Officiating Development

Jeff Whipple

Position: National Director of Umpires

Phone: 506-461-3991

Jeff started umpiring in 1986.  After officiating at four Canadian Championships, he received his Level V and ISF certification in 1997. Subsequently, he officiated at two ISF World Championships (Junior Women, Taipei, 1999; Senior Women, Saskatoon, 2002) and the ISC World Tournament (Eau Claire, 2005). 
While he enjoys the on-field action as an official, his real passion is teaching and learning. He has instructed at many certification clinics and mechanics schools and has been a UIC or DUIC at eight Canadian Championships. After joining Softball Canada's Officiating Development Committee in 2008, Jeff was appointed as National Director of Umpires in 2013.
An educator, Jeff is currently an instructional technology coach, helping to support his colleagues and their students in schools across Anglophone West School District to leverage technology for teaching and learning. He is also a Senior Consultant with Educational Collaborators (St. Louis, MO), speaking at conferences and working with schools across North America around 21st century literacy and learning. Jeff and his wife, Tracey, have four grown children and live in Fredericton.

Brent Chadwick

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Brent started umpiring in 1992 and has worked every level of softball along the way to attaining his Level IV in 1996, Level V in 2006 and WBSC in 2008. Along the way, Brent has officiated at 13 Canadian Championships, five International events and one World Championship (Junior Women’s 2013). Brent also has taken his game off the diamond by attaining his Master Instructor and Evaluator Status, thus allowing him to instruct Level IV clinics, supervise Canadian Championships (seven since 2010), and be a regular presenter at Blue Convention. Brent has also been active in Saskatchewan as a member of their Umpire Committee since 1997 with his chief role being in educational instruction and materials.

Brent is currently the Principal at Assiniboia Composite High School and is married to Marni, and has two children Jesse and Brennen.

Doug Cundall

Position: Deputy Umpire-In-Chief

Phone: (705) 739-8841

Doug and his wife Gail reside in Barrie, Ontario where he is a retired Elementary School Vice-Principal. Doug has been officiating since 1966. He has served as an Instructor and Evaluator, the Chair of the Umpire Committee and as Slo-Pitch UIC for the Province of Ontario. He has his level IV designation in both Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch and has officiated at seven Canadian Championships, four Slo-Pitch and three Fast Pitch events. Doug has supervised many Provincial and 13 Canadian Championships in either Fast Pitch or Slo-Pitch.

Doug was appointed to the ODC in November 2003. He has many years experience as an official in high level Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch. While Doug has recently retired from the diamond as an active official, he continues to take part in clinics as an instructor and at events as an evaluator as well as supervise tournaments. 

Locally Doug is co-UIC of the Barrie and District Girls Minor Softball Association and works with the officials who work the house league and rep games. He also evaluates umpires for the local Slo-Pitch Association.

His ODC duties include Editor of the revived LV Newsletter, now called “The Dish” which is a 2 page newsletter aimed at LV and L4 officials, our program leaders. Doug has also taken on the task of editor of the Between the Lines umpire document which has not been sent out Canada wide for several years. All Softball Canada on-line content also comes under his mandate.

Sandra Forand

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Sandra has umpired for over 30 years. She has officiated both Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch and has umpired at 4 Canadian Championships. This past summer she received her Level V Slo-Pitch at the Sr. Men’s in London ON. Sandra held the position of the Slo-Pitch Deputy Umpire in Chief for Softball Ontario.
Much of her passion for sport is her off field endeavours. Working with others, whether evaluating, supervising or executive contributions, is an important element of giving back to the game. The same can be true of Sandra’s basketball career. A former CIS/NCAA Division 1 official, staying in the game she loves, by working with others, is just as rewarding as any gold medal game.
An Educational Assistant with NCDSB working with Special Needs students, Sandra continues to provide to all students a role model, coach and mentor. She has also travelled globally with World Special Olympics while officiating basketball. She has two older children, Holly and Russell and is a partner with Steve.

Sal Gara

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Sal’s many years of experience includes five Canadian Championships and one Canada Summer Games. He received his Level V in 2010 and his ISF certification one year later. In addition, he was the Deputy Umpire-in-Chief at the 2013 U14 Girls Canadian Fast Pitch Jamboree and the Umpire-in-Chief at the 2015 U18 Women's Canadian Championship. His international experience includes the 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Open and the 2015 World Cup of Softball and he has extensive experience as an instructor and evaluator at the provincial and national level.

Retired from a long career at Statistics Canada, Sal is fluently bilingual and has strong connections to both the Quebec and Ontario umpiring communities, having held several leadership positions within Softball Ontario.

Geneviève Gaudreau

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Geneviève started umpiring in 1998. She received her level V in 2006 and her ISF certification in 2008. She officiated in four International events (Easton Youth Cup in Prague, 2009, Junior Women in Capetown 2011, Senior Women in Haarlem, 2014 and the Pan Am Games in Toronto, 2015).

She was the Québec PUIC from 2010 to 2015. She is also a supervisor, an instructor and a mentor.

Gary Skjerven

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Gary has been a registered umpire in Saskatchewan and Canada for over 25 years. He attained his Level V in 2002 and ISF Certification in 2003. Throughout this time he has umpired four WBSC (ISF) World Championships (Jr. Mens, 2 Sr. Mens, Universiade), one Pan American Championship and one Pan American Games, 9 Canadian Championships, Canada Cup, 3 Nations Challenge and numerous Westerns and Provincials. He has also been active as a mentor and evaluator as a UIC/DUIC at 11 Canadian Championships and numerous Provincials and Westerns.

Off the diamond, he has been a member of the national ODC for 8 years and a Provincial DUIC for 10 years, Clinic instructor for 20+ years and instructed at Softball Canada Level IV clinics. He received the “D” rating as an Instructor and Evaluator in 2010.

Gary has two grown daughters and three grandchildren. He is a retired Manager and Auditor in the credit union system after over 40 years. He still audits and farms part-time.

Ryan DeBelser

Position: Director

2612 Coopers Circle SW
Airdrie, AB
T4B 3K2

Phone: 403-945-3478

Donna Ozarko

Position: Manager - Officials and Publications

223 Colonnade Road, Suite 212
Ottawa, ON
K2E 7K3

Phone: 613-523-3386 x3101

Fax: 613-523-5761

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