Softball Canada Names Thirty-Four New Level IV Umpires

Softball Canada Names Thirty-Four New Level IV Umpires

28 September 2017 Gilles LeBlanc

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Ottawa, Ont. - Softball Canada is pleased to announce that thirty-four umpires have been successful in achieving national Level IV umpire certification at Canadian Championships this summer and the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.
Within the National Officials Certification Program, Level IV certification is the entry national level and demands an elite level of knowledge, understanding and ability. Each of these officials clearly demonstrated a high level of knowledge and competency. This certification allows umpires to participate at all Canadian Championships, including the U23 Men’s, Men’s and Women’s Fast Pitch as well as the Men’s Slo-Pitch national events and act as an umpire supervisor at minor Canadian Championships.

New Level IV Fast Pitch umpires are:

First Name Last Name Hometown
Jean-Claude Boisvert Pickering, Ont.
Greg Costal Winnipeg, Man.
Greg Cowan Scarborough, Ont.
Patrick Crippin Tiny, Ont.
Lucas Crosby Toronto, Ont.
Brad DeGraeve Brandon, Man.
Kyle Dennedy Surrey, B.C.
Jill Dickinson Stratford, Ont.
Andrew Fleck Orleans, Ont.
Manfred Glor Winnipeg, Man.
Kiera Hamm Abbotsford, B.C.
Emma Jerome Smith Calgary, Alta.
Mike Klassen Blumenort, Man.
Tony Kuleza Winnipeg, Man.
François Leblond Repentigny, Que.
Wayne Miller Climax, Sask.
Malcolm Murray Louisiana, Alta.
Kearney O'Keefe St. John's, N.L.
Jeannette Oliver Edmonton, Alta.
Andrew Palmer Edmonton, Alta.
John Payne Calgary, Alta.
Rebecca Simard-Lavigne St-Eustache, Que.
Shane Sroka Ponoka, Alta.
Mark Taylor Calgary, Alta.
Jeffrey Vanzella Surrey, B.C.

New Level IV Slo-Pitch umpires are:

First Name Last Name Hometown
Patrick Chiquette Granby, Que.
Jan Hakker Chatham, Ont.
Diego La Manna Montréal, Que.
David Lumley London, Ont.
Carla MacKenzie Wolfville, N.S.
Jeff McKay Brantford, Ont.
Shawn Miller Duncan, B.C.
Michel Néron Ste-Lucie-des-Laurentides, Que.
Rick Skelton Welland, Ont.

“In order to remain one of the world’s leading umpire programs, Softball Canada needs to continue to develop elite level officials” notes National Director of Umpires Jeff Whipple. “We celebrate the achievements of these individuals and look forward to having them continue their leadership roles in our umpire programs both on and off the field.”
In order to attain Level IV certification, umpires must first attend a national clinic and then achieve a successful evaluation at a designated Canadian Championship.

For more information, please contact:

Donna Ozarko
Manager - Officials and Publications
Softball Canada
(613) 523-3386 ext. 3101