tentatively set for five Sunday’s in March and April. Each of the five two-hour sessions, led by experienced Softball Canada instructors, will focus on the psychology of officiating, advanced game management techniques and mechanics and much more.

To be eligible to participate, candidates must be a fully certified Level III umpire for at least two years and receive a positive endorsement from their provincial or territorial organization. Successful completion of the Level IV clinic results in Level IV Theory certification. A subsequent successful evaluation at a U19 (M or F) Fast Pitch or Women’s Slo-Pitch Canadian Championship will lead to full Level IV certification.

Clinic Details:

  • Registration fee is $180 and includes a Level IV manual, access to the Adobe Connect virtual classroom platform and all other resources.
  • Participants will require access to a computer with high-speed Internet connectivity, a mic/headset and a webcam to participate.
  • Each of the five sessions of the online Level IV clinic will be held beginning at 12 noon Eastern (9am Pacific)
  • Tentative clinic dates:  March 11, 18, 25 and April 8 and 15.
  • The language of instruction for this clinic offering will be English.

To register please complete this form and send it, along with payment of the fee, to the address on the form. Registration will be limited to 15 participants with preference given to candidates from more remote areas of the country.

Please note that submission of a completed registration form and fees does not guarantee acceptance into the clinic. Candidates will be advised upon their reception into the online clinic.

The registration deadline for the Spring 2018 online Level IV umpires clinic is February 28th, 2018. For more information or to register please contact Donna Ozarko at

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By Donna Ozarko, Softball Canada