HOME RUN SPORTS
FAST PITCH & SLO-PITCH UMPIRES OF THE YEAR

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Do you know an umpire who:
  • respects everyone who is involved with the game and demonstrates good   sportsmanship?
  • is involved with officials program development in your area?
  • is a positive umpiring role model?
  • tries to become a better umpire through education and training?
  • contributes to local umpire programs through instructing or   evaluating?
  • shares their expertise with the softball community?

If you answered YES to these questions,
then this person is a candidate for the
Softball Canada / Home Run Sports Umpire of the Year

Individuals or groups in your province/territory have the chance to submit their nomination for the "Umpire of the Year" Awards, which will be awarded to one Fast Pitch and one Slo-Pitch Umpire.

Don't miss the opportunity to have your umpires, and their achievements, recognized across Canada.

The "Umpire of the Year" recipients will be honoured at the Softball Canada Congress.

Nominations for National Umpires of the Year will be submitted by set deadline date to the Softball Canada Manager of Officiating.

A pre-determined committee consisting of the National Director of Umpiring, Board Liaison and the Softball Canada Manager of Officiating will select the National Umpire of the Year.

Upon selection, and prior to final approval by the Board, the recipients' provincial or territorial association (President, Executive Director or other designated senior staff member) shall be consulted to confirm the selected recipient is a member in good standing and to confirm P/T support for the selection.

The name of the individuals selected as National Umpires of the Year will then be submitted to the Softball Canada Board of Directors for final approval.

The "Umpires of the Year" nomination form is below, so have people or groups get their application into Softball Canada now!

NOMINATION CRITERIA

  1. The umpire shall be a Canadian citizen / landed immigrant.
  2. The umpire shall be fully certified (at any softball level) to qualify.
  3. The umpire shall have served in a volunteer officiating position(s) for a minimum of 4 years.
  4. The umpire shall have contributed to umpire development as an instructor, evaluator, mentor, or program developer.
  5. The umpire shall have a high level of officiating ability.

Nominations should be on the designated form and include:

    • Umpire’s name, address, and phone number(s)
    • Name, address, and phone number(s) of nominating individual or group
    • Record of nominee’s umpiring experience
    • Record of umpiring achievements
    • Umpire’s role in developing and improving the officiating aspect of the sport
    • Personal highlights in the current year
The deadline for "Umpire of the Year" nominations is:
  September 1

Nomination Form

*Please save the file, fill it out and email to Donna Ozarko (dozarko@softball.ca)


2019 HOME RUN SPORTS UMPIRES OF THE YEAR

FAST PITCH

Frankie Billingsley (Edmonton, Alta.) has been a Level V Fast Pitch umpire since 2011 and obtained her WBSC Certification in 2013. Her smile and demeanour on the field puts everyone at ease, and she truly enjoys interacting with athletes and coaches on the diamond shown by her positive energy and enthusiasm. She has been a director for the Edmonton and District Softball Umpires Association and served a term as President.

At the national level, Billingsley worked the 2007 Junior Women’s Canadian Championship and the 2009 and 2011 Women’s Canadian Championships, supervising several others since then. She has been quite active at the international level, umpiring at the 2014 USA Softball World Cup, the 2017 Japan Cup and the 2016 and 2018 WBSC Women’s World Softball Championships. In 2019, she worked the Canada Cup and a pair of other high-profile international events, travelling to Lima for the Women’s Softball competition at the Pan American Games and then to Surrey, B.C. for the WBSC Americas Softball Olympic Qualifier, both held in August.

She is a leader off the field, co-producing a Softball Alberta education podcast series, co-leading the Instructor/Evaluator clinic and served as a presenter at the Blue Convention. Billingsley has also taught the Junior Development program at other Blue Conventions in the past and has been part of a number of sub-committees for Softball Canada’s Officiating Development Committee, never afraid to contribute to the betterment of the program.

SLO-PITCH

Steve Camus (Welland, Ont.) has been umpiring for 23 years, earning his Level V Slo-Pitch Certification in 2007 and became a certified WBSC Slo-Pitch umpire in 2011. As an umpire, Umpire in Chief (UIC) and presenter, he is inclusive with all participants and has a very clear ability to communicate with each individual and the group in a manner that is direct and respectful. A member of the Golden Horseshoe Umpire’s Association, Camus is always informative, positive and builds healthy rapports with every participant he connects with.

At the National level, he was an Umpire in Chief or Deputy Umpire in Chief for Softball Canada for the last four years, and returned to the diamond this summer to work the Men’s Slo-Pitch Canadian Championship in Moncton, N.B. Internationally, he worked at the 2011 World Senior Master’s Games, participated in an exchange with USA Softball to work their National Championship in 2012 and officiated at the 2016 WBSC Co-Ed World Cup.

Off the field, Steve leads the largest provincial program in the country as the Slo-Pitch Umpire in Chief for Softball Ontario. He is the Umpire-in-Chief for many major events and leads several clinics each year. He was the UIC for the 2018 Border Battle and has been a UIC or DUIC at several Canadian Championships.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

2018 - Peter Kluszczynski (Ontario)
2017 - Clinton Harvey (Nova Scotia)
2016 - Aaron Poulin (British Columbia)
2015 - Terry Richter (Alberta)
2014 - Sandra Allan (New Brunswick)
2013 - Brent Chadwick (Saskatchewan)
2012 - Joyce Bellini (Quebec)
2011 - Keith Pender (Newfoundland & Labrador)
2010 - Moose Gibson (Saskatchewan)
2009 - Dick Coleman (Ontario)
2008 - Geneviève Gaudreau (Quebec)
2007 - Jack Van Bynen (Ontario)
2006 - Denis Bélanger (Quebec)
2005 - Bob Constantin (Alberta)
2004 - Chris Lee (British Columbia)
2003 - Don Bracey (Ontario)
2002 - Wayne Shipley (Nova Scotia)
2001 - Serge Laflamme (Quebec)
2000 - Keith Hazel (British Columbia)
1999 - Al Shenduk (Alberta)
1998 - Bob Stanton (New Brunswick)