As we anxiously wait for softball to take to the fields, Softball Canada is proud to step up and make sure you are ready when that day comes. Umpires from coast to coast will gather every week for Blue Connections 2020, an informative half hour of conversations designed to make everyone a better umpire. With an educational focus on developing and reviewing basic skills - every week some of Canada’s leading international umpires will focus on the basics of mechanics, game management and fitness, with a specific focus on the WBSC Umpire manuals.
SUNDAY, JULY 25 - 7:00 PM EDT
SPEAKER: SUSAN STRAFFORD
Appeal plays are some of the trickiest situations an umpire might face. When does a coach get a choice of outcomes? What are their options? International umpire and self-confessed rules junkie Susan Strafford will look at some of the tricks to make sure you get it right every time.
SUNDAY, JULY 19 - 7:00 PM EDT
SPEAKERS: STUART BOWDEN & DARYL HELMER
Regardless of the game you are working, there are some basic rules designed to make the game fair and protect participants. The most important are the equipment standards. Join two of our international umpires as they share their tips for ensuring bats meet the standards when they show up at a game – regardless of the level.